Hannover, Part I

Last Saturday, we took advantage of Deutsche Bahn’s Schönes-Wochenende ticket (up to five people for the cost of one ticket) and headed north to Hannover. It’s one of the closest bigger cities near us, and I discovered that their Oktoberfest had just started, and is the second-largest in the country. What fun! More on that in another post.

It was an unusually warm and beautiful day. One of the best things about visiting Hannover as a tourist is that there is a red line to follow around town. No, not like the “red line” of a subway – there is literally a three-mile long red arrow painted on the ground. If you follow it all the way around, starting and ending at the train station, you’ll be sure to see all of the main attractions of Hannover. So off we went…

While we got to enjoy the outdoors and the country’s oldest Trödelmarkt, I was most moved by seeing WWII history up close. It was a humbling experience, to say the least. From the two Rathauses (town halls) I’ve been in so far, it seems that it’s normal to have a miniature of the town on display. Hannover had 4. Take note of the 1945 one.

Hannover in 1689

Hannover in 1939

Hannover in 1945, with destroyed church

See below for more photos of Hannover, including the interior and exterior of the Rathaus, the site of the synagogue destroyed during KristallNacht, and the remains of the church in the model.

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