Hanover is a city located in the Lower Saxony region of Germany. Hanover offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- Hanover New Town Hall (Rathaus)
- Hanover historic center
- Herrenhausen Gardens
- Marktkirche Church
- Kröpcke and Hauptbahnhof
- Marienburg Castle
- Eilenriede and Hanover Zoo
- Maschsee Lake
Hanover is not really a popular place to visit which means hotels are very cheap. Anywhere close to the train station is a good location, Hanover is not a huge town. A restaurant I recommend for a German experience is the Brauhaus Ernst August, located a short walk from the train station.
Hanover new town hall is a stunning building which photographs well from any angle. In fact from the other side of the town hall you’ll find Maschteich and Maschsee lakes which offer some wonderful reflection photography opportunities. The day (or year) I visited the other side of the building was being restored so I could not make a reflection photograph which was a shame as it was a sunny day.
As well as the gardens of the New Town Hall, a short drive from the city to the west are the Herrenhausen Gardens and Sea Life Aquarium. A short drive east from the center you’ll find Hanover Zoo. All these attractions make Hanover a great destination to travel with kids to.
The Kröpcke is the center of the city and there’s a popular monument here called the Kröpcke clock. The walk from the Kröpcke to the Hauptbahnhof (train station) is all pedestrianized with lots of German fast food restaurants and shops. The statue called Ernst-August-Denkmal outside the train station which is a man on the horse is a popular meeting spot, Germans will say to meet at the tail, meaning the tail of the horse of the statue. The train station was virtually destroyed during the war which could have been a blessing as today it’s a beautifully restored and advanced train station. Behind the train station you’ll see the famous Telemax, telecom tower of Hanover.
There’s a red line that runs around the city of Hanover and if you follow this line it will take you past all the famous sites of the city. You can pick this red line up from outside the train station.
The Marktkirche is translated to the Church of the Marketplace. This is a Gothic church and the southernmost example of North German Gothic churches. The church built in the 14th century and as you’d imagine it was severely damaged during the second World War. Marktkirche was fully restored in 1953 and remains a point of interest of the city, it’s visible from almost anywhere in the city. You can go inside the church but unfortunately you cannot climb it for a view of the city.
The historic old town of Hanover is full of colorful and traditional German style buildings. This area is perfect for photographers, there are probably 3-4 blocks of these photogenic buildings (above).
A short trip from Hanover is Marienburg Castle. This is a less famous fairy tale castle than the Neuschwanstein Castle close to Munich. Nevertheless it is a fairy tale castle and worth a trip out. If you aren’t driving you can take a short bus or train journey from Hanover followed by a 2-3 km walk. If you have spare time in Hanover then I’d recommend Marienburg Castle.
I took an overnight Flixbus to Berlin, stayed in Berlin for 2 nights before taking a 6 hour express train direct to Warsaw for €46. As Poland is part of the Schengen community there is no border control between Germany and Poland, still there is a chance you’ll have your passport inspected so have it to hand.