Next concerts in Berlin:
Music is the heartbeat of Germany’s capital city – from the hypnotic pulse of the techno beat, the jazzy strains reverberating though smokey clubs, renowned orchestras playing in highbrow concert halls and the street musicians uplifting the city with their song.
Berlin is probably the best clubbing city in Europe. The clubber culture has become a life style and music is a religion.
You may wonder why the nightlife is so intense in this city.
Berlin’s transformation into the world techno capital is very much linked to the German reunification and the fall of the Berlin Wall. As the wall came down, so did all the previous patterns of behaviour.
People were taking advantage of their recently acquired freedom, which is why the clubbing scene developed in such a unique way and over such a short period of time.
Inside abandoned factories and commercial buildings that had to be taken down, clubs started to mushroom at full speed.
Looking to express themselves, Berliners found inside those clubs a new identity. Since there are so many options in town, we will give you an insider guide about the 10 best clubs to make sure you don’t get lost in this hedonistic Disneyland for grown ups.
So pay attention to every single detail and viel Spaß!
Melt Festival https://meltfestival.de
When: July Where: Ferropolis (2 Hours outside Berlin)
“Melt Festival is a rock, electronic, and pop festival that exists within the imposing grounds of the Ferropolis; a museum of titanic mid-20th-century industrial machinery which is located just outside of Gräfenhainichen, Germany.
Helene Beach Festival http://www.helene-beach-festival.de
When: July Where: Brandenburg (90 minutes east of Berlin)
Predominantly focused on electronic music, the festival’s lineup also boasts strong hip-hop credentials, featuring some of German rap music’s most recognizable names, as well as national stars of rock and pop.
Berlin Atonal https://berlin-atonal.com
When: August Where: Kraftwerk, Berlin
It showcases a diverse techno lineup from Wednesday through to Sunday, but combines it with workshops and exhibitions exploring the link between music, visual arts and technology… in case you get tired of the stomping.”
When: September Where: Olympiastadion & Olympiapark, Berlin
The German edition of the iconic Chicago festival, Lollapalooza Berlin brings a huge, diverse lineup to the country’s capital each year.The first foray into Europe for the stateside brand, the festival has risen to become one of the city’s most popular since its arrival in 2014.
Nation of Gondwana https://pyonen.de/nog2018/
When: July Where: Schönwalde-Glien
At Nation of Gondwana, the vibes and landscape are as electronic as the music. As the sun settles beneath the horizon, psychedelic colored lights make the festival look dreamlike. But the good vibes continue.
Pop Kultur https://www.pop-kultur.berlin
When: August Where: Kulturbrauerei, Berlin
Pop Kultur is more than just a music festival. Its diverse programme stretches beyond music and into live readings, films, talks and workshops from influential people from the fields of economics, politics and music.
Her Damit https://www.herdamitfestival.com
When: September Where: Beiersdorf-Freudenberg, Alemanha
If you like your techno heavy, then Her Damit should be pretty high up on your festival list. It takes place at the same abandoned bunker complex as 18/7001, and similarly likes to keep things intimate. Kobosil, I Hate Models, Bambounou and Roman Flügel head up the lineup at the industrial setting.
Citadel Music Festival https://citadel-music-festival.de
When: June – August Where: Berlin-Spandau
The Citadel Music Festival is a series of rock, pop, hip-hop and electronic concerts held throughout June, July and August at Berlin-Spandau, on the western outskirts of the city.
Greenwood Festival http://www.greenwoodfestival.de
When: August Where: Kiekebusch See
Expect the kind of tech house music you’d find pulsating through Berlin nightclubs over the weekend, and with only two stages at this intimate occasion, liking techno music is a requirement.
CTM Festival https://www.ctm-festival.de/index.php
When: January / February Where: Various locations, Berlin
Founded in 1999, CTM-Festival, for Adventurous Music and Art is a leading international festival dedicated to leftfield pop, contemporary electronic and experimental music. The festival’s 10-day programme opens up room for unusual experiences.
Fusion Festival https://fusion-festival.de
When: June Where: Müritz Airpark, Lärz
“Praise be to the gods of music, Germany’s biggest and best festival will be back in 2018 after a one-year hiatus. Fusion is a music and arts festival located in the north of Germany, not far from Berlin, on a former military airport called Müritz Airpark in Lärz.
Rocken am Brocken https://brocken.rocks
When: August Where: Elend, Saxony-Anhalt
Its recent lineups have included Provinz, Juse Ju, Razz and more. The Rocken am Brocken Festival in Elend bei Sorge invites you already in the 12th year into its world of nature, music and friendship – in the middle of the tempting fields of the Harz National Park.
