A weekend trip to Hanover with kids is a great idea. The city does not have super many attractions with the family, but you can easily spend two days entertaining yourself in this city. The city is a 3.5-hour drive from Utrecht, so it depends a bit on where you live in the Netherlands whether you can easily visit the city in a weekend with your kids. Most of the sights are outdoors, so it’s nice if the weather is a bit nice when you visit the city. We list the best activities and attractions in Hanover with kids for you.
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Hanover with kids #1: Hanover Zoo
The Hanover Zoo is located fairly in the center of the city, and you can walk to the zoo in just over half an hour (by streetcar it is 13 minutes to the zoo). The zoo is divided into six different areas and the zoo’s slogan is that you can take a trip around the world at the zoo in one day.
For example, you have the Sambesi area, where you will mostly encounter African animals such as the elephant, lion, giraffe, hippo and rhino. What’s nice is that you can also ride in a boat here and get close to different animals. At Afi Mountain you will encounter several monkeys, including the gorilla. The third area is Yukon bay, where you can admire the polar bear, among others. Here there is also a show with sea lions.
The last three areas are the worlds of Asia and Australia and the world of the petting zoo, with smaller animals. Scattered throughout the zoo are several playgrounds and, of course, dining facilities. Surely you must count on at least half a day to fully see the zoo.
The zoo map also shows the feeding times of most of the animals in the zoo. They have scheduled this so that there is a different animal being fed almost every half hour, so you can be at many of these feeding times if you want. For more information on opening hours, admission prices and different animals, take a look at the zoo’s website.
Hanover with kids #2: the downtown thread
The city of Hanover was nearly razed to the ground in World War II, and one of the few monuments in the city that did survive is the Neues Rathaus. This is one of 36 downtown attractions and the city’s tourism office has connected these attractions with one red line. This red line is found on the sidewalk and thus runs throughout the city.
This red line that is 4.2 kilometers long leads you through the city of Hanover, so to speak. Occasionally the line disappears for a while (due to work, for example) and then, of course, it is all the more fun to find the line again with kids. At the local tourist office you can get another booklet with more information about the various sights and there you can also see on a map exactly how the line dooer the city.
If you are short on time and still want to see much of the city of Hanover with kids, the hop on hop off double-decker bus is an option that runs through the city. This bus stops at 7 different points in the city and the tour takes 1.5 hours.
Hanover with kids #3: Herrenhäuser Gärten
The most beautiful gardens in Hanover are those of Herrenhäuser Gärten. It is one of Hanover’s most famous landmarks. You can reach these royal gardens in just over ten minutes by streetcar from the city center.
The gardens consist of several gardens and there is also a maze near the gardens. The castle to which the gardens belong looks beautiful from the outside and there are several photogenic fountains in the gardens. Finally, there is also a cave in one of the gardens with all the weird mirrors, which is kind of funny to check out with your kids.
The gardens may not be a great activity where you will spend hours, but they do belong on the list of places to visit in Hanover with kids as far as we are concerned.
Hanover with kids #4: Eilenriede Park
Located near the Hanover Zoo, this large city park is a great place to take a stroll. In this city park you have several playgrounds, with the Wakitu Spielplatz being perhaps the most fun. Here they have various wooden play equipment and there is also a small water playground. Especially in the summer, it is nice when kids can find coolness this way. In addition, there are several picnic benches at the playground where you can get something to eat and drink. There is also a climbing forest for older kids.
A little further on is a funny labyrinth made with grass and there is another playground. There is also a beer garden in this city park where you can enjoy a drink with the family. This is a great activity to take at the end of the day and go for another hour or two of walking, playing and having a drink to end the day.
Hanover with kids: other activities
#5 Sea Life Aquarium: as far as we are concerned, most Sea Life Aquariums in most cities are fairly similar. You will, of course, find many aquariums with tropical fish, sharks and seahorses. It is not a very large building and you will have seen it after an hour or so.
#6 Neues Rathaus: we have already briefly mentioned this sight when describing the thread. It is a beautiful building from the outside and it is an icon of the city. It is possible to see the building from the inside, despite, in our opinion, you should do this only for the view (the exhibits, especially for kids, are not super interesting about the city). You have a great view of the city of Hanover from here.
#7 360 degree beach club: how cool is it that you have a beach club here with a view of the city. In fact, this beach club sits above a parking garage in the city and, as the name suggests, you have a 360-degree view of the city. There is also beach sand on the terrace, relaxing beach chairs for you to lie in and, of course, a relaxing music is on. A very nice place to relax on a hot summer day in the city.
#8 Kindermuseum Zinnober: when taking a city trip to Hanover with kids, don’t expect many family-friendly museums. There is a small children’s museum in town, though, where kids can do crafts, play games and some experiments in different rooms. It doesn’t suggest much, but if the weather is a bit off in town, this can be a great activity for an hour or two.
#9 Christmas Market: Hanover also has several Christmas markets in the city at Christmas time and for a month (from mid-November until Christmas begins) the city radiates one and all Christmas. She downtown every street has its own lighting and there is also a Finnish market with as many as 170 different stalls. There is also plenty for kids to do during this time. For example, several merry-go-rounds can be found at the markets. Part of the market goes back to the Middle Ages and you will see fire-eaters, people with swords and other costumes roaming among the crowd. If you love this, this period is an ideal time to plan your weekend trip to Hanover with kids.
#10 Marienburg Castle: if you are in Hanover with kids for an extended period of time, you can take a half-day trip from the city to Marienburg Castle. This is a beautiful 19th century castle which is just under a half-hour drive from downtown Hanover. The castle is on a mountain and you can book a tour of the castle. If you visit the castle in the morning, you might like to have lunch in the nearby town of Hildesheim in the old historic market square before driving back to Hanover.
Where to sleep in Hanover with kids
Budget hotel: Novotel Suites Hannover
Mid-range hotel: Hotel Amadeus
Luxury hotel: Central-Hotel Kaiserhof
To search for other hotels in Hanover with kids click here for the whole list of hotels.
Further information Hanover with kids
Hanover card: like most German cities, the city of Hanover has a tourist card, which allows you unlimited use of the city’s public transportation and discounts on many of the city and region’s attractions. So check carefully in advance what all you want to visit in Hanover with kids and then calculate whether the card will benefit your family.
Environmental sticker: If you are visiting the city of Hanover by car, you will need an environmental sticker. These can be ordered from the ANWB website and will be sent to you within 5 days. To do this, you need to enter the car’s registration number and report code (found on the registration certificate) and then the correct color will be selected.