A perfect Berlin weekend

434313919_66697September 2017

I’ve been plenty of times to Berlin now. The main reason: no place on earth has the same free and creative atmosphere. We just love to spend time in the city, always looking for new spots we haven’t been before. Especially the club and abandoned Berlin scene appeals. Read my page for alllll the details. Now I will describe to you how my last trip to Berlin went…. 🙂

Thursday 12:00  I head to Amsterdam to pick up friend Morti and the boyfriend from their jobs. At 13:00 the three of us leave towards our beloved German capital. After 7 hours of driving, we arrive in Berlin. We check in at our Airbnbs (in Neukölln), eat some pizza, go to a typical Berlin Hipster bar, 435838173_125999order beers and wait together for our friend Remoni to arrive by train. When she’s there we take some more beers & vodka, discover Morti looks like an owl in the candlelight, decide that we are too tired to party and go home for an early sleep.

Friday 11:00  One needs a bike to get around so we are looking for a bike rental. Found some place for only €4/day with very friendly staff. Took the bikes and cycled 70 minutes north of Berlin to go to an abandoned DDR garage. First walked pass the place several times trying not to be noticed by the neighbours. Me and Remoni offered to pioneer, but felt too scared to enter, so we call the boys and send them first. One by one we climb through the window and cross the spooky house to find in the backyard a scenery that could either be part of a love story or a horror movie.

After discovering four cars and some more stuff, we cycle back to Berlin centre. Sip some tea at a terrace together after which I go for shopping. I succeed, go home, show clothes to the bf, go out for dinner, eat delicious pasta and feel exhausted afterwards from all cycling and shopping. Not that much in the party mood. Solution: we drink special lemon vodka brought from the supermarket. Meanwhile, M&R are having fun in a random bar in Oranienstrasse. We go there to meet, persuade them to leave, offer some of the vodka as reward and cycle together to the club RitterButzke because there’s a Dutch party hosted which seems to be fun. However, when arriving at the club, there’s no line outside (??), we have an easy entrée (??), do not get a camera sticker with club branding (???) and conclude after 30 minutes that the former notifications were a sign that Dutch parties even don’t work in Berlin, sadly.  Time for us to change scenes!

1:00 The evening begins. Morti suggests to go for Katerblau because it’s close-by and supposedly veeeerry good. Me and the bf have been rejected once here so nervous like hell it will happen again, But!!! We.get.in!! And suddenly are surrounded by a cosy room full of wood, curtains, a disco ball and happy songs. We pay €12 pp, receive a stamp for the whole 434322721_58102weekend , get a camera sticker (this is the good stuff), pass the grumpy ‘security’ and walk out of the wooden entrée box into an alley that doesn’t look a thing like a club. It feels very welcoming though and the further you get, the more you feel like being in wonderland. I look around and spot a non stop moving kiddy ride, a disco telephone booth,  colourful flags, giant mice on the walls and a bit further something that looks like a circus tent…  Rumours said the new Kater is even better than the old Kater(Holzig) and I have to agree. The owners succeed in creating a fantasy land where you can stay as long as you want, enjoy the never failing music and sound system, chat with fellow party seekers, eat delicious pizza and be unconscious of time or the outside world.


Saturday 14:00  Wake up, reflect on the night and feel tired but happy. After some customized breakfast, get ourselves into the car to drive to another abandoned place. This one used to be the Anatomy institute of Berlin! Creepy right? It’s not so bad, we walk around and awe over several destroyed and begraffited rooms. In the basement are some leftovers of cooling cells (those are creepy) and the bonus is an enormous college class. After an hour or so we drive back, make ourselves ready for dinner, eat yummie Indian together and go to Weserstrasse (nice one!) to chill and sip GTs in a very cute café. Of course we are making plans to go clubbing again, but unfortunately stayed a bit too long drinking GT’s… 20170930_172348So only after 1am we cycle towards the legendary Sisyphos. Against my wishes as we have been here a couple of times already, but the bf really wants to go and wins the argument. After 30 minutes we arrive -as expected- too late at Sisy’s because an enormous non moving line welcomes us. Fuck that, we are not going to wait that long so let’s go for the less popular About Blanc, which was my choice in the first place.

