24h in Hannover
Hannover – a city that didn’t tell me a lot at first glance, but, boy, was I in for a surprise. With just 24 hours to spare here and my first trip of 2017, I knew I had to make the best of it.
As the capital of Niedersachsen, Hannover offers the big city atmosphere combined with architecture resembling smaller cities in Germany. As soon as I stepped out of the central station to head towards my accommodation, the city vaguely made me think of London’s Victoria Square, as the buildings were neither too high, nor too low, similar with those redbrick houses that can be seen in some parts of London.
Having a knack for finding unusual and interesting shop, I began my afternoon exploration of the city. To my delight, I came across a number of Asian shops, where you can buy various ingredients for your sushi or chinese night, thus gaining Hannover plus points. I was pleasantly surprised to find a lot of quirky shops, such as a big comic book store right in the city-center, about 10 minutes away from the train station, or tiny antique shops with items for various niches.
The many brick paved road only for pedestrians and the large parks and green areas, which are perfect during warmer days for picnics or just a nice evening promenade, impressed me greatly. What won me over were all the street graffiti upon which I stumbled. I am a big fan of street art and seeing the creative soul of the city made me fall in love with it.
After settling in I headed up north where I’ve been given a local tip. The Linden neighbourhood is full of graffiti such as the one above and has a lot of nice cosy local shops where you can either have a warm coffee with your friends while chatting up or experience various cuisine, all in just a few minutes walk or have a couple of beers at a hip bar. You can find the Apollo Cinema, which runs not only the latest movies, but also other not so well-known, refreshing new movies. Unfortunately, as most German cinemas, you can rarely find a movie with subtitles and not dubbed in German.
Going back to the food scene, you have a lot to choose from here. On Lindenstraße and Engelbosteller Damm you can find a wide range of restaurants, from Asian cuisine to vegan friendly places and awesome pizza and burger joints.
I went for a curry rice at the almost hidden Street Kitchen Viet Cuisine, where the staff was very friendly, the service was fast and not to mention the food was absolutely delicious! If you’re rather in a hurry, I do recommend the Bagel Brothers, which have a large variety of bagels or you can just make one yourself, with whatever ingredients you are in the mood for.
All in all I have to say that I am quite keen to coming back to Hannover and explore a bit more and get to know this wonderful city better!
Have you already been here? What are your insider tips for this place? 😀