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The Beatles Music History in Hamburg

The Beatles Music History in Hamburg

In 1960, the Beatles came to Hamburg and started performing in St. Pauli clubs and bars. Soon they became one of the biggest bands in the world. Here are a few places to explore Hamburg’s rock ‘n’ roll history and follow in the Fab Four’s footsteps.

St. Pauli

Hamburg’s infamous red-light district is a proudly alternative neighborhood that played host to some of John Lennon, George Harrison, and the Beatles’ first gigs—when they left Liverpool for Germany. Today St. Pauli remains one of Hamburg’s most vibrant and welcoming districts.

Beatles Platz

Decades after John, Paul, George, and Ringo were in Hamburg, the city recognized their place in rock history by constructing Beatles Platz, a public square that honors the band in a unique way. Five statues in outline form stand to represent the band members. Of course, since a few members changed in those early years, the drummer’s outline could represent either Pete Best or Ringo Starr.

Reeperbahn

Running through the heart of St. Pauli, the Reeperbahn is a lively street popular among Hamburg visitors. When darkness falls over the city, neon-lit bars jostle for space among the vibrant clubs, and energetic revelers enjoy the colorful side of Hamburg’s nightlife.

Indra Club

The Beatles performed their first Hamburg gig in the Indra Club. Though it closed in 1960, it has recently reopened at its original location. The building has been remodeled, but you can still go there to enjoy a beer and see bands perform live.

Kaiserkeller

After the Indra Club closed in early October 1960, the Beatles started playing at the Kaiserkeller. They preferred the location of this venue, since it was a little closer to the action on Grosse Freiheit. Today the club continues to have live shows as well as other parties and events. 

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Private Small-Group Hamburg City Tour with a Luxury Vehicle

Private Small-Group Hamburg City Tour with a Luxury Vehicle

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Experience the very best of Hamburg with a 3-hour, private tour of the city in a luxurious vehicle that accommodates up to four people. Enjoy the flexibility to visit the sites that interest you most, and create the perfect itinerary, from historic neighborhoods and churches to the city’s bustling markets, WWII sites and infamous red light district. With refreshments on board, a professional driver and door-to-door service, you’ll see Hamburg at your own pace, in perfect comfort and style.
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Hamburg St. Pauli and Red Light District Private Walking Tour

Hamburg St. Pauli and Red Light District Private Walking Tour

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Explore the seedy side of vibrant Hamburg on this 2-hour St Pauli and red-light district walking tour. Follow a guide through the bustling streets of Hamburg’s St Pauli district, where vibrant bars jostle for space among neon-lit sex shops. Head along Herbertstraße to the bar where the Beatles started their career. Discover top local attractions and hidden gems known only to the locals, and see a side of Hamburg many visitors miss. Along the way, admire fine views over the pretty waterfront and gain insight into Hamburg’s colorful past.
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Private Tour: Hamburg St Pauli Nightlife District

Private Tour: Hamburg St Pauli Nightlife District

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Explore Hamburg’s vibrant nightlife on this private 2-hour St Pauli walking tour. Discover live music venues, chic brasseries and stylish restaurants alongside hidden gems known only to the city’s locals. See top attractions in St Pauli such as the Zur Ritze boxing club. Explore the Grosse Freiheit and Herbertstrasse in St Pauli’s infamous red-light district with your private guide, and learn how the Reeperbahn picked up its questionable reputation. Upgrade your tour to include a glass of sparkling wine, beer or liquor in a local bar.
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