Berlin lies 9th in our ranking of the top 12 Tech Cities, just behind Dublin. This vibrant, constantly transforming city has been a staple of tech conversation for over a decade. But for all the excitement, it is still in its early stages of development and has plenty more headroom before it truly fulfils its potential on a global stage.
Berlin has much to offer to fast growing start-ups, drawing in young, highly educated, international workforce. Young migrants are attracted to the city by its diverse culture and excellent nightlife. On quality of life and affordability of real estate, Berlin ranks top in Europe by our measure.
Berlin scores especially high on our ‘Quality of Life’ index. Germany, as a whole, enjoys short working hours, on average working 1,743 annually, 236 hours less than the 1,979 hours average across all 12 Tech cities. This, coupled with the compact nature of Berlin, means short average commute times (by world city standards at least) supporting a positive work/life balance. The ‘kaffeekultur’ of Kreuzberg and neighbouring Mitte districts in central Berlin, with its high density of coffee shops and collaboration spaces, has been one of the catalysts for innovation. Berlin comes top in our 'Flat white index.'