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Hanover tours and excursions

Hanover tours

Bus tours

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.

Walking tours

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.

Hanover excursions


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
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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.

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.

Hotel Savoy

Situated between the city centre and the Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen this small but comfortable hotel has two underground and bus stations nearby and the Exhibition Grounds are 25 minutes away by car or U-Bahn.