Lower Saxony is a state in the northwestern part of Germany. Its capital is Hanover, and other large cities include Braunschweig, Oldenburg, and Wolfsburg, to name a few. Lower Saxony borders the German states of Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia, the North Sea, and the Netherlands. The German state of Bremen forms two enclaves within Lower Saxony, Bremen and Bremenhaven.
Travellers to Lower Saxony can fly direct to Hanover from airports within Europe; travellers coming from outside Europe are advised to fly to Frankfurt am Main and catch a train to Hanover. Germany’s rail network is one of the best in the world and Hanover is the hub for the high-speed rail line.
Budget hostels in Lower Saxony can be found in the main city of Hanover and in other large cities. For traditional hostel accommodation in a smaller area, look for the words “Jugend” and “Herberge” or “Jugendherberge,” as those stand for “youth hostel.” Consider staying in a guesthouse (“gasthaus”) in smaller villages and towns, or a guest house. Traditional hostels are hard to find outside the bigger cities.
Once you have your accommodation arranged, get out and explore Lower Saxony. The northwestern coastal region has a small island group that is popular with German tourists. The seven East Frisian islands are accessible by boat from the ports on the North Sea. The coast of Lower Saxony is littered with small fishing villages and quaint seaside towns; here travellers will find museums, cafes, long beaches with sandy promenades, and more. In the summer, don’t miss the harbour festivals that offer a chance to step onboard a ship.
Lower Saxony is a food lover’s dream. The region has always been strong agriculturally, and produces most of Germany’s famous white asparagus. Interested travellers can take a tour along the Spargelstrasse (asparagus route.)
Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of the network of cycling trails and hiking routes through the Harz mountains. Another exciting activity in Lower Saxony is canoeing on the many rivers -the perfect family trip, even if you have small children. Lower Saxony is rich in religious and medieval culture. Explore the palaces of the British Royal family, the fairytale Marienburg castle, complete with round towers and striking turrets, and the Renaissance era fortresses. With such a rich history, Lower Saxony is the perfect place to relax and enjoy warm German hospitality.
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