Escorted Rail Tours to Hanover
Discover the impressive decorated gardens
For a city of its importance and stature, Hanover only came into being quite recently. It was created as a new duchy in the early 17th century, from parts of two former territories. It was then given its name after the region's principal market town.
Placed in the hands of a capable ruling family, the duchy - and of course its growing main city - continued to prosper. This culminated in the Hanoverians ascending to the throne of the United Kingdom in 1714.
With a great wealth and many eminent courtiers, this ushered in a new age of even greater prosperity. Hanover was soon decorated with ornate Baroque buildings, and was recognised as one of Germany's most beautiful and elegant cities. Today it is still fondly regarded as one of the finest destinations in the country.