Tech expats in Berlin, Germany's capital city, find an increasing number of opportunities available. In addition to start ups and larger tech companies in Berlin, there are a whole host of other attractions to this European tech hub.
Basics For Tech Expats in Berlin
Expats will find that the economy of Berlin is anchored by large companies such as Siemens, but there are a lot of other companies and tech start ups
There are a variety of restaurants in Berlin. Food and Wine offered some Berline restaurant suggestions based on value, insider insight, bar options and more.
The Culture of Berlin offers a wide variety of entertainment and lifestyle options that helps to attract entrepreneurs from all over Europe and foster Berlin's aspirations to be the next Silicon Valley.
Berlin Start Ups Boosting Its Tech Sector
The Wall Street Journal noted that Berlin's fast-growing technology companies are "feasting on Berlin's educated youth and cheap prices" and that they "have put a jolt in [the] sleepy market, gobbling up empty space and pushing up rents." It also asserted that Berlin now "vies with London as startup capital of Europe."
In an article about Berlin's contributions to Europe's hotest startups, companies such as Number26, glispa and Delivery Hero are noted as companies making significant contributions to the Berlin tech sector.
American and British Expats in Berlin
There are different types of American expats and British expats that live in Berlin, at least according to these tongue-in-cheek articles. One describes the 11 Americans you will meet in Berlin, while the other stereotypes more broadly about the expats you'll encounter in Germany's capital.
Expats Should Learn German
Expats should attempt to learn German... it is appreciated by your German co-workers and it will also open up more options to you professionally.
Does a fairly large percentage of the population understand and/or speak English? Yes, far more than there are U.S. citizens that can speak German. But learning to speak the native language will help expats in the tech industry integrate both in their work culture and the culture generally.
Germany is in the Schengen Area
Since Germany is in the Schengen Area, in which 22 of the 26 countries in the European Union have essentially open borders among members and share a common visa.