The Story of Berlin’s Clubs – online from the comfort of your home!

Coming late 2022: In the Berlin online tour The Story of Berlin’s Clubs, we’ll dive together into the history and sexual politics of Berlin’s clubs and current clubbing culture. This is a one-of-a-kind Berlin online tour that you can enjoy fully from the comfort of your home! 

What is this Berlin online tour about?

In the Berlin online tour The Story of Berlin’s Clubs, we’ll discover Berlin’s culture and history of the past 50 years around sexual politics, techno, raving, and clubbing as you’ve never seen it before! This Berlin online tour has not yet launched and is planned to do so in late 2022.

The recent history of clubbing in Berlin – from 1970s Chez Romy Haag to 2020s Berghain

Probably the world’s most famous club today is Berghain. What made it legendary are its long rave and techno parties, combined with sexual liberty and their number one rule: “What happens at Berghain stays at Berghain”. But did you ever wonder where it all started? In 1974, Germany’s most well known trans* woman Romy Haag opened her iconic nightclub in the heart of Berlin’s street prostitution district. Among the visitors were stars like Tina Turner, the Rolling Stones, and David Bowie. Discover how this began the half-a-century history of our current Berlin club culture that culminated in world-renowned clubs like Berghain and Kit Kat

Berlin clubbing culture in light of the Berlin Wall and how LGBTIQ communities shaped it

David Bowie’s visit to Chez Romy Haag was the beginning of a romance between the two. In 1977, he released Heroes, a song that would later be considered a catalyst to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Similarly, Berlin club culture is deeply connected to the history of the divided city and the hopes and dreams after the reunification. Are you tired of always the same historical experiences? The Story of Berlin’s Clubs gives you a glimpse into the history of Berlin as you’ve never seen it before – while still being closely linked to the specific historical facts you know! Explore why Berlin’s clubs are more than just dance venues – they are also political spaces that helped shape the reunification. Also, from the beginning, queer and trans* communities have shaped clubbing culture in Berlin, as the area around Chez Romy Haag became one of the world’s most prominent gay districts.

Discover it all from the comfort of your home

No need to come to Berlin or even leave your home. Via Zoom, on your couch or at your desk, you’ll be able to experience the sex museum in the world’s first institute of sexual science, discover the origins of the modern LGBTIQ movement, explore the beginnings of German nudist culture, learn all about sex work, kinks, and sexual fetishes in the Roaring Twenties, enter the notorious Eldorado club and see what made it the world’s most famous club, understand the long-forgotten persecution of queer people under Nazi Germany, relive the AIDS crisis in a divided Berlin, and get a glimpse into sex in Berlin today! The interactive quiz will make this an exciting couple of hours while getting to know people from around the world.

Discover it all from the comfort of your home 

There is no necessity to come to Berlin or even to leave your home. You’ll be able to join Queen’s Freddie Mercury while visiting Chez Romy Haag, see the predecessor to Berlin’s techno at Metropol, witness the emergence of Berlin’s modern LGBTIQ movement and its struggles with the AIDS crisis at SchwuZ, explore the movement against fascism and racism at SO36, and discover the sexual liberties and fetishes at Berghain, Kit Kat and Lab-Oratory all from the comfort of your couch or desk via Zoom!

What will I leave this Berlin online tour with?

The Story of Berlin’s Clubs will not only provide you with a current overview of Berlin clubs, the culture they produce, and the communities they serve. You will also gain a better knowledge of the history and sexual politics of clubbing culture in Berlin, the origins of Berlin techno and raving, as well as a deep understanding of the influence of marginalized communities (for instance, LGBTIQ communities) on Berlin clubbing culture.

An exclusive look behind the scenes of a famous Berlin club

Ever wanted to get a look behind the scenes of a Berlin club? With BerlinGuide.de, you can! Join the Berlin Guide’s visit to a Berlin club outside of the regular clubbing hours and see it as you’ve never seen it before. More info following soon.

Find out which club is perfect for you

Feeling overwhelmed by the huge amount of Berlin clubs? Do you want to know which ones are best for you? In this online tour, you’ll get an overview of most Berlin clubs, their sexual politics, which communities call them their home, what music they play, and what art they exhibit. You will never be lost in the landscape of Berlin clubs again!

A fun experience with an interactive online tour – from the comfort of your home!

You don’t need to even leave your home. A computer with Zoom installed and your phone are enough to participate. You’ll join a live online experience via Zoom while exploring the History of Sex in Berlin. This experience is brought to life with countless pictures and videos! Additionally, you get to know people from all around the world. And you’ll compete in an interactive quiz for the most points on your phone with them.

What do I need to bring?

  1. A computer with stable internet access and Zoom (You can download Zoom here.)
    Webcam is optional.
  2. Your smartphone with internet access and an internet browser of your choice.
  3. A curious mind and no reluctance to be entertained or shocked.

When and where does the tour happen,
and how long does it take?

The Story of Berlin’s Clubs is completely online and still in production. It is set to launch in late 2022.

To participate, please book one of the dates proposed in the booking calendar or send me an email to service@berlinguide.de with your booking request (including the number of people attending and requested date(s) and time(s) with timezone.) After confirmation, you’ll be sent a link to a Zoom conference call. Click on that link when the date of the experience has arrived or open Zoom on your computer or phone and enter the login details provided after booking.

For times, please check the schedule calendar when booking your tickets. The guided Berlin tour will probably last about 2.5 hours.

What does it cost,
and what else do I need to know? 

Pricing

The price will be determined as soon as this online tour launches in late 2022.

Language

The Berlin online tour is held in English. German tours, however, are held as private experiences for 200€ (no matter how many participants) on request. For this, please send me an email to service@berlinguide.de.

Other info

  • This is a unique online experience that also makes an excellent gift for loved ones!
  • Ideal also for university classes!
  • You can also book a private tour for a fixed price of 200€. To request, please send an email to service@berlinguide.de!
  • This Berlin online tour is only suitable for people who are at least 18 years of age.
  • Trigger/content warnings: BDSM/kinks/fetishes, HIV/AIDS, homophobia, racism, sex, sexism, sexual abuse, sex work/prostitution, transphobia, and violence (physical, psychological, sexualized).

What are the specific chapters
of this Berlin online tour?

  1. Chez Romy Haag
    1. The beginning of modern Berlin club culture
  2. Metropol
    1. The development of the gay nightlife district
    2. The predecessor to Berlin techno and the first club playing a continuous beat
    3. The history of the Love Parade
  3. SO36
    1. SO36, the Berlin Wall, Punk, and New Wave
    2. SO36’s queer and migration politics today
  4. SchwuZ
    1. The emergence of Berlin’s modern LGBTIQ movement
    2. The AIDS crisis
    3. SchwuZ’ queer and refugee politics today
  5. Kit Kat Club & CarneBall Bizarre
    1. BDSM & sexual fetishes
    2. The blurring of sexual and gender identities
  6. Berghain
    1. The history of “the world’s most famous club”
    2. How the queer communities have shaped Berlin clubbing culture
  7. Lab-Oratory
    1. “The world’s most hardcore sex club”
  8. More from Berlin today
    1. German and Berlin club politics
    2. Other clubs, including Tresor, Sisyphos, Salon zur wilden Renate, Chalet, ://about blank, Alte Münze, Suicide Circus, Insomnia, Revier Südost, Kater Blau, Watergate, Weekend, & Club der Visionäre
    3. Other parties, including Pornceptual, Buttons, L-Tunes, Room 4 Resistance, & CockTail d’Amore
    4. Other locations, including RAW Gelände, Hasenheide, & Tempelhofer Feld