A commercial and industrial city with a major port straddling the Weser River, Bremen is a major cultural and economic hub awash in historical museums and galleries to keep the most avid historian smiling. A working-class city, it's home to a large number of multinational companies and manufacturing centers such as Hachez (think chocolate). Located some 60km from the south mouth of the Weser River on the North Sea it forms a part of the Bremen/Oldenburg Metropolitan Region with a population of around the 2.4 million mark. From having its first stonewalls built in 1032 to keep marauders out, Bremen is now home to coworking venues catering to its' intrepid locals.
Here you will find marshes, burial grounds and ancient settlements that date back eons with some scientists believing that Bremen has been walked around since about 12,000BC. History buffs will love checking out the Hanseatic buildings on Market Square, the ornate Gothic town hall with a Renaissance facade and the St Peter's Cathedral with its' medieval crypts and twin spires.
Germany's startup scene is thriving with opportunities given to creative souls to pitch their ventures to investors at "Startup Germany" that went on tour at the instigation of the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad. 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 wish 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 whilst mingling with a vibrant community.
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