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A Day in Hanover

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Market Church of Sts. George and James

Marktkirche, a classic example of Neo-Gothic architecture, was built in Hanover's central marketplace for the working people of the region. It stood tall throughout the centuries, and its style was often mimicked. When the original was leveled as a result of a series of World War II bombing raids, it was rebuilt exactly as it had been before. Celebrated artist Gerhard Marcks, well-known for his war-memorial work all over Germany, contributed to the rebuilt Marktkirche's new portal.

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Brauhaus Ernst August

This is nothing short of a real brewery where the naturally cloudy beer Hansch is made using organically grown grain. During the day people quietly savor a beer in a suitably furnished guest room. At midday Brauhaus Ernst August serves Hanover potato soup, brewery kebabs or barbecued rump steak to accompany the guests' ale. In the evenings the back rooms are open as are the beer taps with a fast flowing brew. Music is played on the in-house organ, and it isn't out of the ordinary to have people swaying, singing and dancing on tables - not a hint of northern reserve here! It is the place to go for anyone fancying a good night out.

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Leibnizhaus Mansion

Once the home of Gottfried Wilhem Leibniz. Built in 1499 this ancient renaissance house is a jewel from the 16th Century and is worth a visit if you're in Hanover. Located in the Holzmarkt area, it houses beautiful pictures like Judith with the head of Holofernes, Adam and Eva under the tree and David and Goliath. The present day house is a replica as the original one was destroyed in World War II bombing. It was rebuilt in the present location in 1981. The house features a baroque facade and symbolizes regional architectural styles of the period. It's truly a fabulous place to visit if you decide to travel to Hanover.

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Historisches Museum am Hohen Ufer

Historisches Museum am Hohen Ufer is dedicated to the rich and storied history of Hanover. Covered are 750 years of eventful history including the rise and fall of principalities, kingdoms and courts. Star attractions include opulent belongings of monarchs, commissioned portraits, flags, costumes and medals. However, the museum does not dwell on royalty by any means; other exhibits pay tribute to the common people, highlighting areas such as forestry, hunting, rail travel, mining, universities, the postal service and the law.

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Beginenturm

Get a sight of the old fortification system of Hannover from Beginenturm. The building is one of the last remaining structures which graced the city during the war time to ensure that there was proper protection. It was originally built within the premises of the garden of beguines but the place is now a road way. Very little of the structure remains today but you can still see the strong fortress that manages to capture your attention with its poise.

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KUBUS Gallery

KUBUS Gallery has been making waves in Hanover’s arts scene since its establishment in 1965. Spread over 340 square meters (3659.73 square feet), the museum hosts eight exhibitions every year focused entirely on contemporary art. The spacious venue is flexible and can easily accommodate mixed media artworks, sculptures, paintings and quirky installations. Though the spotlight is usually on local artists and art groups, the gallery also has occasional displays by emerging and established international artists.

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Museum August Kestner

Museum August Kestner gets its name from the founder, August Kestner, a well-known diplomat. Most of the exhibits on display are from his own collection of artifacts from Egypt, Rome and Greece. When the museum opened, the collection of Friedrich Culemann, a Hanoverian, was also on display. Classic Greek and Roman antiques, vases, brass, terracotta and bronze articles, as well as jewelry, sculptures even mummies are showcased. The museum also houses precious manuscripts, ancient textiles, bronze, ivory and other time-honored relics.

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The Synagogue Memorial

With a somber history in its past, the Synagogue Memorial in Hannover is basically a monument for all the Jewish population which was executed by the National Socialist persecution in 1994. The monument was established in their memory and the inside walls hold the names of 1900 Jews, all of whom where deported to the ruthless extermination camps and massacred. The monument has been a major architectural and cultural part of the city.

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New Town Hall

This splendid City Hall was built in 1901 on oak piles and looks like a castle and since has become a well-known landmark of the city. Kaiser Wilhelm II inaugurated it in 1913. Besides the architectural attractions, it contains huge halls with wonderfully carved doors and beautiful portraits. Four small models of the town depict the building, its destruction and reconstruction (1865, 1939, 1945, today). Visitors can also enjoy a great view of Hanover from a special observation point. Guided tours are available on request. After an interesting tour here, you can enjoy at its restaurant, Gartensaal, which serves you a scrumptious menu of International delicacies.

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Kestner Gesellschaft Hannover

The Kestner Gesellschaft was established in 1916 as a gallery for 20th-century art. Banned in 1936 by Nazi authorities, the Kestner Gesellschaft reopened its gallery in the Warmbüchenstrasse in 1948. The Kestner Gesellschaft began to look for a suitable gallery when the old building became too outdated to meet the technical demands of present-day art exhibitions. The ideal location for the new gallery was found in the center of the city in the former Goseriede Public Baths. The Kestner Gesellschaft displayed exhibits by renowned artists like Andy Warhol, Tomi Ungerer and others.

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Lower Saxony State Museum

The Lower Saxony State Museum contains a selection of paintings and sculptures spanning nine centuries, as well as interesting archaeological, ethnological and natural history exhibits. The museum's art collection includes the works of prolific painters like Rembrandt and Albrecht Dürer as well as numerous other artists. German and Italian Renaissance art hangs alongside old Dutch masterpieces from the 17th and 18th centuries. Almost half of the 44 galleries containing the Landesmuseum's collection of paintings and sculptures are dedicated to 19th and 20th-century art, from Romanticism through to Impressionism.

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Sprengel Museum Hannover

Exhibiting the collection curated by Bernhard Sprengel, a local industrialist, the Sprengel Museum Hannover contains a fine display of modern art by the likes of Picasso, Chagall, Klee and Nolde. A whole section is devoted to the work of the Dadaist artist Kurt Schwitter and temporary exhibitions of contemporary art are often schedule on a regular basis. If you are an art enthusiast, this place is a must visit.

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