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Hanover – which has 523,000 inhabitants (2008) – Located in the northern part of Germany , by the river Leine, is the capital of the state of Lower Saxony.
Hanover is a famous exhibition and Convention city, and also has a rich cultural life with numerous museums, art galleries, opera, theater and concert venues. In addition, the city is an important railway junction.
Hanover was founded on the 900’s, and in the Altstadt – Old Town – are several historical sites, including a number of medieval buildings.
Some of the most popular tourist attractions is the “Landesmuseum Hanover” (state museum with exhibits of art, archeology and ethnology), “Sprengel Museum Hanover” (art museum with works from the 1900s), Operahaus from 1845, the old city hall from the 1500s, Marktkirche (from the 1300s), the new town hall from 1913 with its beautiful gardens, the Palace Landes Trost from 1573 – as well as both a botanical and a zoological garden.
In summer there is good swimming at the artificial lake Maschsee – with beautiful sandy beach and opportunities for water sports.
The city has its own airport – Hanover Airport – located 12 km north of downtown.