1:30 About Blanc is supposed to be very near Sisy… but one misstep, a died mobile phone and you end up cycling in rounds not able to cross the S-bahn to find your club. Finally there, I couldn’t imagine so many people found the place before us without any trouble: here an enormous line as well!! Bummer. We watched the happenings at the door for a good ten minutes to conclude: most people that enter are on the list and the people that entered from our line were 2 out of 4 trials. Figured  38% chance to get rejected isn’t worth the wait of at least 1 hour and decide to cycle back home.

2:00 Feeling disappointed and unsatisfied passing various clubs Birgit&Bierwith pumping music and inviting coloured garden lights on the way, but stay strong and cycle faster (too late now, think about tomorrow’s drive!). I look up the route on a bus stop, perfectly confident to know how to go, until bf gets faith in his &*€£##$ *certain brand* of mobile phone and wants to follow navigation. Of course the phone dies out again after 4 hopeful minutes leaving us lost in the middle of an industrial area. Panic rises but luckily a friendly passer-by showed us the way home and we could settle in for sleep.. .

Sunday 11:30 The four of us drive back to the Netherlands playing car games and making promises for going again as soon as winter is over to continue with the bucket list (find below). Unless the failed club night on Saturday we are very happy and satisfied with our visit , as always 🙂

The bucket list:
–  Clubs: About Blanc, Heideglühe, GiesseMühle, RummelBücht (never been)
–  More Clubs: Renate, Birgit, Kater & Sisy (time to go again)
–  Bars: Promenade Ecke & Suz war Gestern
– abandoned  place: Teufelsberg (legal) and WolfsWinkel (illegal)
– also: Liquiddrom (swimming pool with electronic underwater music) & Katzencafé

What I learned this time:
– I-phone batteries suck
– A club without camera stickers should make you suspicious
– On Friday around 12, best chances to enter the club
On Saturday from 1am each more hour, longer lines, less enter the club chances – like in Disney
– Thursday is not really a party night in Berlin. Sunday is 20170928_222001
– Cycling on the pavement is accepted and less bumpy to your butt
– NeuKölln area is just a bit too far from it all
– lines in front of clubs are a marketing tool
– a glass of vodka only costs €2,50 in clubs (if returning former used glass)
– there’s really nothing to look for at Alexanderplatz. Avoid like the plague
– McDonalds in Berlin is cheaper than in Holland
– I want a kiddy ride on my patio at home, preferable with characters from Sesame Street


Raw Area

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KaterBlau (not my pic)

What’s with Berlin

SisyphosYou should go to Berlin. You have to go there, you have to see it for yourself. If you haven’t been there , you can’t talk about it. You can’t go with the flow. You lose your value, your social state as a true cool person.

Berlin is hot? Although above is true (your ego probably denies, but it is), I wouldn’t say Berlin is hot. Berlin is fascinating.. it’s mysterious, an unknown world. It’s exciting and different. Even a bit scary… And maybe most important of all, you’re not sure if you are allowed to be part of it… that’s why we desperately want to drown ourselves into this world. The undersea area where everybody who has been, can’t stop talk about. And everybody who hasn’t been, lives with a kind of realistic feeling he might be part of it as well. That’s the difference between, for example, Berlin and Ibiza. Being part of the latter isn’t realistic for most of us. We want to, yes, but we can only wish for it. With Berlin it’s different. It seems like everyone has a chance. Everyone can be adapted and enjoy the scene. It even looks like the more random you are, the better your chances are.

According to me, everybody can adapt to Berlins party scene. The only thing you need is an open mind. And be who you are without judging others. The atmosphere is already set by the nice Berlin people. So anyone who goes there, will not find it too difficult to let go of there pre-assumptions. Deeply inside it’s what people want most anyway, not worrying about your appearance, what other people think and what you think of other people. That’s why it works. That’s why people love it. That’s why it will be hard to ruin the vibe by bringing more tourists. The real ‘open minded’ places look so different at first glance, they will scare of the folks who will never let go of there superficial habits. The curious ones , will give it a try and like it so much, they never come back.

It’s why it all works. It’s also why it doesn’t work trying to ‘bring’ Berlin parties to other parts of the world, for example the Netherlands. You can’t simple imprint an atmosphere. You need people for that first. The right intentions and feelings. Which other than joy, are not working.

I love the Berlin feeling. It inspires me, gives me energy to find out what I like most and helps me finding it around me. It’s like a therapie.. a very good, short and fun one.