Hannover in general
Hannover, "a City like a Garden", is known for its green. There is probably only one city in the world which has a real forest right in the middle. Not just a park, not a little biotope, but so many trees that you can get lost among them.
Hannover is located near the Leine river and is the capital of the federal state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), in Germany. With a population of 522,944 the city is a major center of northern Germany, known for hosting annual commercial expositions such as the Hannover Fair and the CeBIT. Every year Hannover hosts the Schützenfest Hannover, the world's largest Marksmen's Fun Fair, and the Oktoberfest Hannover which is the second largest Oktoberfest in the world. In 2000, the city also hosted the world fair Expo 2000. Hannover's fairground, due to numerous extensions especially for the Expo 2000, is the largest in the world. The city also has regional importance because of its university (Leibniz Universität Hannover) and medical school (Medizinische Hochschule Hannover – MHH), its international airport, and its large zoo (Hannover Zoo).
One of the most famous sights are the Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen: The Great Garden belongs to the most beautiful baroque gardens in Europe and it is the only one in Germany in its original state. Some points of interest are the Grotto (the interior was designed by the French artist Niki de Saint-Phalle), the Galery Building, with the biggest fresco in Northern Germany, the Orangerie and the two pavillons of Remy de la Fosse. The Great Garden consists of several parts. The most popular ones are the Great Ground and the Neuveau Jardin. At the centre of the Neuveau Jardin is Europe's highest garden fountain. The historic Garden Theatre is famous because it hosts the famous musicals of the German rock musician Heinz Rudolf Kunze.
The Berggarten is one of the most important botanical gardens in Europe. The most famous points of interest are the Tropical House, the Cactus House, the Canary House and the Orchid House, which hosts one of the world's biggest collection of orchids, and free-flying birds and butterflies.
There is also the Sea Life Centre Hannover, which is the first tropical aquarium in Germany.
The Georgengarten is an English landscape garden. The Leibniz Temple and the Wallmoden Palace are two points of interest there.
New Town Hall
The landmark of Hannover is the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus). Insite are four models of the town and the only working diagonal-elevator in Germany, which goes up the large dome.
The Hannover Zoo is one of the most spectacular and best zoos in Europe. The second time the zoo has received the Parc Scout Award and so it became the best and nicest zoo in Germany. The zoo consists of several theme-areas: Sambesi, Meyers Farm, Gorilla-Mountain, Jungle-Palace, and Mullewapp. Some smaller areas are Australia, the wooded area for wolves, and the so called swimming area with many seabirds. In the zoo there is also a tropical house, a jungle house, and a show-arena. The new Alaska-themed area, Yukon Bay, is still in planning.
Hannover 96 (nickname Die Roten) is Hannover's football team that plays in the Bundesliga top division. Home games are played at the AWD-Arena, which was a World Cup Stadium in 2006.
Hannover is one of Germany's centres for ice hockey. The Hannover Scorpions play in the top division and their home games are played in the TUI Arena.
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