Hanover FIFA World Cup 2006
The AWD Arena stadium in Hanover will host four group games and one match featuring the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup 2006. Originally built in the 1950s and called the Niedersachsenstadion (The Lower Saxony Stadium), the AWD Arena has recently been totally reconstructed and will feature almost 45,000 covered seats.
Hanover is a modern city in northern Germany that boasts one of the finest baroque gardens in the world and some of the biggest trade fair grounds in the country. Much of the city had to be rebuilt after wartime devastation and now Hanover is home to modern, bustling shopping streets and important cultural centres, making it a choice selection to host FIFA World Cup 2006 matches.
Hanover hotels World Cup 2006
As with Hamburg, Hanover suffers from a shortage of cheap accommodation that will almost definitely be unavailable if reservations are not made way in advance of a FIFA World Cup 2006 match. A popular alternative to the pricey, upmarket establishments if you get caught without a room is to try one of the many restaurant-hotels outside the city centre.
Hanover shopping and nightlife
Bahnhofstrasse is home to Hanoverís best shopping, a busy, pedestrianised street, while the beaches of Maschsee Lake are an alternative dining spot to the busy city. As with other popular German cities, Hanover has a good supply of traditional pubs, microbreweries, trendy bars and pumping discos in the city centre, Altstadt (old town) and environs.
If you have time for sight seeing during the World Cup 2006, the Herrenhausen Gardens are the cityís major natural highlight and feature early baroque gardening, a baroque hedge-theatre and the highest fountains in Europe. The Altstadt has the bulk of Hanoverís visual delights, with many old churches and superb museums; the Niedersachsen Landesmuseum being home to an ancient collection of artwork.
Getting to Hanover
Hannover-Langenhagen International Airport is situated in the north of Hanover and receives direct flights from many European centres, as well as with other notable German cities. Trains and buses run to the city throughout the day and the L190 runs towards the city centre for those who hire a car. Trains arrive in Hanover from all over Germany and services from the UK may go via Lille, Brussels and Dusseldorf.
Flight tickets to Hanover during the FIFA World Cup 2006 matches are likely going to be scarce, therefore booking ahead of time is recommended.