Hanover tours and excursions
Hannover Tourismus Service runs a two hour 30 minute city bus tour of the main sights every Saturday at 1330 (daily at 1330 from 1 April to 28 October). The tour departs from Ernst August Platz 8 (outside tourist information office). There is also a wide range of other tours available, including tours of the town hall and Hanover's cemeteries, as well as special tours during annual events, such as the Marksmen's Fair and the International Firework Festival.Tel: +49 511 1234 5111.
The Red Thread is a 4km (3 mile) self-guided walking route that takes visitors past 36 major sights in the city centre, directed by a red line on the pavement. Small guides to the attractions along the Red Thread are available from the main tourist office. Hannover Tourismus Service, Ernst August Platz 8, also provides themed walking tours of the city, such as the two-hour literature walk. These walks take place on selected dates and must be booked in advance. Departure points vary according to the theme of the walk.Tel: +49 511 1234 5111.
The legendary setting of the Pied Piper story is around 50km (31 miles) south west of Hanover. Situated on the river Weser, its main attractions are clustered around the historic town centre. Here, visitors flock to see the carved images of the Piper running with the rats and children - a tradition that has been maintained since 1964.Tel: +49 515 195 7823
Trains run frequently from Hanover to Bremen. The journey is about 1 hour 20 mins. Explore the city's cobbled streets and meandering alleys where the whiff of coffee, chocolate or beer seems to permeate every street corner. Wander down to the waterfront for a pleasure boat ride, visit the 15th century quarter filled with arts and crafts shops and pop into into numerous museums.Tel: +49 421 308 0010