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Berlin Hacker Spaces

Berlin Hacker Spaces

I recently got back from the hackers on a plane trip to Defcon, Chaos Communications Camp, and a hacker space tour of Germany and Austria. I’ll be posting this week about some more hacker spaces, workshops and hackers!

Berlin is filled with hackers! C-Base, CCC, and Esh are all popular hangouts.


A long time ago, a space station from the future crashed in Berlin. A group of hackers discovered this station buried in the depths of a building and formed a collective to reverse engineer the ship so that it can be resurrected… and then make it to the future to return again! C-Base is a hacker space with an awesome mythology to it. With over a hundred members, events happen every night to work on different projects. I had a chance to check out this touch-screen, rear-projection table top which has IR sensors to detect touch. One of the great things about this space is the atmosphere. It’s a club upstairs and a full-on members only workshop downstairs! – Link


Photo by jonasj

The Chaos Computer Club is also in Berlin, but I didn’t get a chance to visit them since they were working on breaking camp down. I did get a chance to learn a lot about the CCC and I’m working up an article about the history of CCC. The CCC is group that does a lot to defend digital rights and they do insanely cool projects like blinkenlights.- Link


Another hacker hangout to visit in Berlin is Esch. There are these awesome creature contraptions that appear to be pneumatically powered and they are coin operated! – Link

6 thoughts on “Berlin Hacker Spaces

  1. jonathankoren says:

    Esch is definately the coolest place in Berlin, but I had no idea it was such a hacker hangout. I just associated it with the street art scene given the heavily stickered alleyway to it.

    And hey, Esch sells Czech Budweiser, so that’s always a plus.

  2. fh_ says:

    Well, the Esch was for example the place where tims famous Bibelstunde took place:

    However, I would add two more bars to the “friends and family”, the Bar23 and the Fette Ecke.

  3. berlin1o1 says:

    Oh please come on, nobody in Berlin calls the “Eschschloraque” just “Esch”. It may be presented to you as “Esch” but only regarding to the lack of most people from the U.S. to speak only English or being outside the U.S. for the first time in their whole life ;-)

    And the “c-base” is not written “C-Base” because that’s the language of the bio lifeforms called humans. Instead the Aliens called the ship “c-base” :-)))

    And finally I want to add some more hacker spaces: Ask for other meeting points of the – community than the c-base. Sometimes you can see some hackers at “Sankt Oberholz” (shortly: “St. Oberholz”) too, but not very often. That space is more frequented by what the mass media call “Digital Bohème” or “Urbane Pernner” (roughly translated from German as “urban bummer” or “urban dosser”). Google for Mercedes Bunz and in her weblog you find the German Article that created the discussion about urban living ond working style…

    Greetings from the dark side of the moon ;-)

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