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Marathon Hanover

As runners pound the streets of Hanover for the annual marathon, numerous samba bands and musicians accompany the athletes and the city offers an entertainment programme on Trammplatz where a big stage will host games, fun and music and the winners’ prizes will also be presented here.

Date: 07 April 2019 - 07 April 2019
Venue: Throughout the city.

Free to spectate.

Masala World Beat Festival

Covering everything from jazz and tango to funk and salsa, Masala World Beat Festival is an eclectic music event with a lively multicultural injection.

Date: 17 May 2019 - 26 June 2019

International Fireworks Competition

International teams compete to put on the best firework displays. Competition displays take place several times a year. Thousands of spectators come to see the displays, which are accompanied by music. The extravaganza is held in pretty baroque-themed gardens.

Date: 18 May 2019 - 21 September 2019
Venue: Herrenhäusen Gardens

Swinging Hannover

Thousands of people gather to hear free jazz music played in front of the city's town hall.

Date: 29 May 2019 - 30 May 2019
Venue: Various venues.


Schützenfest (Marksmen's Fair)

The world's largest Marksmen's Festival attracts millions of annual visitors. Established in the 16th century, it consists of several large beer tents and the "Marksmen's Parade", a parade of marksmen from around the world, plus many bands, and several wagons, carriages and big festival vehicles. The landmark of the funfair is a 48m tall (157ft) tall Steiger Ferris wheel.

Date: 28 June 2019 - 07 July 2019
Venue: Schützenplatz.

Kleines Fest im Grossen Garten (Little Festival in the Great Garden)

Kleines Fest im Grossen Garten (Little Festival in the Great Garden) will host hundreds of artists from around the world across multiple stages. Expect music, theatre, cabaret and fireworks as well as a fountain display.

Date: 10 July 2019 - 28 July 2019
Venue: Grosser Garden, Herrenhäusen.

Maschseefest (Masch Lake Festival)

Music, street theatre, clowns, aquatic activities and culinary delights mark this popular annual summertime event. Around two millions visitors flock to the city for the celebration, which started in 1986. The event opens and closes with spectacular fireworks too.

Date: 31 July 2019 - 18 August 2019
Venue: Maschsee

Christmas Market

Hanover‘s three Christmas markets help to create a festive spirit. The most traditional Christmas market takes place in the old town illuminated with scores of candles and lights and featuring plenty of stalls. It's a chance for visitors to sample a plethora of German food and delicacies and buy traditional handmade gifts including trinkets and wooden toys. The historical and Finnish Christmas village and the so-called Wishing Well Forest are also linked to this occasion.

Date: 01 November 2019 - 31 December 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Old Town.

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Featured Hotels


Grand Hotel Mussmann

Housed in an elegant building immediately opposite the main railway station, the Grand Hotel Mussmann has a deceptively modern interior, offering up-to-date comfort at a competitive price for the level of accommodation.

Crowne Plaza

The 349-room Crowne Plaza benefits from an excellent location opposite the Finnish National Opera on Mannerheimintie, close to most of the attractions in Helsinki. The hotel offers wireless internet access in all areas. Creature comforts include saunas, a spa and pool, and a restaurant and bar.

Centro Hotel Atlanta

Another budget option in the city centre, the Atlanta is conveniently located for transport links and the main attractions. In addition to its 42 rooms, it offers a sauna and inclusive breakfast.

City Hotel Hannover

This is a three-star hotel in the heart of the city centre pedestrian zone, surrounded by restaurants, bars and other attractions. Single and double rooms are available, as are discounts at the adjacent gym and nearby car park.

Hotel Zentrum

Conveniently located close to both the railway station and the Old Town, this two-star offering is situated in a quiet side street. All rooms are en-suite, and buffet breakfast is provided.

Sheraton Hanover Pelikan Hotel

Situated in a popular area of Hanover, the Sheraton Hanover Pelikan Hotel is housed in a former factory that once produced the famous Pelikan fountain pens. Today, the hotel offers comfortable rooms, a large fitness area, sauna and steam bath facilities, a restaurant and the legendary Harry's New York Bar.