The "Leine" is a small river that emanates in Thuringia and flows shortly after Hannover into the river "Aller". The "Hohe Ufer" is a popular waterfront at the "Leine", with works of art from "Niki de Saint Phalle" and a flea market on Saturday.
The "Eilenriede" is the 640 ha city forest of Hanover. The forest area, which was acquired in 1371, became a forest park, with clearings and watercourses. Sculptures like the deer of August Waterbeck from 1936 and other sculptures, make the "Eilenriede" a beautiful out door destination.
The artificial Lake "Maschsee" was created in 1934 as a project of the NSDAP, to give jobs to unemployed workers. The 78-hectare lake is the most popular recreation area in the state capital of Hannover, with a beach and sailing schools.
About 30 km north of Hanover is the "Steinhuder Meer". A lake with 29 km2, which was created some 14,000 years ago after the last ice age. The lake is suitable for sailing and other water sports. The lake is named after the town of Steinhude, which lies directly on the bank of the lake. Except for the two villages Steinhude and Mardorf, the Steinhuder Meer is almost completely surrounded by meadows and forests. This makes it a nature park with a high recreational value for the region.