Hanover (also spelled Hannover) is the capital of Germany's Lower Saxony region, about 2 hours south of Hamburg on the River Leine. The grand New Town Hall, which was opened in 1913, is one of the main architectural highlights of the city, with its gorgeous location in front of Maschsee lake. Come in December to experience the festive Christmas market, or make a trip during the summertime to see the Maschsee Lake Festival, featuring a whole roster of live musical performances and food vendors. Any time of year is a wonderful time to visit Hanover!
To sample the culture and history of Hanover, visit the historic Old Town and marvel at the charming half-timbered buildings, some of which were reconstructed after Hanover was hit by bombing raids in World War II.
In terms of museums, you're spoilt for choice here. The Sprengel Museum features an impressive collection of modern art and sculptures, while the Wilhelm Busch Museum houses an entire collection dedicated to cartoon strip creator Wilhelm Busch.
When you feel the need to escape into nature, head to Herrenhauser Garten (the Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen). You're sure to find peace and quite among the tranquil greenery and lovely flowers.