Even if you’re on a business trip, Hannover shopping is worth it. One of the biggest attraction to a place like Hannover, Germany is the different cultural influence that helped shape the area. Even throughout Europe and within Germany itself, Hannover is a unique, eclectic mix of vibrant cultural influences. This is not only reflected in the architecture and the people, but also in the little shops, markets and boutiques.
Visiting Hannover gives you a great opportunity to stay in a great hotel, to attend large fairs and events, and to sample local cuisine and really soak up the culture. But it also allows you to live like a local while you’re there, visiting some of the best shops in the city. Below, you will read about some of the best shops in Hannover, situated in the best locations for easy access.
Hannover Shops Every Tourist Should Check Out
Hannover Market Hall
This quaint location can be thought of more or less like the German equivalent of a food court. You’re not going to be able to purchase your whimsical little tourist items here, but you can definitely get something great to eat. Not only is there good food in this location, but located directly in the heart of the city, right outside of the rail station, there are other great, prominent shops located directly nearby. Stores like H&M (Hennes & Mauritz) are great places to trek after chomping through a sandwich.
For the Market Hall in particular, you can choose from a variety of stalls, local and international, to fuel your shopping frenzy as you explore the rest of the premium shops in the direct vicinity.
Hannover Shopping Mall: Ernst-August-Galerie – Recommended
The Ernst-August-Galerie (EAG) is a 30,000 square-meter shopping center located next to Central Station. Impossible to miss, this huge square building was opened in 2008 and contains roughly 150 shops on its three separate levels. There’s also a large integrated garage, able to hold 1,200 vehicles, so the EAG was designed for heavy traffic flow from shoppers.
Some of the different brands and stores you can find inside include: Breuning, Bose, Abraham’s, Campus, Levi’s, Zoe, Vodafone, The North Face, Tommy Hilfiger, Sky, Biba, New Yorker, C&A, and many, many more. Click here to see the complete list of stores.
Hannover Shopping Department Store: Karstadt
The German answer for Macy’s, Karstadt is a large department store that’s located near the hub of the action. Although it’s certainly not the size of a large mall, it’s still visible as a New York-style corner building on Georgestrasse and Johannishof. The store carries literally thousands of different brands, from Germany and everywhere else around the globe. Home and bath, beauty, clothing, and any other odds and ends can be grabbed at Karstadt.
Niki de Saint Phalle Promenade
Part of this is located under the Hannover Hauptbahnhof (main train station). Here you will find plenty of restaurants, and shops of all kinds. There is even a German Lidl low cost supermarket, where you can fill your shopping bags for very little money. If you’re looking for household items, there is a nice shop called Leonardo , where you can find all kinds of glassware, jewellery made of glass, and other nice items to take home. To see the full list of shops, click here (opens in a new window).
As you go toward the outer limits of the city, away from the main rail station, you will find a wide variety of stores, hotels, restaurants and other establishments. Though if you’re not the get-lost-sightseeing type, the immediate vicinity of the station is as far as you’d ever need to go. With so many great shops located nearby, you could spend weeks just making your way through the EAG or the smaller stalls, so schedule some time for Hannover shopping!