The Hanover District is unique in that it includes a major city as its capital, Hanover, thus making it by far the most populous district in Germany. For this reason, it officially goes by the name Region Hannover.
Hanover District Map
Cities & Villages in Hanover District
The vast majority of the area’s 1.2 million residents are concentrated in metropolitan Hanover. The city is renowned for its international trade shows, such as Hannover Messe a.k.a CeBIT, a huge technology event held each March. It also holds the world’s biggest Oktoberfest celebration outside the original in Munich.
Once you get beyond the city, life seems a little more relaxed. The old mining town of Barsinghausen, for example, is a great place for nature walks. To the northeast, Burgdorf is a quaint setting for meals, especially when they include the local specialty, asparagus. And Garbsen, to the northwest, offers art galleries and museums to slow your pace, including the fascinating Doll and Toy Museum.
Among other surrounding towns, Langenhagen has a beautiful garden, featuring Europe’s largest water fountain. Wunstorf has several museums for you, plus easy access to lovely Lake Steinhud. Meanwhile, Neustadt am Rübenberge, with its 800-year history, will take you back in time at its 13th-century Our Lady’s Church and 16th-century castle.
So by all means, see the city of Hanover. Then, be sure to appreciate the tranquility, extending in all directions, so close at hand. ;-)