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Top 25 attractions to explore in Lower Saxony

It is the second-largest state by land area, with 47,624 km2 (18,388 sq mi), and fourth-largest in population (7.9 million) among the 16 states of Germany. Most of the state's territory was part of the historic Kingdom of Hanover. Agriculture, strongly towards the livestock sector, has always been a very important economic factor in the state.

Attractions in Lower Saxony

AegidienkircheAegidienkirchhof 1, 30159 Hannover, Germany

Aegidienkirche was one of the three churches in the Old Town Hannover, built in the Gothic style in 1347. The church was destroyed in World War II and was left in ruins as a war memorial.

AutostadtStadtbrücke, 38440 Wolfsburg, Germany

Autostadt houses buildings built by Volkswagen to educate the visitors on the importance of the automobile industry. The complex also houses seven pavilions dedicated to the principal automobile brands in the Volkswagen Group. It also features a museum, a customer center where customers can pick up new cars, and take a tour through the enormous factory, a guide to the evolution of roads, and cinema in a large sphere.

Aviation Museum Hannover-LaatzenUlmer Str. 2, 30880 Laatzen, Germany

Aviation Museum Hannover-Laatzen is a permanent exhibition located in Hanover-Laatzen, Germany. The museum features 36 restored airplanes, more than 600 model airplanes, and 30 aircrafts engines, including aircraft from the World Wars I and II. It also displays a collection of clothing, documents, and vehicles related to aviation industry.

Bentheim CastleSchloßstraße, 48455 Bad Bentheim, Germany

Bentheim Castle is an early medieval hill castle from the 11th century. The castle hosts a museum and surrounded by beautiful parks that will give you a historical and relaxing experience. It is located in Bad Bentheim, Lower Saxony, Germany.

Bergen-Belsen MemorialAnne-Frank-Platz, 29303 Lohheide, Germany

Bergen-Belsen was a Nazi concentration camp that had around 120,000 prisoners out of which more than 50,000 dead. It is located in Lower Saxony, between the village of Pilsen and the town of Bergen. The place hosts a museum that explains more about the World War and how the inmates were treated.

EilenriedeEilenriede, 30625 Hanover, Germany

Eilenriede is a big forest with an area of 1,600-acres. It is the largest urban forest in Germany and among the largest in Europe, the forest offers a peaceful time, also leisure activities such as playgrounds, hiking, and horseback riding.

Erlebnis-Zoo HannoverAdenauerallee 1, 30175 Hannover, Germany

Hannover Zoo is the fifth oldest zoo in Germany, established in 1865. The zoo attracts over 1,000,000 visitors per annum, and it is home to more than 3,000 animals in 237 species. The zoo gardens has a great and enjoyable atmosphere, with many activities.

German Museum of Caricature and DrawingsGeorgengarten, 30167 Hannover, Germany

The Wilhelm Busch Museum showcases all aspects of the life of the famous poet and designer Wilhelm Bush. The museum was founded in 1937, it displays the largest art collection for Wilhelm Bush as well as comic art and caricatures.

Harz National Park is a nature reserve, and one of the largest of its kind in Germany. The place has an area of 247 km2, 95% of the area covered with forest trees. The park is popular for hiking and ice skating. The park is registered in the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Heide Park ResortHeide Park 1, 29614 Soltau, Germany

Heide Park Resort is the largest amusement park in northern Germany with an area of 210 acres, it's in Soltau, Lower Saxony. The park is divided into 5 areas, it features more than 40 attractions, 40 rides, and amazing shows, the park annually attracts around 1.7 million visitors.

Herrenhausen GardensHerrenhäuser Str. 4, 30419 Hannover, Germany

Herrenhausen Gardens are one of the most beautiful places in Germany. It was constructed in 1638, it is three gardens built in Baroque style, houses many rare plants and trees. The fountain in the park rises to 80 meters height. The park provides a combination of history and beauty.

Kugelbake27476 Cuxhaven, Germany

Kugelbake is historic aid to navigation in the city of Cuxhaven, Germany. It was built in 1703, the tower rises to 30 meters heigh and was guiding marines for more than 300 years. The place has a stunning view from all sides and a beautiful small beach.

