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Herrenhausen Palace and Gardens

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  • Hannover
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Herrenhausen Palace and Gardens, Hannover, The Fairy-Tale Road, Germany, Europe.

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Published 04/24/2016

Fodor's Review

The gardens of the former Hannoverian royal summer residence are the city's showpiece, unmatched in Germany for its formal precision, with patterned walks, gardens, hedges, and chestnut trees framed by a placid moat. There is a fig garden with a collapsible shelter to protect it in winter and dining facilities behind a grotto. The mausoleum in the Berggarten houses the remains of local royalty, including those of King George I of Britain. From Easter until October there are fireworks displays and fountains play for a few hours daily (weekdays 10–noon and 3–5, weekends 10–noon and 2–5). The 17th-century palace on the grounds was completely destroyed in 1943, leaving only the fountains and stairs remaining. In 2013, a relatively faithful reconstruction replaced the castle, which now houses a museum dedicated to its history and is used frequently as an event location. Herrenhausen is outside the city, a short ride on Tramline 4 or 5.

Sight Information

Address:

Herrenhauserstr. 5, Hannover, Lower Saxony, 30419, Germany

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Phone:

0511-1684–4543

Sight Details:

  • Museum tour €5; Gardens Apr.–Oct. €8, Nov.–Mar. €6
  • Museum: Apr.–Oct., daily 11–6; Nov.–Mar., Thurs.–Sun. 11–4; Gardens: daily 9–7

Published 04/24/2016

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