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A royal welcome awaits in Hanover, a German city that was once the seat of the House of Hanover royal dynasty - which ruled in both Germany and the United Kingdom. Magnificent buildings from its regal past are dotted around the city, and whether it's the palace of the Hanover Kings, or the green onion-topped city hall, spectacular architecture is never far away. While Hanover's past is an important part of its character, the city's brought bang up-to-date by twisting glass architecture - like the Norddeutsche Landesbank building – and off-the-wall modern art sculptures, which litter its streets and parks.

Things to see

While Hanover is home to many beautiful buildings, the roofless church of Aegidienkirche, which dates back to the 14th century, is certainly the most thought provoking. The city decided not to restore this bomb-damaged church, instead leaving it to stand as a skeletal memorial for WW2. Its blown out stain glass windows have been replaced by works of art, while a bell donated by the Japanese city of Hiroshima sits poignantly inside. More evidence of the city's resilience can be found by hopping on the tram to the purple and yellow blooms of the Herrenhausen Gardens. Tiled collages mix with golden statues and exotic plants in the huge royal gardens, which were recently reunited with a reconstruction of their original – war destroyed - palace. Visit in summer to see the skies above the gardens light up with cracks and booms, as the glittering International Firework Competition sparks into life. For a quieter day, visit Hannover Adventure Zoo, where you can watch bearded lions prowling for food, giant polar bears paddling through icy water, and get up close and personal with a tree-trunk thick snake, feeling its scaly skin sliding slowly over your shoulders.

Hotels in Hanover

Receive a warm welcome at your 5-star Hanover hotel, where you'll find the champagne already on ice, and carefully-wrapped chocolates waiting on your pillow. Hanover can offer hotels for every occasion - whether you're honeymooning in indulgent luxury, or backpacking through Europe on a shoestring budget. Treadmills and exercise bikes are a great way to get the blood pumping, if you're feeling sluggish in the morning, while the free continental breakfast – or German cooked meat platter - will keep you going until lunch. WiFi, flat-screen televisions, and tea and coffee making facilities are widely available in Hanover's rooms.

Where to stay

Enter the Old Town to wander between crooked half-timbered buildings, browse for antiques, and eat fat bratwurst from busy market stalls. If you want to get your thinking cap on, be sure to pay the philosopher Leibniz's old house a visit before returning to your hotel. The Mitte district is centrally located, and a great choice if you want to sing with passionate locals, while watching the Hannover 96 soccer team, at the huge HDI-Arena. You may be staying at the heart of the city, but finding a little peace couldn't be easier thanks to the large Maschsee Lake. Here, you can recline on a sandy beach - if the sun's smiling - or take tentative steps out onto its thick layer of blue ice, during winter.

How to get to Hanover

Hanover is well connected, and centrally located, making it a great base for exploring Germany. It's railway station - Hannover Hauptbahnhof – links the city with high speed trains to places like Berlin and Stuttgart, as well as international destinations including Amsterdam and Zurich. Hannover Airport can offer flights to and from most major European destinations, and is about 10 minutes' drive away from downtown. Trains into the city center run from the airport's station on a regular basis.

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