Berghain is the club that put Berlin on the map when it comes to techno music and hedonistic culture. Known for drawing in world-class DJs, its strict door policy and wild, inhibition-free parties, Berghain is the temple of techno. Housed in a former power plant, Berghain’s facade is so synonymous with Berlin, it’s difficult to imagine one without the other.
Berghain, Am Wriezener Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 29360210
Sisyphos is the summer favourite in Berlin, with a sprawling outside area, offering a beach feel. The ‘Hammerhalle’ is one of the biggest dance floors in Berlin and also boasts an amazing sound system. The club has a mixture of hard techno, electronic, deep house and much more on offer, lending solid vibes all year round.
Salon Zur Wilden Renate
Known to Berliners as Renate, is the former apartment building-turned-club that the locals can’t get enough of. Consisting of a number of small rooms and a huge outside area, which boasts a photo booth, wooden boat and plenty of chill spots. A night at Wilden Renate will have you partying with locals to a range of techno, deep house and electronic music.
Salon Zur Wilden Renate, Alt-Stralau 70, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 25041426
Kater Blau offers a similar atmosphere as Sisyphos and Wilden Renate, housing a large outside area and a number of smaller techno-centric dance floors. Located by the Spree, the club draws in techno-lovers all year round, hosting regular label nights with DJs like Mira, Dirty Doering or Britta Arnold.
Hidden beneath railway arches, and housed in a former bike shop, is Golden Gate. One of Berlin’s few remaining underground, gritty clubs, it’s known for its long opening hours and compact size. The club is made up of one main dancefloor, a summer garden area and an upstairs bathroom area. The music is techno-house and they usually feature Berlin-based DJs. Golden Gate is a no-frills favourite with a relaxed energy. You’ll often see techno-lovers and hedonistic locals head here if they don’t make it into Berghain.
Golden Gate, Schicklerstraße 4, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 57704278
Watergate shaped Berlin’s techno scene, and was one of the driving forces behind the rise of minimal techno in Berlin in the early 2000s. The infamous club and label is also known for being the first club to have ceiling mounted LED lights. A groundbreaking club, its interior is spread across two-levels and overlooks the Spree. Mixing amazing light shows and thumping house-techno, this club is a great place for locals and tourists to dance until dawn.
Watergate, Falckensteinstraße 49, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 6128 0394
Located near Ostkreuz S-Bahn in Friedrichshain, ://about blank is the effortlessly cool techno club in Berlin. With a gritty atmosphere, this multi-roomed club is housed in a repurposed building and has a sprawling outside area which hosts a number of amazing open-airs in the summer. While their music selection varies the club mainly focuses on house and techno, offering a quirky setting to dance the night away.