When you’re an international DJ jetting between the party capitals of the world, you might think you’d be hard pushed to name a favourite city.
Not so. Kiss FM DJs Tough Love told MailOnline Travel that Berlin offers the hottest emerging music scene in Europe right now.
The house duo famed for their energetic bass sets, have put together their insider’s guide to the city in time for visitors to this weekend’s inaugural Lollapalooza festival. As one of Lady Gaga’s favourite music events the city is sure to attract and eclectic, A-lister attendance.
The Kiss FM house DJs Tough Love play their set all over Europe and thrive on the party scene of Berlin
From dusk til dawn: Soho House in Berlin is a prime address for socialising and unwinding on an escape to the hip metropolis
Where are the best parties/DJs in Berlin?
There are so many hot spots in Berlin to check out, each offering something different.
Ritter Butzke feels like a festival every day and the line ups there are amazing with music ranging from hip-hop to house.
But if you are a true clubber and a fan of techno then there is only one club that you need to visit – the world famous and infamous ‘Berghain.
It is notorious for having one of the strictest door policies of all time with people flying in from all over the globe just to enter into this world famous club, but that makes one hell of a party!
You may even catch the odd celebrity partying incognito – Lady Gaga was spotted here when she was last in town.
Lady Gaga was spotted partying incognito at the world famous and infamous ‘Berghain night club the last time she was in town
Which clubs should you dress to impress at?
If you want something glitzier then Watergate is a must. The club boasts an amazing sound system, incredible LED lighting set up and plays host to some of the best DJs on the planet!
Which clubs should you dress down for
Most clubs in Berlin in comparison to the rest of Europe are pretty relaxed and don’t require you to dress up. Some wouldn’t let you in if you were overtly dressed up – in Berlin dressing down is the best way to get in.
Dressed down chic and wearing black seems to be a good tip if you want to get past the door staff. We’d advise you to keep it relaxed at venues like Berghain, Wild Renate & Ritter Butzke.
The loft in Soho House creates the impression of a welcoming living room and is ideal for visits with friends to the city
Where do the sexiest people go to be seen?
If you want a really sexy experience Kit Kat is the place to go, but be warned this is more of an erotic adventure rather than your typical club! It is definitely an eye opener and is perhaps tamer than it used to be, but like all of Berlin it definitely has an edge – not for the shy or fainthearted!!
Where do you go to celeb spot?
Soho House Berlin is the place to celeb spot, you can spot Hollywood A-listers, models and musicians hanging out here when they are in town. So you could be rubbing shoulders with George Clooney, Leonardo Di Caprio and Madonna who have all hung out here. George Clooney apparently lived in an apartment within this exclusive private member’s club when he was filming in Berlin.
If you want to celeb spot then the best time to go is during the Berlin Film festival in February. It is a great time to go and this year the likes of Christian Bale, Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchette, Lily James, James Franco, Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, Robert Pattison and Helen Mirren were all in town.
Where’s the best music?
The best thing about Berlin is that is it so eclectic so you can experience everything from Jazz to Reggae to Techno. There are plenty of venues to choose from. Get a local going out guide to see what gigs are on during your stay.
Rising stars: Tough Love have rapidly risen through the ranks of the house scene and are Kiss FM regulars
Klunkerkanich typifies what Berlin is all about and sets high standards for roof top bars across the world being one of the first. This is the original roof top bar and comes complete with live music, a garden and amazing views of the city. It is also child friendly equipped with paddling pools and theatre shows to keep the whole family entertained. This is a great place to watch the sun go down on the city after a busy day exploring.
Best bar that no one knows about
Prinzipal Kreuzber is a hidden gem in the truest sense of the word located in the Kreuzberg district, but be careful you don’t miss it, it’s hidden behind curtains and you need to ring a doorbell for entry. Once inside you’ll find Burlesque shows and some winning cocktails.
The best thing about Berlin is that it has an amazing pop up culture and there is always a new place springing up.
‘The best thing about Berlin is that is it so eclectic so you can experience everything from Jazz to Reggae to Techno,’ say Tough Love
Chalet is everything you want from a club. Everyone is there to party and you’ll leave with a load of new party pals. There is something really special about the energy in this club, from the huge lights to the amazing music. When you’ve danced till your feet can’t take any more there is a super chilled garden to rest in.
