Sunday May 17th, 2015



Photograph by Sandrine Bovis via Flickr Creative Commons

Called Berghain by Berliners and Panorama by tourist (go figure), this is the edgiest place to be in the city. It is both the ultimate party and after-party spot. Just getting to the club has the feel of stepping into an old ’80s horror flick.


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You’ll find yourself walking on a dirt road through a construction site. At the end of the road is a graffiti covered asylum-like building highlighted by the full moon and an intimidating gold-mouthed bouncer smiling before you.


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That is your destination. A mix of fear, excitement, and pumping noise makes your blood rush to your head. The line can often be massive and chaotic and the trouble of getting in makes the place even more appealing. Adorned with piercings and tattoos on every crevice of his body, the bouncer looks you up and down. Glare back. Having some bite works, sweet and eager does not. Once your in, you’ll be patted down and double-checked for cameras and body fat.


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If you’ve been lonely, it can be a wonderful experience. The music beats louder and faster as you walk up the stairs unto a room with boarded up windows and gyrating bodies. If the party animal in you becomes somewhat exhausted, the lounge area, with its dim red lights and hidden dealings, can be a good place to decompress. Dance the night away and watch the sun try to peek its way through the boarded up windows. Once the boards are removed, the dancing bodies don’t stop–if only to shield their eyes from the harsh light of day like city vampires.


Am Wriezener Bahnhof, Friedrichshain.

S-Bahn Ostbahnhof