St Pauli & Reeperbahn

South of the Reeperbahn stands the star of many a German crime film and TV show, the Davidwache. This brick police station, festooned with ornate ceramic tiles, is the base for 150 officers, who keep the lurid surrounds reasonably tame. Its presence here is a reminder that while St Pauli loves to thumb its nose at authority, it needs that authority to define itself…

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Nearby St Pauli & Reeperbahn attractions

1. Sankt Pauli Museum

0.05 MILES

To make historical sense of St Pauli, this museum is an excellent place to start. It takes you back to the earliest days of the neighbourhood, brings to…

2. Herbertstrasse

0.11 MILES

Along Davidstrasse, a painted tin wall bars views into Herbertstrasse, a block-long bordello that’s off-limits to men under 18 and to women of all ages…

3. St Pauli Nachtmarkt

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Wednesday late afternoon and evening is a terrific time to be in St Pauli when the weekly night market takes over Spielbudenplatz with food stalls, live…

4. Panoptikum

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If wax museums are your thing, Hamburg has a decent version with more than 120 figures spread over four floors. Everyone gets a run, from Queen Elizabeth…

5. Beatles-Platz

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Designed like a vinyl record, it has abstract steel sculptures resembling cookie cutters of the Fab Four (including a hybrid of Ringo Starr and Pete Best).

6. Tanzende Türme

0.24 MILES

Watching over the eastern gateway to St Pauli since 2011, the 'Dancing Towers' are a Hamburg icon. The two towers buck and weave by up to 3m from the…

7. Star Club Memorial

0.25 MILES

The seminal venue for the Beatles opened in 1962. It has since burnt down and there is a sad historical marker. Thai karaoke now echoes off the walls.

8. Park Fiction

0.31 MILES

Hamburg's maritime tableau spreads out before this park created by local residents and overlooking the Elbe. Pick up some beer and have your own sunset…