There are fast and frequent direct flights to Hanover from London, making a visit to this delightful and fascinating German city very simple. Flying direct means you can be there in just an hour and a half, and Hanover's airport, Langenhagen, is directly connected to the city's efficient public transport system.
Hanover's airport is known as Langenhagen Airport, and it's about seven miles from the city centre. There are three airport terminals with all the facilities you'd expect of a modern, yet compact, airport. Links to the city centre are excellent. The city's efficient S-Bahn train service has a stop at the airport, and the journey to the city centre takes under 20 minutes.
Many major airlines use Langenhagen Airport. From London, direct flights to Hanover are operated by British Airways. There's a choice of indirect flights, too, operated by Lufthansa, SAS, Eurowings, KLM and Air France, among others.
A direct flight to Hanover is easily the best way of reaching this delightful city. The airport's a relatively small one and easy to get around, while, just as importantly, the transport links to the city centre are excellent on Hanover's superb S-Bahn train system. Alternative transport solutions from the UK would mean catching a train or bus or driving across the channel and then planning a lengthy onward journey by land to the north of Germany, which would be much more time-consuming.
One of Hanover's most famous sights is also one of the most unlikely. The Great Garden of Herrenhausen was conceived in the 17th century to rival that at the Palace of Versailles. Among a wide choice of museums, the Sprengel Museum is a highlight, housing one of the most important collections of modern art in Germany. Don't miss Hanover Zoo; this is no ordinary animal park experience. It's rated as one of the best in Europe, with more than 2,000 animals housed in six distinct "worlds". If you're travelling to Hanover for a few days, buy a Hanover Card. This card gives you unlimited use of public transport on buses, trams and the subway as well as discounts on attractions such as museums and even the opera. Remember that in Germany, opera isn't regarded as elitist, so a visit to Hanover Opera should be on your to-do list.
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