kingdom of hannover

Rainy Raschplatz in Hannover, Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), Northern Germany. Hannover on the river Leine is the state’s capital and was once by personal union the family seat of the Hannoverian Kings of Great Britain under their title as the dukes of Brunswick-Lüneburg (later described as the Elector of Hannover). At the end of the Napoleonic Wars, the Electorate was enlarged to become the capital of the Kingdom of Hannover. With a population of 518,000, Hannover today is a major center of Northern Germany and the country’s 13th-largest city. It hosts annual trade fairs such as the CeBit (world’s largest computer expo) and the Hannover Messe (world’s largest industrial fair). It also hosts the Schützenfest, the world’s largest marksmen’s festival, and the Oktoberfest Hannover, the 2nd-largest Oktoberfest in the world. In 2000, the city hosted the world fair Expo 2000. Hannover fairground is the largest in the world. The city also is of national importance because of its universities and medical school (MHH), its international airport, and its large zoo. It’s a major crossing point of railway lines and highways, connecting European main lines in both the east-west (Berlin–Ruhr) and north-south (Hamburg–Munich) directions. More Hannover posts here.