Roter Faden

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Red thread over pedestrian walkways in Hannover

The Roter Faden (Red Thread) in Hanover is a circuit to 36 important points of interest concerning architecture and the history of the city centre in Hanover.


The Red Thread is a 4.2 kilometre long line, which marks the pavement using red colour. The line follows pedestrian ways and crosses numerous streets. The line starts at Ernst-August-Platz next to the Tourist Information opposite the main train station and ends at the equestrian statue of former king Ernst August right in front of the main train station. The course of the Red Line is continuously barrier free. The line is renewed every year using about 70 litres of red colour.

The Red Thread has its own brochure, created by the Hannover Marketing und Tourismus GmbH, in which each station is explained. This brochure is also available in 10 different languages (see Literature). There is also an app "Roter Faden" available for iOS offering 4 languages.


The "Roter Faden" was created in 1971 during a marketing campaign which the Düsseldorfer Agentur Gerstner, Gredinger & Kutter (GGK) developed for the city of Hannover.[1] The agency had been chosen in 1969 by city manager Martin Neuffer. At that time Hannover had a reputation of being one of the most boring cities in Germany. Appreciating art, city manager Neuffer initiated an image campaign using two components: a street art program and the Hannover marketing. The idea was since copied by some other cities.

Stations of the Roter Faden[edit]

  1. Tourist information next to the main train station
  2. Galerie Luise
  3. The Opera
  4. Georgstraße
  5. Georgsplatz
  6. Around the Aegidientor
  7. Aegidien Church
  8. Siebenmännerstein“ (Spartanerstein) next to Aegidien church
  9. Remains of the town wall and "Kubus" art gallery (Theodor-Lessing-Platz)
  10. The archer on Trammplatz next to the new city hall
  11. New City Hall
  12. Museum August Kestner
  13. The portal with coat of arms decoration next to the city administration
  14. Laveshaus, former home to the architect Georg Ludwig Friedrich Laves
  15. Wangenheimpalais
  16. Waterloosäule and state archives
  17. "About water art and und river gods" on the river Leine (see Göttinger Sieben)
  18. Schloßbrücke next to Leineschloss
  19. Hohes Ufer (Beginenturm)
  20. Nanas by Niki de Saint Phalle (street art in Hannover, peddlers market)
  21. Entering the Altstadt through the Marstalltor
  22. Hannovers oldest town house (Burgstraße 12)
  23. The Kreuzkirche
  24. Johann Duve – entrepreneur (Duvekapelle next to the Kreuzkirche)
  25. Ballhof, Hannovers oldest sports hall
  26. Historisches Museum Hannover
  27. Leineschloss, seat of the Landtag of Lower Saxony
  28. Leibnizhaus am Holzmarkt
  29. In the heart of the historic city (Altstadt): Timber framed buildings and pubs
  30. Marktkirche
  31. Altes Rathaus
  32. Fratzenkopf relief at the façade of the Old City Hall
  33. Markthalle
  34. City – the shopping area
  35. Kröpcke
  36. Unterm Schwanz: popular meeting point in front of the Hauptbahnhof at the Ernst August equestrian statue


  • Der Rote Faden, Hannover Marketing und Tourismus GmbH, Hannover 2010
  • Welche Nana steht auf dem Kopf?, book and quiz by Klaus Lange, Hannover Juni 2011, EAN 4260225070134

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Stadt und Kommunikation in bundesrepublikanischen Umbruchszeiten, Autorin: Adelheid von Saldern, Franz Steiner Verlag, 2006, ISBN 978-3-515-08918-0, S. 185, S. 195–196