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Germany’s thirteenth largest city has a fine opera house with the young American conductor Karen Kamensek as General Music Director since 2011.
Hannover is on the North German Plain, so the land is quite flat. It would seem to be an ideal cycling city, yet the estimated modal share of bicycle traffic is only 15 % (about the same as in Frankfurt am Main). The official goal of the city of Hannover is to have 25 % bicycle traffic by 2018.
This pompous equestrian statue of King Ernst August I, who ruled the Kingdom of Hannover from 1837 until his death in 1851, is located directly in front of the main railway station. People often agree to meet “under the tail”, meaning at the rear end of Ernst August’s horse.
The inscription on the base of the statue reads: "To the father of the nation from his loyal people." (Uh-huh.)
I have made a Things to Do tip about King Ernst August I and how he treated the Göttingen Seven.
Hannover is the capital of the German state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) and also has a large fairgrounds which is the site of several annual trade fairs. I know several people who go up to Hannover once a year (usually in March) for CeBIT, which is said to be the world’s largest trade fair on computers and information technology.
When I was in Hannover in 2011 there was lots of construction work going on in the city center, but there were ways to walk around it to get to the opera house (visible in the background in this photo).
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