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Temporary living in Hamburg

Temporary living in Hamburg

Hamburg is the second biggest city in Germany. The harbor in Hamburg is also called “Gate to the World” and is an important economic hub in Germany. This, together with Hamburg’s aerospace centre, makes it a big economic metropolis. Business travelers as well as students are regularly looking for apartments in this city. The housing market in Hamburg is very diverse but also very competitive. That’s why boarding houses and temporary housing is becoming more and more popular in Hamburg. If you’re looking for a furnished apartment in Hamburg for a month or longer you have come to the right place.

Furnished apartments in Hamburg

Furnished apartments in Hamburg

Boardinghouses in Hamburg

Boardinghouses in Hamburg

Staying in Hamburg with family

Staying in Hamburg with family

Popular neighbourhoods in Hamburg

Hamburg is not only the second largest city in Germany, but also one of the most diverse. Depending on age group and family status, the districts are in demand with different target groups. If you are looking for a temporary apartment in Hamburg, you will find information about the districts of Altona, Sternschanze, St. Pauli and Uhlenhorst.

Living centrally in Hamburg Altona

Hamburg Altona has a very special position in the Hansestadt. Up until 1938, the district was independent, which is still clear in the character and building development. Thus, the city quarter can be further subdivided into Altona-Nord and Altona-Altstadt. While in the north you are more likely to find new buildings with a view of the Elbe, Jugendstil buildings and mansions from the early periods characterize the streets of the old town. This diversity of properties is also reflected in the rental prices from high-priced estates to cheap and charming apartments. If you decide to rent an apartment in Altona, you will be living very centrally. Thanks to the local train station Hamburg Altona, the district is well connected to both local and long-distance transport within Germany and other European countries.

Hamburgs Schanzenviertel

If you get an apartment in Hamburg Schanzenviertel, you couldn’t live more centrally. The Schanzenviertel is directly adjacent to St. Pauli and within a few minutes you can reach the city center by bus or train. The railway station connects the district with both local and long-distance transport. This, along with many classic-style buildings with comparatively cheap rent, makes the district particularly popular with young people. Due to the influx of students and young professionals, the Hamburg Schanzenviertel developed more and more as a popular nightlife area besides the Reeperbahn. It’s equally possible here to spend evenings outside at a pub or bar, while also enjoying the sun in one of the parks or green areas during spring and summer.

Hamburgs district St. Pauli

St. Pauli is probably most well-known for the Reeperbahn and its traditional football club. But this district has a lot more to offer. Only a ten-minute walk from the nightlife district, the harbor is the second major tourist attraction with small and large ships for cruises. Moreover, the tallest building in Hamburg is located in St. Pauli. The Heinrich Hertz Tower, 279.20 meters high, is located right next to the trade fair grounds, which also belongs to Pauli. Less known is that parts of the large parks Planten and Blomen, with the Parksee, Rosengarten and Japanese garden, extends to St. Pauli. Nevertheless, the wide selection of nightclubs, pubs, theaters, cabaret and changing events is characteristic of this alternative district.

Living in Hamburg

International Connection

As one of the largest traffic junctions in Germany, Hamburg has an extraordinarily well-developed infrastructure. Its main train station connects Hamburg to the rest of Europe, and to the world via Hamburg’s international airport.The marina is also responsible for long-distance traffic, both industrial and touristic.

Connections within the city

Within the city, traffic is well distributed. The public transport companies in Hamburg connect the entire city. Nevertheless, public transportation plays rather small role in the Hamburg streets, with only 18% of trips being made on public busses and trams. In comparison, 42% of residents choose to commute by car.

On-the-go by bike or by food

Hamburgers also enjoy traveling by foot. There are numerous trails along the water or through the city. However, if you prefer to commute by bike, you can use the approx. 1,700 kilometers of cycling trails in Hamburg, which are a great excuse to explore the city. For this purpose, several BikeSharing services (e.g., offer uncomplicated rental bikes at fair prices.

Outdoor activities

As the greenest city in Germany, Hamburg has countless parks, green areas, plus hiking and walking trails. Especially on the inviting promenades along the Alster and the Elbe rivers, you will find jogging tours and sporting activities. There are also numerous large events in the Hanseatic city. One is the annual harbor festival, which celebrates the birthday of the harbor and features various attractions on land and water.

Discover Hamburg

The city of Hamburg has been a leader in trade and industry through history. Testimonies of this time, like the old Speicherstadt and the Kontorenviertel, both UNESCO World Heritage sites, are absolutely worth seeing. Also an architectural highlight is the Hafencity, the largest urban development project in Europe, in which modern residential and office buildings have sprung up in the old harbor area. The Elbphilharmonie, which was officially opened after a long construction period in January 2017, is an absolute architectural masterpiece. In addition to the concert hall, it also offers apartments and a hotel. In addition, the Plaza is located at a height of 37 metres and offers a panoramic view of the city open to the public.
There is something unconventional yet relaxing about St. Pauli. In addition to the Reeperbahn and the party mile, the harbor and landing bridges are also worth a visit during the day.

