If a last-minute gift needs to be found on Christmas Eve or the family is overcome with the desire to have a barbecue on a summer Sunday, the Hannoverians can rely on their "Shopping Station".
Extended opening hours
Sunday and public holiday shopping is the rule at the station, because the shops and eateries are open every day of the year. While most stores in the city close at 8 p.m. and do not open on Sundays, a special regulation in the Lower Saxony law allows for longer opening hours.
All shops, including drugstores, a discounter, various flower and newspaper shops and even branches of various fashion and jewellery chains are open until at least 10 p.m. on weekdays on weekdays, Sunday openings hours are sometimes shorter. The pharmacy, for example, offers its services on Sundays "only" from 8 in the morning until 8 in the evening.
Feasting at the station
Bread rolls, curry sausages, exotic foods or cakes: everything the heart and the stomach desire is available from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and from 6 to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. The fast-food chains stay open from 6 to 3 o'clock on weekdays and on weekends even provide around-the-clock service. A special tip is the "Schlemmer-Jazz" on several Sundays in spring and summer: while local jazz bands play, the station gastronomers hand out free snacks and drinks.