Wednesday, I took the daytrip by train to Hannover. Hannover is the state capital of my home state of Lower Saxony, nonetheless I get to go there very often and if I do, it’s mostly just passing through. I think I haven’t been in the city centre of Hannover for nigh on twenty years, though I’ve been at the expo grounds several times since then. So yeah, time to remedy that and visit the city centre of Hannover.
And yes, Hannover is spelled with two “n” in German, though it has only one in English.
Of course, I also took some photos. You’ll find a selection behind the cut. I’ve decided to split the Hannover in two for server load and friendslist mercy. The first part includes medieval buildings, lots of brickwork and guerilla art. Part 2 will be coming tomorrow:
The Market Church, a 14th century gothic brick church. The ornate lamp in the foreground belongs to a 19th century storefront.
A statue of Martin Luther in front of the Market Church
The Old Townhall of Hannover, another gothic brick building. It’s no longer a municipal building, but houses a bank and a restaurant these days. You’ll see the current townhall in the following post.
A gable of the Old Townhall of Hannover.
Detail of the brick ornaments of the Old Townhall.
The so-called “Marktbrunnen” or Market Fountain in front of the Old Townhall. Getting a clear shot was difficult, because the place in front of the Old Townhall and around the fountain was occupied by an Occupy Hannover camp.
The former “Rathsapotheke” or rather town council pharmacy, a stunning 19th century building right next to the Old Townhall. Nowadays, it houses a jewellery shop.
A unicorn and snake mural above the entrance of the Rathsapotheke. You can also see the old pharmacy sign as well as the new sign of the jewellery shop.
19th century building that once housed the Hannover branch of the Liebig’s Extract of Meat Company, who were the first to offer beef stock cubes in the 19th century. The legacy of Liebig’s lives on in Oxo cubes still found in the UK, but this building now houses a shop specializing in gourmet olive oils.
The Ballhof Platz with the spire of the Market Church in the background. The square gets its name from the fact that it once was a courtyard dedicated to ballgames by the dukes of Hannover. The timbered buildings seen in the background are 1930s recreations of medieval buildings and nowadays house the Ballhof theatre.
The Kreuzkirche or Holy Cross church, a medieval church with a baroque spire built when the original collapsed in the 17th century.
A neat bit of street art at the Ballhof square. The street lamp and the garbage can are covered over and over in colourful price tags.
Close-up of a post covered in price tags.
The price tags are part of an art project, as explained by this article in the German edition of the Financial Times.
More guerilla art. The Kröpcke clock, a 19th century astronomical clock at the Kröpcke Platz, has been given a woolly hat by a group of guerilla knitters.