Flights to Hanover
Hanover is an attractive city on the River Leine in north central Germany. Though Hanover was badly hit during World War 2, there are still some beautiful landmarks remaining as well as plenty of museums and culture.
The airport for flights to Hanover is the Hannover-Langenhagen Airport (airport code: HAJ) and it is well served by many airlines. It’s 11 kilometres away from the centre of the city. With South African Airways, you’ll have one stop in Munich for your flight to Hanover, and Lufthansa offers the same route. Swiss Air makes one stop-over in Zurich instead. Flights to Hanover are typically around 14 hours long, including layover times.
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The Tourist Attractions of Hanover:
While Hanover may not have a swathe of historical buildings like some other German cities, it still offers some lovely architecture, and a number of older buildings.
Hanover Old City
Recreated after the war, Hanover Old City is not as the original old city would have looked but instead includes a number of buildings that survived the war and were moved here to create an old town. Even though it’s not entirely authentic, it still makes this a nice part of the city to visit, and you have the Church on the Marketplace to look at, plus the nearby Old Town Hall. The Church, as its name suggests, is located on the market square and is one of the largest landmarks around. The church was originally built in the 14th century with parts rebuilt to the original plans following the war.
One of the most popular attractions in Hanover is the Herrenhausen Gardens. The gardens were created in the 17th century to copy France’s Palace of Versailles Gardens, and they consist of four distinct gardens: the Great Garden, the Berggarten, the Georgengarten, and the Welfengarten. Herrenhausen Castle was once at the centre of the Great Garden, but was essentially destroyed during the war, however, it is now being rebuilt to its former glory.
Until Herrenhausen Castle is completed, you can still enjoy a great castle in Hanover; Marienburg Castle. It’s a little way out of the city itself (about 20 kilometres), but worth the trip as parts of the castle are open to the public for tours. The castle is actually owned by Prince Ernst August of Hanover, so it’s still in use today, but visitors can ogle over the fairy-tale architecture of it!
Hanover New City Hall
Back in the city, Hanover’s New City Hall offers some fine architecture too. It was opened in 1913 and has a castle-like appearance, plus it’s situated within one of Hanover’s parks, Maschpark, giving this a very nice setting. The observation platform on top of the central dome makes this a popular tourist attraction. You can ride the unique elevator that takes an arched rather than straight course inside the dome and enjoy the spectacular views from the top. Also inside the city hall are four to scale models of Hanover at different points in the city’s history.
When Should You Visit?:
From May to September the weather should be warm enough for sightseeing as the average high ranges between 17.7 and 22.3C. If you bring a rain jacket or umbrella you should be prepared for the summertime showers. Either side of summer temperatures drop off, and by the winter it’s quite cool – the average high in January is just 3C.