Lower Saxony State MuseumWilly-Brandt-Allee 5, 30169 Hannover, Germany

Lower Saxony State Museum is a museum located in Hannover, it is the largest museum in the state. The museum is divided into 5 sections and includes a collection of European art, and more than 20,000 artifacts. The museum displays a model dinosaurs, and aquariaum with over 2000 exotic fish, amphibians and reptiles.

Marienburg CastleMarienberg 1, 30982 Pattensen, Germany

Marienburg Castle was built between the years of 1858 and 1867 in the Gothic style, located in Pattensen, Hannover, Germany. The castle was the summer residence for the House of Guelph. The castle houses a museum and restaurant, and visitors can take an exploration tour of the palace.

Market ChurchHanns-Lilje-Platz 2, 30159 Hannover, Germany

The Market church was built in Brick Gothic style in 1360. The church has a 97-meter-high tower which symbolizes the power and the wealth of the citizens of the town. The tower is one of Hannover’s landmarks and one of the highest towers in Lower Saxony.

MaschseeMaschsee, Hanover, Germany

Maschsee is an artificial lake located in the heart of Hannover city, this place is a famous recreation and water-sports area. In summer Maschsee houses events and boat trips, and during the winter the lake freezes and become a beautiful place for ice skating.

Museum August KestnerTrammplatz 3, 30159 Hannover, Germany

Museum August Kestner is ocated in Hannover, Germany. It is the oldest museum in Hannover, opened in 1889. Museum August Kestner is centered on the collections of August Kestner and his nephew Hermann Kestner. The museum features collection of antiquities from the Egyptian, Graeco-Roman, some of it dates back to 6000 years. It also displays medieval craftwork and modern design peices.

Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s a national park in the Schleswig-Holstein area of the German Wadden Sea, founded in 1985. This place offers beautiful nature, beaches, animals, and birds, the visitors also can enjoy walking through the mudflats.

New Town Hall HannoverTrammplatz 2, 30159 Hannover, Germany

The New Town Hall is one of the city’s landmarks, built in 1913. It is the residence of the Lord Mayor, the head of Hannover’s municipal administration. The town hall is open to the public and has a dome with an observation deck and visitors can go there and enjoy the stunning views.

Osnabrück ZooKlaus-Strick-Weg 12, 49082 Osnabrück, Germany

Osnabrück Zoo has an area of (23.5 ha). Opened in 1936, the zoo houses over 3000 animals from 300 species, it is also a home for the rare hybrid Grolar Bear. The zoo attracts over million visitors annually, Located in Klaus-Strick, Osnabrück, Germany.

Phaeno Science CenterWilly-Brandt-Platz 1, 38440 Wolfsburg, Germany

Phaeno Science Center is a science museum located in Wolfsburg, Germany. It is one of the works of the architect Zaha Hadid, opened in 2005, the museum displays the recent scientific developments, and allow to visitors to interact with robots, see a fire hurricane, and more.

Serengeti Park HodenhagenAm Safaripark 1, 29693 Hodenhagen, Germany

The Serengeti Park in Hodenhagen, Lower Saxony is a zoo and leisure park in North Germany. It features four zones: Animal World, Water World, Monkey World, Leisure World. The Serengeti Park houses four shows daily, and offers 300 beds for overnight stays.

Sprengel MuseumKurt-Schwitters-Platz 1, 30169 Hannover, Germany

Sprengel Museum was open to the public in 1979. It is one of the most important museums of 20th and 21st-century art, home to magnificent collections of modern art in Germany. the museum also contains special works for Max Ernst, Picasso and Paul Klee.

Weltvogelpark WalsrodeAm Vogelpark, 29664 Walsrode, Germany

Weltvogelpark Walsrode is a bird park located in Walsrode, Lower Saxony, Germany. It is the largest bird park in the world with an area of 24 hectares. The park houses rare birds and 4,400 birds of over 675 species, visitors can enjoy watching the beautiful birds and feed them.

Wurmberg Gondola LiftAm Amtsweg 5, 38700 Braunlage, Germany

Wurmberg Gondola Lift is the longest in Northern Germany, with a vertical height of 1,312 feet (400 m) and a length of 2.7 km. It starts from the Braunlage tourist resort to the top of the 3,185 feet (971 m) high Wurmberg mountain.

Map of attractions in Lower Saxony