Lower Saxony: What you need to know
Where is it?
Since its reunification in 1990, the new Germany has consisted of 16 federal states. There are three city states – the capital city of Berlin, plus Hamburg and Bremen – and 13 diverse regions ranging from Schleswig-Holstein in the north to Bavaria in the south. Lower Saxony is a German state situated in northwestern Germany and is second in area after Bavaria, and fourth in population among the sixteen States of Germany.
It borders on (from north and clockwise) the North Sea, the states of Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia, and the Netherlands. The state’s principal cities include the state capital Hanover, Brunswick, Lüneburg, Osnabrück, Oldenburg, Hildesheim, Wolfenbüttel, Wolfsburg and Göttingen.
How do I get there?
Since Germany is not very big in size, you can reach Lower Saxony easily by train (http://www.bahn.de/i/view/DEU/en/index.shtml) or fly to the Hanover airport (http://www.hannover-airport.de/index.php?id=fluginfo_index&L=1) and continue your trip by train from there.
Is it a good place to learn German?
Lower Saxony is a great place to learn German since there are basically no dialects or slangs present that have an influence on the standard German language.
Moving to Hanover: 3 things you need to know
1.) Where to live?
Very popular for example and especially for young businessmen and students, but also for many artists and older people is Hanover’s district List. It consits of many lovingly restored or at least well-preserved old buildings and forms the artists district in Hanover. It also is a great place to live because of its short distance to the city center and also to the university.
2.) Where to work?
If you are looking for a job there are many different possibilities. Hanover with its good access to the airport and the motorway (Autobahn) offers a great location for all kinds of industries.
The Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Transporter (VWN) factory and the German tire and automobile parts manufacturer Continental AG are the biggest employers in the region.
3.) How to get around?
In Hanover city it is best to travel by bus or train. The city’s central station, Hannover Hauptbahnhof, is a hub of the German high-speed ICE network and the Hanover S-Bahn which offers many international and national connections.
If you travel in the region of Hanover, the city has an extensive Stadtbahn system, operated by üstra that can bring you nearly anywhere.