Hallo Liebe Freunde,
So, you might be taken aback by my title, it is a little brutal but at least brutally honest. I have seen a lot of Germany. From small villages to big cities, some of the most beautiful and interesting places in Germany, in the entire world even! Comparatively, I felt that Hannover was lacking massively and really quite boring. The main sightseeing point in Hannover is the New Town Hall which unfortunately was mostly covered up by scaffolding when I visited. I didn’t even bother entering due to the masses of people getting off tourist buses to enter.
Sightseeing in Hannover
Neues Rathaus/New Town Hall:
This is the most iconic attraction in Hannover. Undoubtedly it is a wonderfully designed building but I think for this to be the highlight of Hannover says a lot.
Hannover Altstadt/Hannover Old Town
This is one of my favourite parts of Hannover. The architecture in this area is simply stunning.
Marktkirche is located in the Old Town, I particularly like the exterior of this church which has many fascinating features.
This was another one of my favourite parts of Hannover simply because it was so thought-provoking and to me, what it symbolises is hard-hitting. Not many cities show signs of their painful pasts (understandably!) and if they do they are normally small plaques or statues or you might not even realise that they have re-used materials that belong to previously ruined buildings. Aegienkirche was destroyed along with most of the city in World War 2 by bombings and it has been left in ruins as a memorial.
Maschee is an artificial lake not far from the Neues Rathaus/New Townhall. It is a nice place to go for a stroll to temporarily escape city life. However, it isn’t really something to write home about.
Vegetarian Food in Hannover
I visited Loving Hut and had some delicious, healthy vegetarian food. It cost me 12 euros ($18.12AUD) for 2 small meals and a drink which is a bit on the pricey side but it was worth it for me.
Public Transport in Hannover/Getting to the Airport
The public transport in Hannover is excellent. Like with Hamburg, you can navigate which bus/tram/train to take using Google Maps and it is reasonably priced. You can even get the train from the Hauptbahnhof to the Airport for 3.50EU ($5.29AUD).
Budget Accommodation in Hannover
Airbnb is the best way to go for a private room at the best price. I wouldn’t recommend the Airbnb I was at though as it was smelly, dirty and noisy. Getting a private room or apartment otherwise is quite expensive.
The vibe/ The culture/ The People
I found people in Hannover to be generally quite unfriendly, cold and even rude at times. The vibe was pretty much non-existent.
Why didn’t I like Hannover?
Hannover is all well and good to visit for a single day, you can very easily see everything in a day! But after that, there is nothing much else to see or do. As aforementioned, I didn’t think much of the vibe or the people who were mostly just buzzkills. I was mainly there to get a flight out from their airport anyway. I will only ever return there if it is to save money on flights.
Keep in mind this blog post contains my opinions and if yours differ to mine that is perfectly fine. Have you ever been to Hannover before? Do you share similar sentiments or totally disagree with me?