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Hannover Quick Facts

Federal State: Lower Saxony
Population: 520,996
Area: 204.01 km²
Population Density: 2552/km²
Elevation: 55 m
Coordinates: 52°22′ N 9°43′ E
Postal Code: 30159 – 30669
Area Code: 0511
Licence Plate Code: H
Mayor: Stephan Weil

Hannover, on the river Leine, is the capital of the federal state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany. It also was the capital of the administrative area Hanover region until Lower Saxony’s regions were disbanded at the beginning of 2005. It is, however, still part of the Region Hannover, which is a municipal body made up of the former district and city of Hanover.

The town was founded in medieval times on the bank of the river Leine (the original name Honovere may be translated as “high bank”, though this is debated). It was a small village of ferrymen and fishermen, which became a comparatively large town in the 13th century. In the 14th century the main churches of Hanover were built, as well as a city wall with three town gates to secure the city. With a population of more than half a million, the centrally located city hosted the 2000 World Exposition, and plays host to several other conventions of worldwide significance, including the Marksmen’s fair, the industrial Hannover Fair and CeBIT, the world’s largest computer fair.

Perhaps more important to the souvenir hunter, however, is Hannover’s bragging rights to the largest all-pedestrian shopping area in Germany, with hundreds of shops, cafes and department stores along the famous Georgestrasse and surrounding walkstreets in historic Old Town.

Links to Hannover

Hannover Introduction
German Film Festivals Part 1
German Film Festivals Part 2
City Website
Local Public Transport
City Panoramas
Hannover Messe
University of Hanover