|Address||Am Wriezener Bahnhof; 10243 Berlin|
|Neighbourhood||Friedrichshain | See on map|
|S-Bahn/U-Bahn||Weberwiese [U5], Berlin Ostbahnhof [S]|
|Telephone||+49 30 290 00 597|
|Hours||Thursday-Saturday (often until Monday morning)|
|Best night||Saturday (Sunday morning)|
Straighter and more touristy by the year, Berghain nonetheless remains Berlin’s most unashamedly hedonistic clubbing experience for serious ravers. And just to test how serious you are about your techno, it’s located far away from anything (and prying eyes) in a massive ex-power plant behind the Ostbahnhof railway station.
The concrete and steel girder interiors won’t come as too much of a shock to the 1,500 revellers who regularly make this their techno haven, though the notorious doorman – be prepared to queue for hours and be turned away (no groups, keep a low profile, and don’t look like a tourist) – and blatant fetishistic sex acts might come as more of a surprise to the uninitiated. If you aren’t let in, the doorman probably thought that it’d be too much for you to handle.
Most of the action takes place in the cavernous main hall or the smaller upstairs (and more straight) Panorama Bar, where views over East Berlin and enormous Wolfgang Tillmans photographs take up the walls. A blacked out basement, no-photography policy and complete lack of reflective surfaces all make sure patrons can show their faces again come daybreak.