Are you in Berlin (Germany) and want to party at a techno club inside an old factory? Ritter Butzke in Kreuzberg has all this and much more
I tell you what Ritter Butzke is like, how to get to the club, what to do and where to stay in Berlin.
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RITTER BUTZKE club in Berlin
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RITTER BUZKE: parties in a factory
Welcome to Ritter Butzke, one of those many clubs in Berlin that makes you feel like you’re in “Alice in Wonderland underground-shabby version inside a factory”.
I was working in this club (Klub, if you want to soak up some basic German vocabulary) and I must say that it is quite a festival, both before opening the doors and in the middle of the party, on one side or the other of the bar, it has no no waste, come on.
Here is a photo and then some curious information to warm up:
RITTER BUZKE: A Berlin-style nightclub
The Ritter Butzke nights began illegally in 2007 in an old factory in the Kreuzberg district. Shortly after they were fined and had to move to Karl-Marx-Allee for a few months, until in 2009, now legally, they were able to organize parties again in the original location.
The club has 3 rooms with different motifs, one of them featuring a gigantic teapot, plus an interior patio that becomes open air in summer.
The music, needless to say, is techno and the atmosphere, in general, is like transporting you to another world: half decadent, half fantastic, and an extra half nonsense, and I’m telling you, I’ve been working there for a weather.
How to get to Ritter Butzke
First you have to In order to immerse yourself in this parallel reality at night in Berlin you just have to take the U-bahn (U8) to Moritzplatz station and walk to Ritterstraße 26, below I leave you the map with the location.
Attention: finding the club can be a bit complicated (I got lost the first time I went).
These are the three options you have to find the Ritter Butzke:
- follow the drunk people to the club
- follow the empty alcohol bottles left on the street
- when arriving at the address, enter the interior courtyard of the building without hesitating (I was being polite and I didn’t dare XD)
How to get from the airport to the center of Berlin
Berlin-Brandenburg Airport (BER) is located less than 25 km from the center of Berlin.
There are 4 different ways to get to the city center. The most comfortable option is to hire a TRANSFER (👉PRICES); although you can also take a taxi or go by public transport, that is, by S-bahn (something like the subway) or by regional train.
The two S-bahn lines to get to the center of Berlin from the airport terminals 1, 2 and 5 are lines S9 and S45. In both cases there are trains leaving every 20 minutes.
To get to the center of Berlin by train, you must take the Airport Express (FEX) or the regional trains RE7 and RB14. All of them stop at Terminal 1 and 2 of the airport. The regional trains stop is just below Terminal 1, and there are 4 scheduled departures every hour.
If your flight departs from Terminal 5, you will have to transfer at the same station to take the S9 or S45 to your terminal (the trip takes about 8 minutes).
You will find more detailed information in this article on how to get from the AIRPORT to the center of BERLIN
Useful stuff for your trip to Germany
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10l backpack for day trips and trekking
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Tours & activities in Berlin
In Berlin there are many places and activities to enjoy during your stay in the German capital.
I leave you a list with the tours and activities you can do around Berlin, to get to know this city in more depth. Options also include free tours to help keep your travel budget from skyrocketing.
Where to stay in Berlin
The city of Berlin changes quite a bit depending on the area you visit. I would separate it into two zones depending on your preferences and the type of tourism you like.
EXPENSIVE ZONE AND LESS ALTERNATIVE
Broadly speaking, the area of Stadtmitte, Kurfürstendamm and Charlottenburg is more arranged and expensive (American part during the GDR). Here you can do a quieter and more usual type of tourism, focusing on the monuments, the opera, museums, shopping, etc…
YOUNG people + UNDERGROUND
If you are more into the alternative style and focused on young people, I recommend the neighborhoods of Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Prenzlauer Berg and Neukölln. Here there are many curious and more alternative bars, concerts in basements, parks to have a barbecue, nightclubs that are open 3 days 24 hours, festivals, etc…
Is Germany safe for travelers?
Germany is a safe country to travel, and there are no risk areas where tourists are not recommended to go. If you are a victim of robbery or accident, you should call the police at 110.
