I never really considered going to Hanover for a weekend trip. It’s relatively small and 4 hours by train from Amsterdam. But when given an opportunity to check out a new city, I try not to pass that up. My boyfriend plays full-time tennis, which means he sometimes travels to different countries to play in tournaments, and I so happen to be very free on the weekends (au pair perks!). I tagged along for a mini road trip and got to spend a Sunday afternoon exploring Hanover all on my own.
First off, the road trip from Holland to Germany was way prettier than I expected. All of the leaves were bright yellow, orange and red. As we got further into our road trip, the landscape became hillier and hillier, making the autumn colors even more stunning. The location of Nathan’s tournament was 45 min south of Hanover, aka in the middle of nowhere. While it was a little weird to be in such a small village for his tennis tournament, the village itself and surrounding hills were gorgeous. I don’t think we could have planned a better time to catch the fall colors at its peak.
Sunday I had 6 hours free before I caught a train home. Not only was it the perfect amount of time to explore a small city like Hanover, but it was also one of the nicest days this month. I forgot that most things are closed on Sundays, which I thought would really limit what I could see, but in reality, most of the stops weren’t places that would be open/closed, they were historical and architectural sites. A benefit of it being a Sunday was that the city was practically empty of tourists and visitors and many of my photos don’t have a single person in them!
I did a little bit of research before we left. I came across this thing called the “Red Thread” or “Roter Faden” in German. It’s the same idea as the Freedom Trail in Boston. It’s literally a red line on the ground that goes around Hanover, bringing you past most of the big sites throughout the city. The entire route is 4200 meters, so it only took me a few hours, but it was so nice out I stop along the way many times. I also bought a .99$ app from the app store that provided me with a map of the entire route, as well as information about each of the 36 stops. It was available in 4 or 5 different languages so that was extremely helpful as well.
I won’t include every stop, but just some of my favorites!
New City Hall
This castle-like city hall was first opened in 1913. The building is located on the edge of Maschpark. Unfortunately, the building was under construction while I was there so it obstructed most of the view from the back. It was still breathtaking to look at. It was also free to go in and had some exhibits about the city of Hanover inside. The interior architecture was just as magnificent as the outside!
Next to the Leine River are the Nanas of Niki de Saint Phalle. Sophie, Charlotte, and Caroline depict three swirling ladies. Created during the feminist movements of the 60’s and 70’s, the Nanas stand for vitality, femininity, and uniting all women in themselves. They are a comprehensive reflection of the female existence.
The Leine River flows through Hanover. The river flows around the edge of the city center which provides for some awesome pics!
This square was a great place to see the classic timber framing I think of when I think of old German architecture. It was also super busy on a sunny Sunday afternoon. This square was a great place to grab lunch and do a little bit of people watching!
Hanover is a beautiful city with lots of history and culture. It’s not a very big city, so one or two days is more than enough. I wouldn’t necessarily go out of my way to see Hanover, but if you’re given a good opportunity to visit you definitely should!
Check out the short video I made here: Hanover Video