Discover Germany, Issue 32, November 2015

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Christmas markets in Hannover The season of good will returns every year accompanied, as always, by the unmistakable festive mood, magical candlelight and evocative scents. Hark to the romantic sights and sounds of the many local Christmas markets in the Hannover region, and herald in the pleasurable Christmas season! TEXT & PHOTOS: HANNOVER MARKETING UND TOURISMUS GMBH

In the Old Town around the Market Church, between about 170 Christmas stands and the historic half-timbering, there is a magical feel in the air. Stroll through festively lit alleys to the Finnish Christmas village on the Ballhofplatz, where, next to a genuine Lapp tent, Finnish specialties such as freshly cooked flamed salmon or Glögi are waiting for you. Just a ‘reindeer hop’away lies the charms of the historic Christmas village on the banks of the River Leine. Allow yourself to be transported back a few centuries and experience old crafts and great activities you can join in with. In the Wunschbrunnenwald [wishing well forest] situated a few metres away, 50 fir trees on an area of about 400

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square metres create a fairytale atmosphere. Here you can find everything that your Christmas gourmet heart desires. And you can enjoy the Christmas mood outside of the Old Town too: in front of the main railway station, around 40 stands invite you to discover culinary delicacies and Christmas arts and crafts. And on the Lister Meile shopping street, it’s more of a family feel: the children’s eyes will light up at the toy trains, merry-go-rounds and puppet theatres and the culinary delights will also leave nothing to be desired. In the area around Hannover too, numerous small markets with arts and crafts and treats to eat offer you a relaxing Christmas shopping trip.

Hannover – a perfect Christmas shopping experience Whether a lengthy shopping spree or a quick errand – the vast selection of shops, all within easy reach thanks to convenient transport services, make Hannover a great place to shop and one that attracts people from far beyond the region. The pedestrian precinct is one of the most popular shopping venues in Germany and hardly any other city boasts such a high concentration of shopping malls and arcades and specialist stores. Shopping in the area around the Market Church is a particular pleasure, where the half-timbered houses of the Old Town, the elegant boutiques, art galleries and authentic pubs never fail to delight. Christmas markets in Hannover 25 November – 22 December, 2015 (daily 11:00 – 21:00)