Hanover on the Leine river, is the capital city of the state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) in Germany.
It is also the capital of the surrounding Hanover district and region.
Population: 523,100 (1999).
The town was founded in medieval times on the bank of the Leine river (the original name Honovere may be translated to "high bank").
It was a small village of ferrymen and fishermen, which became a comparatively large town in the 13th century.
In the 14th century a massive city wall with three town gates was built to secure the city, and the main churches of Hanover were constructed.
In 1636 the Duke of Calenberg decided to move his residence to Hanover.
His duchy was afterwards known as the Duchy of Hanover.
His descendants would later become kings of England; the first of them was George I, who ascended to the British throne in 1714.
Hanover continued as a kingdom until 1866, when it was annexed by Prussia.
The growth of Hanover continued until World War II, when two thirds of the town was bombed to ashes.
After the war Hanover became famous for commercial expos, the Deutsche Messe, where the annual CeBIT is held, the world's greatest computer expo. In 2000, Hanover hosted the Expo 2000.
Marktkirche (church, 14th century.)
Altes Rathaus (old town hall, 15th century).
Leineschloss (the former castle of the kings, today the seat of Lower Saxony's government).
Herrenhäuser Gärten (botanical gardens) - also the annual international fireworks contest held in these gardens.
Note: Hanover is the correct English spelling, even though the German spelling is with double N.
It should always be used for the British House of Hanover, even if you choose to write the city the German way.
City's own website
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This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hannover) see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, November 2003.
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I have visited Hannover twice.
During 1978, my daughter and Sarolta and I have explored the city, while we were travelling around Europe with our Eurail Pass.
We spent over three month to touring around and looking at every little nook and cranny of the continent, bar a few communist countries, where it was difficult to get in and were not included in our pass.
In 2003 Hui Chin and I toured around in Europe, due to the generosity of some of our family for visiting them so far away.
Hannover was in our way, so we called in to have a good look around again.
Enjoyed our stay on both occasions.
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