36 things to see during the Messe in Hannover Germany - Part 3
This article follows 36 things to see during the Messe in Hannover Germany - Part 2. This is the third part of four of a complete explanation about “Der Rote Faden”. So, if you haven't read the Part 1 and Part 2 yet, I highly recommend you read them first.
On Part 3, The Red Thread continues following the River Leine through The Hohe Ufer. It runs along a total of 36 touristic points, including historic buildings, museums, street arts and, of course, shopping. I will also give you some tips of nice places along the way that are not included in the official tour.
19. The Hohe Ufer
The Hohe Ufer (High Bank) is the street that gave the name of Hannover, founded in medieval times under the name of Honovere, meaning "high river bank".
The waterfront of the road was created in 1659 and its construction was made with stones of the buildings damaged by World War II.
Along the street, there is a bronze sculpture, "Man with Horse", created by Hermann Scheuernstuhl and The Marstalltor, a gate built in 1714 by the architect Louis Remy de la Fosse.
TIP: Every Saturday, there is The Old Town Flea Market at The Hohe Ufer, from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm during winter time and from 8.00 am to 3.00 pm during summer time. This is one of the biggest and oldest Flea Markets in Germany.
20. The Nanas
On the other side of the river, opposite to The Hohe Ufer, is the street Leibnizufer. There, you will see three Nanas of Niki de Saint Phalle, one of the most popular landmarks of Hannover.
Niki de Saint Phalle was a French sculptor, painter and filmmaker. She created a series of sculptures that represent a modern woman, with a female figure shape, giving emphasis on curves, such as the chest and buttocks. These sculptures are called Nanas.
On 17 November 2000, Niki de Saint Phalle was named as an honorary citizen of the city of Hannover. To mark the occasion, she donated 300 of her works the local Sprengel Museum.
21. The Old Town
Crossing a gate, called "The Marstalltor and Bear the Arms of King George I of Hannover and Great Britain and Ireland", you will be taken to The Old Town, Altstadt in German. The gate was originally part of a horse riding arena, built in 1714, by the architect Remy de la Fosse.
For me, it is one of the most beautiful places of Hannover, with lots of restaurants, bistros, pubs and cafes. You will also have a large option of elegant boutiques, art galleries, antique dealers and little specialist shops.
The half-timbered Middle Ages buildings are dated from the 16th and 17th centuries. They were collected from different parts of Hannover, after World War II, and rebuilt in this area. Only forty old half-timbered buildings remained in the entire city after the War.
Check on the video below to see more pictures from The Hannover Old Town:
22. The Oldest Family House
At the end of the Burgstraße 12 stands The Oldest Family House of Hannover. Its front dates 1566 and the back part is from 1564, two years older. You can easily recognize it by its colorful decoration.
The house is still used as a residence.
23. The Kreuzkirche Church
The Kreuzkirche was built in 1333 and means Holy Cross Church. It is a protestant church and one of the most beautiful buildings of Hannover.
The interior was destroyed in World War II and rebuilt afterwards. The altar, designed by Lucas Cranach the Elder, comes from a church in the city of Einbeck, in Lower Saxony, Germany.
The church offers concerts, readings and exhibitions in dates that can be found on its calendar, on the church's website.
Plan your visit
Opening hours: Daily: 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
Address: Kreuzkirchhof, 30159 Hannover
24. The Duve Chapel
The Duve Chapel, Duvekapelle, is adjacent to the Kreuzkirche. It was built in 1655 and contains the vault of the Duve family, a prosperous merchant family of Hannover. The best-known member was Johann Duve, a German merchant and banker, who was renowned for his charity.
Duve became rich as a supplier of cloth, grain, powder, lead, among other things, during the 30 Years War. Later, he also traded jewels, wool, wood and hops.
25. The Ballhof
Along the street Kreuzstraße, you will meet the Ballhofplatz, an area with 1,000 square meters.
The Ballhof was built between 1649 and 1664. It was initially used as a sports hall, designed for ball games out of the wind and rain. Later, it was used as an assembly hall and recently became a theatre.
Find the calendar of theatre, opera and ballet of Hannover on this website: http://www.hannover.de/en/Tourism-Culture/Event-Highlights/Theatre,-Opera-Ballet
The Ballhofplatz features tango events and jazz concerts during the summer.
26. The Museum of History
The Museum of History, or Historisches Museum, has part of the middle ages city town integrated to its construction. The museum features a permanent exhibition called: "750 Years of Hannover". The exhibition shows the city changes along the centuries, from 1600 to the end of the Kingdom of Hanover, in 1866.
The museum also offers special exhibitions and numerous events.
Curiosity: In 2013, one week after I have visited the museum, a bomb from the Word War II was found under its construction. The area was evacuated during four hours while the specialists removed the bomb.
Plan your visit
Opening hours: Mon: closed | Tue: 10.00 am - 7.00 pm | Wed to Fri: 10.00 am - 7.00 pm | Sat to Sun: 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
Admission: Adults: €5.00 | Reduced: €3.00 | Friday: free | Audio guides: free | Children older than 5 years: €1.00 | Children older than 12 years: €4.00 | Groups of 10 people: €4.00 per person | Groups of children: €1.00 per person | Guided tours for groups on weekdays: €45.00 | Guided tours for groups on weekends: €55.00
Address: Pferdestraße 6, 30159 Hannover
Contact: +49 511 16842352 | +49 511 16843052 | email@example.com
27. The Leine Palace
The Leine Palace (Leineschloss) is the seat of the State Parlament of Lower Saxony.
Originally it was a Franciscan convent, which was dissolved in 1553. Afterwards, the palace was used as the residence of the Hanoverian kings. It was entirely burned during the World War II and rebuilt between 1957 and 1962. Before the war, the King Georg I of Great Britain was buried here, but after the destruction, his remains were transferred to the chapel at the Herrenhausen Castle.
On the picture below, you might see that the building was being used as a scenario for wedding pictures that had just happened at The Kreuzkirche Church.
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