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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.