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36 things to see during the Messe in Hannover Germany - Part 1

Updated on November 19, 2017
My dog Penelope exploring The Red Thread
My dog Penelope exploring The Red Thread

When I first came to Hannover, also known as Hanover, I was really impressed when I found out about The Red Thread (Der Rote Faden). I love systems, especially the German talent for organizing things, so when I saw this easy to follow, painted on the floor, city tour, it did blow my mind.

This is the first part of four of a complete explanation about “Der Rote Faden”. I will also give you some tips of nice places along the way that are not included in the official tour.

The Red Thread starts and ends at the Ernst-August-Platz, where the Tourist Information office is located, as well as the Central Train Station. It runs through 36 touristic points, including historic buildings, museums, street arts and, of course, shopping.

Hannover is a charming city, capital of the German federal state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) and was once the family seat of the Hanoverians, royal dynasty of the Hanoverian Kings of Great Britain. It is considered the greenest city in Germany, has a great public transport system and it is, at the same time, small and cosmopolitan. So, let’s follow the red line…

1. The Tourist Information

This is the place to go to grab all information about Hannover and its region, from brochures and maps to accommodation services and events.

Before travelling to Hannover, it is recommended to check out the Tourist Information website, to see what is going on and download an updated PDF brochure. Here you can also buy souvenirs and tickets for different attractions.

Plan your visit

Opening hours: Mon to Fri: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm | Sat: 10.00 am - 3.00 pm (April-October 10.00 am - 5.00 pm) | Sun: closed (April-October 10.00 am to 3.00 pm)

Address: Ernst-August-Platz 8, 30159 Hannover

Contact: +49 511 12345111 | info@hannover-tourismus.de | http://www.hannover.de/en

Starting point of The Red Thread at The Tourist Information

A markerThe Tourist Information -
Ernst-August-Platz 8, 30159 Hannover, Germany
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Starting point of The Red Thread at The Tourist Information
Starting point of The Red Thread at The Tourist Information

2. Galerie Luise

Opened in 1987, the Galerie Luise is an exclusive shopping arcade. The complex has around 35 stores, including more than fashionable 49 brands, in 4900 m² and an underground parking lot for 500 vehicles.

The building, with a beautiful glass roof and a glass rotunda on its core, consists of three wings and three entrances, with different architectural facades: Art Nouveau at the Theaterstraße entrance and postmodernism at the Luisestraße and Joachimstraße. The Art Nouveau facade used to be part of a building that served as traditional shops home in the early 20th century Hannover, but it was severely damaged in 1943, during World War II. Be sure to explore all three and have an exclusive shopping experience.

Plan your visit

Opening hours: the Galerie is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week || The stores are open Mon to Fri: 10.00 am - 7.00 pm | Sat: 10.00 am - 6.00 pm | Sun: closed || The restaurants are open Mon to Sun: 10.00 am - 11.30 pm

Parking: open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week | €1.50 per hour or €12.00 per day

Address: Luisenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover

Contact: +49 511 40080080 | http://www.galerie-luise.de

Galerie Luise | The Red Thread | Hannover, Germany
Galerie Luise | The Red Thread | Hannover, Germany

For my surprise, when I was leaving the Galerie, I saw this nice parade playing Y.M.C.A.

TIP: before going to The Opera, take a look at the Kröpke-Passage, right opposite of The Galerie Luise, on your right-hand side.

Next, on your left-hand side, check out the statue "Sidewalk Judge" by J Seward Johnson Jr.

3. The Opera House

The Opera House, Staatsoper Hannover in German, is a gorgeous neo-classical building, built in 1945 and rebuilt in 1948, after being badly damaged during World War II. It was initially constructed as the royal theatre, by the King Ernst-August request, once the theatre in the Leineschloss was too small.

The classical style building, by the famous architect Georg Ludwig Laves, has two large wings, a balcony and statues of famous poets and composers, including Mozart, Shakespeare, Beethoven, Schiller and Goethe.

It is considered one of the top 20 opera houses worldwide.

Plan your visit

Calendar: http://www.oper-hannover.de/oper/index.php?f=01_spielplan&aktuellermonat=1

Address: Opernplatz 1, 30159 Hannover

Contact: +49 511 99991111 | http://www.staatstheater-hannover.de/oper/

The Opera | The Red Thread | Hannover, Germany
The Opera | The Red Thread | Hannover, Germany

4. The Georgstraße

The Georgstraße is the main street in Hannover downtown; it is split into a pedestrian section (between Kröpcke and Steintor) and a charming promenade part (between the Opera House and Aegidientorplatz).

In the promenade, you can see:

  • GOP Varieté-Theater, one of the best in Germany and the only one that remains on its original place;
  • a memorial to Jewish people that were persecuted and deported during the Nazi times, created by Michelangelo Pistoletto;
  • three memorial statues to the German pioneer orthopaedic surgeon Louis Stromeyer; the famous engineer Karl Karmarsch, founding director of the University of Hannover; and one of the most important composers of German opera, Heinrich Marschner;
  • a memorial to Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, an important German philosopher and polymath;
  • a large option of bars, restaurants and cafés.

In the pedestrian area, you have one of the best shopping areas of Germany.

The Georgstraße | The Red Thread | Hannover, Germany
The Georgstraße | The Red Thread | Hannover, Germany

TIP: for a better logistic, visit the pedestrian part later in this tour.

5. The Georgsplatz (1)

The Georgsplatz is located in The Georgsstraße and appears twice on The Red Thread since there is a lot to see. In one side of the street, there is a historic ensemble, which is the city's bank center.

