Garbsen as we know it today has only been in existence since 1974, when former settlements merged into one. It is now the second biggest town in the Hanover area, with 62,000 inhabitants. As well as excellent transport links to Hanover, it has much to offer in its own right with shopping, music festivals, and the Blauer See (Blue Lake). Within easy reach from Hanover, it is a convenient spot to live in and from where to commute to the large city with its trade fair centre and the international airport. However, it also makes a great base from which to go on outdoor adventures.
Location: on the river near the regional capital
Situated in the district of Hanover in Lower Saxony, Garbsen lies just 14 kilometres north-west of Hanover, and has excellent transport links. Situated right on the A2 motorway, which traverses the country from the Ruhr region to Berlin, Hanover can be reached in just 15 minutes. The landscape is that of waterways and meadows with easy access to several lakes, where you can swim, windsurf and much more. The infrastructure is excellent and residents enjoy a high standard of living.
Business: Garbsen - a magnet for forward-thinking businesses
Garbsen is home to innovative companies of various sizes that encompass the fields of IT, media, Research and Development, and engineering, amongst others. There is also an internationally renowned laser centre. Not only that, but the branch offices and headquarters of many well-known financial services providers are located in nearby Hanover. Garbsen forms part of one of the 11 Metropolitan Regions in Germany, recognised as being of European importance.
Culture: from daily exhibitions to biennial festivals
There is plenty to see and do, no matter what time of year you visit. There are exhibitions at the various art studios and galleries, as well as local history and toy museums and a 9-screen cinema. Experience the biennial Culture Festival, with numerous events spanning a four-week period, as well as the annual Trendival shopping event. Not forgetting Hanover's wide-ranging cultural and free time offerings, which are just on the doorstep.
Activities: no need to feel blue!
From swimming in the Blue Lake to enjoying the music of the Blues Matinees in summer, there is plenty to cheer the soul. As well as swimming, you can try your hand at water skiing, wake boarding, stand-up paddle boarding, crazy golf, and archery. There are also excellent team-building activities, such as raft building and GPS orienteering. If you prefer to take it easy, enjoy a boat trip on the river Leine.