What a town!
Hanover is reputed to be very dull, but author Alexa Hennig von Lange knows better. She sets the record straight in a personal declaration of love and reveals some of her favorite haunts
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I often find my thoughts wandering to Hanover– which is natural enough since that is where I spent my childhood and teenage years. It’s where I was born - and everything I experienced up to my 18th birthday
is closely linked with Hanover; all those new, exciting, bright and promising things. But I know that some people who are not from the city have difficulty seeing things the way I do.
Yet there are so many good things about Hanover.
Enjoyment & relaxation in Hanover
New Town Hall:
The New Town Hall, completed in 1913, towers above Maschpark. Visitors can travel to the very top of its 98-meter-high dome in an oblique elevator - and the only one of its kind in the world. In fine weather, you can see from there all the way to the peaks of the Harz Mountains.
New Town Hall: Trammplatz 2, +49-(0)511/16 80. Opening times: Mon-Fri 8am-6:30pm, Sat-Sun 10:00am-6pm (elevator operates March through November). Admission: free (elevator ride €2.50, reduced €2). www.hannover.de
You get a great view of Lake Masch from Pier 51. This excellent restaurant also serves some gorgeous cakes and drinks.
Pier 51: Rudolf-von-Bennigsen Ufer 51, Tel. +49-(0)511/807 18 00. Opening times: daily 12 noon - 12 midnight. www.pier51.de
The artificial lake was created in the 1930s as a reservoir in which to catch the melt water flowing down from the Harz Mountains in springtime and thus to reduce the risk of flooding. Today, the people of Hanover swim in it or sail in boats or ice-skate on it depending on the season, and the path along its banks is often crowded with joggers, cyclists and skaters.
Art & magic
Magic moments: A stroll through Herrenhausen Gardens is like walking in another century
Herrenhausen Gardens: Herrenhäuser Straße 4, Tel. +49-(0)511/1684 45 43. Opening times: daily from 9am, closing times depending on season and garden between 4 and 8pm. Admission: €3,50 – €5 (depending on season), reduced €1,50 – €3 www.hannover.de/herrenhausen
Sprengel Museum is one of Germany’s most important museums of modern art. Exhibits include works by Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso and Paul Klee.
Sprengel Museum: Kurt-Schwitters-Platz, Tel. +49-(0)511/1684 38 75. Opening times: Tue 10am-20pm, Mon-Sun 10am-18pm. Admissions: € 9, reduced € 6. www.sprengel-museum.de
The Merz Building created by Hanover-born artist Kurt Schwitters is one of the main features of the Sprengel Museum. Collages and other graphic artworks by the artist are displayed here.
Bestselling author Alexa Hennig von Lange was born and raised in Hanover. She recently released two new novels in her series of young people’s books published by cbt: "Leute, das Leben ist wild" (2010) and "Leute, das Leben schockt!" (2009). Info:
Pictures: Engel + Gielen/ Zielske/Look-Foto (2), f1 online, Gaasterland/laif, Cordula Giese