The German city of Hanover was yet again another target of bombing runs and artillery shelling during World War II that it also suffered extensive damage. Due to its key strategic position of being in a north-south and west-east transportation corridor junction, the Allies had no choice to destroy it in order to prevent the German military from using it for themselves in their defense during World War II. Like most German cities that suffered the explosions and booms, the city doesn’t have much to show for except for its football team! Like a lot of other cities, the people live, win, lose, suffer, and are loyal to their local club despite the team only having a few trophies with the majority of them before the year 2000.
The local big club is Hanover Sportverein (HSV – note that this might confuse other people with the other HSV in Germany: Hamburger SV) or also known as Hanover 96 with the number 96 meaning the year that the club was founded in 1896. However, for me, every time I see that big 96 symbol and the team colors, I always think of Quaker State Oil due to the similarity of both brand logos.
If you are not there for the football game, I’m not sure what else you can do there in Hanover.