Removals to Hamburg

As Germany’s second largest city, Hamburg has a lot to offer for both individuals and families looking to move overseas. Hamburg is Northern Germany’s centre for shopping, with a mix of high street brands and quirky independent shops. You will also find over fifty museums in this beautiful city and a handful of events that take place each year, including the Hafengeburtstag three-day-gala and the Schlagermove street parade.

Our Removals to Hamburg Services

If you plan on moving to Hamburg, it’s essential to enlist the services of a reliable and experienced removal firm. Reads Removals have over three decades of experience in the industry, ensuring safe and efficient transportation of your belongings while delivering a personable, tailored service from start to finish. Our professional services are suitable for both commercial and residential removals. Check the top reasons to move to Hamburg.

Full Packing and Shipping

We offer full packing services and are also happy to unpack your items in your new property in Hamburg for your convenience. Our packing keeps all your personal items safe and secure while in transit and we can complete a full inventory of your boxes. Our full shipping service includes the transportation of boxes and crates to and from delivery terminals. 

Customs Paperwork

We can handle all shipping and customs paperwork on your behalf and are happy to be involved as much or as little as you require throughout the process. With Reads, our removals to Hamburg service is centred around your needs for a hassle-free move.

If you’d like to arrange a home survey or request a quotation or require more information on moving to Hamburg from the UK, contact our professional team today. 

Why Choose Reads Removals?

  • Over 90 years of experience
  • Competitive door-to-door rates
  • 4.8/5 rating on Trustpilot
  • British Association of Removers (BAR) approved partner 
  • Stress-free, tailored service to suit you
  • Safe and secure removals
  • Corporate and residential 
  • Fully insured

Preparing For Your Move to Hamburg From the UK:

Get your Visa

There are two types of Visa you can apply for if you’re moving to Hamburg from the UK. The Schengen Visa is suitable for up to 90 days in the EU. However, if you are planning to live in Germany for more than 90 days, you will need a Residence Permit Visa. You can apply for your Visa through the German Embassy.

Get to know importation limits and restrictions

To ensure you’re on the right side of the law and that all your belongings arrive without delay, it’s important to know what you can and can’t import into Germany from the UK and which items you’ll need to declare.

What do I need to declare to the German customs office?

  • Cash and assets worth more than €10,000. 
  • Alcohol and cigarettes that exceed a certain amount. 
  • You may need to pay import duties on furniture and household goods if you have owned the furniture for less than six months or lived in the UK for less than 12 consecutive months. 
  • If you’re transporting a pet to Hamburg, you will need to have the right paperwork and make sure your pet has received the necessary vaccinations.

Living in Hamburg

Before enjoying all the great attractions and lifestyle that Hamburg has to offer, there are a few essential administrative processes you should take care of once you’ve arrived. You can find these listed below.  

What you’ll need to consider once you arrive in Hamburg:

  1. Register at the local Einwohnermeldeamt (registration office):
    It is a mandatory requirement that you register at the local Einwohnermeldeamt within your first week of arriving in Hamburg. This will provide you with a passport, proof of address, and an income tax card, which are essential for setting up a bank account and processing financial transactions.
  2. Set up a German bank account:
    This will enable you to get paid by your employer.
  3. Register with a health insurer:
    This will give you access to essential healthcare.
  4. Find a school:
    In Germany, it is compulsory for all 6 to 15-year-olds to attend school. so
    If you have children you will need to enrol them. While most schools teach in German there are some schools which teach classes in English.
  5. Register your car:
    While this won’t be a priority, if you transport your current car to Hamburg from the UK you will need to register it within six months of arriving. You will also need to switch to a German driving licence.
  6. Find a house:
    If you’re moving into rented or temporary accommodation until you find a suitable house to move to, you’ll want to find out how to get on the property ladder in Germany and research average house prices to determine what you are likely to get for your budget.  
  7. Learn the language:
    If your German is a little rusty you may want to consider taking German language classes. 

Once you’ve started to settle in, you can relax and enjoy your new life in Hamburg. 

If you’re looking to move from the West Midlands to Hamburg contact us on 01733 557557 for a free quote today. 


We offer fair and competitive prices for our removal services to and from Hamburg. The price will always be dependent upon what size of vehicle you need, what size of team you need, where you are moving to and if you have any specific requirements.
You currently do not need a work permit if you’re from the UK. However, this may change when Brexit comes into effect in 2021.
Yes – we offer both standard and extended liability cover options to ensure that you are fully covered in the event of loss or damage to your goods.

Why Choose Us?

  • Over 95 years of experience
  • Careful handling of all possessions
  • A reliable and efficient workforce
  • Reputation of providing a stress-free removals
  • Trustworthy, Safe and Secure Storage
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