Hanover is the capital of Lower Saxony but mostly known by its huge exhibitions. Besides a couple of historical landmarks, sadly the city has been destroyed during World War II. But you can still enjoy half-timbered houses in Kramerstrasse or the green parks and calm forests. The Lake Masch is also a fascinating spot! You can arrive the city from Hanover Airport, by train or by bus. The public transportation system is also amazing in here, all you have to do is buying a day ticket €4.90 (1 zone), €6.20, (2 zones), €7.70 (3 zones) and enjoy the public transportation. Inside the city, the attractions are in the 1 zone, the airport is in the 2 zone. You can also get Hanover Card from the tourism office. With this card you can travel for free with public transportation, also you can get discount for some museums, tours, restaurants, The Great Garden etc. Pricing is for a single ticket: 1 day €9.50, 2 days €13, 3 days €16; Group ticket (2-5 persons): 1 day €18, 3 days €31.
Kröpcke is the heart of Hanover with its large pedestrian area covered with shops, the Opera House, and amazing restaurants. So for a good shopping trip and after that to have a nice meal, you have to take a walk in the Kröpcke. The first stop must be "The Great Garden of Herrenhausen" or Herrenhäuser Gärten in German. This baroque garden is created in the 17th century as a copy of Versailles Garden in France! To see the full beauty of the garden, the best time to visit is at the end of spring till fall.
The Marienburg Castle is another must visit city landmarks of the city. This neo-baroque castle is one of the most important buildings in Germany. You can take a tour for €7.- adult, €6 for 13-17 years, €5 for 7-12 years and €4 for children under 6.
Hanover is a great place to visit with children as well! Sea Life is a great aquarium to have a fun family time with lots of fish and also a fun rainforest! The tickets cost €15.95. The other nice stop is the Hanover Zoo! The Zoo has around 2000 animals from all around the world and one of the best one in Europe! You can also enjoy various shows in here.
For nature lovers, you can take a walk around the lake Maschsee. If the winter is cold, you can go ice skating! In the summer, it is a great place to be mesmerized by every shade of green.
For modern art lovers, you have to check the Sprengel Museum. In this museum, you can enjoy 20th Century art from famous painters like Pablo Picasso, Niki de Saint-Phalle -who is a very loved artist in Hanover- , Paul Klee and many more. The museum is €7 for adults and €4 for students, seniors, and unemployed people. If you like exhibitions, you have to check Landesmuseum. In this museum, you can get to know Lower Saxony's history and enjoy the Japanese Tearoom!
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