Hannover´s new City Hall was designed by Hermann Eggert, who had already planned the Main Train Station in Frankfurt. The New City Hall was solemnly inaugurated by Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1913. The top of the 98m/321ft high dome can be reached by using a diagonal lift.
Around 1230 the first phase of the construction of the Old City Hall, including a market hall in the first floor began. As the groundlevel rose over the years, the former first floor nowadays lies about half in the groundsoil. The beautiful stepped gables are part of the building´s conversion in 1455. The Old City Hall was extended in the 16th Century by adding the east wing and in 1891 by constructing the south wing. In 1863 the City Hall was relocated to the Wangenheim Palace.
The construction of the three naved hall church began around the year 1330. The distinctive steeple was completed in 1360. After the destructions during WWII the interiors were simply reconstructed by using bricks without plastering.
The Cafe Kröpcke, a cast iron pavillion from the year 1869 was located at this square and destroyed during WWII. The replacement building had to give way to the construction of the underground. The current cafe was built in 1976. The original Kröpcke clock was erected in 1885, now a copy from 1977 is placed at the same spot.
As the old Main Station hampered the city´s traffic authorities decided to elevate the tracks up to 4,5m/15ft so that traffic could pass under the tracks. The Neo-Renaissance train station was designed by Hubert Stier and opened in 1879.
The construction of the Aegidien church began 1347. The church was destroyed by bombs and the remains serve as a memorial site for war victims since then.
Georg V had erect the palace as a summer residence in 1866. In the same year Prussia defeated the Kingdom of Hanover, which then was dissolved. In 1879 the Leibniz University took over the building.
The Leine Palace which houses the state parliament of Lower Saxony was the palace of the Kings of Hanover until 1866. After the Prussian victory the classicistic building served as the provincial administration and Imperial Residence. During the reconstruction after WWII the plenary chamber was integrated in the complex, and the building is used as the seat of the State Parliament since then.
The Bahlsen cookie factory was founded in 1889 as Hannoversche Cakesfabrik. As no English was spoken in Germany at that time, "cakes" became "Keks", still the German word for cookie. In 2013 the famous golden cookie was abducted by the cookie monster and released again after a ransom was paid. A brilliant PR campaign or a brutal crime?
Along the Limmerstrasse, Hanover is a hip and trendy place. One finds Cafes there one can only look for in the rest of the city. Skipping Linden will give a wrong impression of Hanover, the city is urban and vivid there.
French artist Niki de Saint Phalle created the three colorful polyester Nanas in 1974. At Herrenhausen she also created the grottoes in the Grosser Garten (Grand Garden) in1999. On Saturdays a popular fleamarket at the banks of the river Leine takes place there.