After the first two Instarides in Hamburg, we thought it was about time that we dedicated ourselves to the first MOIA city in Germany by taking a photo tour through the capital of Lower Saxony. Hannoverlife took us, as well as three lucky winners, to some of the most iconic places in Hanover.
Between rainy grey days we were really lucky to catch the only real sunny day. In front of the so-called New Town Hall we started our tour. However, this magnificent building actually does not look so "new" at all. Yet, at 106-years-old, it is still the newer of the two town halls that are located in Hanover. The first parts of the old town hall, which is a rather less famous, were first built in 1410.
Theresa of Hannoverlife took us on a tour through the Maschpark behind the town hall. Even if it is a bit kitschy, the reflection of the town hall in the water makes for nice photos. There is only a small drop of bitterness. The towers on the south side were completely wrapped in scaffolding. But this will probably remain so for some years to come, so we take the town hall as it is, because it nevertheless remains an eye-catcher. In front of the town hall, our MOIA and our driver Nils were already waiting for us to continue to the next location.
Together, we went to the Herrenhäuser Gardens in our MOIA. However, in the eyes of Theresa of Hannoverlife, it's not necessarily the gardens themselves that make up this place, but rather the whole area around it. The avenues, the orangery and the atmosphere at the moat that surrounds the gardens provided a great evening summer atmosphere. "When there's fireworks in the gardens, many people sit here on the shore and look at it from outside," Theresa said.
From the more touristy places, Nils took us further in the direction of Faust Gelände. On the way there, a spontaneous photo shoot took place at Leibniz University. Our Instaride participants Jan and Kevin didn't want to miss the light of the setting sun and so parked our MOIA there.
At Faust, they already had ideas how to connect the MOIA with its surroundings. Naturally, there was a lot more to see on the site. Especially for street art fans. The socio-cultural center is a place of urban art. Since 1991, the former bedspring factory has been used as an event centre for theatre and concerts. Hence the name Faust: Fabrikumnutzung und Stadtteilkultur.
Theresa then had a real joker up her sleeve for the sunset. So we went to Kronsberg. Our local participants had already heard about it, but had no idea that such a spectacular photo spot was hidden in this district on the outskirts of Hanover. Our troop was astonished when they looked from the 118-meter high hill over Hanover and into a bright red sunset.
It was a great conclusion to our tour across Hanover, as our exciting participants showed us how they see their city through their camera lenses.