Hannover (Germany) – winter city walk

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

In the morning of the second day of my journey to Berlin, I made a walk of about 12km, through the city of Hannover. I found it an interesting and very beautiful city. Sometimes it was pitiful for the pictures that it was grey, clouded, winter weather. But I enjoyed visiting this German city very much. This city was the first experience on this journey through the landscapes and history of Central Europe. I discovered that Hannover must have been an important and rich city in history.

By the way, I can recommend this walk through Hannover. You can walk it in 3-4 hours and it is about 12km. It shows you different sides of Hannover; the old town, the city neighborhoods, the parks… In spring this would be a very beautiful track, as Hannover is a very green city. The walk I made is based on the following track from NS wandelingen – Hannover (dutch rail company setting out hiking tracks in different cities in Europe).

Important note: If you come with train to Hannover, then (obviously), you should start the track at chapter 2.

PUBLISHED : 3th February, 2019
LAST MODIFIED : 16th March, 2019

Second day of journey to berlin: Morning walk in the winter through Hannover city

When waking up in the hotel I was excited about going out to be going to explore Hannover by daytime. I visited other German cities before, and i had a somehow compareble experience with them. But of Hannover I didnt know what to expect. Was it going to be modern. Would the old part be nice… I read good reviews and heard good things about Hannover. And the small walk I made the other night had made me excited about the city.

1. Through the old town to the Haubtbahnhof (main train station)

After I had breakfast in a really beautiful bakery at the other side of the street as my hotel, I started my walk. The hotel where I slept (bed n budget hotels – good low budget hotel), was located in the middle of the city center; Osterstraße 37.

1.1. New buildings in the old town of Hannover

From the bakery I walked straight into the ugly new buildings that where standing here in the old part of Hannover on my way towards haubtbahnhof. I was hoping that it would not be going to look like this all the time..

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New buildings in the old town of Hannover
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New buildings in the old town of Hannover
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New buildings in the old town of Hannover

1.2 Opernplatz

On the ‘Opernplatz’ (opera square), one can find the opera house of Hannover. A building that was built between 1845 – 1852, in classical style.

There are more classical buildings situated around the Opernplatz. One of them is the old stock exchange building. The Borse.

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Opernplatz
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Opernplatz
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Opernplatz
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Opernplatz
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Opernplatz
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Opernplatz

1.3 An der Borse

The old stock exchange building of Hannover. Along this street that was named after the significant classical building ‘Borse’ more classical buildings can be found.

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An der Borse
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An der Borse
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An der Borse
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An der Borse
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An der Borse
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An der Borse


1.4 SophienstraBe

I found this street very beautiful and special because of the different neoclassical buildings. One of them being the ‘kunstlerhaus’, a cultural center.

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SophienstraBe – Kunstlerhaus
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SophienstraBe – Kunstlerhaus
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SophienstraBe – Kunstlerhaus
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SophienstraBe – Kunstlerhaus
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SophienstraBe – Kunstlerhaus
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SophienstraBe – Kunstlerhaus
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SophienstraBe
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SophienstraBe

1.5 Schriffgraben

At the Schiffgraben (streetname)I took left to get back on the original track I was following… Just before the railtracks I took left again, towards the train station.

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Schriffgraben
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Schriffgraben
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Schriffgraben
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Schriffgraben
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Schriffgraben
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view into ‘just some street’ from Schriffgraben
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Schriffgraben

1.6 Haubtbahnhof

Here I arrive at the main train station of Hannover, or how the Germans use to call it; the Haubtbahnhof. This is where, logically, if you arrive by train, you will start this hike (and also finish it).

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Haubtbahnhof
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Haubtbahnhof
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Haubtbahnhof
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Haubtbahnhof

2. Haubtbahnhof towards Eilenriede Park – through Oststadt

From the other side of the station (the other side then the main entrance), I walked a little bit to the right just after coming out of the station and then at the Hannover justice building I took left towards the Eilenriede park

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Haubtbahnhof backside
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Haubtbahnhof backside

2.1. Amtsgericht Hannover

The district court was founded in 1852 in the course of the “major judicial reform” in the Kingdom of Hannover. It was initially only responsible for the city of Hannover as a city court, but was merged in 1856 with the district court, which was responsible for the district of Hannover. During its more than 150-year history, the district court was housed in various buildings.

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Amtsgericht Hannover
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Amtsgericht Hannover
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Amtsgericht Hannover

2.2. Fahrrad tunnel (bycicle tunnel)

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Fahrrad tunnel (bycicle tunnel)
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Fahrrad tunnel (bycicle tunnel)
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Fahrrad tunnel (bycicle tunnel)
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Fahrrad tunnel (bycicle tunnel)
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Fahrrad tunnel (bycicle tunnel)
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Fahrrad tunnel (bycicle tunnel)
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Fahrrad tunnel (bycicle tunnel)
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Fahrrad tunnel (bycicle tunnel)

2.3. Oststadt (east part of the city)

From the amtsgericht I cross the east part of the city on my way towards the Eilenriedepark. I found this a nice neighborhood.

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Oststadt
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Oststadt
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Oststadt
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Oststadt
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Oststadt
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Oststadt
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Oststadt
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Oststadt

3. Eilenriede park – Zoo – Congress – Stadtpark

3.1. Eilenriede park

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Eilenriede park
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Eilenriede park
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Eilenriede park
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(view from) Eilenriede park
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(view from) Eilenriede park
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(view from) Eilenriede park
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Eilenriede park – waldcafe Milchäuschen
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Eilenriede park – waldcafe Milchäuschen
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Eilenriede park – waldcafe Milchäuschen
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Eilenriede park – waldcafe Milchäuschen
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Eilenriede park
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Eilenriede park
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Eilenriede park

3.2. Zoo

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Zoo
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Zoo

3.3. Congres

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Congres
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Congres
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Congres
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3.4. Stadtpark

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Stadtpark
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Stadtpark
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Stadtpark
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Stadtpark
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Stadtpark
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Stadtpark
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Stadtpark
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Stadtpark
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Stadtpark

4. Sudstadt

Coming out of the city park, I walked through some nice neighborhood, called sudstadt; which implicates it is at the south side of the city, back towards the beautiful Neues Rathaus. Neues Rathaus is more or less where the hotel is where I slept.

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Sudstadt
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Sudstadt
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Sudstadt
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Sudstadt
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Sudstadt
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Sudstadt
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Sudstadt

5. Maschsee – Maschpark (Neues Rathaus)

Before coming from the southern neighnorhoods back to the old city I crossed the Maschsee and the Maschpark. In the Maschpark lays the impressive and beautiful Neues Rathaus. This building signifies for me the wealth and power this city must have had during the 19th and 20th century. During the time the Neues Rathaus was built, it costed 10 milion German Marks (the old German money, before the euro). Which if I imagine would have been a fortune during that time.

5.1. Maschsee

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Maschsee
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Maschsee
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Maschsee
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Maschsee
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Maschsee

5.2. Maschpark

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Maschpark
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Maschpark
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Maschpark
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Maschpark
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Maschpark
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Maschpark
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Maschpark

6. (Back in) The old town with the timbered houses

6.1. Timbered houses

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Timbered houses
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Timbered houses
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Timbered houses
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Timbered houses

6.2. Marktkirche

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Marktkirche
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Marktkirche
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Marktkirche
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Marktkirche
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Marktkirche

6.3. Old town hall

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Old town hall
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Old town hall
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Old town hall
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Old town hall and marktkirche
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And the last picture is a very beautiful old pharmacy building

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