The Maschsee Hannover lake is quite possibly one of the most iconic places for the city hosting the CeBIT convention. The man-made lake has turned this urban center into a genuine “lake city”, charming millions of visitors with its vibrant atmosphere for more than 70 years. Open-air festivities during the summer are contrasted by winter-events held on ice, when the evening’s pinching air is perfectly balanced by a hot mug of punch or steaming spiced wine. Located right behind the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus), the entire recreational area is overseen by the Courtyard by Marriot Hannover hotel.
History of the Maschsee Hannover Lake
The name itself contains bits about the origin of the artificial lake. “Masch” means swamp in German. It was built on the deep-lying floodplain of the River Leine, in order to deal with the regular floods in spring. Simply put, the bowl-like shape of the pond was built above the level of the river, so that the basin would secure the area against changes in the level of water.
Later, it was filled with a system of water pumps, turning an awful-looking marsh into a real, ever-changing heart of the city.
Maschsee Hannover: Skating and Other Activities
If the weather is O.K, the city authorities allow everyone to go walking, skating and even playing ice-hockey on the Maschsee Lake. If the water is frozen and the thickness of the ice exceeds 13 cm, a flag at the northern shore is hoisted to indicate that it is safe for everyone to join in the slippery fun.
Cycling, jogging or roller skating are a regular sight if you stroll around the lake, as locals often come here to relax and unwind from their urban routines. Sailing and other water-sports are also quite common once the ice melts away. To fully understand why the locals refer to it as “the blue eye”, you can rent a boat and go out on the lake by yourself. Furthermore, there’s nothing more romantic than dining by the lake, and the few restaurants along the banks allow visitors to immerse in a truly unique eating experience.
People also visit the lake for its landscapes. Photography enthusiasts will have a handful of scenic views to capture by the water, as well as on the road to the Neues Rathaus. Whether it’s the white, frozen willows leaning towards the water in winter, the warm colors of an evening by the lake or the bursting chromatics of a summer’s mid-afternoon, you won’t regret bringing your camera along when you visit Maschsee Hannover.
Finally, regardless of how busy your schedule is, spare some time for the art works on the northern side of the lake.
All in all, if you’re visiting the city and decide to drop by Maschsee Hannover, you can:
- Enjoy sports activities
- Relax and stroll around the park
- Photograph the scenery
- Relish a lakeside dining experience
- Participate in the various festivals that take place there
When to Visit the Lake
The best time to experience the capital of Lower Saxony is during the whole year. Between April and October, regular cruises on the Maschsee Hannover are available. The Maschsee Lake Festival (Maschseefest) attracts over 250,000 visitors, countless beer-stands and concert-stages during the course of several weeks every year, between July 31st and the August 18th.
The event commemorates the opening of the artificial lake itself. The cabaret, fireworks and various attractions create an ambiance very similar to that of a carnival. If you’re only here for CeBIT, don’t worry! There is no better time to re-visit this green city than during the Maschseefest. This is when the combination of performance art, culinary delights and the party-like atmosphere will undoubtedly make your return worthwhile.