A city in the western Germany that straddles the Rhine River, Bonn is known for its' memorial and museum of Beethoven that was built in honor of the composer's birthplace. He was actually born in Bonngasse near the market place and the Old City Hall that was built in 1737. With a population of over 300,000, Bonn sits about 24km from Cologne in the southernmost part of the Rhine-Ruhr region. It's home to the University of Bonn with many tech savvy youth running amok in its' streets, so it's little wonder that coworking has taken off with a vengeance in this city that spawns creativity and greatness.
One of Germany's oldest cities, Bonn was founded in the 1st Century BC as a Roman settlement. Here you will find 20 United Nations institutions including the headquarters for the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention Climate Change, UN Volunteers program and the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. It's also the base for the headquarters of Deutsche Post DHL and Deutsche Telekom that are both DAX-listed corporations. There are plenty of ancient churches to whisper your little prayer in for the success of your startup, even the one where Beethoven was baptized, St. Remigius, if you think it may give you an advantage. The history buff will be grinning, as there is a plethora of historical buildings, museums and avenues to meander, especially the Poppelsdorfer Allee that is cloaked in chestnut trees.
The startup scene is a bit of a mixed bag with almost 30% of startup staff not being German. There are a few hurdles to overcome such as red tape hassles, language barriers and the fact that most founders wish to hire skilled foreign workers. Eight out of ten German startups want to go international, but legal systems and regulations may be inhibitors in this regard. Despite these niggles, coworking spaces are overflowing with creatives in collaborative mode who like to work how they wish to and have the ability to dash off to waltz along the riverbank of the Rhine when the need arises.
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