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Click on the colored areas of the map to access a travelogue.  The colors indicate different regions of Niedersachsen -- scroll down for explanation and introduction for each location. (Original map comes from the CIA World Factbook, inset map comes from

IntroductionSo far we have only hit one location in Niedersachsen, the state's capital of Hannover, while Tom has visited Bremen, the two-city city-state that followed the end of the Weser River as it dumped into the sea.  This would qualify in our books as a 'shame', as a lot of American culture that was imported from Germany came from this region.  Several classic 'fairy tales' originated from towns in Niedersachsen, while Bremen brewed several of Germany's best known beers -- Beck's was a very well recognized name.  It was also a popular spot among Americans, who in the Cold War days had military bases in the port city of Bremerhaven. 

Friends and faithful readers have also suggested several other locations to me.  These include Cuxhaven, an isolated coastal city that was described by a friend as absolutely beautiful; the cities of the 'Fairy Tale Road' that included the pied piper home of Hameln, along with Celle, Uelzen, and Hildesheim; the Frisian Islands off the north coast; and the Harz Mountains that covered the eastern border with Sachsen-Anhalt


RED:  Bremen (4 Chapters).  In my opinion, Bremen is the best of the three city-states.  Bremen has two cities spread Bremen's Town Musicians in the Old Square thirty-minutes apart on the wide Weser River, Bremen and Bremerhaven, its major port.  Bremen's Altstadt has several zones of interest -- the huge marketsquare (Bremen's famous "Town Musicians" shown), the tiny Schnoor district, the Boettcherstrasse and the Weser Promenade.  The chapter on the Buergerpark covers Bremen's various outdoor and cultural attractions.   GREEN:  HANNOVER (4 Chapters).  Hannover is a wonderful city -- clean, cosmopolitan, and efficient.  Hannover's besthannover_hh_03.jpg (28092 bytes) draw are the magnificent Herrenhäuser Gardens to the northwest, a huge Baroque palace and park.  The inner city, meanwhile, is culturally active and enjoyable.  We've divided the downtown into two chapters -- one focused on the modernized Innenstadt and one on the western Historical Altstadt.

LinksThe below links connect you to external sites in a new window.  All links are official sites sanctioned by the national, state, or local governments unless otherwise indicated.  These links will open to the German-language home page, which will offer an icon or link to an English-language section (normally limited content).  Most of these pages use a British or US flag icon as the link to English content, while others will use the word "English".  Otherwise, look for "tourismus" which should link you to English-language content.  Links updated 13 January 2006.

Country Links:

bullet US Embassy to Germany
bullet US Consular Sheet for Germany 
bullet Germany Embassy to US 

State Links:


Niedersachsen Tourism Bureau 


City and Town Links:


Bremen Home Page (click on "Bremen" to access content)


Hannover Home Page

FOTW Flags Of The World website