So much has been said about Berghain/Panorama Bar, the storied Berlin venue that has become an institution in the techno and house scene of its city and, factually, the entire world.
The club’s beginnings can be traced to a previous club named Ostgut, which ran from 1998 to 2003. Prior to hosting the club, that building was known as the Ostgüterbahnhof railway shipping warehouse. Its founders, Michael Teufele and Norbert Thormann, would open Berghain at its new location shortly after during the following year. The name “Berghain” is a portmanteau of the names of the two quarters that flank the south and north sides of the building in which the club is housed: Kreuzberg (formerly in West Berlin) and Friedrichshain (formerly in East Berlin); the literal meaning of the German word Berghain is “mountain grove”.
The club itself is a massive structure at 4 stories high. When entering one can be sure that multiple of its rooms are in use in one function or another, with something happening on at least two-to-three of its levels, or perhaps deep inside one of its darkrooms.