While preparing your trip to Berlin you may have come across the name Berghain a zillion times in the nightlife section of the guide books or blogs you read. A lot if not everything has been written about it, superlatives competing with more superlatives, how difficult it is to get in, how wild it is once inside, how good the DJs are, everything… People are attracted to it because of its mythology, and the queue growing every weekend in front of the entrance is living proof of its success.
What people may not know is that the Berghain sometimes hosts concerts, especially on weekdays and not only electronic music. The acoustics and sound system are of very high quality, if you are concerned about the sound of the music, or simply about your eardrums you have to visit this temple at least once. Follow the program closely, because the concerts do not systematically use the full available space.
Since I have been living in Berlin I have been to the Berghain more often for concerts than for clubbing (I don’t understand why as I’m getting younger every year). From electronic to contemporary, through classical, noise, rock, loud, very loud, I have never left the place bored, disappointed or deaf. For me it is one of the places that describes Berlin the best, it’s rough, huge, cold, impressive. And if you are claustrophobic, then too bad.