Kleine Reise was a two hundred and fifty person capacity nightclub in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin.
The name means ‘Little Trip’ in German.
Top 10 Nights - in the ten best new bars and clubs in Berlin. Tip Speisekarte, 2011
In the 1960’s the space was a charmingly decored Turkish bathhouse, then a run-down storage unit, until the decision to convert it into a music venue in late 2009.
Nearly three years and 300+ parties later the club had become a haven for eclectic electronic music lovers looking for a relaxed and fun-loving house party atmosphere.
Kleine Reise went on to claim its own piece of Berlin club history, and considering its size and length of stay a remarkable influence on the trajectory of modern dance music, inspiring the careers of future luminaries and delivering its own mandate.
The doors closed for the last time in late 2012.
“Kleine Reise has become the unofficial meeting spot of the crowd that lives and works around Goerlitzer Park… Weekends are packed shoulder-to-shoulder with locals.” D.Strauss
“My favourite place to go is Kleine Reise in Kreuzberg. It’s an Irish club. I’ve always loved the music.” P.Maciak
“It’s clean, clinical and unselfconsciously cool.”
“Kleine Reise have managed in no time to stand out from the masses of small basement clubs. A lift for the neighborhood with exquisite bookings and an unusual level of hospitality.” L.Negroni
“Now you can party in a different way which has seen the Kreuzberg club Kleine Reise become a success after only a year.” T.C.Boehme
“Honourable mention Reader’s Poll best club in Germany 2011”
“Kleine Reise is a beautiful little trip.” N.Connellan
“Just like a really good house party – but they clean up for you the next day.” A.Zieske
“If you’re in search of an ultimate house party vibe, minus any janky speakers or awkwardness, look no further.”
“Kleine Reise and sister club Loftus Hall are two of Berlin’s best loved off-spots for underground house, disco and beyond.”
“The clubs intimate, sweaty vibe and eclectic music policy gained it the reputation of one of the more relaxed yet quirky spots on the Berlin landscape.” A.Tiran
“Kleine Reise is the upstart Kreuzberg club that after only a year is already the number one spot for the Görlitzer YUKI crowd.”
“Kleine Reise is one of Berlin’s unique nightlife institutions.”
“Berlin visitors are lucky enough to have a wholly more impressive hub of Irishness upon visit. Kleine Reise club, and its younger sibling Loftus Hall, have been representing house-happy Hibernos in the German capital.”
“Kleine Reise is one of the contributing factors to the slump in productivity in Berlin.”
Detailed structural planning begins on October 13th 2009.
Destruction and construction phase.
Early mock-up of lighting plan. To reduce noise-pollution the five ground level windows were insulated and enclosed from the outside. Installing programmable LED panels inside the enclosure retained the character of the space. Switching between disco and mood lighting inside helped to disorientate the guests.
Development of bar construction and lighting.
Toilet fittings. Removing all paint from all tiles. Collecting the bar.
The opening-party flyers arrive... into a building site.
Scrub. Scrub. Scrub.
Opening Night - 4th of December 2009.
Fox, Emma, Nykol, Peter and Dao pose for the Movember Germany initiative.
Some of the beautiful faces of the KR-Family.