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Cities in germany - Hanover

Hanover (in German: Hannover), on the Leine river, is the capital city of the state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) in Germany. It is also the capital of the surrounding Hanover district and region. Population: 515,219 (2001).


The town was founded in medieval times on the bank of the Leine river (the original name Honovere may be translated to "high bank"). It was a small village of ferrymen and fishermen, which became a comparatively large town in the 13th century. In the 14th century a massive city wall with three town gates was built to secure the city, and the main churches of Hanover were constructed.

In 1636 the Duke of Calenberg decided to move his residence to Hanover. His duchy was afterwards known as the Duchy of Hanover (see: House of Hanover). His descendants would later become kings of Great Britain; the first of them was George I, who ascended to the British throne in 1714. Three kings of Great Britain were at the same time princes (Electors) of Hanover. George III elevated the title to King of Hanover. The town expanded to the opposite bank of the Leine river and grew considerably.

During the Seven Years' War on July 26, 1757 the Battle of Hastenbeck took place. The French army defeated the Hanoverian Army of Observation, leading to the occupation of Hannover.

After Napoleon imposed the Convention of Artlenburg (Convention of the Elbe) on July 5, 1803 about 30,000 French soldiers occupied Hanover. The convention also meant the disbanding of the army of Hanover. George III did not recognize the Convention of the Elbe and made an effort to recruit foreign troops. As a result a great number of soldiers of Hanover eventually emigrated to England leading to the King's German Legion which later played an important role in the Battle of Waterloo.

In 1837, the personal union of the United Kingdom and Hanover was ended, as William IV's heir in the United Kingdom was female, and Hanover could be inherited only by males. Hanover continued as a kingdom until 1866, when it was annexed by Prussia. After the annexation, people of Hanover were opposing Prussian regime. Nevertheless, the growth of Hanover city continued until World War II, when two thirds of the town was bombed to ashes. After the war, Hanover became famous for hosting commercial expositions such as the Deutsche Messe. There the annual CeBIT is held, the world's greatest computer expo. In 2000, Hanover hosted the Expo 2000.


  • Marktkirche (church, 14th century)
  • Altes Rathaus (old town hall, 15th century)
  • Leineschloss (the former castle of the kings, today the seat of Lower Saxony's government)
  • Herrenhäuser Gärten (botanical gardens) - also the annual international fireworks contest held in these gardens
  • Gehry Tower

Recommended Day Trips:

  • Hildesheim: beautiful medieval town famous for its UNESCO-cultural heritage Cathedrals, market place and old half-timbered houses
  • Hamelin: the beautiful town is famous for the folk tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin


Note: Hanover is the correct English spelling, even though the German spelling is with double N. It should always be used for the British House of Hanover, even if you choose to write the city the German way.

There are several universities in Hanover:

  • Hanover Conservatory
  • Hanover Medical School
  • School of Veterinary Medicine Hanover
  • University of Hanover

There is one University of Applied Science and Arts in Hanover:

  • Fachhochschule Hannover

Famous quarters of Hanover:

  • Hannover-Nordstadt
  • Herrenhausen
  • Hannover-Zoo

The rock bands Scorpions and Fury in the Slaughterhouse are originally from Hanover.