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Caress your beard whilst looking at some modern art

The Sprengel Museum (tel: +49 511 168 4 38 75; www.sprengel-museum.com) is a maze of sparkling white walls and will sate the hunger of any voracious lover of modern art. With a mix of private and state-owned collections, the hotel has pictures by the likes of Picasso and Paul Klee alongside local artist Kurt Schwitters.

Catch a show at the Opera House

Hanover’s Opera House (tel: +49 511 999900; www.staatstheater-hannover.de) was built in 1852, and despite being substantially damaged in the Second World War its still standing strong, and hosts productions of local and international opera and ballet. The season runs from September to June.

Find the deer at Eilenriede

At 640 hectares (1,600 acres), Eilenriede is one of Europe’s most expansive urban parks. Known as the ‘green lung’ of Hanover, it’s set on the east side of the city and it offers all sorts of attractions, including the zoo (tel: +49 511 280 740; www.zoo-hannover.de/en), trails and even a mini golf course for those who need a putting fix.

Find the fun at Lake Maschsee

Lake Maschsee, known as the "blue eye" of Hanover, is an artificial lake in the heart of the city. It’s popular spot for boating and swimming in the summer, and for three weeks in July and August becomes the home for the Maschseefest a festival of music, food, lights and general Germanic revelry.

Track down a little nature

Steinhuder Meer nature park (www.steinhuder-meer.com) lies 30km (19 miles) northwest of Hanover and attracts watersports enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Day-trippers can visit the 18th-century fort, Festung Wilhelmstein, located on an artificial island. Activities offered include sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing, golfing and horse riding.

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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.

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.

Kastens Hotel Luisenhof

A first-class hotel, family-owned since 1856, individually and elegantly furnished, the Kastens Hotel Luisenhof is situated in the heart of the city near the main station. It offers banquet rooms, a bar and a restaurant serving international and local specialities, and gym facilities.