I am a little sad, looking back now, and learning there is quite the Ocktoberfest in Hannover. And I think I missed it. Oh well. This little town seemed like a great place for me to make my way back to Amsterdam to fly out, although my cousin might disagree… “Why Hannover?!” The first thing I did when I got there is walk around, in the rain! So glad I brought my rain jacket, although this is the first Airbnb without a umbrella for guests and I finally was ready for one! They are definitely nice for keeping rain off your pants.
Where: Hanover, Germany
When: October 2019
This Airbnb was super cute. I loved the big windows, all which opened. Every day I would open the windows and let the fresh air in. I definitely want big windows in my house when I buy one! The only thing that I hated was the neighbors smoking. I am so glad people in the US don’t smoke as much anymore.
I left the apartment and started walking towards the giant pond, they call it a lake, near the city center. Although it was raining it was great to be outside and in nature. I definitely missed nature. If I go back, when I travel again, I want to do more outdoor activities. Cities are great but I am definitely an outdoors girl. Most people in Europe have bikes so I was usually the solo person walking on the path. Sometimes people looked at me but I didn’t mind.
Once I got to the park with views of The New Town Hall, I stopped. The views truly were breathtaking. Honestly these were probably the best views of the whole trip. Even with the building under construction it was so beautiful. I loved the colors of the building and how the lake and trees framed the building. I could have sat there all day. After a while, I went inside and “climbed” all the way to the top of that tower you see below.
When I entered the building, I wasn’t 100% sure I needed to pay. The signs of instructions in Europe are horrible in most places. I was lost a lot. However, I did see a tourist desk so I just asked for one ticket. Once I had paid I was told to go to the second floor. From there I was led via arrows to a man, who led me into an elevator. It was all very speakeasy like. Anyways once in the elevator we rode it to the top - NOTE: the elevator was not straight up and down. It actually leaned to the side. It kind of made me sick but it was fun too. At the top you reach a spiral staircase where you can climb for these views. I highly recommend you do it, weird elevator and all.
Pictures of inside The New Town Hall. It was beautiful, covered in marble and stone, and it had a BONUS - free bathroom because it’s a public building.
Inside there was a display of the town over the years. It’s crazy to see how much it’s grown and of course the destruction after the war.
After walking around and touring the New Town Hall I took the tram to The Herrenhausen Gardens. Even though it was post-season, aka most of the plants were starting to die, it was beyond beautiful. The gardens are HUGE! I walked around for a long time. Each smell plot within the bigger plot was different and I was having fun exploring. Finally I sat for a long time, thought about life, and just took it all in. There are many posts about Hannover being one of the most underrated towns in Germany. Have you ever been? What do you think? I would love to hear thoughts!