Thursday, May 28, 2009

Hannover

The third and last city we visited in Germany was Hannover, capital of the province of Lower Saxony. Hannover has about 515 000 inhabitants and was documented for the first time in the 11th century. The city is one of the most important exhibition cities in the world and hosts many international exhibits every year.

This pic of The New Town Hall (Das neue Rathaus) was taken from my hotel room balcony. I just stood there every evening enjoying the view of this magnificent building and was lucky enough to see the inside of it just before we left. It was built between 1901 and 1913 and replaced the old town hall built in the 14th century.


The French artist Niki de Saint Phalle created the bright and trendy figures called "Nanas" They have become synonymous with Hannover and you fins all kinds of souvenirs and postcards featuring them.

The Herrenhauser Gardens is one of the big attractions of the city and covers 135 hectares. There are different sections to the gardens ranging from statues and fountains to English style landscapes, botanical collections and rare plants. Unfortunately we were there in late autumn and there wasn't much to the gardens, but they were still breath taking. I can't imagine what they would look like in spring and summer.
Tomorrow I will finish of with Germany in Hannover's old town area.

4 comments:

  1. Excellent shot of the Town Hall, I love the colors! Gee, must have been really hard having to stare at *that* out your balcony window! :-) Great series, thanks!!

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  2. Lovely photographs! I do love how they call it the Rathaus! I could never get it when we were there either! Sounds like somewhere the Pied Piper should live!
    The "Nanas" are beautiful!

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  3. I've been to visit Hannover only once before...about 2 years ago with a group of South Africans - we only did the city -missed all these beautiful sights you photographed. I know Steffi who reads my blog lives in Hannover and another SA close by....will have to go visit them and see more...beautiful Photo's!

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  4. My son & I are trying to remember if we went to Hannover or not. It seems we did, but do not recognize the pics. Oh well, the Das Nue Rathaus is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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