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Two important sights on the fairground are the Hermes Tower Another tourist sight in Anderten is the Hindenburg Lock , which was the biggest lock in Europe at the time of its construction in The Tiergarten literally the "animals' garden" in the district of Kirchrode is a large forest originally used for deer and other game for the king's table.
Some other notable towers are the VW-Tower in the city centre and the old towers of the former middle-age defence belt: The 36 most important sights of the city centre are connected with a 4.
This so-called Red Thread marks out a walk that starts at the Tourist Information Office and ends on the Ernst-August-Square in front of the central station.
There is also a guided sightseeing-bus tour through the city. The Historic Museum describes the history of Hanover, from the medieval settlement "Honovere" to the world-famous Exhibition City of today.
The museum focuses on the period from to when Hanover had a strong relationship with the British royal house. With more than 4, members, the Kestnergesellschaft is the largest art society in Germany.
The museum hosts exhibitions from classical modernist art to contemporary art. One big focus is put on film, video, contemporary music and architecture, room installments and big presentations of contemporary paintings, sculptures and video art.
The Kestner-Museum is located in the House of 5. The museum is named after August Kestner and exhibits 6, years of applied art in four areas: Ancient cultures, ancient Egypt, applied art and a valuable collection of historic coins.
It features mostly exhibitions and projects of famous and important artists from Hanover. The Kunstverein Hannover Art Society Hanover shows contemporary art and was established in as one of the first art societies in Germany.
It is located in the Künstlerhaus House of artists. There are around 7 international monografic and thematic Exhibitions in one year.
The State Gallery shows the European Art from the 11th to the 20th century, the Nature Department shows the zoology, geology, botanic, geology and a Vivarium with fishes, insects, reptiles and amphibians.
The Primeval Department shows the primeval history of Lower Saxony and the Folklore Department shows the cultures from all over the world.
The Sprengel Museum shows the art of the 20th century. It is one of the most notable art museums in Germany. The focus is put on the classical modernist art with the collection of Kurt Schwitters , works of German expressionism, and French cubism, the cabinet of abstracts, the graphics and the department of photography and media.
Furthermore, the museum shows the famous works of the French artist Niki de Saint-Phalle. The Theatre Museum shows an exhibition of the history of the theatre in Hanover from the 17th century up to now: The museum also hosts several touring exhibitions during the year.
The collection of the works of Wilhelm Busch and the extensive collection of cartoons and critical graphics is this museum unique in Germany.
Furthermore, the museum hosts several exhibitions of national and international artists during the year. The Polizeigeschichtliche Sammlung Niedersachsen is the largest police museum in Germany.
Textiles from all over the world can be visited in the Museum for textile art. Carpets and objects from the orient can be visited in the Oriental Carpet Museum.
The Museum of veterinary medicine is unique in Germany. The Museum for Energy History describes the years old history of the application of energy.
The Home Museum Ahlem shows the history of the district of Ahlem. Some leading art events in Hanover are the Long Night of the museums and the Zinnober Kunstvolkslauf which features all the galleries in Hanover.
People who are interested in astronomy should visit the Observatory Geschwister Herschel on the Lindener Mountain or the small planetarium inside of the Bismarck School.
Around 40 theatres are located in Hanover. The Theater am Aegi is Hanover's big theatre for musicals, shows and guest performances.
The Theater für Niedersachsen is another big theatre in Hanover, which also has an own musical company.
Some of the most important musical productions are the rock musicals of the German rock musician Heinz Rudolph Kunze, which take place at the Garden-Theatre in the Great Garden.
Some other famous cabaret-stages are the Variety Marlene , the Uhu-Theatre. It features artists from around the world. Hanover has two symphony orchestras: Two notable choirs have their homes in Hanover: The rock bands Scorpions and Fury in the Slaughterhouse are originally from Hanover.
Acclaimed DJ Mousse T also has his main recording studio in the area. Jordan , member of the band Scooter was born here in Eurovision Song Contest winner of , Lena , is also from Hanover.
Hannover 96 nickname Die Roten or 'The Reds' is the top local football team that is again playing in the Bundesliga top division after being relegated to the 2.
Bundesliga after the —16 season. Their reserve team Hannover 96 II plays in the fourth league. Arminia Hannover is another traditional soccer team in Hanover that has played in the first league for years and plays now in the Niedersachsen-West Liga Lower Saxony League West.
Home matches are played in the Rudolf-Kalweit-Stadium. The Hannover Indians are the local ice hockey team. They play in the third tier. Their home games are played at the traditional Eisstadion am Pferdeturm.
The Hannover Scorpions played in Hanover in Germany's top league until when they sold their license and moved to Langenhagen.
