Tresor is a bone-fide Berlin techno institution, and it’s got longevity to show for it. Established back in 1991 right next to Potsdamer Platz, Tresor was one of the first clubs to take advantage of reunified Berlin’s wealth of empty space and lo and behold, for over twenty years it’s been packing in the crowds with highly credible electronic nights.
That’s not to say that it’s had it easy—Tresor really has faced the lions stare of Berlin gentrification, and beat it off with as much power as one of its ear-splitting techno beats. Having been forced into leaving its original location in 2005, it managed to secure an astonishing renovated power-plant on Köpenicker Straße for its famed parties—which hardly seems like a loss when approaching it’s monolithic visage.
Take time to explore the labyrinth layout—there’s the Globus dancefloor, the +4 Bar looking out onto the old power station ruins but best of all, there’s the world-famous basement. Reached after walking down a 30-meter tunnel shrouded in gloom, it’s a committed crowd that head down for a wild triumvirate of concrete, darkness and hard, eardrum-splintering industrial techno beats.