Hannover and its Northern Germany homeland boast some of the most stunning landscapes in Europe, much of which is informed by the cosmopolitan flair of the neighboring Netherlands and the picturesque beaches and steep, dramatic chalk cliffs of the North and Baltic Sea coastlines. From Hanover to Bremen to Hamburg to the coast, visitors will find canals and rivers cutting up the rolling farmlands, breezy beachside air and delicious smoked fish along the water, and numerous wealthy and at once modern cities enriching the area with history and energy.

Anchoring Northern Germany is the country’s wealthiest and second largest city, Hamburg, a lively destination renowned for for its liberal British-influenced culture, strong concentration of millionaires, and waterways rivaling those of Venice. Other cities freckling the countryside include the Grimm fairytale town of Bremen, the VW-created Wolfsberg, and one of the country’s oldest cities, Hildesheim.

Then there is Hannover, the urban heart and capital of Lower Saxony. While it perhaps lacks the international attention of its Hamburg and Bremen city-state neighbors, Hannover brings with it a bounty of museums, cultural sites, and green spaces. It is particularly noteworthy for its beautifully baroque Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen, massive Eilenried urban forest, and delightful Christmas markets. And while it was named a UNESCO City of Music in 2014, it is probably better known for its annual CeBit and Messe tradeshows, when tech geeks from around the world descend upon Hannover en masse.

Beyond the city centers are Northern Germany’s stunning islands, parks, castles, and coastal towns. From Harz Nature Park in Lower Saxony to the UNESCO site of Wadden Sea National Park and the intriguing East Frisian Archipelago on the coast, Northern Germany offers an exciting, diverse, and culturally-enriched adventure for any traveler who chooses to explore it.

Contact a Ker & Downey luxury travel consultant today to incorporate Hannover and Northern Germany into your next European luxury vacation.