Situated adjacent to the River Leine, Hannover (also spelt Hanover) is the capital of Lower Saxony and was first established in the Middle Ages.
It developed due to its favourable location close to water, which meant fishermen and ferrymen were able to prosper, and this encouraged more families to settle there.
By the 13th century, Hannover was already a large city and it eventually became the family seat of the Hanoverian Kings of Great Britain - Queen Victoria was a member of the House of Hanover.
However, visitors that travel to Hannover today will find that it is a new city, in terms of buildings and architecture, because all of its old historical landmarks were destroyed by bombing during the Second World War.
Now, the metropolis is often referred to as exhibition city because of the number of trade fairs it hosts - including the annual events CeBIT and Oktoberfest Hannover. Visitors will find there is plenty to do in the city all year round.
Hannover Travel Tips
If you arrive by air, you will land at Hannover Airport, although you may have to get a connecting flight, rather than a direct one.
You can then get an S-Bahn train or a taxi to your Hannover hotel, which will take around 15 minutes.
It is also possible to drive to the city from elsewhere in Europe, as it is known for its excellent transport links. Autobahns 7 and 2 both pass through and you can get to the city from any compass direction as a result.
Rather than hiring a car before you get to your Hannover hotel, it is a good idea to simply use the city's efficient and reliable public transport network. A day ticket or Hannover Card will allow you to use buses, metro trains or the ordinary rail network as often as you like, so this is a worthwhile investment.
However, Hannover is also very bicycle-friendly, so you could consider hiring one, if you prefer two wheels to two feet.
Taxis are typically expensive, so it is a good idea to avoid them unless you have a pressing engagement to get to from the Copthorne Hotel Hannover.
What to pack:
As is the case with most areas of North West Europe, Hannover's weather can be quite unpredictable. It is therefore a good idea to plan for every eventuality during your trip and carry a waterproof coat and umbrella even on sunny days, just in case.
Summers are quite warm in the city, but this is also the rainiest season, whereas autumn is usually drier. Winters are not as cold as some parts of Europe, however it is still a good idea to pack and wear plenty of layers in case of an icy snap.
What to do and where to go?
Due to the damage it sustained during the war, Hannover cannot be described as a historical city, but it is very cultural and you will find lots of museums and places to enjoy during your stay.
There are also plenty of gardens and green spaces in which to soak up the atmosphere on a sunny day.
Do not miss some of the memorials for Hannover's Jewish population either. These are a poignant reminder of the turbulence Europe suffered in the past.
The Hannover travel guide below should get you started on a few places to visit.
The New Town Hall
Arts and Culture:
The Gehry Tower
Memorial at the Opera Square
UNESCO's Memory of the World Register
The Hindenburg Lock
Parks and Recreation:
Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen
Population: 522,944 people
Area: 204 km²