Pinsteps. The Nikolaikapelle, or St. Nicholas Chapel, in Hannover
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The Nikolaikapelle, or St. Nicholas Chapel, in Hannover dates back to the 12th century and is one of the oldest known buildings in the city. Originally part of the medieval city fortifications, the chapel was a spiritual centre until it was destroyed in the great city fire of 1845. After that, the ruins remained untouched for almost a century, symbolizing the city's rich past.

During World War II, Hannover suffered significant damage, destroying much of the city's infrastructure and historical buildings. After the war, however, Hannover embarked on a path of reinvention. The Nikolaikapelle's ruins were integrated into the new city plan, serving as a memorial to the past while surrounded by the rising modern city.

In 1955, the construction of a new city hall nearby symbolized Hannover's transformation from a ducal city to a modern German city. The juxtaposition of the historic Nikolaikapelle ruins and the contemporary architecture in the city centre reflects Hannover's journey, showcasing how it has embraced its history while moving forward towards modernity. This transformation is also evident in the city's thriving cultural scene, its status as a key economic hub, and its commitment to innovation and education, exemplified by its globally respected universities.

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"Hanover Highlights" Aug 15, 2018

Here's a sample itinerary for a one-day trip in Hanover, visiting the Leibniz University and Herrenhausen Gardens.


  1. Start at Leibniz University: Start your day at the Leibniz University of Hanover, one of Germany's largest and oldest science and technology universities. The campus is dotted with historical buildings and modern structures, reflecting the evolution of education and technology over the centuries. Explore the main building, the Conti-Tower, and the beautiful library.

  2. Visit the Welfenschloss: This former royal palace now serves as the university's main building. It is an excellent example of historicist architecture with a beautiful facade and interior. Also, don't miss the chance to visit the Welfengarten, the park surrounding the palace.

  3. Lunch: Enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants or cafes near the university. You can find everything from traditional German fare to international cuisine.


  1. Herrenhausen Gardens: Head to the Herrenhausen Gardens after lunch. This complex consists of the Great Garden (Großer Garten), the Berggarten, the Georgengarten, and the Welfengarten. Spend the afternoon strolling through these stunning gardens, which reflect the baroque ideals of ordered nature and art.

  2. The Great Garden: Start with the Great Garden, one of Europe's most distinguished elaborate formal gardens. Here, you can admire meticulously manicured lawns, hedges, walkways, and a beautiful fountain that shoots water 80 meters high.

  3. The Berggarten: Next, visit the Berggarten, a botanical garden with an impressive collection of plants. Don't miss the orchid collection, the rainforest house, and the cactus house.

  4. The Georgengarten and Welfengarten: These English-style gardens are perfect for a stroll. They're also home to the Wilhelm Busch Museum and the Leibniz Temple.


  1. Dinner: After a day of exploring, have dinner at one of the restaurants near the gardens. You could also opt for a meal in the city centre, just a short tram ride away. Here's a sample itinerary for a one-day trip in Hanover, visiting the Leibniz University and Herrenhausen Gardens.

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