When: August Where: Saalburg Beach (3 Hours from Berlin)
The SonneMondSterne Festival (short SMS) is an open-air festival featuring electronic dance music. The festival lasts three days and takes place on the second weekend of August in Thuringia at the Bleilochtalsperre near Saalburg-Ebersdorf.
Rock Im Grünen https://www.rockimgruenen.de
When: July Where: Biesdorfer Parkbühne, Berlin
Berlin’s best-known newcomer open air festival with free admission! The Rock Im Grünen Festival is now taking place for the 21st time at the Biesdorfer Parkbühne. Previous lineups include Blond, Degreed, Weltraum Power, Flonske, Kensington Road, Elephant Bastard, Ryv Law, Lautstadt, Thunder And Lightning, Bambi Slaughter, The Artificial, Dancing Bears with Broken Legs.
Hurricane Festival https://m.hurricane.de/en/
When: June Where: Eichenring, Scheessel (4 Hours from Berlin)
The Hurricane Festival, also just Hurricane, is a music festival that takes place in Scheeßel near Bremen, Germany, usually every June. The festival and its guests are generally associated with the alternative part of mainstream music, although the festival became more and more mainstream over the years.
Airbeat One Festival https://www.airbeat-one.de
When: July Where: Neustadt-Glewe Airport (2 Hours from Berlin)
Airbeat One Festival continues the party in the tranquil town of Neustadt-Glewe in Germany, with 2019’s festival promising to be the most bombastic and immersive edition to date. Upwards of 50,000 visitors are expecting to join this extraordinary party.
Sputnik Springbreak https://www.sputnik.de/springbreak/index.html
When: June Where: Halbinsel Pouch (2 Hours from Berlin)
The Sputnik Springbreak (proper spelling: SPUTNIK SPRING BREAK) is an annual music festival that takes place on the peninsula Pouch near Bitterfeld (Saxony-Anhalt). It is presented by the radio station MDR Sputnik and emerged in 2008 from the festival Sputnik Turntable Days. The festival picks up elements of the party culture of Spring Break.
7001 Festival https://7001festival.com
When: September Where: Bunker 7001, Berlin
7001 Festival is a German techno festival, held at Bunker 7001, an abandoned Cold War barraks to the north-east of Berlin. Set amongst the raw and stark backdrop will be an entire weekend of Germany’s most relentless and pulsating techno, additionally showcasing an impressive roster of ambient electronic artists to provide some much-needed respite intermittently.
Wurzel Festival https://www.wurzelfestival.de
When: June Where: Berlin
The small festival is organized by a group of friends who have been responsible for many great open-airs in Berlin in the last couple of years. The Wurzel Festival will be organized about 70km from Berlin and the main focus of the festival is great music and an even better atmosphere.
Wilde Mohre Festival https://wildemoehrefestival.de
When: August Where: Drebkau
At the centre is a core of electronic music, while the rest of the lineup brings in acoustic music and bands, theatre, spoken word, literature, and talks on science and the environment.
Feel Festival https://feel-festival.de/en/
When: July Where: Bergheider See
It happens in a labyrinth over 20 distinctive stages and dance floors, enough to get lost in. With hundreds and hundreds of acts to choose from, you can create a musical program that is as unique as you are.
Berghain & Panorama Bar
Berghain is the most well-known club in Berlin – and also one of the worldwide most famous clubs. It’s the church of Techno with the best sound system you can get. So be prepared to dance for hours and listen to top quality music. Inside this abandoned power plant you’ll find two different clubs: Berghain and Panorama Bar, which are separated by a set of stairs.
Best Clubbing Times: Sunday morning and Sunday night.
Door Policy: Bouncers are strict; the chances you won’t get in are considerable. Here are some hints for you: Do not go in big groups, do not wear your best clothes, do not laugh out loud or have too much fun in the queue – they simply don’t like that. Be as discrete as you can and make sure you know what you are getting into. Oh, and don’t dare to take your phone out of your pocket.
Address: Am Wriezener Bahnhof 10243 Berlin Friedrichshain Oficial Web Page: http://berghain.de Telephone: 030 29360210 Price: 8 – 14 Euros
Sisyphos is a place like no other. It’s a festival, it’s a club, it’s a beach, it’s a bar, it’s Alice’s Wonderland. Here you will find diverse ways of having fun. With a huge chill out area, an abandoned bus, a small lake surrounded by sand, a pizza place and a labyrinth of dance floors, you might lose yourself for hours or maybe even days inside this abandoned dog food factory.
Best Clubbing Times: All weekend.
Door Policy: The bouncers here are not as bad as in other clubs, but be patient: you’re going to stand in line for quite a while. Eventually they’ll ask you if you’ve been there before and big groups are as always not welcome.
