October 5, 2021
Europe’s ever-changing rules on indoor events have been hard to keep up with, but when the news broke that Berghain would be reopening its doors on October 2, everyone was excited to see things return to the new normal. Clubs around each country were opening and closing when spikes of the newer COVID-19 variants, but Berghain hadn’t been active since the first global shutdown in March 2020.
Berlin began letting people in once again back in September, and while lines outside of these exclusive clubs aren't out of the ordinary, New York Times reported that the wait would sometimes be hours. 21-year-old Joe Friedrich told the publication, “It’s like waiting in line to ride a roller coaster.”
Long waits and swift denials of entry have long been the norm at the famous Berlin institution.
We took to social media to see what people were saying about how it went this weekend. Unshockingly, people waited around six to seven hours to try to get into Berghain. Twitter user Gonçcalo Trindale says, “Someone at work waited seven hours, from midnight till 7am, to get into Berghain this weekend. Someone else also waited seven hours, DIDN'T get in, so he went home, had a nap, went back, waited three more hours, and then got in. The DEDICATION!!!!”
Here’s what other people are saying:
Maybe this weekend will be easier, but probably not. Until then, you can catch us on Berghain Trainer, the interactive game that emulates a bouncer who analyzes your body language and responses to see if you can get in.