Vacation in Germany, HANOVER - What can you visit in a weekend?


Whether you need one city break in another country to disconnect from everyday worries or you want to visit Germany, Hanover is a great destination! Located right next to the Leine river, the city of the largest exhibitions in Germany can offer you the necessary dose of rest and exploration.


What do you drive in Hanover?

In the city you have several options to move around. Public transport may be the most common, especially because there is a very well-established system that includes buses, trams and the metro. A one-day pass, with access to all areas of the city, costs €9.30. Another option can be the taxi, and in Hanover the rate for one km is 1.90-2.10€.

Accommodation Hanover

We recommend staying in the city center or at least close to the center (although here the prices are a bit higher). Thus, you can visit the surrounding attractions, even exploring the beauty of Hanover on the go. Accommodations in the center start from around €45 per night for a room for 2 people, and offer guests modern facilities, perfect for relaxing.

Here are some recommendations of places that will not disappoint you:

  • Hotel Atlanta it is located in the center of the city, between several tourist attractions, and is a location appreciated by tourists, with modern facilities. A room for 2 people here starts from 70€. 
  • Hotel Wegner it is not exactly in the city center, but it is an option to consider. For only €60 you will have a modern, beautiful room for 2 people, with facilities of the highest standards. It is a 4-star hotel where you will be able to relax.
  • apartments they may be a more suitable solution for those traveling in groups, or prefer a larger space, and most can be found on Airbnb. Here you can see an attractive option, in the city center, which costs only €90 per night.

Tourist card, Hannover Card

You must also consider purchasing Hannover Card, with which you can benefit from free public transport, along with other advantages and many discounts at tourist attractions, guided tours and even in restaurants. Its price is €10 for one day, €16 for 2 days, or €19 for 3 days, and can be purchased directly online.

Hanover tourist attractions - daily itinerary

If you want to make the most of your time here, it's best to leave with a well-established plan of what you want to see. That's why I've prepared a suggested itinerary for a weekend here, which you can follow.

Day 1

  • New City Hall
  • Lower Saxony State Museum
  • Old Town
  • Market Church
  • Hanover Zoo

New City Hall

Prepare to have a full first day here, because the city has many attractions that cannot be missed! And you can't start any other way than by exploring the central area of the city, which is why you can start right from New City Hall from Hanover, a real architectural gem that resembles a castle. Both the exterior and the interior look splendid, and also here you will be able to see 4 models of the city from different historical periods, and you will ride on a unique elevator in Europe, from where you will be able to admire the view of the entire city. You can visit it from Monday to Friday, between 10:00 and 18:00, for only €4, and because it is in the center, access is very easy.

Lower Saxony State Museum

You will find the game just 4 minutes' walk away Lower Saxony State Museum, and you should not miss the opportunity to delve into the history of the area, among art galleries, archaeological, historical and ethnographic collections, and a unique vivarium. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, between 10.00-18.00, and the ticket for the permanent collections is only €4, but if you want to see the special exhibitions you will pay a total of €15 (with discounts of €1-3 for those who hold tourist card). Friday, between 14.00-18.00, entry is free!

Old Center and Market Church

From there you have to go to the area Old Center of the city (about 15 minutes' walk away, a place full of important historical buildings but also interesting local shops. There is also Market Church, one of the most important and beautiful churches in Hanover, built in the 14th century, open daily between 10.00 and 18.00. 

Hanover Zoo

And after a few hours of exploring the urban streets, you can end your day in a small oasis of nature, in Hanover Zoo, the 5th oldest zoo in Germany. You can admire more than 237 species in the impressive thematic habitats of 22 hectares. From African animals such as giraffes, elephants, chimpanzees and leopards, you will even be able to admire penguins, kangaroos and flamingos, a collection that you will not be able to find in other zoos. The daily schedule is from 9.00 to 18.30, and the ticket for adults costs €26.50. You can get here from Market Church by going 6 stops on tram 11.

Day 2

  • Marienburg Castle
  • Herrenhausen Gardens
  • Wilhelm Busch Museum

Marienburg Castle

The next day in Hanover can start with a little trip outside the city! Located at a distance of about 25 km south of Hanover, Marienburg Castle it is the basis of the inspiration for Disney castles, as well as other German castles, and is a place not to be missed. It is built in neo-Gothic style. with tall towers and grand halls. It is a beautiful place in any season. that will make you want to stay there, in the fairytale landscape of the castle. The gardens around it intertwine with the dreamlike aspect. Admission for adults costs €12.50 (with 20% discount for tourist card holders), and the schedule is from Tuesday to Sunday, between 10.00-18.00. You can get here by bus from Hanover, the ticket price is €3.

Herrenhausen Gardens

Once back in the city, you will have to stop at the most famous place in Hanover: Herrenhausen Gardens, perhaps the most unique baroque style gardens in all of Europe! The botanical art, its style and the landscape are truly wonderful, and will make you feel like you are in the movies with countesses and you walk through its paths, adorned with sculptures, fountains and decorations. The garden has a history of more than 300 years, having connections even with the nobles and royalty, and currently it is grouped in different themes, but it retains its aristocratic air. The full access ticket costs €8 from April to October (€7 with the tourist card), these being also the busiest months.

Wilhelm Busch Museum

It is a few minutes' walk away Wilhelm Busch Museum, a museum of caricature and drawing, which is worth dedicating a few minutes to. The entrance costs only €4 (€3 with the tourist card), and the schedule is from Tuesday to Sunday, between 11.00 and 17.00.

And if you have a few free hours left from your last day here, don't worry, you only have a few hours left to enjoy the atmosphere of the city, in interesting places, with friendly people, to complete your experience!


German sausages, Welf pudding with vanilla and smoked eels are among the most popular dishes in Hanover, which you should definitely not miss. Some restaurants where you can enjoy delicious, authentic German food are: Brauhaus Ernst August, Bavaria and Broyhan House, all being placed in central areas, easy to reach, and offering very diverse options, including for vegetarians or vegans, at affordable prices. And how else to harmonize the tasty food if not with a German beer to match?


Hanover is a city where you find an impressive element at every turn, be it a sculpture, a type of architecture or the landscape itself. Even walking through the streets of the city you will be able to realize how impressive the place is. We recommend a budget of at least 400 euros/weekend for 2 people. Thus, you will be able to enjoy the main attractions that your vacation in Hanover offers, be it short, and you will leave relaxed and with beautiful memories!

In case you are thinking about a possible vacation in Hanover, we will leave you a list of links to help you organize your trip:



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