Berlin: Heart of Europe
It’s not without good reason that so many Brits are flocking to Germany post-Brexit, with Berlin being the top city of choice. Bar the city’s rep for long-weekend parties, cheap-as-chips beer, and kooky locals with a penchant for getting in the buff, Berlin is a city of uncompromising innovation.
Here, finding new ways of thinking and doing, and letting that freak-flag fly, is not merely tolerated but welcomed and encouraged. A bold leader in the creative and technological industries; Berlin’s prime location at the heart of Europe makes it a natural melting-pot of talent from around the globe. Still need convincing? Read on…
CENTRE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
As the capital of the biggest national economy in the Europe, it goes without saying that Berlin plays a pivotal role in European Union decision making. It is the heart of the new Europe. And who doesn’t want to be where the action is? Whether it’s politics, IT, e-commerce, media, technologies or the creative industries, whatever your jam is, Berlin is perfectly located and bubbling with activity. Sounds tempting but feeling unsure on where to locate yourself and your projects within Berlin? Fret not, there are countless services at hand to help you find the perfect site for you. This being just one of many.
EUROPEAN INFLUENCES IN BERLIN
Naturally, being the very locus of the European Union attracts many others from all areas of Europe and, in the wake of Brexit, especially from the UK. Outdoor adventure 3D mapping app Fatmap, e-vehicle fleets management solution Konetik and investment vehicle Samsung Next Europe are some of the exciting companies that recently made the move from London to Berlin. Theonlinefinancial marketplace BrickVest is another British enterprise that made the move after the referendum. However, it’s not just British companies that are flocking to Berlin. In fact, the capital combines a broad range of cultures on the spot. From Scandinavian sweet shops to the Italian Renaissance Garden, there’s lots to explore! With institutions like the Centre Français de Berlin, French and British culture is especially easy to access due to the cultural heritage left behind from the Allied occupation. Find out more about Berlin’s immense cultural diversity here.
COSMOPOLITAN AND CONNECTED
That cultural diversity both benefits and can be attributed to Berlin’s multicultural population. People from 190 nations live and work in Berlin, and almost 2 million residents speak at least two languages.
In 2016, roughly 34% of all employees at Berlin’s more than 2,500 startups have their origins outside of Germany – and every tenth founder in the country is now foreign born. The uncertainty of Brexit means Berlin’s eclectic startup landscape is only getting more diverse. Few other places allow for such networking opportunities with such a variety of talent from around the globe in such an array of industries. And fewer places still allow for such expansion on a global platform. Intrigued but unsure on how to go about it? This is a good place to start for those looking for a little advice
CONVENIENT AND ACCESSIBLE
It follows that a city drawing such an international crowd would boast some of the fastest, most direct links to other centres around the world. Tegel airport serves as Berlin’s main hub for international flight connections, while Schoenefeld caters to trans-European flights. As if that wasn’t enough, an additional airport, Brandenburg International, is currently being constructed and due to open in late 2020.
Berlin is also superbly located for overland travel, as part of the trans-European railway network, with connections to Stockholm, Rome and Moscow among others, and through them other railway networks stretching to the Far East and beyond.
You can reach both airports conveniently by public transport. Used by locals and visitors alike, Bvg.de provides one of the most comprehensive guides in helping you navigate yourself to and from the airports.
A good location is imperative to the success of most any project and Berlin certainly delivers the goods! As the capital of Europe’s key players, and being so superbly connected with the rest of the world, Berlin is at the very epicentre of European innovation and enterprise. Never has there been a more exciting time to be part of it! Go on – what you waiting for?