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Germany's cutting-edge capital of cool

Leaving behind decades of division and exile from the European mainstream, contemporary Berlin has reemerged as an open-minded, cosmopolitan hub of culture, both high and low. Studded with new architecture, Berlin is confident enough to highlight and reassess the scars of a uniquely eventful 20th century. Today it is the proud home of internationally resonant film, galleries, rock music, performing arts, and gay scenes, while its nightlife has always remained resolutely wild.

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Dance club with a view

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Watergate is a two-floor, riverside club with a slick feel and a great view of the Spree. There’s a better-than-average sound system. The two best-known features here are the panorama windows above the river and the flash, ceiling-mounted lighting display.

Both floors are open on weekends and usually host two different sets of acts. Music tends toward the electro, house and minimal techno area – Ricardo Villalobos and Richie Hawtin often play – although artists such as Booka Shade and Digitalism occasionally appear.

Falckensteinstrasse 49, Berlin
+49 30/6128 0395
Open 11pm-late Wed, Fri, Sat; check website for occasional Tue, Thur events.