Hamburg’s Red Light District
Reeperbahn is a street in Hamburg’s St Pauli district, and is probably one of the best part of Hamburg, when it comes to partying. When you go there during the day, it is pretty much a normal street, with shops, bars, theaters, and cafes. However, you will see unconventional shops there: many many sex shops and strip clubs, brothels and a sex museum. Yes, that’s Reeperbahn!
When you go at night, be careful. Some rules:
- Never go there alone, especially as a girl (I have been accosted by a few weird dudes).
- Be sure you stay with your friends, as it can get very crowded.
- Do not pay attention to the drunkies along the street, but stay away from them, they can be dangerous.
- If you see suspicious women at clubs’ entries, do not worry, they are prostitutes, here to pick up men. Your male friends have great chances to be accosted 😉
- If you have a problem, the police station is right there! Policemen patrol all night, so you are kind of safe.
Picture 1: Große Freiheit by night; Picture 2: A strip club
Home of the Beatles
The Beatles first arrived in Hamburg in 1960, and had their first performance in Große Freiheit 36 (Kaiserkeller). It is from this period that they widened their reputation, and which led to their first recording. From this, there is the Beatles-Platz, at the entrance of Große Freiheit, with metal status of the Beatles (picture below).
Picture 1: Beatles Platz; Picture 2: Große Freiheit 36
I used to go there a lot when I was in Hamburg. It is such an exciting place to be! And here is a few bars recommandation:
- 99 cents on Große Freiheit (Big Freedom- the main street)- As the name gives you a clue, everything is at 1€ there! But it is a very small place, and can become overwhelming really quick.
- Sommersalon on Hamburger Berg, a few streets parallel to Große Freiheit- We have been to this place so many times! Pretty much every time we went to Reeperbahn! Very cool place to go. If you arrive early, their backroom is really cozy with sofas, subdued light, tvs playing Elvey Presley’s movies… Later, it can be very crowded as well, but as there are 2 rooms, there are 2 kinds of music playing. I highly recommend trying this place!
- Shooters on Große Freiheit- We have been there may be once or twice, but it was a great place! It is pretty big, even if it get crowded quick, but still: good music and good atmosphere!
- Frieda B Discothek on Hans-Albers-Platz- We used to go there a lot, as it is a quite big place, with 2 rooms including one open doors in summer. I like this place, generally it was not too crowded, but the music there can sometimes be… old. ahah And I think this is THE club that has the most German musics playing (and german music can sound weird but cool!).
- Quer on Hans-Albers-Platz- We have been there once or twice as well, and it was an awesome place. There are some coutches, and it is not so crowded, mainly because you have to pay the entrance (something like 4€).
There are many other places that have to be tried… but that is the perfect place for a bar hopping!
This street has a red gate, and its entrance is forbidden to women and male under 18 years old. There, there are prostitutes behind windows, waiting for customers, who hiss men to come see them. Everybody can take this public street, but I recommend women not to go, as the prostitutes might scream at you. I heard that from friends, as I never attempted to walk through.
In the adjacent street, Davidstraße, street prostitution is legal during certain times of the day.
Picture: Herbertstraße’s gate
Although I have never been to the Reeperbahn Festival, but just walked by, I do know that it is one huge event and Germany’s largest club festival. It combines concerts in a variety of pop-cultural genres, has an arts programme and a platform for professionals in the music and digital industries. The festival has around 600 events, taking place in more than 70 venues on and around Reeperbahn.
So basically, after your night out in Reeperbahn, it is 5 in the morning and you get hungry from all this beer: go to the Fischmarkt! It is only a few streets down Reeperbahn, close to the port. You might think of this as being a very strange idea: why would you go to a fish market after a night of partying?
Well, the Fischmarkt is obviously a fish market, where you can also find different kind of foods (fruits, vegetables, crepes…), clothes, and souvenirs. But the real best part is that there is a central building, where many drunk people are going to, as music is playing and beer is served! You will see people dancing there, drinking (again), and eating. It is A-MA-ZING. Don’t miss on that!
It opens every Sunday from 5am to 9:30am.
Picture: Fischmarkt Building Outside
I hope you guys have the chance to go by Reeperbahn! It is really the place to be!
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