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"The Story of Berlin's Clubs" is a unique new city tour that integrates augmented reality. Premiering in Spring 2023, this guided Berlin tour focuses on Berlin's club culture, its history, its sexual politics and current developments.

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In the augmented reality Berlin guided tour ‚The Story of Berlin's Clubs‘ we discover Berlin's culture and history of the last 50 years around sexual politics, techno, raving and clubbing - from Chez Romy Haag of the 1970s to Berghain of the 2020s.

Berghain is probably the most famous club in the world today. Its long rave and techno parties, combined with sexual freedom and its number one rule ("What happens in Berghain, stays in Berghain"), have made it legendary. But how did it all start?

In 1974, Germany's most famous trans* woman Romy Haag opened her iconic nightclub in Berlin's street prostitution district. Visitors included celebrities like Tina Turner, the Rolling Stones and David Bowie.

Discover how the half-century history of today's Berlin club culture began, culminating in world-famous clubs like Berghain and Kit Kat!

Tour participants can learn about Berlin club culture against the backdrop of the Berlin Wall and how marginalized communities shaped it.
Berlin club culture is closely linked to the history of the divided city and the hopes and dreams after reunification. That's why Berlin clubs are more than just dance venues - they are also political spaces that helped shape reunification. In addition, queer and trans* communities have shaped club culture in Berlin from the beginning, as the area around Chez Romy Haag became one of the most prominent gay neighborhoods in the world.

Berlin clubs today

How many clubs are there today? What do they offer? What kind of music do they play? Why are they often considered places of sexual freedom, and exactly how sexually liberal are they? Why are they safe places for many marginalized communities? How did they survive the COVID-19 pandemic? Why were they recognized as "cultural institutions" in Germany, and what were the benefits? And why are Berlin clubs still political today?
Get answers to all these questions and many more on this fascinating and exciting Berlin tour!

The Story of Berlin's Clubs - Discover everything in augmented reality!

Powered by ZAUBAR: Travel through time and see it all in augmented reality: Join Queen's Freddie Mercury on his visit to Chez Romy Haag, dance to the precursors of Berlin techno at Metropol, witness the birth of Berlin's modern LGBTIQ movement and its struggle with the AIDS crisis at SchwuZ, explore the movement against fascism and racism at SO36 and discover sexual freedoms and fetishes at Berghain, Kit Kat and Lab-Oratory!

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Additional information
The Story of Berlin's Clubs takes place on Fridays at 11:00 am and Saturdays at 3:00 pm.

  • The start is planned in front of the Connection Club.
  • The Berlin tour is expected to last about 3 hours and will probably end at the RAW area (Revaler Straße 99, 10245 Berlin) at Warschauer Brücke.