Tourists often overlook Hanover but those who do take the time to get to know the city’s charms are rarely disappointed. Buried beneath its identity as a modern hub for global technology exhibitions, lies a history steeped in regal elegance as the home to the ruling family from The House of Hanover.
The Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen is hands down the most famous landmark in the city and is often likened to France’s gardens of Versailles. The swathes of green are made up of four gardens; the beatifically manicured Great Garden is the podium for festivals, events and concerts and has a grotto dedicated to the last works of artist Niki de Saint Phalle. There is also the baroque Berggarten, Georgengarten – which is home to Wilhelm Busch German Museum for Caricature and Critical Graphic Arts and the Leibniz Temple – and the Welfengarten. For those who wish to brave the elements, the popular swimming beach Strandbad is top of travellers lists on the southeast bank of the Maschsee, Hanover’s large lake.
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