Things to do in Hanover

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Amazing things to do in Hanover

Things to do in Hanover: No matter how many “n’s” you spell it with, Hanover is a unique destination for Germans and non-German’s alike. It may not be the largest city in Germany, but it is still a place of intelligent modern thought with a rich history.  Hanover is a hanseatic city, and was a major player during the build up to World War Two. While here, we can recommend adding a visit to the world famous zoo to your list of things to do in Hanover. This northern port also makes a basic tour of the city as easy as looking down: Hanover has a Roter Faden, or red thread running through its streets.  This painted line weaves a stroll through the city, rolling past nearly 40 attractions and monuments. This thread isn’t the only walk to take in Hanover, however. We can also recommend getting to know the sometimes heartbreaking, but interesting past, and delicious present of this northern town with a walking food tour of Eat the World.

Things to do in Hanover: History

Hanover, like many German cities, has a past riddled with tragedy and innovation.  Early in Hanover’s history, it was a part of the Hanseatic League of cities in the Baltic and northern European trading. This is not the only chapter of Hanover’s history worth exploring, though. Learning about Hanover’s involvement in the escalation towards the Second World War is a necessary thing to do in Hanover. One of the first major movements by the Nazi party against the Jewish, Romany and other minority populations of Germany and Europe was an event in November of 1938 called Kristallnacht, or ‘crystal night’ so called for all the broken glass that littered the streets as a result.  Kristallnacht was a nation-wide pogrom against Jewish people, institutions, and Jewish owned businesses. This event was an act of retaliation by the Nazi party because of the assassination of Eduard Ernst vom Rath in Nazi occupied Poland. That assassination was itself the act of Herschel Grynszpan upon his discovering that his entire family had been deported and taken from their home in Hanover, and left to starve at the Polish border, along with the majority of the Jewish population of Hanover at that time (around fifteen thousand people). This assassination by the 17 year old Grynszpan was heavily reported on by the German media, and the Kristallnacht retaliation marks the beginning of the active and violent persecution of minorities in Germany, and territories occupied by the Third Reich. Unfortunately this sad history left Hanover a different city after the war. Extensive bombings near the end of WWII destroyed almost all of the Old City. The nineteenth century development is no less beautiful, but noticing all the reconstructed buildings is a great visual reminder of the toll the Second World War took on Hanover.

Things to do in Hanover: Food

On the lighter side of things, Hanover has a vibrant and delicious food scene to show any visitor. You can visit the oldest vegetarian restaurant in Germany, located in Mitte. And don’t forget to pick up a packet of Leibnitz biscuits while you’re here, as Hanover is the home of these philosophical cookies. Hanover is also a city for the beer lovers among us. This city’s most famous beverage is a coupled drink, served in two glasses known as Lüttje Lage, so don’t be surprised when you belly up to the bar and order one of these, and you get two smaller glasses in return. One will be filled with a dark local beer, and the other a shot of a clear spirit called Korn. Tradition stands that you should then take the small glass of beer between your thumb and forefinger, then the spirit glass between your forefinger and middle finger, and then attempt to take a sip of the beer while the Korn waterfalls from the glass, into the beer, and finally to your mouth (don’t worry: special Lüttje Lage bibs are available). Though this city is small, there are tons of things to do in Hanover, and this is why we recommend joining us on one of our tours. On our Eat the World tour of Linden, not only will we show you the beautiful nineteenth century art-deco architecture, and the history of this fine city, you will also experience the local cuisine of this fantastic district. We look forward to showing you a taste of Hanover.

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