Website helps ‘train’ users to get into Berghain

A new website offers "training" for getting into Berlin's most notorious club.

Website helps 'train' users to get into Berghain
How hard is it to get into Berghain? Find out without ever standing in line. Photo: Nicor/Wikimedia Commons.

If you've ever even just visited Berlin, you've probably heard of Berghain – and probably fruitlessly waited in line only to be turned away.

The club is famous for its exclusive door policy, which has absolutely nothing to do with how posh you clean up (like in other major metropoles) but rather well how you dress down.

Much time is wasted each weekend standing in line for hours before hearing a “Sorry” or even flat-out “Nein” – even to the surprise of club regulars.

Some might wish they had some way to prepare for what can be a bit of an intimidating experience.

Well now there's an app for that.

The website offers an interactive experience for you to test out your best too-cool-for-this-anyway attitude as you virtually face off against a bouncer named Sven (not to be confused with the club's actual famed doorman Sven Marquardt).

Using voice and facial recognition, Sven asks you three questions in German that can range anywhere from “How old are you?” to “Why should I let you in?” to “Who's playing tonight?”

At the top of the screen, you'll see that your facial expressions are being monitored for their levels of “anger”, “sadness”, “amazed”, and “euphory”.

How well you answer and react to the questions will determine the bouncer's final decision.

So can you get into Berghain? Test yourself here.

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Bavaria mulls reopening clubs – but only for the vaccinated

Bavarian revellers could once again be able to hit the clubs in their home state this autumn - but only if they've had their Covid jabs.

Bavaria mulls reopening clubs - but only for the vaccinated
Guests partying at the exclusive P1 club in Munich. Photo: picture alliance / dpa | Nicolas Armer

Markus Söder, the Bavarian state premier, told his cabinet on Tuesday that he wanted to reintroduce much more freedom for the vaccinated over the coming months, according to a report on BR24.

This would include opening night-time events and clubs for the vaccinated in autumn, and allowing immunised people to attend sporting events without counting in the official attendance numbers. 

READ ALSO: German football fans get green light to return to stadiums next season

Since Thursday, sporting events in the southern state have allowed up to 20,000 attendees – around half the capacity of a football stadium.

People who’d been fully vaccinated could also avoid quarantining on their return from holiday – though it is unclear how this would differ from national rules that exempt inoculated people from quarantine when they return from risk areas and high-incidence areas.

Under federal rules however, vaccinated people must quarantine when coming from a ‘virus variant area of concern’.

The timeline for introducing the new privileges is still unconfirmed, though the clubs could reopen after summer.

However, Söder believes that much more young people need to get vaccinated in Bavaria for his nightlife plans to make sense. 

Markus Söder, Bavaria and CSU leader. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Sven Hoppe

Jabs in shops, mosques and fast-food restaurants

The promise of getting to enjoy nightlife again isn’t the only way the Bavarian government is encouraging vaccination.

The state premier also wants see pop-up vaccination clinics set up camp in supermarkets, shopping malls, kebab shops, mosques, restaurants, pubs, and leisure centres. “Whatever works for each local area,” Söder said. 

READ ALSO: Car parks, job centres and festivals: How Germany is trying to get Covid jabs to everyone

In addition, mobile vaccination teams will head to markets, major sports events and businesses to offer spur-of-the-moment shots to anyone who wants one.

Meanwhile, the big state vaccination centres will become a lot more like drop-in clinics, with no appointment or prior registration needed for first-vaccinations. 

“The incentive to get vaccinated isn’t a currywurst or a beer,” said Söder, “The incentive is the ability to live a normal life again.”

Getting jabbed is the only way to “free ourselves from the Covid sword of Damocles,” he added. 

Söder has been considering ways to speed up Bavaria’s flagging vaccination drive for a number of weeks now as the state continues to trail behind the national figures

READ ALSO: Bavaria opens up Covid vaccines to all adults in bid to speed up jab drive

At present, 57 percent of people in Bavaria have received at least one jab, while 42.7 percent of the population are fully vaccinated.

On a national level, 58,9 percent of people have had their first dose of vaccine, while 43.7 percent are now fully immunised.