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Planning a short break to Hannover? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Hannover. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Hannover. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Rathaus

Am Maschpark, take the U-Bahn to Markthalle. This large structure, the 'new' Rathaus, was built between 1901 and 1913. It has an inclined elevator that takes visitors up to the 10m dome, where you can enjoy amazing views over the city.

The building's location is excellent, in the Maschpark right by a small lake.

The Rathaus and elevator are open from April to October, Monday to Sunday 10h00 - 18h00. The elevator ride to the dome costs $2.40 for adults and $1.80 for children and students.

Grosser Garten

Herrenhauser Strasse. This Baroque style garden is one of the most famous attractions in Hanover, and was sculpted in 1699. The garden has a labyrinth; sculptures; lake; and many paths to stroll along. The entrance to the garden is through an amazing golden gate. The garden's pride and joy is its water works, with the biggest fountain in Europe, and illuminations. The garden is a great place to escape the busy city life. It is open every day from morning till sunset.

Lower Saxony State Museum

Willy-Brandt-Allee, near the Maschpark. This is one of the most important regional museums in Germany, and houses exhibits on northern European biology and geology; ethnomedicine and ethnobotany; and the history of Lower Saxony. There is also an aquarium; which exhibits exotic fish; amphibians; and reptiles. A Kindermuseum is the new addition, which is where children can learn about prehistoric times with activities, including grinding corn and working stone tools. The museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday to Sunday from 10h00 - 17h00; and Thursday from 10h00 - 19h00. Admission is $3.60 for adults, and $2 for chuildren and students.

Marktkirche

Hanns-Lilje-Platz 2. This church was built in the 14th century, and is considered to be the southernmost example of the North German neo-Gothic style. It was badly damaged during the Second World War, and rebuilt in 1952. The church is an amazing sight to see and should be on every tourist's list. General Johann Michael von Obentraut, one of the most legendary figures in German history, was also buried here in 1652. The church is open Monday to Friday from 10h00 - 16h00 and weekends from 10h00 - 18h00.

Hanover Zoo

Adenauerallee 3. This is one of the best zoo's in Germany with a new concept of the visitor's experience, the zoo is a great place to take the children. The zoo has many attractions, including Zambezi river; Gorilla Mountain; Jungle Palace; and Meyer's Farm in rural Lower Saxony. All the animals live in these enclosures, that were designed to be close to their natural habitats. The zoo has a whole lot to offer including guided tours of the whole zoo; restaurants; and a zoo shop. The zoo is open from March to October 09h00 - 18h00, and November to February 10h00 - 16h00. Admission is $19.30 for adults; $13.80 for children; and $7.24 for dogs.

For more information visit: www.zoo-hannover.de/

Stadtpark

Theodor-Heuss-Platz 1-3. This beautiful park and garden is located behind the city hall, and was designed in 1951. The park has a number of attractions, including fountains; ponds; lawns; a rose garden; statues; and other works of art, as well as a pavilion and a Japanese tea house. This is a great place to go and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and relax amongst the beuty of nature. The park is open everyday, and there is no admission charge.

Kastens Hotel Luisenhof

Luisenstrasse 1-3, take Tram 16. This hotel, with its glass and stone facade, is the top hotel in Hanover. It is located near the Hauptbahnhof in the centre of the city. The hotel offers a number of facilities, including a restaurant; bar; room service; banquet and catering services. The comfotable and stylish rooms offer TV; minibar; safe; telephone; hair dryer; and a full bathroom. This hotel is one of the best places to stay in the city centre.

For more information visit the hotel's website: www.kastens-luisenhof.de

Steinhuder Meer

Located just to the west of Hanover. This is the biggest stretch of inland water, with a surface area of 32 sq. km, and is the sailing, sailboarding and bathing centre of the region. There are a wide range of watersports on offer at the lake, which makes it a great place for the whole family to have some fun. There is also a nature reserve near the lake for those who would rather take a relaxing walk through nature.

For more information visit: www.naturpark-steinhuder-meer.de/

Nieder Sachsische Stadtstheater

Opernplatz 1, take the U-Bahn to Kropcke. This is Hanover's top venue for ballet; concerts; and opera, and is housed in a building that was built between 1845 to 1852. This is the place to go to experience a cultural night out, watching some of the best performances in Germany. Depending on what show is on, tickets cost from $12 to $44.

Basil

ragonerstrasse 30A, take the U-Bahn to Dragonerstrasse. This is the hippest restaurant in Hanover and is renowned for its modern cuisine. The restaurant is housed in a riding hall built in 1867 for the Royal Prussian military.

They serve a wide range of dishes from the coasts of the Mediterranean to Asia, for example sea bream in a zesty lime sauce with spring onions; and moist and tender trout stuffed with fresh spinach.

The restaurant is open fom Monday to Saturday 18h30 - 23h00. (Reservations are required as the restaurant is very popular.)

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