Berghain: The Secretive, Sex-Fueled Realm Of Techno’s Coolest Club

Berlin’s Berghain is famed because of its groundbreaking sounds and X-rated places, however the club can also be a test situation for just exactly how tourism and gentrification are threatening Europe’s party capital

Thomas Rogers

Berghain nightclub in Berlin, Germany.

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At 11:30 a.m. On a Sunday in January, the huge primary party flooring at Berlin’s Berghain is complete. Dino Sabatini, an Italian DJ with brief dark locks, is playing difficult, hypnotic techno to an audience of shirtless homosexual men, disheveled dudes in sneakers and small women with small backpacks. A number of these revelers are typically in the club for longer than a day, a feat of endurance most likely owing to some mixture of MDMA, ketamine and speed.

The club was open since Friday evening and certainly will stay available until a while Monday early morning. In the dark, cavernous dance flooring — which can be found in the imposing turbine hallway of the defunct eastern German heating and power place — the stress of endless partying is just starting to become obvious. Read more