It is very hard to leave this place so put some time aside.

Built on the ruins of what once was a soap factory, Kater Holzig sits across the Spree from the infamous former Bar 25, founded and run by the same key people who were responsible for the latter. The complex is comprised of 3 parts: the cafe Obendrauf, the restaurant Katerschmaus and the main attraction – the club Kater Holzig.

Inside the club area you will find a concrete graffiti-laden maze, comprised of rooms of all sizes- so it can take quite awhile to find your bearings. Externally the venue posses a temporary, make-shift feel – and it is visually reminiscent of a construction site (painted neon). The outside area extends out onto the bed of the river Spree, providing the perfect spot to take a break from the progressive house and deep techno indoors and to watch the sunrise, whilst indulging in an overly sentimental chat.

It can be a little tricky getting past door so don’t arrive as a part of a big group or go around yelling in English… Oh and try not to arrive before 2am.

Make sure to look out for: a room with a tree in it (complete with tree-house) and a one room shed-type structure able to hold about 15 people complete with private DJ.

Note: Kater Holzig will permanently close before summer, to make way for Holzmarkt across the Spree, so visit while you still have the chance.



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