Hanover was one of the rugby union capitals in Germany. The first German rugby team was founded in Hanover in Hanover-based teams dominated the German rugby scene for a long time.
The first German fencing club was founded in Hanover in Today there are three additional fencing clubs in Hanover. The Hannover Korbjäger are the city's top basketball team.
They play their home games at the IGS Linden. Hanover is a centre for water sports. Thanks to the Maschsee lake, the rivers Ihme and Leine and to the Mittellandkanal channel, Hanover hosts sailing schools, yacht schools, waterski clubs, rowing clubs, canoe clubs and paddle clubs.
The Hannover Regents play in the third Bundesliga baseball division. The Hannover Marathon is the biggest running event in Hanover with more than 11, participants and usually around Some other important running events are the Gilde Stadtstaffel relay , the Sport-Check Nachtlauf night-running , the Herrenhäuser Team-Challenge, the Hannoversche Firmenlauf company running and the Silvesterlauf sylvester running.
Hanover also hosts an important international cycle race: The Nacht von Hannover night of Hanover. The race takes place around the Market Hall.
Many regattas take place during the year. One of Germany's most successful dragon boat teams, the All Sports Team Hannover , which has won since its foundation in year more than medals on national and international competitions, is doing practising on the Maschsee in the heart of Hannover.
Some other important sport events are the Lower Saxony Beach Volleyball Tournament, the international horse show "German Classics" and the international ice hockey tournament Nations Cup.
Hanover is one of the leading exhibition cities in the world. It hosts more than 60 international and national exhibitions every year. Hanover also hosts a huge number of congresses and symposiums like the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management.
Hanover is also host to the Schützenfest Hannover, the largest marksmen's fun fair in the world which takes place once a year late June to early July - July 4th to the 13th.
This makes it the longest procession in Europe. Around 2 million people visit this fun fair every year. Hanover also hosts one of the two largest spring festivals in Europe, with around rides and inns, 2 large beer tents, and around 1.
The Oktoberfest Hannover is the second largest Oktoberfest in the world with around rides and inns, two large beer tents and around 1 million visitors each year.
The Maschsee Festival takes place around the Maschsee Lake. Each year around 2 million visitors come to enjoy live music, comedy, cabaret, and much more.
It is the largest Volksfest of its kind in Northern Germany. Hanover also hosts food-oriented festivals including the Wine Festival and the Gourmet Festival.
It also hosts some special markets. It is the starting point of the Hanover-Würzburg high-speed rail line and also the central hub for the Hanover S-Bahn.
It offers many international and national connections. Hanover is also an important hub of Germany's Autobahn network; the junction of two major autobahns, the A2 and A7 is at Kreuz Hannover-Ost , at the northeastern edge of the city.
Local autobahns are A a short cut between A7 [north] and A2 [west], also known as the airport autobahn because it passes Hanover Airport and the A Hanover has an extensive Stadtbahn and bus system, operated by üstra.
The city is famous for its designer buses and tramways, the TW and TW trams being the most well-known examples. Cycle paths are very common in the city centre.
At off-peak hours you are allowed to take your bike on a tram or bus. Various industrial businesses are located in Hannover.
The Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Transporter VWN factory at Hannover-Stöcken is the biggest employer in the region and operates a huge plant at the northern edge of town adjoining the Mittellandkanal and Motorway A2.
Volkswagen shares a coal-burning power plant with a factory of German tire and automobile parts manufacturer Continental AG. Continental AG, founded in Hanover in , is one of the city's major companies.
Since a take-over has been in progress: The major global reinsurance company is Hannover Re also has its headquarters east of the city centre.
Around , employees were counted in Of these, , had their primary residence in Hanover, while , commute into the city every day. In the city was home to 34, businesses, of which 9, were registered in the German Trade Register and 24, counted as small businesses.
The company was founded in and supports the start-up, growth and relocation of businesses in the Hannover Region.
The focus is on seven sectors, which stand for sustainable economic growth: A range of programmes supports companies from the key industries in their expansion plans in Hannover or abroad.
Three regional centres specifically promote international economic relations with Russia , India and Turkey. The Leibniz University Hannover is the largest funded institution in Hanover for providing higher education to the students from around the world.
Below are the names of the universities and some of the important schools, including newly opened Hannover Medical Research School in for attracting the students from biology background from around the world.
The University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover also maintains its own botanical garden specializing in medicinal and poisonous plants, the Heil- und Giftpflanzengarten der Tierärztlichen Hochschule Hannover.
The following is a selection of famous Hanover-natives, personalities connected with the city and honorary citizens:.
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