36 things to see during the Messe in Hannover Germany - Part 4
This article follows 36 things to see during the Messe in Hannover Germany - Part 3. This is the last part of four of a complete explanation about “Der Rote Faden”. So, if you haven't read the Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 yet, I highly recommend you read them first.
On Part 4, The Red Thread continues in The Old Town and finishes at the start point. 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.
28. The Leibniz House
The Leibniz House is a memorial to the philosopher, mathematician, physicist, lawyer, philologist and historian Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. This building was originally located in another address of Hannover, the Schmiedestraße, and, after being destroyed during World War II, was rebuilt in The Old Town. This reconstruction cost 22 million German Marks.
Leibniz is a very special famous person in Hannover and was already mentioned in Part 1 of this article when I spoke about The Georgstraße. He lived in this house between 1698 and 1716, date of his death. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz also names the Leibniz University Hannover.
TIP: In front of The Leibniz House, you will see The Holzmarkt fountain, donated to the town in 1896 by Oskar Winter.
29. The Kramerstraße
The Kramerstraße, which means "street of the grocer", is one of the most beautiful streets in Hannover. Especially for me that came from Brazil and don't have these picturesque half-timbered houses in my country.
I like to go there for an ice cream, but the street is, in fact, more famous because of the beer. This is due to the fact that Cord Broyhan, a brewer, invented the famous and excellent "Broyhan beer". I don't drink alcohol, but that's what people say. If you try out, please let me know if it is really that good.
30. The Market Church
This is the heart of Hannover's Old Town. Built in the 14th century, the church has a North German Brick Gothic architectural style and has 11 bells. This place used to be a busy market square, home of merchants and craftsmen. Its name in German is Marktkirche St. Georgii et Jacobi.
A guided tour through the church is offered every Saturday, except in December, at 12.00 noon. The tour lasts one hour.
Plan your visit
Opening hours: Daily: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm | Guided tour - Sat: 12.00 midday
Admission: The guided tour cost €3.00
Address: Am Markte 9, 30159 Hannover
Contact: +49 511 326849 | http://marktkirche-hannover.de
31. The Old Town Hall
The Old Town Hall, or Alte Rathaus in German, is now an event hall. They have a Mediterranean's cuisine restaurant and rooms for parties or business events.
It took over 100 years to be built. The youngest part, at the Schmiedestraße, is dated from 1410 and the older wing is from the 13th-century. The building was supposed to be demolished, but the citizens from Hannover saved it in 1844. Conrad Wilhelm Hase, a Neo-Gothic architect, renovated the entire building, keeping the original style of 1500.
The building is known for being the most southern building in North German Brick Gothic architectural style.
Plan your visit
Opening hours: Mon to Sat: 9.00 am to 12.00 midday | Sun: closed
Address: Karmarschstraße 42, 30159 Hannover
Contact: +49 511 3008040 | firstname.lastname@example.org | http://altes-rathaus-hannover.de
32. The Gargoyle Set
On the wall of The Old Town Hall, on the outside, hangs The Gargoyle Set or Neidkopf that means, in German, envy head.
In the Middle Ages, this type of ornament was used to ward off evil spirits.
33. The Market Hall
Do you like curry wurst? If you do, just like me, The Market Hall, or Markthalle, is the best place of the town to eat it. But you don't find only german food, with international options, this is a great place to eat and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere.
It is a place for friends meetings, happy hours, coffee drinking, beer drinking, snacking or having a meal. It has 4000 square metres and about 50 restaurants.
Plan your visit
Opening hours: Mon to Wed: 7.00 am to 8.00 pm | Thu to Fri: 7.00 am - 10.00 pm | Sat: 7.00 am - 4.00 pm | Sun: closed
Address: Karmarschstraße 49, 30159 Hannover
Contact: +49 511 341410 | http://www.markthalle-in-hannover.de
34. The City Centre
The pedestrian area of Hannover was the first large pedestrian precinct in Germany, when, in 1954, Hannover made the option of stop vehicle traffic around the most popular shops.
Walking towards the Train Station (Hauptbahnhof), you will see an underground promenade, named after the Nana's mother, Niki-de-Saint-Phalle-Promenade.
There you find all kind of stores, cafés and restaurants. Hannover has a shopping mall (what used to be my first shopping choice in Brazil), but in this town I prefer to go to The City Centre for shopping, meeting a friend or just look around (woman love looking around shops, right?).
The only negative aspect is the beggars. Unfortunately, I see at least one, every time I go there. But the area is clean and safe. No worries. It's just sad.
35. The Kröpcke
The Kröpcke is the main square of Hannover downtown. Here is the most important intersection for the underground public transportation and a well-known meeting point, at the clock. The Kröpcke Clock, from 1977, is a replica of its original, dated in 1885.
The name of the square, adopted in 1948, came from Wilhelm Kröpcke, the owner of a famous café on this address, 40 years after his death.
TIP: A WC open from 6.00 am to 10.00 pm, Sun to Thu; and from 6.00 am to 2.00 am is available at the Kröpcke underground station.
In front of the Hauptbahnhof, the Hannover's central station, you find a memorial to Ernst August I, King of Hanover from 20 June 1837 until his death, 18 November 1851. He was the fifth son of George III, King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
Just like the Kröpcke clock, this is also a famous meeting point of Hannover. "Meet me under the tail [of the horse]", people usually say.
The Hannover Hauptbahnhof is used daily by 250,000 passengers and 622 trains. Its story started with a building that was erected on this local in 1843, to work as a temporary station. Then, the first central station was built in romantic-neoclassical style from 1845 to 1847. In 1879, a new station was built, designed by Hubert Stier in the Renaissance Revival style. This building was largely destroyed during World War II, in 1943. The reconstruction of the building entrance started 1948 and of the platforms were reconstructed from 1959 to 1961.
And here is the end of The Read Thread. But Hannover has much more to offer and I hope to show much more soon.
While I don't write new articles, you can enjoy a bit more of the city on this great video from The Tourist Information.
Video: Hannover Timelapse by © Stefan Knaak from hannover.de, used under CC BY.
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