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“Quality over quantity has always been the principal for the London Techno Label Blueprint.” 

Only at the Berghain will you see such a line up, with a running order starting Saturday through to Monday. If you are in Berlin this weekend, the Berghain is the place to spend it; that’s if Mr Sven Marquardt will think you worthy of entrance!  


Running Order Berghain

  • 23:59 – 5:00 DVS1
  • 5:00 – 6:00 O / V / R LIVE
  • 6:00 – 9:00 James Ruskin
  • 09:00 AM – 12:00 Sigha
  • 12:00 – End Marcel Dettmann

Running Order Panorama Bar

  • 23:59 – 4:00 Clé           
  • 4:00 – 5:00 Blondes Live
  • 5:00 – 09:00 h vs. Bok Bok Jam City                                                                       
  • 09:00 AM – 12:00 Thomas Schumacher

Running order Sunday

  • 12:00 – 15:00 Mano Le Tough
  • 15:00 – 18:30 Ed Davenport
  • 18:30 – 22:00 Oliver German man
  • 22:00 – 01:00 Magda
  • 1:00 – End Nick Hoppner

“The longer you watch Sven Marquardt’s photographs, the better you will understand that every pose is more than just pose. Man is not hiding behind the assigning poses and requisites. Men are brought to light. Models are opening up to the photographer is the experience that makes Sven Marquardt’s photographs such a sensation.” (, 21.Juni 2010)
“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.” – Matt Hardy

Sven Marquardt the gatekeeper ‘curator’, commands what is reputed to be the hardest door in Berlin, and is notorious for choosing an often surprising —rejected entrees would say ‘capricious’ — selection of people, old as well as young, eccentric as often as beautiful, helping to give the club its staying power. Given Marquardt’s notoriety as one of the most terrifying bouncers in the world [personal experience has proven this to be entirely true],  it came as a  shock to learn that the man who brings nightmares to thousands of people who submit to his inspection at the elitist Berghain club entrance each weekend, was once among the most prolific and promising young photographers of East Berlin.

Having put his camera down soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it has only been in recent years that he has returned to his work as a photographer. Marquardt’s 2007 photography exhibition at the Berghain took the public eye away from his career as the Berghain bouncer and back on to the man as an artist. Whilst Marquardt has no plans on leaving the Berghain, he continues creating and exhibiting his photography [information on his latest collaborative exhibition [“off the beaten tracks“] and has to date published two photography books including Zukünftig vergangen: Fotografien 1984-2009 and Heiland.  He is also in the process of organizing an external exhibition this year on a wall space overlooking Alexanderplatz – a place in the days of communism, which the young punk rocker was seen as a showcase for socialism and thus banned by the state. [Information regarding the exhibition will be updated on the blog].

Marquardt’s photography has an exclusive focus on portraits and a visual language that he described as “very classic, analog, usually black and white and only with daylight.” His photography is uncannily beautiful, and whilst somewhat macabre, his work is some of the most captivating and stirring I have seen. Given his gatekeeper infamy, many have and will be captivated by his work, and it is with hope that he receives all the acknowledgement he deserves – not for his appearance or Berghain door policy, but for his photographic artistry.       

Visit Marquardt’s Photography Website (not suitable for younger viewers):

Unfortunately I do not understand German, but here is the man in action…

In honour of the greatest techno club in the world… Cut from Berghain 03 and featuring Planetary Assault Systems – Surface Noise, Len Faki’s sheer destruction of techno and its very existence.

The legendary Berghain club in Berlin is a decadent hedonistic playground for hard purist techno revellers; a site of excess, experimentation, unraveling, and freedom. 

For me, this club remains the most unique club I ever have and will visit again, and I still have nightmares about the post-clubbing tinnutis I suffered afterwards [so worth it].

Evolving from the gay scene in the nineties – once a men only fetish club – the crowd remains predominantly male and attracts a leather, lederhosen-cladden clan of Bronsonesque, skin head marchers [think: Kevin & Perry Go Large & the German marchers].  Located in a former power plant in Friedrichshain, behind the Berlin Ostbahnhof railway station, the building is truly formidable; set within a steel and concrete interior, with an 18 meter high main dance floor, accommodating around 1500 people.

Aside from the main room, there is the Lab.Oratory basement room- a sex club considered one of the most “hardcore” gay fetish clubs in Berlin. Hosting an eclectic array of themed fetish nights, the Lab is open Thursday to Saturday, but you are only allowed to enter between 22:00 and 24:00 – dress code anything goes (literally). It is in the same building as the Berghain set within a huge maze/dark room, however the entrance is well hidden round the side. Most magazines and websites do not tell you this, as it is technically a secret! We didn’t find it…but we didnt actually look for it – the music was well enough for us newbies! Guests at the lab.oratory can usually jump the queue into Berghain and the bouncers will probably consider letting you in free of charge. Please be warned this is not a tourist destination, a place for the introverts or the prudish; it is considered the most hardcore fetish club in Berlin for a very good reason.

