Industrial city with a coal mining past

Hamm, Nordrhein-Westfalen


Industrial city with a coal mining past

Located in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and at the junction of the rivers Ahse and Lippe, Hamm is a city full of green areas with high quality of living standards.

Hamm's main symbol is a giant glass elephant, or the world's largest artificial elephant. The construction was built in 1984 at Maximilianpark, one of the main leisure places in the city, and it indicates the coal mining past of the city as it was built from coal wash.

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With about 180,000 residents, Hamm has more than 790 years of history, being founded in 1226 by Earl Adolf von der Mark I. The city offers several social activities and festivities throughout the year. One of the main events is the open-air rock festival, Hammer Summer, which brings more than 10,000 tourists to the city every year.

Studying and Working in Hamm

Hamm is located in an important transport route and in the northeastern part of the Ruhr area, a highly industrialized region in Germany. The city was part of the Westphalian Hanseatic League (Hansa) from 1469 to 1651. Although centuries have passed, Hamm still relates to its past as part of a commercial trading route.

Hamm is a young university location offering practice-oriented study programs in universities of applied sciences and business schools. With international students from all over the world, the city encourages young professionals to stay after the completion of studies through a state program called Bindungsstrategien für qualifizierte Nachwuchskräfte (Binding strategies for qualified young employees). Moreover, students can benefit from the city’s social and cultural activities and also offers at their own university, such as sports and career guidance. 

Glass elephant in Hamm

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