ABOUT THE St. Pauli & Harbor Tour
Hamburg’s world-famous red-light district stretches along either side of the Reeperbahn, the charmingly kitsch backbone of the proudly alternative St. Pauli. The ‘Kiez’ took shape right on the city limits, a home for outcasts and vagabonds who had nowhere else to settle. Discover Hamburg's most vibrant and welcoming districts during this 2-hour walking tour.
Your St. Pauli & Reeperbahn Tour starts outside the Clock Tower at the St. Pauli Landungsbrücken and it usually finishes by Fischmarkt. See the most famous (and hardest-working) police station in Germany and hear the wild stories behind the town where the Beatles learned much more than how to play music.
The alternative Kiez
Hamburg’s relationship with St. Pauli is complex. Its raw (and sometimes raunchy) edge stands in contrast with the image the rest of the city exudes, yet is an integral part of what makes Hamburg the much-loved city it is. St Pauli developed as a suburb for the undesired businesses that were either too noisy or smelly for the city. Rope makers or Reepers – whom the famous party street gets its name from – also moved to this area as they needed more space for their work.
Today the new buildings and renovations compete with the thousands of residents who fight to keep the character of their colorful neighborhood. St. Pauli draws millions of visitors a year and makes a massive contribution to the economy and fame of the city. Take a look beyond the tabloid headlines and you’ll find a living community struggling to defend its identity and dignity in the face of poverty and property developers.
The Beatles and Hamburg’s club scene
The Beatles arrived in Hamburg in 1960 and it is no surprise that they ended up living in some of the clubs in St. Pauli. The band was not famous yet and had to put up with rough crowds and long performances. Still, the band credits the city for helping them improve their performance and recorded for the first time in Hamburg.
On this tour you will hear the stories of how original band member Pete Best and Sir Paul McCartney spent a night in the famous Davidwache police station, how they all returned to Hamburg after being deported, the sex, drugs and rock and roll life they enjoyed in the city and how their iconic moptop haircut was also first sported by the band.
See the old clubs that they used to play in and the tiny spaces they slept in before the Beatles were famous!Read more
The St. Pauli & Reeperbahn Tour starts outside the Clock Tower by Brücke 3 at Landungsbrücken station
- Visit Germany’s largest seaport; the Port of Hamburg
- Walk along the landing piers at the Landungsbrücken
- Learn about St. Pauli football club and the culture of its alternative fans
- See the infamous pleasure mile along the Reeperbahn
- Get insight into Germany’s biggest red light district, Herbertstraße & Große Freiheit
- Stand on the vinyl-black Beatles-Platz
- Explore the Altona fish market that has been operating since 1703
- Discover the Russian submarine U-434, the largest espionage submarine in the world
- Local English-speaking guide
- Wheelchair accessible
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Both the free walking tour and the St Pauli tour with Evan was undoubtedly one of the best I've ever had. Evan was engaging and enthusiastic from the moment he greeted our group and was a never ending wealth of knowledge making the tours not only very interesting but also lots of fun. Definitely recommend doing both tours to anyone, you'll be sure to hear some interesting and funny stories about the different parts of Hamburg! Thank you to Evan for showing us a great time and for your awesome recommendations!See more reviews
The St. Pauli and Harbor tour is a MUST. My favorite part was learning the part about Beatlesplatz. Visiting St. Pauli and Reeperbahn on your own (without the tour) would be doing yourself a disservice because the information you learn is essential to understand and appreciate the culture of Hamburg.See more reviews
Great tour. Lots of fun and very informative. Adrià is very knowledgeable about the Beatles and the culture of the 60s. I learned a lot about interpretations of the lyrics of various songs, the issues facing St. Pauli today, etc. Highly recommended. Thanks, Adrià!See more reviews
I moved to Hamburg almost 2 years ago and knew very little about the amazing history of St. Pauli. Eddy is a great narrator and was able to transfer us his love for the district, enhancing the experience with his super open-minded personality. I would recommend this tour and this wonderful guide to anyone who'd like to discover an important part of the city.See more reviews
This is by far the best tour for a solo traveller in Hamburg. Had such a great time and our guide Evan was awesome. He had so much knowledge of the area while keeping the tour fun. 6 stars!See more reviews
What is a Select Tour?
Select Tours focus on a particular area or district of a city, a certain aspect of its history or culture, or take you outside the city on a day trip. Select Tours are perfect for those who have enjoyed an introduction to the city and wish to delve deeper into the stories the city has to offer. These tours often venture further afield and make use of local public transport.
As with the Free Tour, Select Tours are provided by local freelance guides in partnership with SANDEMANs NEW Europe, who bring their personal flair and expert knowledge to these specifically themed tours. Select tours have a fixed ticket price - we recommend purchasing your ticket in advance, either during a Free Tour or online.
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