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Germany has certainly done its part in developing the genre of techno music, particularly as a countercultural response in protests to the country’s division during the 1980s. Throughout the ’90s and into the 21st century, the culture has only continued to flourish, largely thanks to Germany’s many techno clubs. Here are the top ten to visit.
Once the ‘Berghain’ of the city’s earlier underground days, particularly during the early ’90s, Tresor is still one of the most famous clubs in Berlin. In 2007, it was relocated from the vaults of the East Berlin department store, Wertheim, to the Kraftwerk complex in Mitte, where events like the experimental Berlin Atonal now take place each August. Tresor is known for its phenomenal acoustics and its labyrinthine network of tunnels and secret rooms. Owner, Dimitri Hegemann, has also proposed the idea for an interactive techno museum as part of the club, and the project is scheduled to commence in the near future.
Köpenicker Str. 70, Berlin, Germany, +49 030 62908750
Moving to Stuttgart, Germany’s auto manufacturing capital, Lehmann Club is named for Herr Lehmann, the eccentric protagonist in a novel by famous German writer, Sven Regener. It is also known as the descendent of the famous Club Prag, and guests can still feel the vibes of this famous former venue. Despite its quirky associations – or perhaps because of them– this is the spot that stands out from the crowd in Stuttgart. Lehmann Club hosts a variety of acclaimed DJs, the likes of which include Jeff Mills and Ben Klock, along with popular guest events like Abstract Nights. Lehmann Club has an extensive repertoire of artists who play regular shows each weekend, with residents including the likes of Alan Fitzpatrick and Simo Lorenz.
Seidenstraße 20, Stuttgart, Germany, +49 0711 8060910
Located in Plagwitz, Leipzig’s industrial district, Elipamanoke is an electronic club with an excellent sound system and interesting décor that ranges from minimalist to ramshackle. Both acts and audience tend to linger more on the side of the avant-garde, with experimental beats occupying the soundscape of the interior. The venue is meant to enhance the cultural richness of the city, so various artistic exhibitions, performances, and installations also take place here. Thus, an evening at Elipamanoke is can be as intellectually beneficial as it is unique.