A well established economic region, it supports a range of industries such as automobiles, tourism, and even cookies. Home to the World EXPO in 2000, Hannover has since come to enjoy an international reputation as a trade fair and conference venue, earning the nickname ‘EXPO City’.
Hannover is centrally located in Germany; it is also a major crossing point for railway lines and highways (Autobahnen), connecting European main-lines from east to west (Berlin - Ruhr area) and north to south (Hamburg - Munich et al.). Reaching other notable cities is easy:
- Berlin: 1 hour 45 minutes by high-speed train
- Hamburg: 1 hour 30 minutes by high-speed train
- Cologne: 2 hours 40 minutes by high-speed train
GISMA's Hannover campus boasts modern facilities, and is located close to the Leine River. The tram stop, Clevertor, is situated directly outside the GISMA’s campus and the closest tube station, Steintor, is a five minute walk from the GISMA campus. The campus is only two tram stops or a relaxed 10-15 minute walk away from the main train station, Hauptbahnhof.
With the campus located in the city centre, there is great access to shops, restaurants, nightlife, museums and other attractions. Attractions such as the Kreuzkirche (cross church), the Historical Museum, and the New Town Hall are all reachable within five minutes. The Maschsee Lake lies close by, as well as the Eilenriede Townforest - the largest of its kind in Germany - which turns the city into a green oasis. The stadium of Hannover 96 offers you the opportunity to watch exciting Bundesliga football matches.
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We have estimated the cost of living as a student in Hannover. In this vibrant city, living expenses are much lower than in other places in Germany. Please note that these are average estimates only – your experiences may vary.
|Expenses||Estimated amount per month|
|Rent||€ 320 - € 500|
|Food||€ 200 - € 300|
|Books||€ 20 - € 40|
|Public transportation||€ 45 - € 75|
|Telephone, internet||€ 40 - €60|
|Health (health insurance, medication, consultations)||€ 45 - €55|
|Other||€ 80 - €120|
|Total Cost of Living||€ 750 - € 1150|
*Gisma created this table for you to have a reference based on our experience and students feedback.
Hannover boasts an incredible amount of attractions – here are just a few:
- Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen. Hannover's most famous attraction. The Herrenhausen Gardens are a stunning ensemble of garden art and culture that rank among the most important historical gardens in Europe.
- The Old Town. Half-timbered buildings, museums and sights in Hannover's historical centre.
- Maschsee Lake. One of the city's most popular destinations and recreational areas.
- Tiergarten. The deer park of Hannover - one of the most popular tourist attractions.
- Eilenriede. Europe's largest city forest.
- The Old Town Hall. A historical building dating back to 1500.
- Marktkirche. The church at the market place, built in the 14th century.
- The New Town Hall. A magnificent building constructed in 1913.
- Opera House. One of the most beautiful neo-classical buildings of its kind.
- Hannover Adventure Zoo. Enjoy the zoo's exotic landscapes, over 3,000 animals and amazing shows.
- Tropical Sea Life Aquarium. Fascinating underwater worlds: Sea Life in Hannover offers 3,500 square metres of habitats, taking in everything from the local Leine River to the Caribbean and Amazon.
Hannover's calendar is full of cultural events and seasonal festivals. To name a few:
- Oktoberfest Hannover, the second largest Oktoberfest in the world!
- Maschsee Lake Festival is one of the biggest open air parties in northern Germany. For three weeks every summer, an enormous party takes place on the promenades around the shores of the Maschsee Lake.
- The TUI Arena plays host to some of the world’s biggest acts, such as Thirty Seconds to Mars, James Blunt, Elton John and Cirque du Soleil and many other world-reknowned singers, musicians and performers.
- Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen host a firework competition that lasts all summer long.
- If you’re a runner, you can take part in the TUI Marathon at the end of April; see if you can beat your PB on this extremely flat route.
Hannover has a range of beer gardens, bars and clubs to choose from. There’s an emphasis on dance, but alternatives are abundant thanks to a vibrant pub scene. The Central Station neighbourhood is home to lively clubs, while the Old Town features quaint, historic pubs with a wide range of German beers.