26 Facts About Hanover


Hanover is the capital and largest city of the German state of Lower Saxony.

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Hanover Fairground, owing to numerous extensions, especially for the Expo 2000, is the largest in the world.

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Hanover was founded in medieval times on the east bank of the River Leine.

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Hanover was a small village of ferrymen and fishermen that became a comparatively large town in the 13th century, receiving town privileges in 1241, owing to its position at a natural crossroads.

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Hanover was thus a gateway to the Rhine, Ruhr and Saar river valleys, their industrial areas which grew up to the southwest and the plains regions to the east and north, for overland traffic skirting the Harz between the Low Countries and Saxony or Thuringia.

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In 1837, the personal union of the United Kingdom and Hanover ended because William IV's heir in the United Kingdom was female .

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On that day, the synagogue of Hanover, designed in 1870 by Edwin Oppler in neo-romantic style, was burnt by the Nazis.

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Hanover was in the British zone of occupation of Germany and became part of the new state of Lower Saxony in 1946.

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Today Hanover is a Vice-President City of Mayors for Peace, an international mayoral organisation mobilising cities and citizens worldwide to abolish and eliminate nuclear weapons by 2020.

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Hanover has an oceanic climate independent of the isotherm.

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Hanover fairground is the largest exhibition centre in the world.

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Hanover is headquarters for several Protestant organizations, including the World Communion of Reformed Churches, the Evangelical Church in Germany, the Reformed Alliance, the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany, and the Independent Evangelical-Lutheran Church.

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The museum focuses on the period from 1714 to 1834 when Hanover had a strong relationship with the British royal house.

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Some leading art events in Hanover are the Long Night of the Museums and the Zinnober Kunstvolkslauf which features all the galleries in Hanover.

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Hanover's leading cabaret stage is the GOP Variety theatre which is located in the Georgs Palace.

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Hanover has two symphony orchestras: The Lower Saxon State Orchestra Hanover and the NDR Radiophilharmonie .

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Hanover-based teams dominated the German rugby scene for a long time.

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Hanover has traditionally been one of Germany's hubs in Water sports and especially in Water polo.

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Thanks to the Maschsee lake, the rivers Ihme and Leine and to the Mittellandkanal channel, Hanover hosts sailing schools, yacht schools, waterski clubs, rowing clubs, canoe clubs and paddle clubs.

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Hanover is one of the leading exhibition cities in the world.

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Hanover is an important hub of Germany's Autobahn network; the junction of two major autobahns, the A2 and A7 is at Kreuz Hannover-Ost, at the northeastern edge of the city.

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Hanover has an extensive Stadtbahn and bus system, operated by ustra.

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Hanover is home to many insurance companies including Talanx, VHV Group, and Concordia Insurance.

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Hanover was founded in 2003 and supports the start-up, growth and relocation of businesses in the Hannover Region.

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Leibniz University Hannover is the largest funded institution in Hanover for providing higher education to students from around the world.

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The University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover maintains its own botanical garden specializing in medicinal and poisonous plants, the Heil- und Giftpflanzengarten der Tierarztlichen Hochschule Hannover.

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