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Locals, nightlife, events



Hanover is one of the greenest cities in Germany. On a sunny weekend you should go in a park for a walk. The most beautiful park area are Herrenhäuser Gardens near the Leibniz University. It has no free entrance; here you can get further information. If you live near the gardens and visit them often it is worth to buy an annual ticket. For students it costs only 15 Euros.


Zoo_bearbThe Zoo in Hanover is another destination for an excursion. It opens from 9 am to 6 pm. The entry costs you about 25 Euros, if you are older than 24 years. In return you get lots of things to see. In winter you can have a walk over the Christmas markets between the compounds of the polar bears and in summer you can make a boat tour on a tiny river between the compounds of the animals of Africa.

The biggest entry free park is Eilenriede. You can spend a whole day for an excursion in this park. Besides jogger, bicyclists and walkers many animals like deer, foxes, rabbits and bats enjoy the forest in the city centre.

The Maschsee is almost the most favourite place of Hanover. Next to it you can find the Maschpark and the New City Hall with its dome which is really nice to visit.



National and international musicians like Andreas Bourani or Coldplay perform in big arenas like TUI Arena at Expo Plaza or Capitol at Schwarzer Bär in Linden.

Also the smaller bands and more fameless musicians often perform in bars or clubs in Hanover. On the website of Kulturzentrum Faust you can find lots of events for almost every fancy.



You can spend Hanovers nights in Linden, in the centre or in Steintorviertel. If you like it more glamorous you probably enjoy yourself in the Cumberlandschen Gallery or in the Congress Centrum Hanover.

Chéz Heinz in Linden is a popular student club. First semester parties take place in the small but cosy rooms of the club.

In Steintorviertel you can celebrate in the Havana Club with latin-american music. Entry often costs only 3 Euros and you get a free drink as well. Osho Disco at Raschplatz and Funpark at Expo Plaza are larger clubs.

Besides the opportunities for dancing there are lots of cocktail bars and pubs. The Brauhaus Ernst August offers their guests live music, dinner and drinks, especially beer from the in-house brewery. You can also find good beer in the pubs like Dublin Inn in old town. For the adventurous of you the Craft Beer Kontor might be the right pub for you. Here you can try about 100 types of beer from all over the world. El Solin invites you to spend the evening with nice cocktails and friends in lovely atmosphere. Cocktail bars often have a happy hour between 5 and 8 pm, then you get drinks for e. g. half price.




For the cultural program in the evening you can visit the Schauspielhaus in Prinzenstraße or the Ballhof Eins. The plays are for both old and young audience. Plays like “Der Vorname”, “Die Physiker” and “Im Westen Nichts Neues” are performed. If you like classic music you can get a ticket for the Staatsoper Hanover. Here you can listen to symphony orchestra and watch opera and ballet. In the theatre at Aegi you can see besides actors and musicians also comedians.

Very interesting are the poetry slams, which are regular performed in Kulturzentrum Faust or the opera house and in many small bars. Tongue artists demonstrate their talents in interaction poetry, current themes, humour and irony.

Great cinemas in Hanover are Cinemaxx at Raschplatz, Astor Grand Cinema in Nordstadt and the cinema in the Anzeiger Hochhaus. Besides there are lots of smaller cinemas in different city districts. In Astor Grand Cinema you pay a bit more but enjoy movies in special atmosphere between bookshelves and in cosy chairs.



Hanover has, like the most cities, plenty of culinary offers. In every district are different good and less good, expensive and cheap restaurants and snack bars. In summer you should try the ice cream at Giovannis in the centre of Hanover. Meanwhile it belongs to a chain but it tastes really well. Also you should spend some time in the Holländische Kakaostuben. Often it is very noisy in there but the hot chocolate and the coffee compensate for that. Mister Q at Raschplatz behind the central station has a great variety of meals from all over the world and offers cocktails and other drinks. Anyway: If you are individualist you might feel more comfortable with the restaurants in the side roads and in different city districts.


The inhabitants of the district Linden really recommend (depending on liking) the Mio Mio, an Italian restaurant which offers meals between 10 and 20 Euros and Francesca and Fratelli with its pizza (8-16 Euros). The Turkish restaurant Tandure at bank from the river Ihme is awesome. The appetizer is as good as the main menu and the dessert and the staffs are very friendly.

In the Nordstadt you can find the 24Grad Café with own coffee roasters, the Pâtisserie Elyseé for chocolate lovers and the Cheers with little but tasty meals. The Georgian restaurant Marani has specialities from Georgia.

In the district List there are some good Greek restaurants like Nikopolis. If you prefer vegetarian or vegan you should taste food in Carrots&Coffee. The Basil in Dragonerstraße is extravagant and high quality but not really suitable for student purses.



Old town of Hanover has a special atmosphere. Some parts of the old town escaped the war and there are still some half-timbered houses complete extant from the 16th and 17th century. At the river Leine you can enjoy an ice cream or buy something on the weekly jumble sale which takes place between the riverbank and the historical museum of Hanover. The Café Glücksmoment or café Konrad and the Tea House at Ballhofplatz invite you to have a break during the shopping and sightseeing tour.



Besides the historical museum in old town, that is located next to the Beginen tower and exhibit the topic “750 years Hanover – from the colony to the city”, there are plenty of other museums. The Sprengel museum at Maschsee exhibits art, e. g. the approx. 400 works of Niki de Saint Phalle, and belongs to the distinguished museums of art of the 20th and 21st century. In Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum you can see exhibits of archaeology and natural history, coin collections, prehistory and early history. Besides you can watch aquatic animals like fishes, cancer and corrals.



Once in a year it gets really crowded in Hanover. It is March and the CeBit takes place at the fairground. It’s the biggest fair worldwide for information technology. Besides there are many other fairs, because since 1947 Hanover belongs to the exhibition centres and the fairground has an area of about 500.000 m². So it is the largest fairground worldwide. The Hannover Messe is the biggest fair for industries of the world. For non-commercial visitors the abf (car, boat and leisure) is more suitable. You can have a look in the fair calendar on the website City of Hanover.

Events often take place open-air, e. g. in Herrenhäuser Gardens. Once a year the Fête de la Musique with musicians and bands come to Hanover and perform for free in the old town. The ten-day Schützenfest, one of the best visited folk festivals of Germany, starts in July. Music, food, dancing and roller coaster wait for you on the Schützenplatz next to the HDI-Arena.

The Maschseefest around the Maschsee takes place in August. Here you can walk through food trucks that offering different specialities to stages where regional and national musicians and bands perform. The completion is celebrated aesthetically with a great firework.



Hanover, the city of sports. Horse shows, cycle races and marathons take place in the arenas and in the streets of Hanover. Nearly anywhere you can be a part of it: run with the night run in the dark or with the Steelman at racetrack Neue Bult or do inline skating with hundreds of other people at “skate by night”. Here you can get further information about dates and events.

In many districts you can find indoor swimming pools. A card with ten tickets you can get for 30 Euros, if you are student even less for 18.50 Euros.


Also you can discover Hanover by bike. If you don’t own a bike, you can borrow one e. g. at the central station. The Deutsche Bahn lends bicycles too. Please get further information on Hannover/Fahrrad. You can make nice tours by bike at Mittellandkanal, Ricklinger Kiesteiche or Eilenriede.

If you like soccer, you can watch it in the HDI-Arena.