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Beatles Route
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Hamburg and the Beatles

Exploring the story of the Fab Four

Hamburg shaped the Beatles like no other city. In the early 1960s, the young musicians performed their first gigs at the Indra, the live music venue off the Reeperbahn – and the rest is history. Today, many of the places where the newcomers from England turned into the rising stars of the music scene are still there to be discovered, and you can easily reach them on foot. In St Pauli, around the Reeperbahn and the Grosse Freiheit, you will find clubs, bars and other places bearing witness to the unparalleled Hamburg story of the four Liverpool lads, among them the Jägerpassage, the Bambi Kino, and the famous Beatles-Platz. Following in the footsteps of the Fab Four you will discover iconic places across St Pauli – some of them highly visible and some of them hidden in the courtyards of this colourful neighbourhood.

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ABeatles-Platz

Beatles Platz Hamburg
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Beatles Platz Hamburg
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Beatles Platz Hamburg
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Beatles Platz Hamburg
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Beatles Platz Hamburg
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Beatles Platz Hamburg
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Beatles Platz Hamburg
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A memorial for the Fab Four: with the exception of Liverpool, no other city played such a major role in the Beatles' career as Hamburg. In the very heart of St Pauli, on Grosse Freiheit, the Beatles Platz square commemorates this legendary pop band.

Beatles-Platz

Address

Beatles-Platz
22767 Hamburg

Beatles-Platz

Beatles-Platz
22767 Hamburg

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BReeperbahn

Reeperbahn
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Reeperbahn
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Reeperbahn
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Reeperbahn
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Not even one kilometre in length, and yet rich in contrast: the Reeperbahn is bright and shrill, vibrant and down-to-earth – and so much more than just “the sinful mile”. A hotspot for live music and famous for its party atmosphere, the legendary entertainment district in the heart of St Pauli is always worth a visit, offering anything from glamorous shows to colourful musicals.

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Reeperbahn

Address

Reeperbahn
20359 Hamburg

Reeperbahn

Reeperbahn
20359 Hamburg

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CMoondoo

A mecca for dance lovers

Moondoo

Address

Reeperbahn 136
20359 Hamburg

Opening hours Open
  • Thu23:00 - 07:00
  • Fri23:00 - 07:00
  • Sat23:00 - 07:00

Moondoo

Reeperbahn 136
20359 Hamburg

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DGretel & Alfons

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Rustic bar in the Kiez, reminiscent of when for a few years St. Pauli was the musical centre of the world.

Gretel & Alfons

Address

Große Freiheit 29
22767 Hamburg

Opening hours Open
  • Mon20:00 - 04:00
  • Tue20:00 - 04:00
  • Wed20:00 - 04:00
  • Thu20:00 - 04:00
  • Fri20:00 - 04:00
  • Sat20:00 - 04:00
  • Sun20:00 - 04:00

Gretel & Alfons

Große Freiheit 29
22767 Hamburg

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EStar-Club

Star-Club
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In a backyard of Große Freiheit, a plaque commemorates the former Star Club. In the 60s, great musicians such as the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Little Richard and Fats Domino performed here.

Star-Club

Address

Grosse Freiheit 39
22767 Hamburg

Star-Club

Grosse Freiheit 39
22767 Hamburg

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FKaiserkeller

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The beginning of a global success story: located on 36 Grosse Freiheit just off the Reeperbahn, the Kaiserkeller has been in business since the 1950s. This is where the Beatles first met their drummer Ringo Starr, and together with their new band member they would soon achieve world fame. Today, the Kaiserkeller still attracts a colourful rock scene and is considered one of the top live venues on Grosse Freiheit.

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Kaiserkeller

Address

Große Freiheit 36
22767 Hamburg

Opening hours Open
  • Fri22:00 - 04:00
  • Sat22:00 - 04:00

Kaiserkeller

Große Freiheit 36
22767 Hamburg

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GIndra

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“Where the Beatles played first” – at the end of Grosse Freiheit, the Indra brings the story of the Fab Four to life, while ensuring new unforgettable live moments.

Indra

Address

Große Freiheit 64
22767 Hamburg

Opening hours Open
  • Wed09:00 - 02:00
  • Thu09:00 - 02:00
  • Fri09:00 - 02:00
  • Sat09:00 - 02:00
  • Sun09:00 - 02:00

Indra

Große Freiheit 64
22767 Hamburg

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HBambi

A decent table football table, several varieties of schnapps at reasonable prices and great music from the turntable - what more could you want from a local neighbourhood bar?

Bambi

Address

Hamburger Berg 14
20359 Hamburg

Opening hours Open
  • Fri20:30 - 06:00
  • Sat20:30 - 06:00

Bambi

Hamburger Berg 14
20359 Hamburg

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IJägerpassage

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© M. Boem

The Beatles up close: inconspicuous as it may seem, the Jägerpassage is full of history, for one of the most famous record covers in music history was created in this St Pauli courtyard. The Jägerpassage is a real insider tip for all those looking to follow in the footsteps of the Beatles in Hamburg.

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Jägerpassage

Address

Wohlwillstraße 22
20359 Hamburg

Jägerpassage

Wohlwillstraße 22
20359 Hamburg

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JHamburg DOM

Hamburger DOM
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Hamburger DOM
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Hamburger DOM
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Hamburger DOM
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The Hamburg DOM fair has taken place on Heiligengeistfeld since 1892; its name "DOM" - cathedral - comes from an old term for an annual market rather than a religious event.

Hamburg DOM

Address

Heiligengeistfeld
20359 Hamburg

Hamburger DOM

Heiligengeistfeld
20359 Hamburg

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