Tanzende Türme

St Pauli & Reeperbahn

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 vertical, making it appear like a couple dancing; a legendary dancehall once stood on the site and it's a fitting introduction to this neighbourhood that loves to party. It's wonderfully lit at night.

In the basement you'll find the terrific Mojo Club, while the excellent Clouds and Clouds Bar crown the summit.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby St Pauli & Reeperbahn attractions

1. Panoptikum

0.09 MILES

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…

2. St Pauli Nachtmarkt

0.11 MILES

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…

3. Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte

0.22 MILES

Hamburg's history museum has lots of kid-friendly features: it's chock-full of intricate ship models, has a large model train set (which runs on the hour)…

4. Davidwache

0.24 MILES

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…

5. Sankt Pauli Museum

0.26 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…

6. Herbertstrasse

0.35 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…

7. Johannes Brahms Museum

0.35 MILES

Master composer Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) was born in Hamburg. Although the house where he was born was destroyed in 1943, this fine 18th-century…

8. Rickmer Rickmers

0.36 MILES

The 1886 three-masted steel windjammer Rickmer Rickmers is now a museum ship; from the restaurant on deck you have fine harbour views.