St. Pauli and the Reeperbahn


53° 32' 58.4268" N, 9° 57' 45.3024" E
General info: 

For centuries, the port city of Hamburg has been a temporary home for millions of lonely sailors. This has been a perfect growing ground for a red light district that is today the most famous of its kind in the world. The Reeperbahn is one of the most liberal places on earth and it is difficult to find a place as open-minded as here. Dozens of sex shops, strip clubs, and brothels make this street probably the most crowded in Germany, when the night falls.

With the Reeperbahn street in their neighborhood, the inhabitants of St. Pauli learned to live without too much prejudice. Nowadays St. Pauli is home to almost ten thousand immigrants. These people learned to love and respect each other, regardless of race, job, sexuality, etc. From that tolerance emerged a liberal movement related to the supporters of the local football club. St. Pauli FC fans are world known as the biggest leftist in Europe, getting rid of fascism from the city streets.

St. Pauli and the Reeperbahn street have served as inspiration for many artists. The Beatles did gigs here, in their early years. Elvis Costello and Tom Waits are just some of the musicians writing songs about this place.

Getting there: 

St. Pauli is a Hamburg district located on the northern bank of the Elbe. The port of Hamburg is a part of this quarter, while the Reeperbahn is the world famous street. A subway station in the Reeperbahn connects St. Pauli with the rest of Hamburg.


There are many restaurants, coffee shops, and adult shops in St. Pauli’s Reeperbahn street. Prices for meals and drinks range drastically depending on the venue.

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