HANNOVER 
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The city of Hanover (German : Hannover) is the capital of  Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen). With its 520.000 inhabitants it is a relatively small city that does not have the obvious tourist appeal or political force of many other urban centres in Germany.

The city was founded in 1163 and rapidly became an influential member of the German Hanse Union.  From 1636 tot 1866, the city served as the residence of the Dukes, who later became Kings. Between 1714 en 1837 Hanover belonged to the British crown. Queen Victoria, however, could not inherit Hanover. As a result, Prussia annexed the territory in 1866. In the 20th century the city was heavily destroyed by allied bombardments.

Hanover's force lies in its commercial facilities that belong to the best and most expanded in the world.
The Hannover Fairgrounds  (German : Messegelände) is the world's largest trade exhibition facility and hosts many of the largest and most influential events on the international trade calendar.  The facility features 26 exhibit halls that cover a total area of 10.8 million square feet and each year attracts approximately 28,000 exhibitors and 2.5 million visitors from 100 countries.The site provides international event organizers, exhibitors and visitors with comprehensive services. Highlights include a state-of-the-art Convention Center that offers 35 conference rooms and halls, 42 restaurants with seating for 14,000, and parking facilities for 40,000 cars, as well as banks, laundry service, a pharmacy and full administrative support. Fairgrounds  (German : Messegelände) is the world's largest trade exhibition facility and hosts many of the largest and most influential events on the international trade calendar.  The facility features 26 exhibit halls that cover a total area of 10.8 million square feet and each year attracts approximately 28,000 exhibitors and 2.5 million visitors from 100 countries.The site provides international event organizers, exhibitors and visitors with comprehensive services. Highlights include a state-of-the-art Convention Center that offers 35 conference rooms and halls, 42 restaurants with seating for 14,000, and parking facilities for 40,000 cars, as well as banks, laundry service, a pharmacy and full administrative support.  

The vast exhibition area and excellent facilities have made Hanover the location of major international events. These include CeBIT - the largest IT and telecommunications trade fair in the world - the Hannover Industriemesse (industry fair) and Expo2000, which put this city into the media's spotlight. Hanover hosted this successful event very professionally and is now left with the purposly developed EXPO Park, one of the most extensive and attractive business parks of northern Germany.