Hamburg: What you need to know
Where is it?
Since its reunification in 1990, the new Germany has consisted of 16 federal states. There are three city states – the capital city of Berlin, plus Hamburg and Bremen – and 13 diverse regions ranging from Schleswig-Holstein in the north to Bavaria in the south. Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and the ninth largest city in the European Union. It is also the thirteenth largest German state.
It is located on the Southern point of the Jutland Peninsula, directly between Continental Europe to its south and Scandinavia to its north. The North Sea is west and the Baltic Sea is northeast of Hamburg. Hamburg is located on the River Elbe at its confluence with the Alster and Bille.
How do I get there?
You can reach Hamburg easily by train if you already are in Germany. But if you come straight from your country you might want to fly to the international airport at Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel. It is the fifth biggest airport in Germany. It is about 8 kilometres from the city centre.
Is it a good place to learn German?
Hamburg is a great place to learn the German language. People here speak the standard German without influence of any dialects or slangs.
You can also contact the agency called “BAMF” that offers free german- and integration-coures for people from different countries that would like to work in Germany. You should check their website for more information and where those courses will be available in your area (http://www.bamf.de/).
German is a very difficult language in general and has a large variety of dialects and slangs that even the native speakers have their problems with it, so it is very important that you find the right class for you.
Or visit (http://english.hamburg.de/1-public-transport/nofl/116758/heft-hier-lernen-sie-deutsch.html).
Moving to Hamburg: 3 things you need to know
1.) Where to live?
There’s so much choice of accommodation in Hamburg that it’s hard to know where to look. That’s where Room in the Moon can help! Check out our accommodation listings here (LINK to
accommodation part of the site).
Hamburg offers great places to live, depending on your preference. If you for example like to go to parties and meet new people I would recommend you to live near the Reeperbahn, which is by far the most popular part of the city in St. Pauli Hamburg. Here you will find numerous bars, nightclubs, trend shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. The Reeperbahn is famous all throughout Germany and offers places to visit for everyone.
2.) Where to work?
Hamburg Metropolitan Region is one of the most competitive regions in Germany or Europe. Some 5 million people live and work here, at the interface of major European transport axes between Scandinavia, West, East and Southern Europe.
Therefore Hamburg is a great place to work and study with many different options, if you want to find a specific job that interests you, I would recommend looking on (http://jobsuche.hamburg.de/) for more information.
If you want to study, the University of Hamburg could be interesting for you. It is one of the biggest Universities in Germany with about 40,000 students (http://www.uni-hamburg.de/index_e.html). The HafenCity University Hamburg – the University of the built Environment and metropolitan Development – is the only University of its kind in Europe. So if you want to learn something special this is the right place for you (https://www.hcu-hamburg.de/en/).
3.) How to get around?
You can easily travel by rail, bus and ships because all of them are organised by a fare-collection joint venture between transport companies. Tickets sold by one company in this Hamburger Verkehrsverbund (“Hamburg transit authority”) (HVV) are valid on all other HVV companies’ services.
Nine mass transit rail lines across the city are the backbone of Hamburg public transport. The Hamburg S-Bahn (heavy railway system) system comprises six lines and the Hamburg U-Bahn (underground railway) three lines. On certain routes, regional trains of Germany’s major railway company Deutsche Bahn AG and the regional metronom trains may be used with a public transport ticket, too.
Gaps in the rail network are filled by more than 600 bus routes, plied by single-deck, two-, three- and four-axle diesel buses. Hamburg has no trams or trolley-buses, but has hydrogen-fueled buses operating pilot services. The buses run frequently during working hours, with some buses on some routes arriving as often as every 2 minutes. In suburban areas and on special weekday night lines the intervals can be 30 minutes or longer.
For more information visit (http://english.hamburg.de/1-public-transport/).