There is also the Panorama Bar located at the top of the building, playing host to some of the best House and Electro DJs. Decorated by enormous Wolfgang Tillmans photographs and tall windows with a view of East Berlin, the Panorama Bar is the space to unwind from the harder techno of the main room. Given the calibre of acts that play at the Panorama Bar every weekend, this space is usually heaving. The Panorama Bar certainly surpasses any House and Electro club I have visited, but even so we soon gave in to our cravings and headed back down the winding stairs into the vast epicness of the Berghain.

To preserve the reputation of the club, and to protect the practices inevitable in such an environment, photography is strictly forbidden; don’t even attempt it. We took a picture sitting by the bar, and we were hounded by another guest who told us in no uncertain terms to ‘delete!’ See Raider review on Berghain Privacy

There are no clocks, mirrors or reflective surfaces, and the events at the Berghain are extremely long lasting from Thursday through to Monday. The ban on mirrors and clocks is likely a clever ploy to keep revellers raving for as long as their bodies can take, blissfully unaware of time or appearance.

It was certainly the most surreal clubbing experience, somewhat like being in a techno time warp in which you lose all sense of self and anything other than the music.  When our bodies could physically dance no more, we crawled out of the Berghain around 9:30 on the Sunday morning, shocked at the time, the overbearing daylight, and the queue of guests ready to begin their experience.

A Note on Door Policy

Berghain InteriorThe Berghain is renowned for is selective and randomized door policy. We read a range of blogs and reviews before going to this club and they were flooded with people explaining how they were turned away ‘for no apparent reason’. Needless to say, we very apprehensive when approaching the foreboding building.

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee you will get in; half the queue in front of us were turned away in seconds. Expect unashamed fear upon Berghain bouncer scrutiny. When it was out turn to face judgement – hands in pockets, chins out and looking nonchalant – we were eyeballed for about 10 seconds amidst some debate and laughter from the other bouncers (almost certain we were going to be turned away). To our surprise and elation they let us in. Maybe they were simply debating whether we looked ‘techno & tolerant’ enough…#paranoiaattack

Our advice for getting in…

The most obvious selection policy for the bouncers is an attempt to inject ‘realness’ into every night.  In Sven Marquart’s own words: “It’s important to me we preserve some of that heritage, that it still feels like a welcoming place for the original sort of club-goers. If we were just a club full of models, pretty people all dressed in black, it would be nice to look at for a half an hour, but God, that would be boring. It would feel less tolerant, too.”

I wholeheartedly agree in this view. The Berghain wants to be a safe place for techno liberalism…judgemental, techno tourists need not join the line.

There are no ‘set rules’, the door policy is subjective and each bouncer is unique in their selections, but these tips may help:

  • Don’t go dressed up (too try hard). No flashy logos, fancy outfits, lots of makeup, funky hair do’s. As far as we could gather, it’s about the music and nothing else.  Leather jacket and jeans is a good option!
  • The queue to get in can be very long, 4am onwards is a good starting time (Sunday morning  5am-8am is particularly good if you do not want to queue).
  • Keep talking to a bare minimum, the bouncers patrol the line and will remember you. As soon as you enter the front of the queue keep quiet –  from what we could tell the people who were turned away were the ones that were talking loudly.
  • Don’t arrive drunk!
  • Don’t go in a big group. Mixed groups are better and break it up into pairs or go in alone.
  • If you look young you’re not getting in-they don’t usually check I.D. but the Berghain like their crowd at least looking 25 and over.
  • Don’t talk the bouncers at the front, especially not in your native tongue – they will think you’re just a snaphappy tourist. Unless you’re turned away immediately, they will probably ask you in German how many? Go up in twos and simply reply “zwei”.
  • Look them in the eye, and remain cool and collected like you are a regular to the club.
  • If you do get in, stay calm until your entrance fee is paid (the ticket sellers appeared to embrace the scrutiny also).
  • Once in and ready to let loose, be ready to experience a night/day/afternoon/weekend like no other.
  • Final Warning: Once you have experienced the Berghain, be prepared for utter disappointment when visiting any other club thereafter.

The Berghain is about the music, pure and simple…letting go of inhibitions. If you are about neon lights, high heels and selfie sticks – this is not the club for you – head on over to the White Isle [Ibiza]!

Sound likes a lot to remember and slightly ridiculous? It is – but well worth the attempt. Just go in a small group, act cool and shut up in the queue.  If you don’t get in, have no fear either get changed and try again, turn up after 6am, or go to Tresor Club (see link for Raider Tresor review), which is equally amazing.

Truly an epic and unforgettable clubbing experience for the lovers of purist techno, playing host to the very best Techno DJs including:  André Galluzzi, Alri Brikha, Ben Klock, Cassy, Marcel Dettmann and Nick Hoppner.

Bass rating: INCREDIBLE!!! [Bass rating wouldn’t do it justice]

*The notorious Sven Marquardt-Berghain Bouncer [See Raider Marquardt Photography Review]

How to get there? Get a cab! BERGHAIN / PANORAMA BAR Am Wriezener Bahnhof 10243

Follow this link for a feel of the music/interior:“>Berghain – Panorama Club