Hannover (Germany) – old city by night

By Alwin Hendriks
This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Journey to Berlin by car - dec 2018

This is a night walk, of about 4km, through the old parts of Hannover, Germany. I visited Hannover in December 2018, on my way to Berlin, where I was going to visit a friend for some days. Not exactly sure why I choose to visit this city on my way to Berlin and not knowing to well what to expect of Hannover, it happened to be a good choice.

PUBLISHED : 12th Januari, 2019
LAST MODIFIED : 16th March, 2019

First day of journey to berlin: destination Hannover

On Thusrsday, 27th of December 2018, I started my trip from The Hague (Holland) to Berlin (Germany) to visit my friend Ruben Alexander. Ruben Alexander is cofounder of this website and is also publishing on this website. He likes travelling, visiting places, and making pictures about as much as I do. In 2017 he moved from Liege (Belgium) to Berlin, and ever since I did not visit him in his new place.

The fact that I unexpectedly also visited Prague and parts of Poland on my trip to Berlin signifies our shared passion for traveling, visiting places, and exploring.

Some weeks or even months before the trip, while I was mentally preparing for the trip, I decided to stayover in Hannover on my way from The Hague to Berlin.

Hannover by night

At around 22 o clock I arrived at the hotel.  After installing myself I prepared for a night walk through the old part of the city. I was planning to make a big walk through Hannover the next morning, before I would head towards Berlin, to meet my friend who would be working till late in the afternoon.

1. Marktkirche and Old town hall

From the hotel I headed towards the old town, where the first beautiful place to find myself, was the old marketplace.
On the old marketplace the ‘marktkirche’ (market-church) and the ‘old town hall’ can be found, aside other beautiful buildings.

Marktkirche
The church is the main Lutheran church in Hanover, built in the 14th century (completed in 1366), and has a height of 97 meters. Aside of it a statue of Martin Luther can be found.

Old town hall
The old town hall was built over a period of more than 100 years; the earlliest part was built in 1410

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1.2 Marktkirche and Old town hall
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1.3 Marktkirche and Old town hall
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1.4 Marktkirche and Old town hall
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1.5 Marktkirche and Old town hall

2. Altstadt

From the marketplace I walked a little bit through the old part of the city center, in German language called ‘altstadt’. A good part of the old town had remained well, despite of the second world war. During this night walk I didnt make many pictures of the pitoresque old buildings and squares of the old town.

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2.1 Altstadt

3. Kreuzkirche

In the old town I came across the Kreuzkirche. Another one of the three important main churches in the old town of Hannover. This church was built in the 13th centure, and in 1330 it was dedicated to the holy cross. It was destroyed by bombs in the World War II and rebuilt in a simpler form.

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3.1 Kreuzkirche
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3.2 Kreuzkirche
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3.3 Kreuzkirche
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3.4 Kreuzkirche

4. New buildings in the old town of Hannover

As mentioned above, a good part of the old town remained in a good state after the destruction during World War II. But also another good part was destroyed. And it would be a lie, if I would only show pictures with picturesque old buildings, if sometimes at the same time as seeing these old buildings at the other side of the street new buildings can be seen. These new buildings are typical for many German towns that were destroyed during the war. They have a devastating contrast with the old buildings, as they seem heartless and ugly, often build from a lot of steel and glass… An example of a view of these after-the-war buildings can be seen in the image below.

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4.1 New buildings in the old town of Hannover

5. Leinufer

On my way back towards the hotel I walked aside the river Lein. This is the important river flowing through the city of Hannover. Along side this river someone can find nice old architecture. And where I walked the river signifies the border between the old part of town and the new part of town.

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5.1 Leinufer
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5.2 Leinufer
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5.3 Leinufer
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5.4 Leinufer
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5.5 Leinufer
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5.6 Leinufer
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5.7 Leinufer
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5.9 Leinufer

6. Neues Rathaus

As you can see on the last picture: walking along the Lein river I am walking towards a big beautiful spectacular building. This is the Neues Rathaus (New town hall). The building was opened in 1913, after being under construction for 12 years. It is really a spectecular building. As you can see on the pictures, in the darkness of the night it comes out very well.

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6.1 Neues Rathaus
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6.2 Neues Rathaus
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6.3 Neues Rathaus
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6.4 Neues Rathaus
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6.5 Neues Rathaus
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6.6 Neues Rathaus
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6.7 Neues Rathaus
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6.8 Neues Rathaus
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