The capital of Lower Saxony, the city of Hanover, is a kind of all–German exhibition center, the musical capital of Northern Germany and one of the economic centers of the country. During the Second World War, the historical part of the city suffered quite a lot, and was not fully restored. The borders of Old Hanover have been greatly reduced, some buildings have been reconstructed in other places. But what is left is enough for the curious and inquisitive tourist.
Every year Hanover hosts several world-class events, which attract thousands of guests and participants. Among them are the Violinale Violinale competition and the Hannover Messe Industrial Fair. The city is also known for the fact that the great German mathematician Gottfried Leibniz lived on its territory for quite a long time.