Ernst August Platz - Hannover's city center, between the Central Train Station, the old town by the river, the Steintor in the east and the Aegidientor to the west. This area has been reconstructed from the rubble of World War II - but it was done with great love and respect for history.
Bahnhofstrasse - A pedestrian walkway which takes you from the Central Station to the heart of the city. Kids will like the fun of the Passerelle - an underground shopping district. At the far end of the Bahnhofstrasse you'll reach Kropcke, the most popular square in town.
Kropke - Hannoverians call this the heart of the city. Come hear to see buskers entertaining under the Kropke clock and get a feeling for the city.
Georgstrasse - Named for the Hannoverian King George of England, you'll find wonderful shops here and also the neo-classical Opera House, built in 1845 as the royal theater. Don't miss the statues of famous poets and composers.
Old City - Before WWII, this area from Steintor to Aegidientorplatz was filled with half-timbered buildings from the Middle Ages. Only about three dozen medieval buildings survived the bombing, yet you'll see far more now. Ancient facades found all town were brought here during reconstruction to recreate the feeling of this neighborhood.
Old City Hall (Altes Rathaus) - Construction took almost all of the 15th century, it overlooks Schmiedestrasse (Blacksmith Street). Check out the Apothekenflugel (Chemists' Wing)built in Italian Romanesque style and the portraits of princes.
Marktkirche - This is the largest church in Hannover's old town, built in the northern German Gothic style. Don't miss the beautifully carved altar, with 21 different scenes from the life of Christ. The church also has glowing stained glass windows; outside is a dramatic bronze statue of Martin Luther.
Niedersachsische Landesmuseum - This city museum has everything from 1,000 years of art (including Rembrandt, Rubens and Albrecht Durer), to archeological exhibits (covering 200,000 years of human history) to natural history exhibits (including dinosaur models and a reptile exhibit). Something a little eerie? How about the exhibits on burial rituals and after life beliefs, from the Stone Age as well as the first farmers in the late Stone Age on. Don't miss the famous the mummified corpses taken from Niedersachsen's peat bogs.
Historische Museum - This museum covers 750 years of Hannover's history with periods separated on different floors.You'll see royal coaches, flags, costumes and medals. There are also exhibits on forestry and hunting, the postal service, the railways, mining, universities and the legal system. The second floor is all about the rural life of Niedersachsen, with models of farm houses, agricultural equipment and traditional costumes.
The Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) at Tramplatz- Built on a bog just before WWI, they had to put 6026 beech piles in the ground before laying the foundation. Kids will want to see the four scale models of the city on permanent display: Middle Ages, pre-WWII , WWII, and current. Take time to tour the Hodler Hall's mural painting and the Mosaic Hall mosaics of craftsmen, but don't miss a ride in the elevator to the top of the dome, where you can see far and wide across the city to the Harz Mountains. There's a tourism office here for more city info and a cafe for snacks.
Maschpark and Maschsee - Next to the New Town Hall is a large park area with a large artificial lake, the Maschsee. Rent a pedal boat and go out on the lake, take a cruise in a little steamer, wade in the water on the edges of a sandy beach, or relax in one of the many cafes.
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