There are two schools of thoughts when it comes to moving abroad. Either you pick a place to live before moving to the country and hope for the best about the accommodation and its surroundings. Or you move in first, live in a more or less temporary shelter until you find a suitable long-term place to dwell. Both have pros and cons and really depend on how flexible you can be, and whether you travel alone or with a family. I like the move in, then improvise option, but it is a matter of taste and, in the end, essentially of luck. Read more
Marina Stechmann, née Sanchez, has been living in Hamburg for the past four years. The 30-year-old Frenchwoman was visiting a friend in Hamburg in spring 2012 who was getting married. She was only supposed to stay a few days to help with preparations but she “fell in love with the city and because I did not really have any perspectives back in France, I decided to do something daft. Let’s stay in Hamburg and see what happens!” Read more
2016 was not very popular everywhere, on the contrary. But because we do not deal with wars, crises, and idols that passed away too soon, but with the Hamburg startup scene, we allow ourselves to draw our own 2016 wrap-up. Granted, it’s abridged and subjective,but before anything else, we want to finish on a positive note!
One of the many good things about Hamburg is the fact that almost anyone can and will speak English to you if you don’t know any German. While it can be a challenge to live in Paris or Barcelona without speaking French or Spanish respectively, expats in Germany have the leisure of completely ignoring the language of Goethe and still lead a functional life. Nevertheless, you might be tempted to deepen your knowledge of German if you plan on working in Hamburg for a longer time, founding a company or moving with your family. Read more
In Germany, you need to report any change of address. The authorities need to know where you reside and only give you two weeks to do so. So, upon arriving in Hamburg, make sure that registering to your local state agency (Einwohnermeldeamt) is high on your to-do list! Read more
No matter where you come from and why you’re in Hamburg for, it will be very difficult to conduct any business without a bank account. You will need one as an employee, as a freelancer and of course as a entrepreneur. So, since this is a necessary evil, we may as well start reviewing right now which steps you need to follow to open a bank account in Hamburg. Read more
If there is one mistake I made when I moved to Hamburg, it was to come by car. Not to mention it was an Irish car with the steering wheel on the right side that I could not reasonably insure in Germany. But that’s beyond the point, in the end I had a car I could not park anywhere safe/legal/warm and I never EVER needed it. Because Hamburg has fantastic public transports and other means of transportation.