Eindhoven innovative savillsMunich is the European city of patents. No other city has filed as many patents as Munich in 2017. It brings Munich the #4 position in Europe as far as innovation is concerned. Only London, Cambridge and Paris rank higher. In the overall list of dynamic cities, Munich ranks seventh.

The ranking is part of Savill’s wider study of ‘dynamic cities‘. In addition to innovation, factors such as infrastructure, interconnection, investment, and inspiration are also important in the ranking.

London is the unapproachable number 1 on the list and on many of the sublists. The city scores maximally on almost all aspects.

Subscribe to IO on Telegram!

Want to be inspired 365 days per year? Here’s the opportunity. We offer you one "origin of innovation" a day in a compact Telegram message. Seven days a week, delivered around 8 p.m. CET. Straight from our newsroom. Subscribe here, it's free!


Some of the aspects that Savills found especially attractive for Munich:

  • Almost 250 metro/subway stations serve as transport nodes throughout the city,
  • Munich is the most densely populated city in Germany,
  • The city’s economic strength and high quality of living mean both its commercial and residential property markets have experienced excess demand for years.

Savills IM Dynamic Cities aims to capture the factors “that make a city attractive to talent, resilient to disruptive technology and a leader in the knowledge economy”. The index was created using statistical analysis and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) handbook on constructing composite indicators.

More than 250 factors were collected for 130 cities. These cities include all of the European capitals as well as cities with a minimum metropolitan area of 250,000 inhabitants and positive forecast population growth.

Support us!

Innovation Origins is an independent news platform that has an unconventional revenue model. We are sponsored by companies that support our mission: to spread the story of innovation. Read more.

At Innovation Origins, you can always read our articles for free. We want to keep it that way. Have you enjoyed our articles so much that you want support our mission? Then use the button below:


Personal Info

About the author

Author profile picture Bart Brouwers is co-founder and co-owner of Media52 BV, the publisher of innovationorigins.com.