The building in the picture used to be the Hannoversche Bank, founded in 1856. But now, this late gothic style construction belongs to the Deutsche Bank.

Behind the Deutsche Bank, in the street An der Börse, you can see the Hannover Stock exchange (Börse), a building in Tudor style, built in 1846 and designed by Ernst Ebeling.

The Deutsche Bank building | The Georgsplatz | The Red Thread | Hannover, Germany
The Deutsche Bank building | The Georgsplatz | The Red Thread | Hannover, Germany

Tip: after the "Börse" building, turn right at "Sophienstraße". At the first sight, you will be amazed by a giant crystal lamp in the middle of the street. The lamp is hanging in front of the building "Künstlerhaus der Stadt Hannover".

In the end of this street, you can also see the Lower Saxony Ministry of Finance building ("Niedersächsisches Finanzministerium").

6. The Georgsplatz (2)

On the other side of the street, you can see the Deutsche Bundesbank office.

The Georgsplatz is also worth to be seen after the sunset, when the lights create a unique atmosphere and you can enjoy the seven Light-Art-Benches by Francesco Mariotti.

The Georgsplatz | The Red Thread | Hannover, Germany
The Georgsplatz | The Red Thread | Hannover, Germany

Tip: On your way to The Aegidienkirche, you can take a shortcut right on the left of the Deutsche Bundesbank office and find a remaining part of the middle age city wall.

7. The Aegidienkirche

The ruins of the medieval church, destroyed during the 1943 bombing, is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful places in The Red Thread. It serves now as a memorial for the victims of war.

Inside the church shell, you will find the sculpture Demut, by Bildhauer Kurt Lehmann, and the Peace Bell, donated in 1985 by Hiroshima, Japanese sister city of Hannover.

The name means Church of Saint Giles.

The Aegidienkirche | The Red Thread | Hannover, Germany
The Aegidienkirche | The Red Thread | Hannover, Germany
The Peace Bell | The Red Thread | Hannover, Germany
The Peace Bell | The Red Thread | Hannover, Germany

8. The Spartans' Stone

Also known as the Seven Man Stone, it shows seven men at prayer beneath the cross. The stone is outside of The Aegidienkirche wall, right on the corner, where the streets Osterstraße and Breite Straße meet.

The Spartans Stone | The Red Thread | Hannover, Germany
The Spartans Stone | The Red Thread | Hannover, Germany

9. The KUBUS Gallery

This contemporary art gallery displays around eight temporary exhibitions every year.

Outside of the building, the sculpture Stahlengel (steel angel) by Erich Hauser faces the Aegidienkirche. The exhibition room has 340 square metres.

Plan your visit

Calendar: http://www.hannover.de/Kultur-Freizeit/Museen-Ausstellungen/Galerien/Städtische-Galerie-KUBUS/Programm-2015

Opening hours: Mon: closed | Tue to Fri: 11.00 am - 6.00 pm | Sat to Sun: 11.00 am - 4.00 pm

Admission: free

Address: Theodor-Lessing-Platz 2, 30159 Hannover

Contact: +49 511 16845790 | KUBUS@Hannover-Stadt.de

The KUBUS Gallery | The Red Thread | Hannover, Germany
The KUBUS Gallery | The Red Thread | Hannover, Germany

I would love to know...

Have you ever been to Hannover?

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So, let me know what you think about this article or if you want to know more about any of the places I've mentioned, by leaving a comment below.

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Love,

Dani Tabalipa

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      Dani Tabalipa 2 years ago from Germany

      Guten Tag Lili,

      Uau! Thank you very much for your great comment. I'm really impressed about how much you know.

      Yes, Hannover is not a first choice for travelling, what is a shame. I went to Hannover for the first time exactly because of the clean accent, since I wanted to learn German. But I felt in love with this town. I can't believe that Germans say that this is the ugliest city. I have to disagree with them. ;)

      I have briefly mentioned the Peace Bell, but I'll take your suggestion and add a picture.

      Yes, Hannover is the greenest city indeed. Cool, isn't it?!?

      Vielen Dank for sharing information and I hope you like the next hubs.

      Xx

      Dani

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      Elisabeth Meier 2 years ago

      Hi Dani,

      nice that you find exact 36 places in Hannover everyone should see. Hannover is not known as first choice for tourist's tours. Although it has been a very busy and interesting town before WWII but then was completely destroyed. That's why the architecture now is of all styles and mostly without much atmosphere - except in the old center which is named "Altstadt". You even still find the consequences of WWII like on your photo of the ruin of Hannover's Aegidienkirche (Kirche=church). It would have been nice if you had also shown and mentioned the Peace Bell at this church which sounds each year on Aug6 to remember of Hiroshima.

      Usually Germans call Hannover one of the ugliest German cities and with the less culinary taste. The only positive they say about Hannover and its citizens is that they speak the clearest German - like they say about Kansas City speaking the clearest American English. I don't know whether this is true or not in both cases as I grew up with it.

      Then, I would like to add that the Georgstrasse (George Street) is named after King George V, King of England and Hannover. So, if you follow this street to the North you will see that it directly leads you to the former Castle which is nowadays Hannover's Leibniz University.

      Further, Hannover is first is known for some fairs like the CeBIT, Hannover Messe, Agritechnica and many others.

      I never heard about Hannover being the greenest city in Germany and doubt this as even Berlin is much greener - but it's green enough and has many parks and lovely places like the wood named Eilenriede and the Big Garden (Großer Garten) which belonged to the Castle. It also had a wonderful Synagogue and active Jewish life, but... it took a long while before an old church was rebuilt to a new Synagogue for liberal Jews.

      Can't wait to read which are the other 27 places you like most. :)