Getting around in Hannover is quite easy, most of Hannover’s sightseeing attractions can be found along the city’s Red Thread discovery route. The Red Thread is a unique personal guide for visitors who want to discover downtown Hannover and explore its history on their own. Painted on the ground in the center of the city, this red line weaves its way past 36 of Hannover’s most important attractions on a 4.2km circular tour that is accessible to all. With highlights including the roofless Church of St. Giles, the bridge by the Leineschloss, the flea market with Niki de Saint Phalle’s ‘Nana’ sculptures, Leibniz’s former home, and the ‘Stomach of Hannover’ (Hannover Market Hall), the Red Thread offers varied glimpses of this multifaceted city and the inspiration to discover downtown Hannover.
The Old Town Flea Market
A gem in the old town is the flea market by the river Leine: a Saturday event not to be missed! During winter time from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday (summer time 8 am to 4 pm), the three Nanas invite everyone to enjoy the beautiful spring weather and to stroll, browse, observe, haggle and wander around “Am Hohen Ufer”, on the High Bank that gave Hannover its name. Art and kitsch, bric-à-brac and junk: these are the things that visitors look to find there, not to mention watercolors, picture frames or antique lamps. Here you can find not only whole chests full of things from Grandma’s day, but also pictures, jewellery, comics and gramophone records.
Hannover Market Hall
Just around the corner, you will find the ‘Stomach of Hannover’, the city’s famous Market Hall with virtually everything under one roof: from fruit, seafood and bread to flowers and even the daily paper. It’s the perfect place to taste specialities from all around the world. Particularly at lunch times, it’s a pleasure to stop and take a break in the Market Hall, as numerous stalls offer hot and cold food to eat on the spot. People like to meet for a glass of sparkling wine or a cappuccino and a chat.
The New Town Hall
The New Town Hall of Hannover was built in a typical early 20th century style. The top of the impressive dome of the New Town Hall reaches 97,73 meter. The dome structure and the curved elevator with an angle of 17 degrees are unique for the architecture of city halls in Germany and are worth a visit. This special elevator takes you up to the viewing platforms that are located above the dome of which you have a spectacular view over the city. The elevator features windows in ceiling and floor, but it can be switched to opaque if requested for people that are afraid of heights.
The local bar scene
Craft Bier Bar
Ballhof 5 // Hannover
With individually brewed beers from around 15 different countries, the Craft Bier Bar pulls the perfect pint for all beer aficionados. There are 24 varieties on tap and another 100 kinds of bottled beer.
Schöne Aussichten 360° Beachclub Hannover
Röselerstraße 7 // open daily from early April to early October, depending on weather
The ultimate good mood venue: throughout the summer season, the 360° beach club dishes up a mix of refreshing cocktails, good music and delicious snacks, producing high spirits up above the roofs of Hannover.