10 rumours about Berghain that are not true

Shit people say about the best club in the world

One rumour is absolutely true: Berghain is an iconic techno club that has set a standard in how to become world-famous while staying true to the underground at the same time. But since it has become famous as "the world's best club", strange rumours and myths surround Berghain. Time to get some facts straight.

1. You have to wear black to get in

Many blogs report that you have to wear black to get in. Yes, many people in Berghain are dressed in black because that is always the easy option and Berlin is not the high fashion capital of the world in general. The truth is: Berghain does not care about what you wear. At all. Just be yourself. If you are different than the average even better.

2. The Berghain door is racist

You are black and just got rejected at the door. Now you cry into every forum that the door is racist, of course it is in Germany and has to be racist according to what you learned in school, right? The truth is: Berghain is a very diverse place, inside you find people of all nationalities, ages, colours and sexual orientations. The percentage of average white straight guys who got rejected is probably much higher because Berghain cares about diversity a lot. So get over it and don’t spread nasty rumours. It happens to anyone, even frequent guests get rejected sometimes, just because it is too packed to let everybody in. Simple as that.

3. You have to go on a sunday

For many Berliners sunday is the day to go to Berghain since all the tourists are queing on a Saturday night from midnight and some of them are a bit too overexcited to be honest. The problem is: everybody has heard of that rumour now meanwhile, so sundays are just as packed as saturday. And maybe sunday it’s so packed already that people just won't leave and then the door gets even more picky. Chances are that the line is shorter (or even no line) during the day on a sunday afternoon, but the chances to get in are just as good (or bad) as any other time of the weekend. 

4. The door is unfriendly

Yes the guys at the door don’t talk too much and they really don’t want to chat with you. Put yourself in their place. You stand there for hours and people keep complaining because they can’t get in. Could you still be friendly and have a nice word for anyone? They have a tough job and Berliners are a bit rough in general. Get over it, if you just get a "no". By the way: Sven Marquardt, the famous face of the Berghain door, is actually quite a nice guy and not as scary as you might think.

5. You have to be gay

Yes, Berghain was a gay sex club in the very beginning. Meanwhile it does not matter anymore, what sexual orientation you have. Let’s be honest: gay people sometimes are more fun and outgoing in a club than a straight couple in love. But your sexual orientation does not really matter in Berghain. Just be open and tolerant if you enter. And never ever try to get in on your stag night in Berlin. It won't happen. Ever.

6. Berghain is forced to close

Some english newspapers were recently reporting that Berghain has to close due to gentrification and a new entertainment centre that is being built just around the corner. Yes they are building a huge shopping mall there. But if you read that Berghain is closing, unfollow the media who wrote that NOW, since they have no fucking clue how to make a proper research and use Google maps. Berghain is across the railway tracks from that area and is owned by the Berghain founders anyway. There is no way anybody will try to close Berghain any time soon.

Berghain map
Image: The area where the new entertainment area is being built is far away from Berghain (Google Maps)

7. Berghain/Berlin is over

You are the ultimate hipster aren’t you? Berlin and Berghain was the shit 5 years ago, now you think Tel Aviv or Leipzig or any other city in the world is so much better. Safe travels! Berghain has become a bit too popular recently and sometimes it is a pain in the ass to stand two hours in a line when you just have one weekend. But to be fair it's not their fault that they are featured in Lonely Planet or any travel or gossip magazine now as the place to go. But there are plenty of other clubs and partys in Berlin that are absolutely worth going to. If you claim Berlin is over it just means that you are living in a world of boring stereotypes. Berlin is still a vibrant city at night although the wild days after the wall came down are over (of course) and everything is a bit more established now.

8. But Berghain is not even in the Top 10 in DJ Mag anymore

In 2009 Berghain was voted the world's best nightclub in DJ Magazine. Unfortunately. Since then the mass of people trying to get in every weekend has mulitplied. After 2009 DJ Mag has changed the voting system and users make the choice instead of DJs. So the vote is just about popularity and not quality. Do you think a list that features Hardwell, David Guetta and Tiesto as the best DJ's in the world is relevant enough to tell you what's the best club? 

9. Berghain is all about drugs

Yes, of course drugs are a topic in any (techno) club around the world. Berghain is no exception. But if you consume your shit in public, chances are very likely you just get kicked out. Or don't even get inside. There are body checks at the door for a reason. The truth is: Berghain is all and only about music, the rest is up to you.

10. Berghain is all about sex

Rumours say that Berghain is a huge sexclub where people fuck on the dancefloor and only wear fetish outfits or dance all naked. And yes anything can happen, but nobody really cares. Berghain for sure not a place for saints, it’s a place to enjoy yourself any way you want as long as you don’t harm anyone else. Berghain stands for freedom and for the power of music. And that’s what makes it so special. At least once you made it through that magical door. 

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