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Berlin is famous for techno, but knowing where to go in a city so full of clubs can be a challenge. Read on for the best techno clubs in the German capital – and get ready for a night (or weekend) to remember.
Berlin’s club scene is known around the world, and for good reason – this city took techno to new heights. If you want to experience the techno-club scene yourself, you won’t be lacking for spaces to dance the night away. Conveniently, most of the clubs lie in a cluster along the banks of the River Spree – from the legendary Tresor to the exclusive Berghain. Just remember to do as the Berliners do: dress casually (preferably in black), leave the heels at home and please don’t rock up to the bouncer wasted. After all, with parties that sometimes start on Friday and end on Monday, clubbing in Berlin is a marathon, not a sprint.
Located at the foot of Kreuzberg’s landmark bridge, Oberbaümbrucke, Watergate looks out over the River Spree as it cuts through Berlin’s centre, giving you a nocturnal view of Europe’s nightlife capital as you dance until the early hours. And it’s the place to go if you’re a true devotee of techno. The bouncers have been known to ask would-be clubgoers who’s on the bill to make sure people are coming for the music, not just a night out, so it’s best to research the line-up. After all, well-known international DJs have taken turns at this club, and a night here is often cheaper than going to see them in concert. Erick Morillo and Adam Freeland have made appearances, and Alle Farben, Pan-Pot and Sven Väth have played here, too. Catch the beats inside on the illuminated dance floor, or head outside to the terrace right on the water.
If you have a weekend to dance away, you’ll want to head to Kater Blau – a Spree-side spot that has an arty, upbeat vibe, making it a pleasant change from the gritty, industrial energy of most techno clubs in Berlin. Located in Holzmarkt, a quirky oasis-like urban village, Kater Blau plays techno, house and electronic music. Dance floors start inside and head outside, where guests get down on the deck of a boat permanently stationed on the river. The club is open from Friday night through to Saturday afternoon before reopening around midnight to carry the dance party through to Monday night.
This article is an updated version of a story created by Alice Dundon.