Discover Germany | Issue 24 | March 2015

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Welcome to Hannover Few regions can boast as many diverse and appealing leisure opportunities as Hannover. Whether you’re strolling through the Royal Herrenhäuser Gardens or soaking up the Mediterranean flair around the Maschsee Lake in the heart of the city. Highlights of the region include Lake Steinhude, the Deister forest and the Marienburg Castle. With its generous pedestrian zone, the Ernst-August-Galerie shopping centre and the sophisticated boutique-lined streets, the city of Hannover is a lively shopping haven. In the old town, let the medieval alleyways entrance you, before opting for a relaxing drink on the banks of the River Leine or in one of the many cafes. Alongside a host of fascinating museums and monuments, Hannover’s firstrate theatre productions, concerts and art exhibitions draw in the culture lover from all over the world. As a city that excels at trade fairs, events and sports, Hannover has a veritable international flair and its annual Maschsee Festival and the Schützenfest funfair are among the biggest in the world. Hannover – discover the diversity! TEXT & PHOTOS: HANNOVER MARKETING UND TOURISMUS GMBH | TRANSLATION: EMMIE COLLINGE

Royal Hannover - Admire Royal landscape architecture in the Herrenhäuser Gardens The Great Garden – a true gem of a Baroque garden – was originally created by one of Hannover’s most extraordinary women: the Electress Sophia of Hannover. Inspired by the Sun King Louis XIV, her life’s work was the grandiose transformation of the Great Garden at the end of the

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17th century as a homage to the French style. One of the best-preserved in Europe, this Baroque garden and its remarkable flair enrapture around half a million visitors annually. Since 2013, the Great Garden has housed a further attraction: the new Herrenhausen Palace Museum, which invites guests to delve into the diversity of the palace and gardens of Herrenhausen.

Where could be better to stage stunning productions and events than here? The Herrenhausen Gardens are renowned for their extensive event programme, which includes the International Fireworks Competition, the KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen and many top class concerts, musicals and dance performances. Allow yourself to be enchanted! Within the historic Berggarten [Mountain Garden], over 12,000 types of plants are waiting to be discovered in this impressive botanical garden. The greenhouses, home to up to 800 blossoming orchids, tropical