Bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds, or pop into the Great Garden cafe. The vast, ornamental 17th-century gardens boasting one of Europe's tallest fountains, often host a variety of festivals, open-air theatre, and musical events.
A wide array of activities
The centuries-old Herrenhausen Gardens are difficult to beat when it comes to variety and attractions and are equally popular with tourists from all over the globe and with locals. The Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen (Herrenhauser Garten) consist in a bundle of many diverse, picturesque, and historical gardens. Along with the Rain Forest House, Wilhelm Busch Museum, Herrenhausen Museum and the Grotto, built in 1776 and recently restored with new interiors by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle, they are some of the city's leading attractions and part of the international garden heritage. In summer the gardens provide a charming setting for festivities and cultural events such as the ‘Little Festival in the Great Garden' and the international fireworks competition.
A garden for every taste
Herrenhausen has always been the pride of Hannover; parts of the Royal Gardens - Grosser Garten, Berggarten, Georgengarten and Welfengarten - date from the end of the 17th century. The Berggarten houses a world-class orchid collection and a rainforest structure. Explore its tropical landscape an enjoy the beautiful scenery of plants, colorful butterflies, and birds. Relax in the Georgengarten, watching a game of football, volleyball, or cricket. In addition to the big names, there are also carefully tended green spaces around the Opera House in the city centre, or the Stadtpark (municipal park), which was home to the first Federal Horticultural Show and is an exceptional example of a post-war-era garden. More than 20,000 allotments, the Leine Meadows nature reserve and various smaller city forests all add to the city's green charm. The world-famous Grotto by Niki de Saint Phalle Niki de Saint Phalle transformed the 330-year-old Herrenhausen's Grosser Garten Grotto into a place of mystery and magic. The Franco-American artist created modern art to delight the senses in a Baroque setting. This final declaration of affection for the people of Hannover is considered as one of her finest piece. She completely redecorated the three rooms of the Grotto, where the court society of the 17th and 18th centuries used to enjoy the shadow, into a unique shimmering temple of the arts that has now become a place of pilgrimage.