The ultimate moving to Hamburg guide
Congratulations on your decision to move to Hamburg. Hamburgs nickname in German “Hamburg – meine Perle” does not come without reason. Hamburg really is the pearl in the North of Germany.
If you look at pictures you might let to believe that Hamburg is a coastal town. What many people don’t know before moving to Hamburg is that Hamburg is actually around 100kms south of the coast.
Nevertheless Hamburg has a feeling about it that usually only coastal towns can offer. You might find yourself eating fresh fish at the Fischmarkt or admire the size of the biggest port in Germany and the 3rd biggest port in Europe.
But before you can enjoy the beauty of Hamburg there are some things you should take care of before. With our help these tasks will be easy as pie and you will save a lot of Euros that you can spend on more fun things.
Open bank account in Hamburg
No German bank account also means not being able to sign up for internet. Make it your priority No.1 to sign up with a German bank even before moving.
Insider tip: Sign up with DKB – Deutsche Kredit Bank. Why? Because DKB does not require a German address when signing up. Therefore you can sign up from abroad already and have your bank account the second you arrive to Hamburg. Furthermore with the DKB credit card you can withdraw cash at any ATM (even worldwide) for free – absolutely no charges apply. Continue reading here about the best bank accounts in Hamburg.
Internet provider Hamburg
In order to keep up to date with Facebook, Twitter and co you will need to sign up with a German internet provider. Signing up with an internet provider in Germany still feels like you are back in 1990.
It will take at least 2-4 weeks after choosing your internet provider until a technician will come to your place and you are ready to go online.
Cell phone provider Hamburg
In general you have 2 choices. Either you go for prepaid options (more flexible but more expensive) or you sign up for ususally 24 months with one of the many phone providers in Germany.
We strongly recommend signing up for 24 months as you will not only pay less, you will also usually get a new smartphone every 2 years for less than if you would have to buy it yourself.
Electricity provider Hamburg
Whenever you move into an appartment or house you will automatically be signed up with Vattenfall, as they are what we call the Grundversorger.
This is very convenient, but you might pay more with Vattenfall than with other electricity providers in Hamburg.
Insider tip: E WIE EINFACH seems to have the best combination of price and service right now. For more information continue reading about the best electricity providers in Hamburg.
As Hamburg is a very big city there are also a lot of different neighbourhoods with different vibes. Which neighbourhood suits you best might differ on what you are looking for. Are you a family and you prefer some quiet time and green? Or are you a student looking for some party at night? For each one of you there is the perfect neighbourhood. Just continue reading here about the best neighbourhoods in Hamburg.
Living in Hamburg
Life in Hamburg is just awesome. And no, we are not biased here. But Hamburg has so much to offer you don’t want to live anywhere else. Hamburg has lot’s of theatres, musicals, the Opera (sensitive topic by the way) and a lot more to offer. Living in Hamburg will definitely not be boring.
Weather in Hamburg
Well the only downside to Hamburg might be that the weather, especially in autumn and winter, might be a bit depressing. Even if the weather statistics don’t show exceptionally high amounts of rain, it is not uncommon that the sky is gray and it is raining for days and days. But in summer there is nothing better than enjoying the sun while taking in a fresh breeze at the Elbe.
Move to Hamburg – now
After hearing about all the great things that Hamburg has to offer it is time for you to move to Hamburg now. The time could not be better – Hamburg has a lot of high paid jobs, it is a very safe and clean city and the people in Hamburg are very open and welcoming. So pack your things together and move to Hamburg – now!