Although it is a safe country, crimes also occur; so remember to follow these recommendations and hire a travel insurance
- If you’re being robbed, don’t try to fight back physically.
- Ve con cuidado al salir de noche, y mantente en lugares donde haya gente.
- It’s best to be cautious at night, so stick to well-populated areas.
- Keep your valuables close to your body and out of sight to avoid being a target for thieves (your camera, phone,..).
- And finally, don’t carry your backpack on your back where it’s easy for someone to snatch it; carry it in front of you or use a belt bag or cross-body bag instead.
Eating vegan in Germany
Traditional German food is not exactly characterized by the scarcity of products of animal origin. Luckily, in this country you will find restaurants restaurants that offer many different cuisines and you will not be short of options when you go out to eat.
In general, it will not be difficult for you to find vegan food since most restaurants have vegan and vegetarian dishes on their menus and, in addition, there are also many restaurants that are entirely vegan.
If you want to cook to save a little, organic supermarkets are where you will find more options that fit your needs. And there are even german cities where you will find 100% vegan supermarkets!
Two practical tips for your stay:
- Before going on a tour that includes a meal, always mention that you are vegan or vegetarian, so that they can adapt the food.
- The quality of fruit and vegetables in German supermarkets is not the best. If you have a Turkish market or supermarket nearby, it’s better that you buy there the fruits and vegetables, nuts, hummus, muhammara, etc…
What to visit in Berlin
Besides the museums and the East Side Gallery, there are more great places to visit in Berlin. Below you will find a list of the touristic landmarks, but also some places that are out of the ordinary, so you can enjoy a mix between the popular and alternative side of Berlin.
The inside of Sage/Kitkat nightclub is quite shocking: the walls are painted with images of people, in one room there is a metallic dragon that breathes fire and there’s also an indoor swimming pool in oriental style. It’s amazing.
It is a space shared by two discos: Thursday is the day of “Rock at Sage” with free admission from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. You will find a mix between live concerts by international artists and DJ’s in the three rooms of this nightclub.
During the rest of the week, KitKat‘s parties take place. This nightclub has become famous in Berlin for being a swinger club.
Different themed parties are organized and people are free to do whatever they want and wherever they want as long as there is mutual consent. There’s a dress code and it is clear: less is more.
The RAW Gelände in Berlin (Germany) is a former abandoned train construction and repair factory that has become one of the liveliest places in this city.
The different areas of the RAW-Gelände have been remodeled to house small businesses, a skating rink, a swimming pool, gyms, bars and clubs and much more.
It is a perfect place to visit during your stay in Berlin; It is also very well connected by public transport and is located between two neighborhoods with a lot of nightlife (Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain).
You can take the opportunity to eat something, enjoy urban art and go out for a drink or spend the night in one of the clubs that you’ll find inside the RAW Gelände.
THE CARNIVAL OF CULTURES
If you are planning on visiting the city in May-June, you’re in luck! Beacause around that time the Carnival of Cultures takes place in Berlin.
This is a street festival that includes concerts, activities for all ages and a parade of floats with everyone dressed up. It arose with the idea of celebrating the cultural diversity that exists in the city and is one of the best events of the year.
At this Thai Park in Berlin you can enjoy real Thai street food. When summer arrives, the city’s Thai community makes stops at this park and cooks typical dishes from their country (they also offer massages).
It’s something alternative and fun to do on a Sunday afternoon, compared to typical places for tourists. You go to the park, eat something, and lie on the grass while you drink a coconut or a mojito.
In Berlin it is very cold and, when the good weather begins, everyone starts doing outdoor activities: whether it is going to the park, the lake, playing sports, etc…
If you fancy going for a swim in the lake without having to travel far (since the most beautiful ones are far from the center), you can choose to go to Weissensee lake.
It is very convenient to make a visit, because it is well connected by public transport (the tram stops in front of it) and it also has a quieter and more natural area (with ducks and swans!) and another with sand and a bar where you can drink or eat something.
Warning: in Berlin it is normal to practice nudism, so don’t be surprised to see some ass in the air.
Have a great few days in Berlin, and enjoy this beautiful city!