Hamm is a historic city in the northwest of Germany, in the North Rhine-Westphalia region. It is situated in the industrialized Ruhr area and has a population of around 180,800. This ‘City of Law’ has personality, too, and can for example boast a 35-meter-high glass elephant, which has become the symbol of Hamm. The elephant is in a former coal mine, Maximilian, which has been transformed into a leisure park. The elephant sculpture is formed from the old mine washery and visitors can enter through the trunk to take a lift to the top floor to enjoy great views of the city. The Maxipark is also a great place to unwind in the city, with swimming, adventure playgrounds and frequent exhibitions. Henin Brewer’s House, meanwhile, dates form 1516 and is the oldest remaining building in the city. Expatriates in Hamm will find the city divided into seven distinct quarters, including the most populous Bockum-Hovel and ‘Hamm-Mitte‘, the central area. Each quarter has its own characteristic housing and at InterNations you can gain insight from other expats living in Hamm about the merits of each.
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Expatriates moving to Hamm will soon realize the city has excellent transportation connection. It has links to three of Germany’s autobahns, the A1, A2 and A445. Hamm is also an important rail center. It has three railway stations and the main ‘Hamm (Westfalen)‘ station is one of the most important rail hubs in Germany. This station is also one of the noted architectural highlights of the city. Hamm is furthermore an important freight port, situated on the busy Datteln-Hamm-Kanal. The town is well served by international airports at Dortmund, Munster and Paderborn Lippstadt, with a major international hub at nearby Düsseldorf International Airport. Children of expats living in Hamm will find a fine selection of local grammar schools and a small private university specializing in logistics engineering. Networking with other expats at InterNations could help decide which school is most suitable.
Expats working in Hamm enjoy a healthy local economy with a diverse industrial base. This is focused around the chemical and steel industries and the remaining coal mine. Expatriates who choose to work in Hamm will also find a sizeable local energy industry, with two existing power stations and a third being built. Unsurprisingly for the ‘City of Law,’ the legal profession is also important. The city has the most important German regional appeal court and also the local court, industrial court and industrial appeal court. In addition, the health sector is an important employer with several hospitals in the area. There is only one daily newspaper in the city, though, so joining InterNations is a good way to make sure you stay in touch with everything that is going on in Hamm. The forums and discussion boards are a great place to make new connections, both with local and global expats, and our Expat Magazine gives excellent advice on numerous expatriation related topics.