Vet Med Students 2010 Study Abroad in Germany

Vet Med Students 2010 Study Abroad in Germany

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  • A Tour of Hannover (June 6, 2010)

    Professor Hansjoachim Hackbarth, an expert on animal welfare and one of the professors that was going to teach us during our trip (incidentally, also Dr. Hoenig's classmate from veterinary school) picked us up at the hotel and we all went to see downtown Hannover. It was a very hot day.

    Hannover on the river Leine, is the capital of the federal state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany and was once by personal union the family seat of the Hannoverian Kings of Great Britain. After the Napoleonic Wars ended, the Electorate was enlarged and made into the capital of the Kingdom of Hannover.


    Click to enlargeHannover is the capital of Lower Saxony. With a population of 522,944 the city is a major center of northern Germany, known for hosting annual commercial expositions such as the Hanover Fair and the CeBIT. Every year Hanover hosts the Schützenfest Hannover, the world's largest Marksmen's Fun Fair, and the Oktoberfest Hannover, which is the second largest Oktoberfest in the world. In 2000, Hanover hosted the world fair Expo 2000. The Hanover fairground, due to numerous extensions, especially for the Expo 2000, is the largest in the world. Hanover also has regional importance because of its universities and medical school, its veterinary school, its international airport, and its large zoo. The city is also a major crossing point of railway lines and highways (Autobahnen), connecting European main lines in east-west-direction and north-south-direction.

    On our tour of Hannover, we went to see the Maschsee, a large lake in the middle of Hannover which is used for all kinds of recreational activities, and then continued to see the beautiful city hall. It was built in 1913 but really looks like a palace from older times. We all took many pictures from the outside and inside and admired the amazing architecture. We went on to see the Kreuzkirche which has an altar by the famous Lucas Cranach. From there we went to the mideval center of Hannover and saw the Portikus of the Leine palace with its six Corinthian columns. At the wood market, we saw a fountain of iron, copper, and bronze by Luer (1896), the Leipniz Haus, a masterpiece of reconstruction (Hannover was heavily bombed in the second world war), and many beautiful timber houses. The main attraction of the old Hannover is the Marktkirche. This church was founded in the 12th century and formed the heart of the mideval town. We ended this part of the tour visiting the modern center of Hannover with its many department stores, boutiques, and also the Opera House. After a great lunch at the “Brunnenhof” and some delicious ice cream at the railway station, we went to see the Herrenhäuser Gärten. The gardens are a heritage of the Kings of Hannover and have always been one of the most distinguished baroque formal gardens of Europe .The day ended with another great meal at the Gasthaus Meyer, a beautiful restaurant located just outside the Hannover Zoo. It was very hot that day and we all enjoyed a cool drink.

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