Herrenhäuser Gärten (Royal Gardens)
The baroque garden and park ensemble of Herrenhausen in Hannover is a remarkable example of the traditional art of landscape gardening.
The baroque garden ensemble, one of the greatest and most beautiful in Germany, , was founded in 166 by Duke Johann Friedrich of Calenberg. Ist preservation and further development are owed mainly to one remarkable woman: Sophie, princess-elect of Hannover and mother of the first "Hanoveranian" on the English throne, was of english descent and needed a garden. And so the baroque ensemble was created, with trees, hedges, numerous special and model gardens, a great fountain with surrounding waterworks, maze garden, open air theatre, many statues and sculptures, cascades, a grotto and a palace (destroyed in 1943), gallery und orangery buildings.
Today, even without the palace, it is one of the city's most popular attractions, with its garden festivals, the baroque fireworks and theatre performances during the summer months. have a look at my travelogues, some more pictures
Silence belong the road
Inmidst the town centre or on the way to the Welfenschloss (and to University buildings) you watch some old cemeteries. Anyway, everywhere you find in the centre suddenly some peaceful and green places, like that. Streets wirh noise... and suddenly silence. Because of such green isles or one old church, little park or if you reached the big Town Park, or belong the river Leine.
I like Hannover because that town is really a "green" one, also with many lakes and forests, parks and silent (romantic) corners. And after some miles you are "outside" in the nature.
I flew to Hannover from Paris...
I flew to Hannover from Paris on a direct flight - very simple.
Getting around Hannover was remarkably easy, once I had worked out where the hotel was situated.
- train from Hannover airport to the main train station downtown
- bus from the train station to just by my hotel
Couldn't be easier
Walking has a lot to recommend itself - the centre of Hannover is compact and very interesting, and some of the old streets can only be explored on foot
Markthalle is not really a restaurant but a market hall, where you can buy many different kinds of fruits and vegetables. If you need something very exotic, you'll find it here!
But you can also just have your breakfast at one of the many foodstalls, your oysters at the fish shops or a soup or what ever you like to eat. Most meals are very cheap and fresh. Markthalle is also the place, where people meet after fleamarket on Saturday or just have a beer or a glas of wine. I recommend specially "Bei Toni", where you find the best Capuccino in town and some Italian specialities.
Quite the mishmash
They have flung together a lot of different exhibits here, from natural history and prehistory to fine art and ethnography.
The vivarium is a treat with its many fish tanks full of colourful specimens (we found Nemo) as well as toads, lizards and snakes (yech).
We passed the 'bones and stones' section in favour of the art which began with a series of medieval gilded altarpieces and worked its way up to the Impressionists. There were far more rooms than I expected and to be honest fatigue set in after a spell. There is rather a lot of dull Flemish landscapes, awkward Mannerist allegories and a poor Monet which combined to overpower the Masters like Cranach, Raphael, Holbein, Durer, Rubens and Rembrandt who also are on view here.