The state capital of Lower Saxony and hometown of universal genius Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz pitches itself as a cosmopolitan area for innovation, characterised by an intensive dialogue between science and commerce. This creates potential for growth and dynamic entrepreneurship, which not only benefits the conventional industrial and service sectors, but also helps the cultural and creative industries to flourish. Hannover is a centre of excellence in this regard – of worldwide renown having been named a UNESCO City of Music.
Hannover’s urban vitality is expressed in top class cultural events in theatre and opera, and offers a superb range of museums, exciting nightlife and a shopper’s paradise. Attractions such as the famous Herrenhausen Gardens and the unique Hannover Adventure Zoo, legendary major events such as the Maschsee Festival or the world’s biggest marksmen’s fair and enthralling sports events fascinate locals and tourists alike. Visitors love the perfect transport connections of motorways, Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed ICE train network and Hannover Airport. All of these attractions are within quick reach.
Hannover and the Hanseatic League
Hannover has been demonstrably active in the Hanseatic League since the 14th century at the latest. Hannover belonged to the so-called Saxon quarter of the Hanseatic League, that of Braunschweig and Magdeburg was cited as the most important cities in the region at the time. To that, in a number of external archives, for example in Lübeck, documents and other sources are passed down. Letters and files are available in the Hannover City Archives, that report Hannover's relations with the Hanseatic League. To the oldest documents in the Hannover City Archives counts a document from 1264 from Hamburg, which has granted the Hannoverian merchants free escort so that they could trade in the Hamburg area. In logs of the Hanseatic days from the 14th to the 16th centuries Hannover is frequently mentioned.
Recent economic history studies have shown that merchants from Hannover could also be found in the offices of the Hanseatic League, for example in Bergen, Norway. Hannoverian merchants imported raw materials and foodstuffs such as furs, oil, herring and butter from the North and Baltic Sea regions, but also high-quality woolen goods from Flanders. The export of goods from the region also played an important role. In the 15th century, Hannoverian dealers sold large quantities of linen fabrics through the Hanseatic office in England (the Stalhof in London).