Easily accessible from all over the world, Berlin is home to Europe’s largest startup scene and a vibrant culture. In the city, local businesses are thriving alongside a variety of startups.
Entrepreneurs, creatives, business people, young families, world-citizens, native Germans and many other groups of people have gathered in this capital – making it one of the most original and bustling cities in all of Europe. If you have yet to visit Berlin, we strongly suggest you do so – this city is one of a kind. It is also a perfect destination for business meetings and events! Below we have shared our thoughts on everything that Berlin has to offer for business travelers.
Heartbeat of Europe
Founded in the 13th century, Berlin has a comprehensive history. Unlike any other city, it is characterized by a variety of changes - from the commercial center and the residential city, to the world city in the Weimar Republic and Berlin, as we know it today. The gateway to Eastern and Central Europe is convincing with a combination of politics, start-ups, established companies, economic peak associations and large trade fairs, such as the Tech Open Air Berlin (TOA) or the IFA. Various industries, which are settled in Berlin, including life science, communication technology and energy technology, help the city on the river Spree to be even more attractive.
The fastest-growing tech startup scene in the world
For some years now, Berlin has attracted global attention for being the best startup eco systems in the world. You have most likely heard about Silicon Valley in San Francisco – the home of tech startups like Apple, Facebook, and Google – but Berlin has its own equivalent of Silicon Valley. Known as Silicon Allee, or Silicon Alley in English, there are no less than 3,000 active tech startups that could potentially create around 40,000 new jobs by the end of the decade. If you are thinking about venturing into online business in Europe, Berlin should be on top of your list! As a nice side note, Berlin also takes 1st place when it comes to European workforce diversity, with 49 percent of its workforce coming from outside of the country, 27 percent of which are women, based on data from a 2014 study.
Culture & Design connected
However, in addition to strong industries and businesses, the city also offers a wide range of options to explore the cultural heritage before or after a meeting at the Radisson Blu Hotel Berlin. You can start right in the lobby, as the AquaDom, the world's largest cylindrical aquarium, is already the first highlight. The Museum Island with its impressive architecture and the selection of exhibitions and museums is also particularly famous. Among them is the Pergamonmuseum or the James Simon Gallery. Did you know that UNESCO appointed the Museum Island in 1999 as a World Cultural Heritage? In addition to the building complex, the reasons for this was the development of modern museum design. This shows once again, which role design plays in combination with education in the city. Also noteworthy is the East Side Gallery as a permanent open-air gallery with unique works by national and international artists on the longest preserved part of the Berlin Wall - a piece of history that you and your business partner should not miss!
Berlin’s culinary scene is one of a kind
Taking your business partners out for dinner or lunch? With more than 5,000 restaurants, cafés and bars, the only problem you will encounter on your stay in Berlin is trying to decide where to eat. Whether you are in the mood for a simple kebab or caviar, you are sure to find whatever you are looking for. The area around Neukölln is one of the hippest areas in Berlin and where you will find food stands serving up dishes from all over the world. Markthalle 9 in Kreuzberg, is truly a foodie’s paradise. With weekly food markets and street food events on Thursdays, you are sure to find something that will fill your stomach.
If you prefer a more stylish setting, try Restaurant HEat at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin. Here you can enjoy an American, French or Indian culinary experience, all while relaxing in the restaurant’s comfortable leather chairs. If you need to work through dinner, or want a more intimate setting to discuss sensitive information, we would recommend booking a table in the restaurant’s private dining area, Flame.
Innovative design meets technology
If you are looking for the best place to host a business meeting or event, you should consider booking a meeting room at the stylish Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin. With 15 flexible meeting rooms and 29,500 square feet of event space, no event or meeting is too big. Choose between the modern conference area on the ground floor or the impressive Dom Lounge, which is a 2-story event venue that is guaranteed to catch the eye of your participants.
Naturally, being located in the fastest-growing tech hub in the world, all of our meeting rooms in Berlin feature the latest and most innovative technical equipment like Apple Airplay, the DigiChart and the MultiPad, in order to ensure that your meeting is a success.