Best place to chill out after the partying stops
Head to Mauer Park. It’s especially fun at the weekends where you will find artists and musicians showcasing their talent. There are also lots of stalls selling everything from jewellery to local beer. If you visit on a Sunday you can also check out the famous flea market which is a treasure trove of memorabilia, jewellery and fashion.
Party people: ‘Most clubs in Berlin in comparison to the rest of Europe are pretty relaxed and don’t require you to dress up,’ the DJs say
Where to enjoy the best street food
The two best places are every Thursday at Street Food Thursday where up to 5000 people pass through the Markthalle Neun in Kreuzberg to get their street food fix from a wide assortment of vendors selling food from all over the world. The other is Bite Club, where you are guaranteed to try some of the best food from around the world.
Bite club is the party version of Street Food Thursday, it is as much about drinks and music as it is about food and there is always a DJ spinning some nice records.
Where to relax and unwind
Cowshed at Soho House has some amazing treatments including their incredible relaxing facial or you can splurge on the relaxing Hot Stone massage treatment where volcanic basalt stones are bathed in warm water and anointed with spicy, sensual aromas. They are placed on key energy points of the body and are used to massage using traditional techniques easing pain and tension to weary limbs after a night of dancing.
Oasis of calm: Visitors in the know head to the Cowshed Spa and gym in Soho House which has a pool on the roof with sweeping views
Where to hang out and meet the locals
Berlin is one of the greenest cities in Europe so take advantage of the September weather if it is sunny to go and explore. Friedrichshain Park is Berlin’s oldest municipal park.
The 78 and 48 metre high green ‘bunker’ mountains are popularly known as ‘Mont Klamott’ and provide a wonderful view of Berlin. Especially in the summer the expanded park grounds are mainly used by grill experts, sun-worshippers and trendy inhabitants of the Berlin scene. This mixture makes the Volkspark Friedrichhain one of the most hip places to be when the sun is out.
Tempelhofer Park is a reclaimed airport site. After the airport closed in 2008, the city reclaimed the 386-hectare open space and one of the world’s largest buildings in a central location for public use.
Today, you’ll find Berliners using the six-kilometre cycling, skating and jogging trail, a 2.5-hectare BBQ area, a dog-walking field covering around four hectares and an enormous picnic area for all visitors. The three entrances (Columbiadamm, Tempelhofer Damm and Oderstrasse) are open from sunrise to sunset.
The Soho House hotel’s bar is also another spot for locals and visitors alike to meet up and enjoy a libation together
What are the essentials that you pack in your suitcase?
We always pack light, but Berlin can get cold especially in the winter so you’ll need a good coat, hat and gloves. With a thriving club scene – comfortable shoes would be recommended and as mentioned as Berlin is the dress down city, keep your wardrobe cool but casual.
What’s the upper age limit, can someone over the age of 40 enjoy the scene?
Berlin has been such an expressive and free city of culture since its 1920s heyday that age is just a number in this city. This is one place where noone judges you for wanting to express yourself – whatever your age. Expect to see a more diverse age range enjoying music at the various haunts around the city from 18 upwards to 80 years olds.
Tips for saving money?
Berlin is super cheap to party, so check out airbnb, there’s some amazing places to stay on there in various districts at really good prices.
If you’re looking to splurge and treat yourself for the weekend then hang with the celebs at the gorgeous Soho House hotel. This gorgeous site is set over eight floors of a restored Bauhaus building in the Mitte district. The house is home to a full Cowshed Spa and gym, a rooftop pool, restaurants, four bars, a screening room, a private dining area and forty comfortable bedrooms.
The DJ’s have pinpointed all the essential places to visit throughout Berlin during the day and when the sun goes down
Best cultural site:
The Reichstag is well worth a visit one afternoon, the architecture is amazing as is its history. You’ll have a short tour and audio guide for reference. In the summer months you can also check out the roof.
Tip: Save timing queuing for hours and just register online.
Marheineke Markthalle is a great place to spend the day, with an abundance of art exhibitions next to locally made organic food and wine.
But If you really want to experience Berlin Markets, the best time to go is at Christmas where you cancheck out Waihnachtszauber on the Gendermenmarkt.
The location itself is really impressive, as is the huge Christmas tree and all the market stalls selling everything from handmade goods to various chocolate and sugar coated snacks and of course the delicious Gluhwein which is the German equivalent to mulled wine.
Best places to shop:
If you want some great shopping then head to the world famous Kurfurstendamm.
You’ll find high street shops and boutique shops along this street as well as lots of cafes and places to stop should the shopping get too much for your feet!
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