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Berghain (Berlin)

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Berghain is a nightclub in Berlin, Germany.
It is named after its location near the border between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain in Berlin, and is a short walk from Berlin Ostbahnhof main line railway station.
Founded in 2004 by friends Norbert Thormann and Michael Teufele, it has since become one of the world’s most famous clubs, and is sometimes called the “world capital of Techno.”

Thormann and Teufele became party promoters in the 1990s, hosting a male-only fetish club night called Snax at various clubs around Berlin.
In 1999 they founded their first club, Ostgut, in a former railway repair depot in Friedrichshain. Other than for Snax, the club was open to the general public.
It closed in January 2003, with the building slated for demolition and later replaced by the O2 World Berlin (since 2015 : Mercedes-Benz Arena).

Berghain opened in 2004 as a reincarnation of Ostgut. The name is a portmanteau of the two city quarters that flank the south and north sides of the building : Kreuzberg (formerly in West Berlin) and Friedrichshain (formerly in East Berlin).
The literal meaning of the German word Berghain is “mountain grove.”

The club is in a former power plant built in 1953 and abandoned in the 1980s. The space was originally rented from the energy company Vattenfall but has been owned outright by the club since 2011. The building is remarkable for its enormous dimensions, with 18-meter ceilings on the main dancefloor. The interior’s minimalist design is dominated by steel and concrete.
Only half the building is in use.

In 2016, a German court officially designated Berghain a cultural institution, which allows the club to pay a reduced tax rate.

The club’s main room is focused on techno, with a smaller upstairs space, Panorama Bar, featuring house. The basement holds a male-only sex club called Lab.Oratory.

Berghain has a Funktion-One sound system on its main dance floor which, when it was installed in 2004, was one of the company’s largest club installs. At its launch, the sound system comprised four Funktion-One Dance Stacks (consisting of a DS210, a DS215 and three F218), a Double Infrahorn (consisting of two Infrabass, one Doublehorn Extension) and two Resolution 2 for monitoring. The Panorama Bar was upgraded in 2007 with a four-point line-array system with an additional six subwoofers from Studt Akustik.

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany, in March 2020, Berghain closed along with all other nightclubs in Berlin. Over the summer, it hosted several sound art installations inside the building and the adjacent beer garden.
In September, the indoors club reopened as an art space, hosting an exhibition titled “Studio Berlin” featuring 115 Berlin-based artists including Tacita Dean, Olafur Eliasson and Wolfgang Tillmans.

Berghain has become associated with decadence and hedonism. It is open continuously most weekends from Saturday night through late Monday morning. Patrons openly engage in sexual acts on the dance floor, as well as in dark rooms specifically set aside for such activity.
Like Ostgut, the club focuses on the gay community but is open to all, save for the twice-yearly Snax.

No photos are allowed inside the club, with patrons required to cover their smartphone cameras with a sticker.
The policy was maintained when the club converted into an art space for the “Studio Berlin” exhibition.
Because drugs are commonly used in the club, there are no mirrors or other reflective surfaces, so that guests are spared the “buzzkilling indignity of seeing their own faces after an epic partying session.”

The club’s door policy is notorious for being both strict and opaque, generating occasional accusations of racism and frequent debate and speculation about how to get in.
Head bouncer Sven Marquardt, who is also a photographer, is a minor celebrity in the techno scene.

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