City of Hannover

Facts and figures (Region)

  • Founded in 1150
  • Capital of Lower Saxony
  • Area: 200.000 km²
  • Population: 1.1 million
  • 91 Hotels
  • 13.000 beds


Hannover, capital city of the Federal State of Lower Saxony, is an important, centrally situated industrial and trade fair location in the heart of Europe. The city lies on the River Leine, where the North German lowlands gradually give way to the mountainous region of Lower Saxony. Its convenient location on the intersection between traditionally busy traffic corridors from north to south and east to west played a major part in Hannover’s development from medieval village to modern metropolis.


Thanks to its central location in the heart of Europe, Hannover Region is ideally integrated in the major European transport connections. This is where the A7 motorway (Munich-Hamburg) and A2 motorway (Ruhr Area-Berlin) intersect. The Deutsche Bahn ICE network also ensures fast rail links to and from all major conurbations. Hannover Airport offers direct flights to more than 100 destinations, and the Mittelland Canal, the longest manmade waterway in Germany, connects Hannover with the major seaports and inland ports on the Continent.


Hannover Region offers an excellent quality of life and appeals to people of all age groups. In addition to extensive green spaces, it also boasts excellent shopping amenities within easy reach, a bustling club and nightlife scene as well as a wide selection of recreational areas in and around the city. Hannover is surrounded by beautiful countryside which is ideal for diverse pursuits ranging from water sports (Lake Steinhude) to hiking and nature study (Deister Hills).