Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg is a city of contrasts: Tradition and innovation, simple and luxurious, lively neighborhoods and quiet green spaces. Hamburg is also known as the “Venice of the North”, because the maritime atmosphere is omnipresent – even in the context of temporary living in Hamburg [].


General information about Hamburg

Around 1.8 million people call the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg their home. Thereby, they live in the second largest city in Germany. Despite its harbor, it does not lie directly by the sea, but about 80 kilometers upstream of the Elbe. With around 7,200 hectares, Hamburg is the largest overseas port in the country.

In hardly any other city in Germany you can see contrasts so close together: the trendy St. Pauli district with the Reeperbahn on one side, the conservative and rich Blankenese with its villas and romantic Elbhang views on the other side. Modern architecture such as the imposing Elbphilharmonie in the immediate vicinity of the historic warehouse complex of the Speicherstadt.

Life in Hamburg is strongly influenced by maritime influences, be it the economy or the climate. Not only North Sea or Elbe affect the city, also the Bille and the Alster form the unique Hamburg flair.

Popular neighborhoods in Hamburg

The Hamburg city area is divided into the seven districts Mitte, Altona, Eimsbüttel, Harburg, North, Wandsbek and Bergedorf.

In Hamburg-Mitte beats the heart of the city. Well-known neighborhoods are Old Town and New Town and the HafenCity. Busy shopping streets and countless offices dominate the picture, the area is densely populated.

The former Danish enclave Hamburg Altona is located in the west of the city. It offers urban feeling and sandy beaches as well as rural tranquility. If you want to live in a hip trendy district on time [], you'll love the Sternschanze - colloquially called Schanzenviertel. Apartments in this urban area are centrally located, surrounded by many small shops and a lot of life.

More exclusivity awaits you in prime villas and chic country homes [] in Blankenese. Here you find the best locations on the banks of the river Elbe and pure nature in the middle of the city.

Hamburg Eimsbüttel is probably one of the most densely populated districts because of its convenient location, its many parks and the village structures. In addition to students and career entry, families are also drawn to districts such as Eppendorf or Harvestehude.

In the south of the city lies Hamburg Harburg, which has made a name for itself by its rural appearance. The many car-free paths invite to sports activities. If you are looking for peace, you will find it in Harburg.

The largest and greenest district in terms of area is Hamburg Bergedorf in the southeast of the city. Here you will find skyscrapers next to apartment buildings and villas.

Hamburg Wandsbek in the northeast of the city, however, has the most inhabitants. The proximity to the green on the one hand and the bustling shopping streets attract people. If you want to live here on time [], you may benefit from low rents.

Living and working in Hamburg

As an important port city, the trade and logistics sectors are of particular importance. Demand for skilled workers remains high in the maritime industry and the logistics hub in the north. Large international corporations, a broad middle class, a vibrant startup scene and Hanseatic merchant tradition - the job market in Hamburg is as diverse as the city itself.

In addition to long-established publishing houses, there are about 2,000 younger multimedia companies, which is why Hamburg has long been integrated as a leading media location in Germany. On top of that, there are several renowned educational institutions, institutes and research centers in the city.

Scientifically, the North German metropolis is particularly important in the field of cutting-edge technology such as the biosciences, information technology or aerospace engineering.

In addition, the areas of culture and tourism play a crucial role. The dynamic creative scene with its concert halls, variety shows and cabarets is a popular destination for thousands of tourists every year. A great place to live and work here on time [].

Off the labor market, Hamburg offers a high recreational value. The city is clean and well maintained. There are water and green oases on every corner. Whether enjoying nature in the city park in Winterhude, shopping along the magnificent Mönckebergstraße shopping street, an after-work drink with colleagues in a bar on the Elbe or a cup of coffee in the elegant Eppendorf. In Hamburg, the work-life balance is harmonious.

On the move in Hamburg

Life in Hamburg has a small bitter pill: Compared to other major German cities, the public transport network is only modestly expanded. Some districts are not accessible by rail, but only by bus. It is worthwhile to take a closer look if you are looking for a temporary home in Hamburg [].

The inner city area has well-developed bike paths. So-called bicycle expressways form an attractive road network for everyday and commuter traffic. Note, however, that most public parks do not allow cycling.

What to experience in Hamburg 

Who lives on time in Hamburg [] should pay a visit to the St. Michael's Church, also called “The Michel”. The Protestant church is the landmark of the city and the most important baroque building in northern Germany. Its 132 m high tower offers a great view over the harbor of Hamburg. If you want to explore the harbor up close, we recommend a harbor tour from the jetties (Landungsbrücken) or a walk through the old Elbe tunnel, which connects the city side with the harbor.

Tips for temporary living in Hamburg

If you move to a temporary home in Hamburg [], you have to present your identity documents to a registration office within two weeks of moving in. In Hamburg, the customer centers are responsible for registration and identification matters. Depending on the location, you can choose from up to 20 customer centers.