About the club
FF Hannover was founded in 1983, but we have had exchanges (now Journeys) since 1978. We have about 40 members – including families and single people. Most of our members are retired. We like to welcome one or two incoming Journeys and one or two outgoing Journeys each year.
About the region
Hannover is a city in the northern part of Germany. About one million people live in our area. The city itself has a population of about half a million. Hannover has a beautiful old town, the 300 year old Herrenhausen Gardens and many other points of interest in and around Hannover. Not far away are old and restored cities like Celle and Hameln. The best time to visit Hannover is from May until October. Even in summer it can sometimes be cool, so it will be a good idea to pack a jacket in the luggage.
About the Journey
The easiest way to travel to Hannover is by plane. The Hannover Airport is just 5 kilometres north of the city. Groups can fly to Hamburg or to Frankfurt, too. From both airports are good train connections to Hannover. The transfer time by train from Frankfurt to Hannover is about 3 hours and from Hamburg about 2:30 hours. If requested we can send a bus to these airports or, in case of second week hosting, to other Friendship Force Clubs to pick up our guests. The age of our hosts range from 50 to 79 years, most of them are in the 60th. Our guests will be hosted either in the city of Hannover or within a maximum of 40 kilometres around Hannover.
Besides a welcome or farewell party, we often arrange a day trip by bus to Hameln (a restored old town at the river Weser) known for the “Pied Piper Legend” or a day tour by train to the town of Goslar in the Harz-Mountains. This tour is without extra costs for our guests. Depending on the time of the year there can be other activities, too. Beside the official program, our hosts will make their own program with their guests. In case the ambassador group requests a special activity not planned by our club, this can be arranged, but there can be extra costs for the ambassadors.