Address: Hauptstrasse 15 10317 Berlin Lichtenberg Oficial Web Page: http://www.sisyphos-berlin.net Telephone: They’re hippies. They don’t have a phone number. Price: 10 Euros
Salon zur Wilden Renate
If you’ve ever dreamed about clubbing in a circus, you’ll fall in love with this club. It’s name already describes the kind of atmosphere you’ll find: WILD. Besides a big outside area, a kitsch decoration and many dance floors, their main attraction is a huge and real labyrinth.
Best Clubbing Times: Friday & Saturday night.
Door Policy: In comparison to the clubs that were mentioned before, it’s considerably easy to get into Wilde Renate. Just be sure to follow the basic door policy rules: don’t get wasted before getting there, don’t go in big groups and, when possible, answer their questions in German.
Address: Alt-Stralau 70 10245 Berlin Oficial Web Page: http://www.renate.cc Telephone: 030 25041426 Price: 5 – 10 Euros
Before you start asking yourself the kind of trouble you’re getting into, let’s make clear that this is a sex club. Don’t be afraid, it’s not as hardcore as it seems. Feel the music and let your mind be your true self. If it’s your first time there, go with a group of friends, who are looking for unusual fun, who are open minded and most important: who are ready to watch memorable scenes.
Best Clubbing Times: Friday & Saturday night.
Door Policy: Wear your best underwear and be prepared to leave your clothes in the cloak room. Different to other clubs, big groups and foreigners are not a problem, but they won’t let you in if you’re not prepared to show your body and get into the sexual atmosphere of the club.
Address: Brückenstrasse 3 10179 Berlin Oficial Web Page: http://kitkatclub.org Price: 10 Euros
Also owned by former Bar25 club members, in this decadent abandoned 150 year-old mansion, you’ll feel like you went back in time directly to the 19th century. Located in Kreuzberg, the most hip neighborhood in Berlin, Chalet offers a great line up, talented DJs playing in two different floors and a very charming garden: the perfect place to chill, when it’s not freezing cold outside.
Best Clubbing Times: Mondays (Secret Line Up) & Thursdays.
Door Policy: They’re not very strict, a bit unfriendly though. The same rules of the other clubs play on this one too. Don’t be drunk, speak a little bit of German and know which party you’re going to.
Address: Vor dem Schlesischen Tor 3 10997 Berlin Kreuzberg Oficial Web Page: http://chalet-berlin.de Telephone: 030 69536290 Price: 6 – 10 Euros
Is a big complex of different spaces mixed up together, which results in an amazing club. In the spring they open up the outside area – a huge garden with two dancefloors and a small forest with beds and couches spread all around – and they keep it open until the start of autumn.
Best Clubbing Times: All weekend.
Door Policy: This is also a very hard club to get in. The bouncers are strict and the line is usually long. Same rules from Berghain apply on this one, so prepare yourself!
Address: Markgrafendamm 24c 10245 Berlin Friedrichshain Oficial Web Page: http://aboutparty.net Telephone: 030 69536290 Price: 2 – 10 Euros
Designed by Ludwig Hoffman in 1907, Stattbad used to be a state swimming pool formerly known as Stadttbad Wedding. In the late 50’s and beginning of the 60’s, the building was rebuilt due to the damage of the Second World War.
Best Clubbing Times: Saturday night. Door Policy: This is one of the few clubs in town, where everyone gets in. So don’t worry about any of the rules mentioned before. Just act normal and make clear you’re only hunting for an amusing night.
Address: Gerichtstrasse 65 13347 Berlin Wedding Oficial Web Page: http://stattbad.net Telephone: 030 86383155 Price: 10 – 12 Euros
Watergate is a hotspot for those who want to enjoy a great night with world’s premier DJ talents. Names like Eric Morillo, Chicken Lips and Adam Freeland are common guests playing house, drum and bass and break-beat.
Best Clubbing Times: Saturday night. Door Policy: As in all mainstream clubs, they’re interested in keeping the same number of men and women inside the place. So avoid going there with a big group of guys or girls. Better would be to go there with a group with the same number of both.
Don’t forget your ID, cause they’ll definitely ask for it. Also you have to be over 21 years old to get in.
Address: Falckensteinstr. 49 10997 Berlin Kreuzberg Oficial Web Page: http://water-gate.de Telephone: 030 61280394 Price: 8 – 15 Euros
Tresor is the biggest and most respected Techno club in Berlin. It’s history began basically together with the creation of the city’s clubbing scene, right after Germany was unified. They started as a record label called Interfish at Ufo, the original center of Berlin house and techno.
Best Clubbing Times: Friday and Saturday night. Door Policy: Basically the same rules from the other clubs, like Berghain and KaterHolzig, apply here.
Address: Kopenicker Strasse 70 10179 Berlin Mitte Oficial Web Page: http://tresorberlin.com Telephone: 030 69537731 Price: 2 – 10 Euros