From musicals to classical concerts

The Elbphilharmonie, also known as “Elphi”, is an architectural masterpiece and places Hamburg as a top German city for music. It was created as a new landmark for the city and a “cultural monument for all”.
In addition to classical music, Hamburg is also known for its musicals. The Theater im Hafen is home to the worldwide success “The Lion King,” the longest running musical in German history.
There are also numerous theaters in various disciplines in Hamburg. In addition to the renowned city and state theater, there are many independent houses. The Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hamburg is not only the largest theater in Germany, but also one of the most famous independent production houses along with the Kampnagel.

Museum and gallery

Those interest in art shouldn’t miss the larger museums such as the Kunsthalle or the Deichtorhallen. Also worth a visit are the smaller art galleries or spaces: URBAN Kunst displays Streetart and Only Art Club shows contemporary art by young artists. All houses in the Gängeviertel are designed as works of art. This is a successful example of art in public spaces which is accessible year round, free of charge, and accessible to everyone.

Hamburg Apps

Hamburg App – Android und iPhone
This official Hamburg app as a mobile counterpart to the city portal, which offers the most important information and services for citizens, tourists and visitors.

HVV App – Android und iPhone
HVV is the Hamburg public transport company. This app offers timetable information and uncomplicated mobile ticket purchase.

Hamburger Reiseführer App – Android und iPhone
With this app, you always have your travel guide with you: sights, events and places to be in the Hanseatic city .

Taxi Hamburg App – Android und iPhone
Call via this app to conveniently order a taxi to your location, while on the go, or to a targeted address.

Hamburg Airport Flug-Tracker – Android und iPhone
See all arrivals and departures live and get information about the airport, such as food and restaurants, parking lots and ground transportation.
Note: This app is not free.

Raj Mahal Hamburg App – Android und iPhone
Here, you can order oriental dishes by smartphone directly into the office or your temporary apartment.

Informative Websites
The official portal for the city of Hamburg. Here you can find all important information ranging from public events to current construction in the city.
Here you will find information for tourists about the city and packages for your stay.
On the official site of Hamburg Airport, arrival and departure times, prices and parking facilities are provided.
Hamburg is a trade fair city. Here you’ll find information regard dates and topics of national and international trade fairs or congresses.

Registering an apartment in Hamburg


If you are staying in a Hamburg apartment or you are visiting the Hansestadt for more than six months, you must register with the local resident office. Unless you are moving from abroad, this can also be done by an authorized person. The registration costs 12 € per person or 12 € per family, if applicable. Whether you register the apartment as a main or secondary residence will depend on where you spend most of your time. If you live in a job-oriented commuter apartment in Hamburg, it must be assumed that you are staying there for the most part of the week. As an exception, if you are married, the apartment or house where your spouse is living will be considered the main residence.


In general, it is required to register within two weeks after arrival. The Hamburger residence office recommends an appointment. In this case, it is sufficient if the appointment was made within the two week deadline, but takes place at a later date.

Unterlagen für die Anmeldung

  • For German nationality: Bundespersonalausweis / passport of all entrants
  • In the case of an electronic residence permit (eAT): residence permit, since the address must also be changed there
  • When traveling from abroad: personal appearance is compulsory (also for children and young people)
  • When registering for children up to the age of 16: identity card (if available) or birth certificate, and if applicable, written consent from both parents. If the parents live separately, please contact the residence office in advance by phone
  • When registering for children from the age of 16: From the age of 16, young people can register themselves without the parents’ written consent.
  • In the case of married couples: the original marriage certificate; Registration by one of the spouses is sufficient (exception: immigration from abroad)
  • In the case of divorced persons: original copy of the certificate of divorce
  • In case of widowed: Death certificate of the deceased partner
  • For owner of a car: If Hamburg becomes your main address, you have to change the registration of your car at the national traffic office
  • Rental agreement signed by the landlord
  • Registration form or form for registering multiple apartmetns

Second home tax

Hamburg levies a second residence tax of 8% of net cold rent. Upon registration, you must complete this declaration on the second home tax form and submit it to the tax authorities. If the rent is paid by your company, the tax will be calculated on the basis of the current rent level. Further information can be found here.

Please note that we have compiled all the information with the utmost care, but cannot guarantee it is fully up-to-date due to changing legal regulations, especially for the information on registration formalities. If in doubt, please contact the city’s offices. Thank you.