Reeperbahn Tour

approx. 2.1 km, approx. 1 h

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    Reeperbahn Tour

    When residents of Hamburg says 'I'm on the Kiez' they don't mean 'their Kiez' or district, like they do in Berlin. They mean Hamburg's legendary red-light and party district. A tour of the most important places along the "sexy mile".

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    A - Reeperbahn and St. Pauli

    Udo Lindenberg sang of the "geile Meile" - the "sexy mile". The Reeperbahn is and remains Hamburg's number one entertainment centre. With the Operettenhaus, numerous table dancing bars, discos and student clubs, there's nothing you can't find on the 930-metre long Reeperbahn. The street which is rather quiet during the day comes alive at night. Thousands of people of all age groups are then on the move, set on...

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    B - Spielbudenplatz

    The large square on the Reeperbahn has two big stages at each end where rock bands perform during the Reeperbahn festival and also where the players of the football club FC St. Pauli recently celebrated their team's promotion. The square located next to the St. Pauli Theater, Schmidts Tivoli and the Schmidt Theater has a large number of small bars, and the Sanktpaulibar on the first floor of the St. Pauli Theater is...

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    C - Panoptikum

    The waxworks museum on Spielbudenplatz has been open for over 125 years and it is well worth a visit! Here you can meet everyone from Albert Einstein to Thomas Gottschalk to Udo Lindenberg and numerous other waxwork personalities. A chamber of horrors and medical-anatomical display complete the exhibition.

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    D - Davidwache

    Hamburg's – possibly even Germany's – most famous police department was built by Kurt Schumacher, Hamburg's most famous architect and town planner. Images of the building appeared in the television series "Grossstadtrevier". The station on the corner of Davidstrasse offers the best example of the tolerance witnessed in St. Pauli. Whilst inside the station police officers are working to maintain law and order, outside...

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    E - Herbertstrasse

    This street which is approximately 60 metres long and has gates to keep out prying eyes belongs to the myth that is St. Pauli. Sex has been on sale here since the 19th century. Entrance to the street is only allowed to men over 18. Women should not even think about entering - they are likely to be met with a tirade of abuse, have rotten eggs thrown at them or they could even be on the receiving end of a shower of...

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    F - Bavarian quarter

    Low-class meets high: A parallel universe has been created on the other side of Davidstrasse. The site of the former brewery is now home to coffee shops, a high-class Chinese restaurant and expensive apartments and offices. And yet there has never been any trouble: Punters, prostitutes, business people and families seem to co-exist quite happily here. One of the highlights of this area well worth a visit is Bar...

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    G - Hans-Albers-Platz

    There is not much happening here of a daytime but a quick look at the ground floors of the establishments in the square is enough to tell you what goes on here at night. Food is served is each establishment and each bar and pub is jam-packed at the weekend. It doesn't matter whether you're in Hans-Albert-Eck or in Mary Lou's: there is always a real marksmen's festival atmosphere to be enjoyed. Here you can dance to...

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    H - Hamburger Berg

    This well-known side street of the Reeperbahn is where young people meet up to party until dawn. Here, all music ranging from Punk to House is played, the walls are covered in 1970s wallpaper and virtually every pub in the area has a small dance floor.

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    I - St. Joseph

    Hamburg's oldest catholic church, St. Joseph can be found on Grosse Freiheit. The street got its name when the church was founded in the 18th century and the name refers to religious freedom and not, as one might think, to the freedom from all morals.

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    J - Chinatown

    Located just behind Grosse Freiheit 36 is Schmuckstrasse. At the beginning of the 20th century a small Chinatown was situated here. But this is history because on 13 May 1944, the so-called "Chinese action" saw the arrest and subsequent mistreatment of around 120 Chinese men at the gestapo prison in Fuhlsbüttel. A group of them were sent without any trial or conviction to the so-called "Langer Morgen" work camp in...

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    K - Star Club

    In a backstreet of Grosse Freiheit, a plaque commemorates the erstwhile Star Club. It was the place where The Beatles, the world-famous band from Liverpool, and many other greats of the time - like Jimi Hendrix, Chubby Checker, Little Richard and Fats Domino - wowed their fans with dazzling performances. The Beatles began their career in Hamburg and they became stars here before anyone had really heard of them in...

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    L - Grosse Freiheit

    This "pedestrian area" bustles with a crowd of young and old. Wealthy young Blankenese ladies alongside young Pinneberg men looking for a good time. Next to the smartly appointed Dollhouse table dancing bar, Grosse Freiheit has a number of discotheques and music clubs like Grünspan, Kaiserkeller and Grosse Freiheit 36 - as well as Hamburg's last live-sex stage at "Safari". The street was made famous by the film...

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    M - Beatles-Platz

    Other than Liverpool, no city has played such an important role as Hamburg in the career of The Beatles. In the heart of St. Pauli on Grosse Freiheit, the City of Hamburg then erected a memorial to the "Fab Four".

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