PROGEDO GmbH & Co KG
Fon: +49 (0)40 – 843 07 490
Fax: +49 (0)40 – 848 92 404
Branch manager: Agata Seget
Managing director:: Jörg Holsten
PROGEDO‘s Hamburg office is located in the iconic district of St. Pauli, right next to Reeperbahn and near Schanzenviertel. Sometimes, looking through the houses, one can spot a giant cruiseship or a large container ship passing by on the river Elbe.
Since its founding in 1995, all companies and customers have been looked after efficiently and competently concerning mobility, relocation and immigration from here. Some of our employees have been working for PROGEDO for more than 20 years and accordingly we’re very well connected with local authorities and local real estate agencies.
PROGEDO Hamburg covers all of Northern Germany. We provide services in Flensburg, Kiel, Lübeck, Lüneburg, Stade, Rostock and Schwerin. In Bremen which serves the areas surrounding Bremerhaven, Emden, Wilhelmshaven, Oldenburg, Vechta and Osnabrück.
We’re looking forward to being your first local contact supporting you with our expertise.
Low unemployment rates and decent incomes have led to a shortage in the housing market in all major German cities. This is difficult to navigate through as a foreigner.
The knowledge of the local market and its own dynamics are a key competence of PROGEDO Hamburg. We help you to come out on top of your competitors in all matters concerning homesearch.
Furnished or unfurnished apartment, small or big home- our relocation specialists will find the perfect home for you with their know-how.
Additionally to our professional support of home search, we provide you with services concerning daycare for your children, organizing your driver’s license transformation and dealing with authorities.
Of course we offer further education for HR departments with our workshops on matters concerning immigration processes during onboardings of new employees. Ask us!
We’ll gladly provide you with further information. Just send us a short message to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll get back to you immediately.
Progedo Profile Hamburg
Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany with 1.8 million inhabitants and is a city-state with seven districts split into 104 quarters. Hamburg with its harbour is located at the Elbe, the third longest river in Germany which flows into the North Sea. Hamburg has more than 2400 bridges. More than London, Venice and Amsterdam combined.
More information can be found on www.hamburg.de
A move to Hamburg from abroad needs to be well-prepared in advance and you need all your personal documents. It’s best to start looking for an accommodation when you’ve settled for a date of arrival.
Once you have received your visa (if applicable) you can book a flight and a temporary accommodation from afar. We advise our customer’s to store their personal belongings until they’ve found an unfurnished accommodation. This can, at worst, take a couple of months.
Of course, we can get you connected with professional removal services, which support you with the transport of your goods and can also store them until you move in.
Average rental prices for Hamburg for furnished */ unfurnished apartments in the city center
- 1 room, 20-30 sqm living space, furnished ca. 800-1000€, unfurnished 500-650 €
- 2 rooms, 40-60 sqm living space, furnished ca. 1.100 – 1.500 € , unfurnished 800 – 1.000 €
- 3 rooms 60-90 sqm, living space, furnished ca. 1.500 – 2.400 € , unfurnished 1.250 – 1.750 €
- 4 rooms 80-120 sqm living space, furnished. ca. 2.500 € , unfurnished 1.700 – 2.400 €
Source: own research & experience
*with furnished apartments additional costs like water, gas and internet are included, but often electricity isn’t.
The climate in Hamburg is rather mild in the winter due to its closeness to the North-Sea and in the summer it is moderate because of mostly Western winds. Rarely temperatures drop below 0 degrees Celsius in the winter and in the summer it has pleasant average temperatures slightly above 20 degrees Celsius. On yearly average, there are only 4-5 hours of sunshine per day. In comparison to other German cities that’s not a lot. Even in the summer there are rarely more than 7 hours of sunshine per day.
There are many rainy days in Hamburg. Approximately 10-12 per month, though Munich has significantly more rainy days. Every now and then there are very humid and foggy days. This weather is called „Schmuddelwetter“.
SCHOOL AND DAYCARE Hamburg
Schoolsystem – Hamburg’s school system starts with elementary school (grades 1-4). The elementary school is usually determined by residential district. After that, children continue with visiting a secondary school (certificate of secondary education after 9th grade, general certificate of secondary education after 10th grade) or grammar school (diploma after 13th grade). Aside from state schools, Hamburg has a couple of international private schools, where we advise our customer’s to apply early, because capacities are limited.
Kindergarten – In Hamburg all children from one year of age onwards have a right to free daycare. This includes a daily care of 5 hours including lunch in a daycare center. In order to receive such a daycare opportunity, one needs to apply at district exchanges for a voucher. For a longer daily care time there are additional costs which depend on family size and income.
Progedo is especially proud of its team of immigration specialists, which aids customer’s with their application of a residence title. Be it checking your degree in Anabin, requesting a pre-approval letter from the federal employment agency, obtaining a visa or the application for an electronic residence title at the responsible department, PROGEDO informs you quickly and competently. According to the German legal service law (§2 Abs 1 RDG) we’re not allowed to provide you with legally binding information. Should a legal service be necessary, we work together with professional, independent lawyers.
