Shooting festivals, or Marksmen’s Fairs, are a big thing in the German-speaking world, and Hannover’s is the biggest and the best. The largest Marksmen’s Fair in the world, this amazing spectacle has been happening in one form or another since 1529, and is quite an astonishing experience. Over 5,000 marksmen from around the world compete, while the main parade features an astonishing 10,000 participants. With over 250 rides, 5 beer tents, and more than 100 bands and musicians, the festival is truly vast, and offers an exciting and unusual experience for everyone who attends. The festival landmark is the 60ft Steiger Ferris Wheel, which marks the centre of the festival.

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