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Welcome to Hanover

Hanover

Located on the bank of the River Leine, Hanover is a small yet humble city and has become one of Germany's wealthier cities, best known for hosting the annual commercial expositions, such as the Hanover Fair as well as Oktoberfest Hanover, the second largest Oktoberfest in the world.

Although a substantial amount of the city was destroyed by Allied bombers during World War II, Hanover has retained its sense of history and charm, evident in its medieval attractions and distinctive timbered buildings. Complete with world-class shopping centres, wonderful museums and churches, and a love of all things beer related, Hanover has plenty to offer the intrepid traveller.

An integrated transport system means that visitors to the city can experience all Hanover has to offer and the 'Red Thread', a 3-mile (4km) red line painted onto the road tracing the city's most famous attractions means that tourists can explore this exciting destination at their own leisure.


Information & Facts

Climate

Hanover is at its best in the summer months, when the city can see as much as seven hours of sunshine per day and an average temperature of 70°F (21ºC). In the winter months, between May and September, the mercury drops to as little as Nevertheless, this drops to as little as one hour of sunshine in the depths of winter as 37°F (3°C).

Language
German is the official language. English is also widely spoken and understood.
Money

The unit of currency is the Euro (EUR), divided into 100 cents. ATMs and exchange bureaux are widely available. The major credit cards are becoming more widely accepted in many large shops, hotels and restaurants, although Germans themselves prefer to carry cash. Travellers cheques are best cashed at exchange bureaux, as banks often won't change them. The quickest and most convenient way to change money is to obtain cash from one of the ATM machines that are ubiquitous features on all German streets. Banks are closed on weekends, but exchange bureaux at airports and main railway stations are open daily from 6am to 10pm.

Time
GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October).

Located in the Anderten district of Hanover is the European Cheese Centre, which is the only 'Cheese Experience' in Europe. There are eight areas, each representing a cheese-producing region of Europe, and a central marketplace, where you can enjoy cheese and wine tastings. Audio guides are available by appointment for EUR3 per person.

The Royal Gardens at Herrenhausen exemplify the manicured French Baroque style of landscaping. Sculpted topiaries dot the symmetrical lawns of the Great Garden, which also contains the famous Grotto featuring colourful mosaics by artist Niki de Saint Phalle. The Berggarten houses exotic plants and a conservatory, and the Welfgarten surrounds the impressive Welfenschloss Castle.

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