Munich is mostly defined by its historic buildings and numerous museums, and widely known for its annual Oktoberfest festivities and beer halls. But what do we know about the startup scene?
New Work in Munich
The city’s metropolitan region is not only a global centre of art, culture, and tourism, but also of science, technology, engineering, innovation, and business. The city houses many multinational companies like BMW and Siemens, and its economy is based on high tech, automobiles and IT among many others. So there is no surprise Munich is also a forward-thinking city with a tech and startup energy that has embraced the co-working culture in the recent years. Today, there are many well-designed co-working spaces throughout the city where transient workers can find communities of freelancers, and entrepreneurs who share similar interests.
No matter which part of the city you choose to work from, you’ll get there on time. Munich's public transportation is outstanding, as in many other cities in Germany. The city has an extensive network of underground (U-Bahn), suburban trains (S-Bahn), buses, and trams.
It's hard to say which coworking space is the best, but here is a list of the best coworking spaces to consider if you plan a visit to the beautiful Bavarian capital or are looking to settle in the city of Munich.
smartvillage started as a regular co-working space in 2018, but has since then transformed into a New-Work campus located in the heart of Munich. Its 8 event rooms are decorated with unconventional and very creative room designs, where its guests are encouraged to think outside the box to achieve their goals. This is the perfect place for corporates, start-ups, and medium-sized companies to come together and experience the benefits of agile meeting culture.
Despite this, the community-driven philosophy of this co-working space has remained strong. You can find this community vibe in their event areas smartcafe, our terrace, or Full smart village.
From October 2022, smartvillage offers a new creative workspace for workshops, events and meetings in a new location called "smartvillage Bogenhausen". The design concept for this space with 17 event spaces is called "a van tour through Europe". The name stands for their analogy between the freedom and new possibilities that the Bulli van offered, and the new era of work, which involves new ways of meetings, workplaces and interactions.
Need the perfect place in Munich for a digital startup? WERK1! Their two coworking spaces have a great working atmosphere and are the houses of 40 digital startups. There's no wonder why they refer to themselves as the "most startup-friendly place in Munich". Its central location makes it one of the most important coworking spaces for startups in Munich.
At their coworking spaces, you'll have access to printers, screens, a kitchen and a microwave. Do you prefer working while standing? That option is available to you too. Do you need to make phone calls? No problem, you can also find phone booths!
They offer weekly coworking tours. Check their website to see the date and time. You can start our membership afterwards!
MATES, surrounded by cozy cafes and good restaurants, solves different workspace needs, so you can definitely find the membership plan that fits you best.
This space located in the Maxvorstadt district is a great choice if you're a freelancer or startup looking for an inspiring coworking space for you and your team. MATES has a variety of work areas, so you can find the place where you'll be most productive, inspired and effective. In this space, you can expect people from different backgrounds to come together to network and learn from each other while working on their individual projects. This is definitely one of the many advantages of working from a shared desk. You are welcome to join their community of more than 300 creative people and shape the future of work with them!
Are you rather looking for a small team office or a meeting room? You can definitely find this at MATES too.
Do you worry about the commuting time? Don't! It takes less than a 5 minute walk from the subway (Isartor) and tram station (Ludwigsbrücke), making commuting easy. But that is not all: it only takes around 10 minutes to get to the old town using public transport.
Great news if you have a dog, because MATES is dog friendly!
Design Offices provides leading coworking spaces for corporate employees and entrepreneurs in 15 cities in Germany.
Design offices provides you as many flexible options as there can be in their coworking spaces: day passes, flex or fix desks, private team offices, meeting and conference rooms. And if what you are looking for is a private office for a day to focus on your work or meet clients, they have day offices that can be booked for 10€ per hour!
In their more than three locations in Munich, they offer amenities such as printing, scanning and copying equipment, a pantry, a communal lounge area, and complimentary bicycles.
Munich Urban Colab
Looking for a very particular and special coworking space in Munich? Munich Urban Colab is the perfect place for developing smart city solutions. UnternehmerTUM, Europe’s leading centre for innovation and business creation, and the city of Munich have brought together a wide range of forces under one roof: start-ups, established companies, scientists, innovative minds, creatives, and artists work side by side on sustainable solutions for a livable city of the future.
Workspace needs and amenities
The technology-driven innovations in this building are top of the line, and perfect for any business. In the more than 11,000 square meters you can find office spaces with high-quality furniture, coworking space areas, seminar and conference rooms, a café, a fitness room and a prototyping workshop MakerSpace.
Are you ready to share your ideas with like-minded people in an atmosphere that fosters creativity?
If you're seeking a co working space in Munich with more than two locations, look no further than Nutrion. This space has four prime locations in Munich, which are perfect for networking and collaboration. You can make sure you will find professional and friendly people!
Workspace needs and Amenities
Their co-working packages are very flexible, with options for desk and office rentals that can be arranged at very short notice. All four spaces come fully equipped with modern and bright offices, meeting rooms with high-tech equipment, coffee kitchen, and more amenities like unlimited free coffee and mineral water!
If you are looking for a central location with a peaceful atmosphere, Velvet Space is a great choice. Located in Amalienstraße, it is just 10 minutes away by foot from the Alte Pinakothek and it takes only 15 minutes with public transport to get to the city center. This coworking space in Munich has the objective of bringing creative minds together to better achieve their professional goals.
Benefits and Workspace needs
By working at Velvet Space, you not only get access to great work resources and connect with like-minded people, but you also get the opportunity to enjoy all the amazing cultural and leisure attractions that the University district has to offer. This space welcomes freelancers, startups, and established companies who are looking for a productive and comfortable workplace with great vibes. They offer hot and dedicated desks, meeting rooms and virtual and private offices.
Who does not enjoy a good cup of coffee in a cozy environment? It's time to mention that this space made sure there is enough space for a great coffee machine to give you the energy you need for the day. If you are a coffee lover, you'll love it here!
The Impact Hub Munich, in Germany was the very first of its kind. Since then, dozens have been established all over the world on five different continents. Its close proximity to Marienplatz makes it one of the best located coworking spaces in Munich.
Impact Hub Munich hosts monthly events for social entrepreneurs who want to make a difference. But that's not all. This space offers creative coffee and lunch breaks too, where members meet to help each other solve a problem and exchange feedback.
A group of experienced planners transformed an old storage and production facility into a trendy, warehouse-like work space achieving a great and inspiring interior design. They used their expertise and attention to detail to give the space a personal touch that makes it unique, making it a great place to work.
What can you expect here? At Impact Hub Munich you're served with a mailing address, lockers, co-creation area for brainstorming, small kitchen for informal meetings, phone booth and bistro.
If you're hoping to find an entrepreneurial office of the future, BASE is exactly what you need. With its advantageous Munich location and welcoming atmosphere, it's the perfect place for young professionals who want to be productive, share ideas and network.
BASE members offer workshops with up to date and relevant business and tech topics such as machine learning.
Day passes, flex and fixed desks, meeting and private team offices are offered in the 500 sqm space. Free coffee, tea, high speed internet, phone booths, and printing/scanning machines. All the tools you need to become better everyday and shape the future.