The House

The Bismarck, located in the Hamburg Historical District, offers 3 guest rooms with private bathrooms, a sitting room with 2 additional twin beds and homemade breakfast. You can rock the day away on the front porch, or read and relax in the living room as you marvel at the ornate woodwork and historical features. Off-street parking is available.

Great hiking and biking trails are less than two blocks away. The area offers small-town charm while being close to big-town comforts and several wineries.


The town and surrounding area

Hamburg is located in northern Berks County on the east bank of the Schuylkill River

In 1779, Martin Kaercher Jr. received 250 acres (1.0 km2) of land from his father and divided it into building lots, naming the area "Kaercher Stadt". Hamburg was officially founded in 1787, named after the "German Hamburg" due to the largely German population of the region. On July 1, 1798 Hamburg became the second town with a postal designation in Berks County, preceded only by Reading.

The Centre Turnpike was created in 1812, running between the two cities of Reading and Pottsville. Hamburg began to grow rapidly due to the close proximity of a major roadway. Eight years later (1820), the Schuylkill Canal was completed, followed quickly by railroad lines. Both of these advances in infrastructure stopped in Hamburg and boosted its population.

Hamburg Borough was officially organized in 1837.

The Hamburg Historic DistrictHamburg Armory, and Hamburg Public Library are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.