Germany ranks among the top ten countries for UK expats to relocate to. Some of the reasons why so many people decide on removals to Germany to settle there is because it offers a high standard of living, good working conditions and has a strong jobs market. In addition, it offers excellent apprenticeship schemes – even for foreign EU citizens – for all sorts of vocational jobs, including plumbers and car mechanics.
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Removals to Hamburg, Germany: Living in Hamburg
Hamburg is Germany’s second most populated city (after Berlin), and is multicultural too as it is home to expats from all over the world, including the UK, Germany, Canada, US, New Zealand, France, Germany and Turkey.
Much of the city is relatively new as it suffered greatly from heavy bombing during the Second World War – in some cases wiping out entire boroughs such as Hammerbrook. However, the city still has an old feel to it, and is described by expats as ‘beautiful’ with a network of canals and rivers; in fact, it is said that Hamburg has more bridges than Venice and Amsterdam combined.
Certainly, being so close to water adds to the magic of the city, and you will never be far from this as Hamburg lies on the River Elbe and has the tenth largest port in the world. Its 1.8 million residents (5 million people in the wider metropolitan area) are also well served by parkland. Stadtpark, the main park in the city, is set amidst 148 acres of landscaped grounds, with a lake in the centre, and it also boasts a planetarium!
The city is divided into seven boroughs which are: Altona (which lies on the banks of the river), Eimsbüttel, Bergedorf, Wandsbek, Hamburg-Mitte (the central city borough), Hamburg-Nord, and Harburg. It has a strong student vibe, and in addition to being home to Hamburg University – the city’s largest university – there are 16 other further educational establishments. This includes the University of Music and Theatre, the Hamburg University of Technology and the University Medical Centre of Hamburg Eppendorf.
With so many students based here (70,000), if you are expecting a lively and vibrant city, you won’t be disappointed. From club and café culture to street parades, concerts, theatre shows and sporting activities, it’s almost impossible to be bored here. As a testament to this, the city is deemed as one of the most liveable in Europe and is a major tourist destination.
In addition to this, an estimated 1500 millionaires live here. It is one of wealthiest cities in Europe and, as such, it has some excellent shopping facilities. For the upmarket shops, head near the town hall towards Gaensemarket. Other great shopping destinations are Mönckebergstraße, Spitalerstraße, and the new shopping centre, Europa Passage.
If you are settling here permanently, you will still be within easy reach of the UK as flight times are roughly 1 hour and 40 mins. Hamburg has two main airports: Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel, which is the third largest international airport in Germany, and Hamburg-Lübeck, where you can get flights to London Stansted. The city’s two other airports are Hamburg-Finkenwerder Airport (only for Airbus employees) and Hamburg-Uetersen Airport, which serves the many German islands in the North Sea and Baltic seas.
Removals to Hamburg: Accommodation in Hamburg
For expats looking for accommodation in Hamburg, it is a wonderful place to move to, not least because of its parks and rivers, but it also has a sizable English speaking community too. For this reason, it makes it easier to live here, although it is always best to have a good grasp of the language.
If you are still deciding on accommodation, there are several rental options as well as rooms in shared homes. One thing of note, however, is that homes to let in Germany are rarely furnished, and the unfurnished ones are literally just that – so you may even have to buy your own fixtures and fittings when you move!
Deposits are usually two or three months rent, in addition to the first month’s rent, and this is payable in advance. For a 900 sq ft property in an upmarket area you can expect to pay around £790 a month.
Getting Out and About in Hamburg
Hamburg is easy to negotiate by foot or by bicycle, and if you do want to cycle, you can buy your own bike or rent one from various places – Stradrad, for example, has kiosks throughout the city. Another way to get out and about is to take the train or a bus. Buses operate until late, and can be taken from Rathausmarkt, near the town hall. The city also has numerous taxi ranks (indicated by a green box, rather like a large parking meter), and these operate round the clock.