Ask a Berliner to describe Berghain and you will hear a lot of different opinions: the queues are endless and the commanding bouncers practice a notoriously inscrutable door policy. And if you do manage to get inside the former East-German power plant, the place is expensive, hot and dark, but in compensation the club is enormous and ecstatic. Berghain is perhaps Berlin’s greatest club; many even say it’s the best techno club in the world.
Taking pictures is forbidden ‘in the Realm of Madness’, so the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper published a map with information ‘for those who may not enter’. The New York Times wrote a full page profile on bouncer Sven Marquardt, whose face is covered with tattoos and his mouth full of gold teeth. The paper compared him to the three-headed guard dog from Greek mythology, ‘the Kerberos of Berlin nightlife’. The local tourist office raves that 'people of all sexual orientations enjoy the debauchery in the dark rooms'. Berghain is without a doubt the most talked about club in Berlin.
“The doors open Saturday at midnight and stay open non-stop until Monday afternoon”