One of the best sound systems and the best DJs worldwide (without exaggeration), and the unique atmosphere of a former power plant are the ingredients of an unforgettable night that easily keeps going until the morning after, and sometimes even whole days.
Berghain opened in 2004 in its current location after its predecessor, Ostgut, had to make way for the O2 World. Ostgut used to be a club of gay fetish and sex parties, which still shows in Berghain today. It's not like everyone is gay, though. The atmosphere is frisky, and you'll see people make out shamelessly, until they disappear in the darkroom.
In the busy hours on Friday and Saturday night, it's not unusual to wait in line for an hour or longer. If you'd rather not wait that long you'll have to come early, around midnight, or after four o'clock in the morning.
Many people have trouble getting in, and there's a lot of buzz about Berghain's rather strict door policy but we think that the door policy helps maintain the quality of the club. Follow these rules to have more chances of getting in:
Don't be a drunk jerk
Don't dress posh
Don't act like a tourist
Come in a small group of 2-4 people
Be older than 25 years
And if you don't get in, don't get upset. There are two excellent alternatives waiting close by: one is ADS (aka Maria am Ostbahnhof), the other one is Yaam. None of them has a strict door policy.
A massive sound system awaits you inside Berghain. Be careful: use ear protection when you're going to be there for long (and that can easily happen).
The building is huge: the ceiling of main dance floor is almost sixty feet high. The whole club has room for up to 1,500 people. On Friday and Saturday there are usually two dance floors open: the bigger one is Berghain, the other, the Panoramabar.
Live electronic music is often played here but most of the time there are DJs from all over the world mixing records with fresh styles ranging from Minimal to Dubstep. Proper gigs and special events are sometimes organized for which you can get tickets in advance. Every Thursday since last September the Elektroakustischer Salon showcases more experimental electronic live acts. If you wanna know what's on in Berghain have a look below at the Events section, or follow the link to Berghain's homepage.
- Rüdersdorfer Straße 70
- 10243 Berlin (Friedrichshain)
- +49 (0)30 29360210
- Wheelchair access
Listen to music played at Berghain