The bass is grooving, lights flash through the fog. People just as sweaty and delirious as you are dancing closely around you. And then your favourite song starts...
The Arena Berlin provides just this sort of perfect concert experience. There’s a good reason that the event site is one of the most frequented locations in the capital.
What you can expect in the Arena Berlin
Concerts, festivals, club nights, flea markets, the bathing boat and street food are all among the regular attractions at the Arena Berlin.
Dance to techno in the Arena Club.
Browse through the flea market on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 16:00.
Bury your feet in the sand by the bathing boat.
Cheer on the Berlin Bombshells in the roller derby.
Relax doing stand-up paddling and a yoga course.
Amble through the Christmas village with an ice rink in November and December.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at one of the largest indoor parties in the capital.
Events with an industrial charm
The site of the Arena Berlin has been used for different purposes in the past. Originally built as a bus depot for the Berlin transport authority in 1927 it became an arsenal during the Nazi era. Its location beside the Berlin Wall meant that it was no longer accessible and it was finally closed by the Berlin transport authority shortly after reunification.
Renovation work started in the 1990s and today the Arena Berlin is one of the most important event locations in the city. 9,000 people can dance, enjoy festivals and hold conferences in the hall.
Over the years, the Arena has expanded and added more locations. The Arena’s Glashaus is a club, theatre and café all rolled into one and housed in a former turning shop. The glazed façade gives visitors a view of the Spree.
You can get a whiff of a sea breeze on the club and restaurant ship the MS Hoppetosse. It is anchored on the banks of the Spree. Next to it is the bathing boat, which has become one of the capital’s trademarks. The icy blue pool is housed on a former container ship. Bathers can access it via a wooden jetty that connects the bathing boat with a fine-grained sandy beach.
Visitors can also enjoy techno nights in the Arena Club in the former boiler house or cocktail evenings in the Escobar.
Treptow’s party district
It is not only the clubs and concert halls directly on the Arena site that invite you to let your hair down. The Club der Visionäre and Freischwimmer are just a few metres away directly by the Landwehr Canal. Universal and MTV have offices on the opposite side of the Spree in Berlin’s eastern harbour.
Travel and parking
Particularly when concerts are on, we recommend you travel with either S-Bahn or U-Bahn, for example with the U1 to Schlesisches Tor or with the S41/S42 circular line to Treptower Park. There are buses between the two stations that run along Schlesische Straße; you can also walk. Parking spaces are largely reserved for local residents.