Kiez Instructions for Use

St. Pauli is the most tolerant district in Hamburg. This also applies to the people who live and work there, and should also be true for visitors to the "sinful mile".

Yuppies and punks, celebratory teens and old-school Paulis, tourists, theatre-goers and the homeless live in a more or less peaceful coexistence in the streets and squares here. No one is stared at here just because he/she looks different or behaves differently from what you are used to at home. It does not go down well if you make derogatory remarks about the prostitutes. The Kiez is their workplace, and in many cases their home. You should not interfere in discussions or quarrels. For the most part, St. Pauli is "about half as wild" as people say, and it regulates itself. Everyone does their thing and others try their best to stay out of the way. Nowhere else in Hamburg does "laissez-faire" play such a large role. This makes the Kiez special and also what it is.

What else you should know:

  • Bottles are prohibited in the Kiez: Every Friday night from 10.00pm until Monday morning at 6.00am, and in the nights before and after the holidays, carrying and selling glass bottles in a zone to the right and left of the Reeperbahn is generally prohibited to prevent them from being used as weapons. Those who do not comply must reckon with a fine up to 5,000 euros. So do not be surprised if the beer is sold in plastic bottles at the kiosk and even at the petrol station.
  • Due to certain incidents in the recent past, the city of Hamburg declared a general weapons ban for the Kiez. The areas in which this prohibition applies are indicated by yellow signs with obvious symbols. So it's best to leave your Swiss Army knife at home or in the hotel.
  • All over the world where crowds are gathered, pickpockets are also around. That is no different on the Reeperbahn.
  • Orders in clubs, bars and pubs should only me made from the drinks menu. This makes settling up with the server easier later on and prevents misunderstandings.
  • If the hawkers outside the sex clubs are two pushy, in most cases, a friendly "no, thank you!" will do. The guys are just doing their job.

For more information and help, you can always contact the most famous police station in Germany at Spielbudenplatz 31, phone: +49 (0) 40-428 65 15 10. The station is officially known as Polizeikommissariat 15 - but that doesn't sound nearly as good as Davidwache, does it?

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