Agata Seget & Jörg HolstenPROGEDO relocation
Jörg Holsten, Managing Partner PROGEDO Hamburg, has successfully graduated business studies after a commercial apprenticeship and graduating school. He worked in key-accounting in a multi-national food-corporation before he founded PROGEDO relocation services in 1995. He’s married and has two kids. To the question on why it had to be a relocation agency he replied: „I’ve always been eager to help, so it was obvious to become the first friend abroad.“
Agata Seget manages our office in Hamburg. She studied integrated European studies at the University of Bremen and was born in Poland. Since 2012 she supports skilled workers from the EU and third countries concerning their transfer to Germany and accompanies them when dealing with German bureaucracy. She’s an allround specialist concerning immigration and relocation. Agata Seget coordinates our Hamburg and Bremen PROGEDO consultant’s efforts and is contact person for HR and our customer’s other departments.
She’s responsible for all matters of our Hamburg office, but doesn’t shy away from supporting customers with relocation services herself. Why? Because she loves it.
Our staff and we in the Hamburg PROGEDO office know Hamburg in all its corners and its wonderful diversity.
Beyond the pure Immigration & Relocation business we would like to share our knowledge with you and inspire you for our hometown!
10 Facts about Hamburg:
The biggest seaport in Germany
More than 7,200 hectares make Hamburg Harbour the biggest sea port in Germany. It has 4 large container terminals and 4 cruise ship terminals with more than 1 million passengers yearly. Over 136 tons of cargo are proof of the importance of Hamburg’s port.
One of the most popular cities in Europe
The maritime flair of the port, Elbphilharmony, Musicals, Reeperbahn, Miniature Wonderland or the Hamburg Dome enthuse millions of people annually. This makes Hamburg one of the most popular tourist spots in Europe
Hamburg has its airport right in the city
„Hamburg Airport Helmut Schmidt“ is in Northern Hamburg, only 11 km from the city center. You can get from Hamburg mainstation to the airport in less than 25 minutes by train.
The highest building in Hamburg
Hamburg doesn’t really have skyscrapers. The television tower near Hamburg’s exhibition halls is the highest building with a height of 279 m and is nicknamed “Telemichel“. “Michel“, a church, is the second highest building with 132 m of height, followed by the city townhall with a tower height of 112 m and last but not least the so-called “Elphi” (Philharmony) reaching a height of 110 m.
The largest graveyard of Europe
The Ohlsdorf Friedhof measures almost 390 hectare and has more than 200.000 graves and 12 chapels. It is the largest park-graveyard in Europe and silmultaneously the biggest green area in Hamburg. Since its founding in 1877 more than 1.4 million people have been buried here.
The largest model train installation of the world
The miniature wonderland in “Speicherstadt“ (city of warehouses) has the largest model train installation of the world. More than 1,000 trains run through an area of roughly 1,500 sqm. It’s been recently voted as Germany’s favorite tourist attraction and is popular among visitorsof all age groups.
Most bridges in a city in Europe
Hamburg has more bridges than Venice, Amsterdam and Rome combined and is thus the city with highest number of bridges in Europe counting approximately 2,500 water crossings.
Where the maidens strolled
The “Jungfernstieg” at the Alster river was Germany’s first asphalted street in 1838. Well-off citizens of Hamburg went for walks there with their daughters in search for an ideal suitor for them. Nowadays, you can find one of Germany’s largest Apple Stores there.
The Michel’s towerclock is the largest in Germany. The dial’s diameter measures 8 m and both pointers weigh 130 kg each. The big one is 4.91 m and the small one is 3.6 m.
In Hamburg you don’t express goodbye with „Auf Wiedersehen“ but „Tschüss!“
Applying for a residence title in Hamburg
Hamburgs central foreigner’s department is in Hammer Straße 30-34. Additionally, there are the ones responsible for residence in the local foreigner’s departments within the district offices as well as the Hamburg Welcome Center in the chamber of commerce which is responsible for the application of electronic residence titles and thus the most relevant for foreign employees.
Of course our professional immigration specialists provide our customers with all the necessary information so they can hand in their documents perfectly prepared at the foreigner’s department. Additionally we accompany you or your employee to their respective appointment.
PROGEDO doesn’t provide legal service according to §2 Abs 1 RDG. If there’s need for legal service we work together with independent, competent lawyers.
Finding an apartment in Hamburg
Finding an apartment in Hamburg is a challenge because the housing market has dramatically changed during the last couple of years. Outdated information online gives a wrong impression of pricing that was actually valid 3-5 years ago. Especially in the more popular districts like Ottensen, Eimsbüttel, St. Pauli, Schanzenviertel, St. Georg, Eppendorf or Winterhude hundreds of people apply for the same apartment. In all other central districts and Hamburg’s West with its international schools there are always more applicants than offers. If one doesn’t speak German it’s close to impossible to keep up with competitors.
Thanks to our know-how it’s feasible though. With a little patience, flexibility and good planning we always find a suitable apartment for our customers!
Hamburg has many districts with very different price categories. Currently landlords consider one third of your income as a maximum rent payment. A positive SCHUFA-entry as well as a declaration of no rental debts are essential for their commitment.