Doing business in Berlin

Exciting, youthful Berlin has become a global powerhouse in the tech, media and environmental industries, attracting inventive and ambitious entrepreneurs from around the world. Germany's capital has found the perfect balance between business and pleasure, making it an ideal location for your next meeting.

Getting in and around the city

There are currently two major airports serving Berlin’s city center, Tegel and Schönefeld. The Brandenburg Willy Brandt airport is under construction and will become the city’s single main airport when it’s completed, with late 2017 the expected opening date. In the meantime, Berlin's business centers are only a short taxi ride away from both Tegel and Schönefeld, with extensive public transportation links also available.

The city is known for its clean, efficient and extensive public transport, which includes a network of buses as well as the above-ground S-Bahn and underground U-Bahn trains. In warm weather, it’s hard to beat exploring Berlin by bicycle. With cycling paths traversing the city, you’ll be able to explore numerous charming green spaces en route to your conference.

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City of start-ups

Low rents, creative buzz and a welcoming attitude toward expats have helped put Berlin on the map as a hotspot for tech start-ups. Local success stories include SoundCloud, Babbel and Zalando, while Google has opened up a 'campus' for start-ups called The Factory, housed inside a former brewery. Co-working spaces have become increasingly popular in Berlin, so if you want to hobnob with the latest wave of entrepreneurs, a space like Betahouse on Moritzplatz could be your best option.

Meeting and greeting

You don’t have to leave your hotel to hold a successful meeting. Our Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin, impresses guests immediately with its AquaDom aquarium and expansive city views. The hotel also has 15 meeting rooms, including the 1,400-square-meter DomLounge with Apple AirPlay technology. International conferences and trade fairs are often held in Messe Berlin venues, including the 26 trade halls of Berlin ExpoCenter City. CityCube Berlin is located adjacent to the ExpoCenter, with room for up to 11,000 delegates in a flexible meeting space. There’s another ExpoCenter at Schönefeld Airport, which is ideal for business visitors who are short on time. Its spacious event grounds are designed specifically for massive events like the ILA Berlin Air Show.

Time to unwind

Take advantage of the free Wi-Fi and people-watching opportunities at Sankt Oberholz, a café and co-working space on Rosenthaler Straße, where you’ll find enough caffeine-buzzed neighbors tapping away at their laptops to make you feel like you’re still at the office. If you’re ready for a breather in an all-day conference, Grünewald Park is within walking distance of the Messe Berlin ExpoCenter City. Rent a bike for a relaxing ride along the Havel River or take a stroll through the forest on your lunch break.

After a long day of meetings, Berlin’s rich and varied culinary scene provides several fine dining options. Both carnivorous and vegetarian colleagues will approve of the palate-pleasing contemporary menu at Volt in trendy Kreuzberg, which includes topfen ravioli and veal sweetbreads. Afterward, round up your crowd for cocktails at nearby Luzia, a quintessential Berlin hangout that attracts a friendly crowd of international revelers.

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