There are a number of attractions in Hanover. Apart from many lakes, parks, public gardens - especially the vast Herrenhausen Gardens with the Chateau - and the widely acclaimed zoo, visitors favor historic buildings such as the market church in the city center, the New Town Hall (photo), the Leibniz House built in 1499 or the remains of thze medieval town fortification. Lower Saxony’s capital is also home to many notable museums. For example, there is a permanent exhibition of the works of German writer and humorist Wilhelm Busch; the Sprengel Museum of contemporary art and the Exposeeum, an exhibition based on the World Exhibition Expo that took place in Hanover in 2000. A number of theater companies, the Opera and a notable music scene that has produced many famous performers such as the world-famous rock band Scorpions.
Hanover, home town of former German Chancellor Schröder and former German Federal President Wulff, has several institutions of higher education, most notably the Leibniz University with almost 24,000 students and the University of Veterinary Medicine. The city is also home to a number of well-known companies, especially in the automotive and food industries. It is however best known as a town of important trade fairs, hosting the annual Hannover Messe in April, the world’s leading industrial fair, as well as the equally significant CeBIT for the information technology industry every year in March. These fairs account for a lot of the overnight stays registered in town, while leisure travel to Hanover has grown in the past few years. Tourists from abroad might find the Hanover area a favorable place to visit: It is said that people here speak the clearest version of the German language, free from any distinguished dialects.