Georgstrasse is Hannoverâ€™s premier boulevard, the place where people like to stroll and to see and be seen. In the elegant atmosphere of the section between Aegi (Aegidientorplatz) and the Opera House you can find jewellers', smart clothes shops and other quality retail outlets.
The pedestrianised section of Georgstrasse between Kröpcke and Steintor is where it's all happening: large department stores and trendy boutiques are magnets for large numbers of customers. In business circles, Georgstrasse is considered one of Germanyâ€™s most important shopping streets. Customers come to Hannover from far beyond the boundaries of the region, because they know that a shopping trip to Hannover is always well worthwhile.
Hannover's historic Old Town
Shopping in the area around the Market Church is a particular pleasure. The historic centre (Altstadt) of Hannover with its picturesque half-timbered houses has a very special atmosphere that quickly captivates tourists. Bistros and pubs, elegant boutiques, art galleries, antique dealers and little specialist shops give the idyllic streets of timber-framed buildings their own unmistakable charm.
Hannover's historic Old Town or Altstadt is small but has a lot to offer. Visitors will find a variety of specialist shops in the half-timbered buildings. Whether you are looking for shoes, elegant or trendy clothes, jewellery, literature or services - a walk through the oldest quarter of the city is always worth while. And there is also an amazing diversity of pubs, bars, cafÃ©s and restaurants to tempt you.
Hannover State Opera
Hannoverâ€™s State Opera House and Playhouse (Schauspielhaus) occupy leading positions in international rankings. Their repertoires include both new interpretations of established classics and the world premieres of new creations. Talented young people from all over the world apply to take part in the "Hannover International Violin Competition", which is the most highly endowed such contest in the world. Another major draw for visitors is the "TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL" dance drama festival, which presents top-ranking dance companies year after year. And Hannover owes its cultural diversity not least to the numerous independent theatres whose high standards of performance draw loyal audiences.
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Address: Opernplatz 1, 30159 Hannover
Getting there: Tram (10, 17): Thielenplatz/Schauspielhaus
The roughly Maschsee Lake (0.8 square-kilometers) is known far beyond the boundaries of the city and is definitely one of the most popular destinations for trippers in Hannover. This artificial lake, created between 1934 and 1936 in the flood meadows surrounding the River Leine, does not attract only lovers of water sports; walkers, cyclists, joggers and inline skaters also throng the 6 km of pathways around its banks.
The Maschsee Lake is perfect as a venue for regattas and other boat races, such as the annual Dragon Boat races, and many other types of water sports. In addition to sailing and rowing, you can also take a trip in a pedalo or for windsurfing. Swimming in the lake is also allowed: the Maschsee outdoor swimming baths are on the south bank. And those who do not feel inclined to undertake water sports themselves can still cruise around the lake in the summer months on boats operated by Hannoverâ€™s public transport company, üstra.
One of the highlights of the summer festival season in Hannover is the Maschsee Lake Festival. All around the lake, over a million visitors each year are treated to performing arts for all ages, culinary delights, music and fireworks.
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Address: Rudolf-von Bennigsen-Ufer, 30173 Hannover
Getting there: City-train (S1, 2, 5): Bismarckstraße