Location: Berlin, Germany
It’s one of the most secretive places in the world, but Berghain is also one of the most globally respected nightclubs to open its doors in the past few decades. Formerly named Ostgut (the inspiration behind its label counterpart, Ostgut Ton) it was a home for notorious male fetish parties in the late ‘90s, and in 2004 found a permanent fixture in the former power plant now called Berghain located in the Friedrichshain district. Residents such as Ben Klock and Marcel Dettmann have become names synonymous with the techno floor, learning their craft on the finely tuned Funktion One soundsystem that staggers the concrete walls. Above is Panorama Bar, the safe haven for the house heads and often at its finest hour on Sunday afternoons. The shutter moments have become legendary; the moment those blinds lift to let shards of sunlight across the dancefloor are unforgettable. With one of the strictest door policies we know — infamous doorman Sven Marquardt has even written a book of his memoirs — it’s become a privileged moment for those who walk through the graffiti covered doors. Once in amongst the open-minded, anything-goes crowd, be prepared to stay until Monday morning.