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NTM 3 – Stones and Rocks of Old Hanover

Hannover is not only great wealth as old merchant and royal seat, but also rich in beautiful stones. In the old facades, the ramparts and the baroque fortress you see which natural elements have constituted the wealth of the region Hannover. On this walk we want to deal exclusively with the typical local building rocks of the old city of Hanover. We start at the market square between the Old Town Hall and the Market Church and talk about the North German Brick Gothic of the 15th century in Hanover. Where from comes the raw material for it? How were the bricks fired and processed? The architect Conrad Hase, a master of brick construction, has renovated the dilapidated Old Town Hall in the old style in the late 19th century. The Market Church has lost much of the old charm in fires during World War II. A walk down to Leine banks leads us to the remains of the old city wall at Beginen Tower, built in the 12th to 13th century from the limestone of Linden Hill. The expansion of the Baroque fortress town was then carried out mainly with a Lower Cretaceous sandstone from the nearby Deister. Also the famous city architect Laves has gladly used this material 150 years ago as a building block, as can be seen at the Leineschloss, the Wangenheim-Palais and the Laves House. Also the new town hall is built in large part from the Deister sandstone.

 From the new town hall in Maschpark we go to Nds. Landesmuseum, where a joint visit to the NaturWelten is done. Here we find the world of the sandstone at the time of formation in the Lower Cretaceous reconstructed. In many mining areas in Calenberger Bergland and the Schaumburg district Dinosaur remains have been found. In the limestone quarry at Lindener Berg many fossils have been collected over time, which constitute the habitat of a tropical sea during the Jurassic Period. After the tour there is a possibility in the museum café to digest the experience with coffee and cake.

  • Itinerary
  • Points Of Interest
  • Price
  • Gallery
  • Start on the market square near the Old Town Hall, building history
  • Brickmaking, North German Brick Gothic (Backsteingotik)
  • Architectural History Market Church, close look at the masonry
  • Down to Beginen Tower, old town wall remains
  • Jurassic limestone from Lindener Berg, rubble masonry
  • Sandstone lining in Leine basin from 18th century
  • Sandstone facade at Leine Castle Hanover (Leineschloss)
  • Wangenheim-Palais and Laveshaus (sandstone in Classicism)
  • Building stones of the New Town Hall
  • Transition to State Museum of Lower Saxony and preparation for guide
  • Thematic guided tour through the natural history exhibition: natural building stones
  • Afterwards stay at museum’s café
  • The Market Church (Marktkirche)
  • The Old Town Hall
  • The Beginen Tower with remnants of town wall
  • The Historical Museum
  • The Leine Castle Hanover (Leineschloss)
  • The Palais Wangenheim
  • The Laves House
  • The New Town Hall
  • The State Museum of Lower Saxony





€ 15,- pro Person (inkl. Café, zuzgl. Museumseintritt)

 Dauer ca. 3 Stunden (mit Café)


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