Normalerweise geht es in Hannover recht gelassen zu.

Is recht gelassen zu a fixed expression, meaning ‘very relaxing’?

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zu is the prefix of the separable verb zugehen, and is therefore placed at the end of the sentence. Recht gelassen means ‘quite relaxing’. The whole sentence translates as

In Hannover things are normally quite relaxing.

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    The adverb recht doesn’t mean ‘very’, though; it’s rather something like ‘quite’. (Cc @dulcecream)
    – chirlu
    Apr 23, 2016 at 7:35
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    @chirlu Just edited.
    – boaten
    Apr 23, 2016 at 15:05
  • I would argue that relaxed is more appropriate in this case as es geht gelassen zu indicates a state of the place not an effect on whoever is there.
    – Tarok
    Apr 25, 2016 at 10:16

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