St. Pauli and Reeperbahn, Hamburg
Grosse Freiheit #7 was the most famous movie of Hans Albers and at the time that the movie was made, this adress did not exist at all, because the movie was made mainly in the studios.
Shortly after that big success someone had the clever idea to rename one of the nightclubs at Grosse Freiheit to "Grosse Freiheit Nr.7"
Most people who see pics of the small street called "Grosse Freiheit" confuse it with Reeperbahn...
At the opposite side of Reeperbahn you will see a small monument of Hans Albers at Hans-Albers-Platz, just a place to remember the "blonde Hans" , a very tall, slim man from Hamburg, who became famous because of his extra-blue eyes and his special voice, that you could recognize immediately and his great way to sing seamen-shanties...
b.t.w.: Grosse Freiheit (Big Freedom) has nothing to do with sexual freedom, BUT rather with certain liberal rights that craftsmen were granted in that area hundreds of years ago. They were not forced to join the unions of craftsmen like in the rest of the country.
Dress Code: NObody cares for your dress, they care a lot for your money though !
I got a few warnings about this area but I ended up being sent there by the Youth Hostel, which was full. It was lively & fun, especially at night, full of young people, eateries, jazz clubs, bars, all services a traveller might need (photo shops, launderettes, department store, etc.)
I met a guy who lives in St. Pauli. He gave me useful tips & assured me it was very safe. Turned out it was. He did mention one street that I should avoid but that street is actually hidden behind huge boards & they only let men in.
My car was parked around the corner for 3 days -- I never had a problem.
On the square where this pic was taken, there's a large round kiosk selling the best sausages, french fries & all sorts of other goodies, very cheap. You can eat as you mix with the friendly crowd. Everyone seemed relaxed & happy. Overall, I had a great feeling being there.
VT member nepalgoods told me that the police station pictured here has been used countless times in movie sets. The whole square is so atmospheric, it's unreal.
Dress Code: outlandish
Herbertstrasse is the most famous place for men to go "windowshopping" or mostly just "window-browsing"
This street is fenced at both sides with high walls and when you are looking at the poster in the middle of that fence in my 1st picture, you may read : Fuer mehr Vorspiel - some sort of a pun, that I cannot really explane,because I am not really an expert for football ;-p
Dress Code: There is NO dresscode, BUT
Women are absolutely forbidden to step behind that fence, maybe for the fact that there are aready lots of women behind the windows...
Photography is absolutely forbidden INside these fences as well and I may not recommend to try it anyway - these people don't have a lot of humor when it comes to Photography
Everyone knows or has heard of the Reeperbahn... every big city has one, particularly big port cities.... it's the red light district of Hamburg. Neon lights advertising sex shops selling sex toys and fetish gear, sex cinemas, "live" sex shows, clubs, lap dancing, strippers, etc etc etc.... if that's what you want, this is where you get it.
It's tacky and sleazy (of course) and, to be honest, it all seemed a bit sad and pathetic on a chilly night in April, there were just a few blokes hanging round door ways, more in the hope of getting warm than getting lucky.
Dress Code: Hahahahahahahhah!!
One of the central places on the "Kiez" with various bars and pubs around. Several possibilities to sit outside. Different music from everywhere, on friday and saturday night always totally crowded, mostly with "tourist"-party people, but the locals are as well mixed up with them.
Dress Code: whatever
At daytime it is just a busy street here, part of the city center, but at night it changes to one of the famoust party miles of the world, a mixture of red light district and a lot of old tradiotional harbour pubs and several newer bistros and pubs and as well several discos.
If you want to discover Hamburg's night life you can't avoid St. Pauli and the Reeperbahn. No, we're not talking about stripshows or notorious establishments, but about truly trendy party venues.
The Kiez, Hamburg's entertainment district centred on the Reeperbahn, is definitely the place to be! From typical St. Pauli bars on Hans-Albers-Platz to chic upper-class clubs, night-owls will find simply everything they're looking for.
"I went to Hamburg for training so basically I was stuck in an office all day.... then 2 lovely people wanted to give me a good night out... it was amazing too many pubs too many discos too many people .. and everyone well geared up to party.. all in one big place... very big I can say compared to back home.. a very small island : ) ... thanks Fanny & Susheel ... will definetely remember that night out xx STFMLT010481" --- THIS IS NOT MY DESCRIPTION OF THE REEPERBAHN ... THIS WAS THE FIRST NOTE THAT I HAD LEFT ON VT BEFORE ACTUALLY BECOMING A MEMBER. IT WAS MY THANKYOU NOTE FOR TWO SPECIAL PERSONS WHO HAVE LEAD MY WAY THROUGH THE REEPERBAHN.....
Dress Code: Cloths are not an issue... there's so much to see for anyone to notice what you're wearing.
My suggestion is to be comfortable so you can enjoy the night ... and if not a local.. & it's winter ..make sure you wear loads of cloths.. as it's usually freezing.
Die grosse Freiheit is as the Reeperbahn surely one of the most famous streets of Hamburg. Several night clubs are placed here, as well a church at the end of the street. One famous spot is e.g the Dollhouse, a table dance club, prefered from these thousands of bachelor parties (stag nights) that are strolling around in Hamburg every weekend at least.
One of various really old bars on the Kiez in the Reeperbahn quarter. A good place to have a cold blond one (beer) in the evening and to meet new people every day. I´m not absolutely sure, but I think Erna (the place is called: Zum Silbersack (bei Erna) is still working there, already an old lady.
The Schmidt Theater is an institution in Hamburg since 1988. The old theatre had to be torn down and the new one opened in 2005. It highlightens the Reeperbahn in glowing red. German comedy and own productions take place here. Very famous is Schmidt Mitternachtsshow every Saturday at 0:00 a.m. that features comedy, artistry and music.
They also have a musical called "Heiße Ecke" that is not that "cultural" highlight but it reflects the Reeperbahn atmosphere very well - regarding this - it definately is fitting.
The motto for the whole program is shrill, colorful and bizarre.
Dress Code: Rather casual than perfectly dressed...
If you are going to visit the Reeperbahn then you might as well have a stroll around the seedy areas and see what the fuss is all about. There seemed to be three distinct areas, the main road, called the Reeperbahn, was a mixture of drinking places, restaurants, sex shops, souvenir shops and table dancing bars. It was all quite touristy and had a safe feel to it. But just off the main road is the Hans Albers Platz area which was completely different. This is where the street girls hang out and if you are male then you’re likely to get propositioned on every corner. There is however an escape from all this as there is one street that the girls are not allowed to enter, this is the Herbertstrasse, the famous street that is partitioned off at both ends so that any tourists innocently wandering around the area (yeah right) do not get offended. This street is where the “shop window” girls ply their trade. It is said that these are the crème de la crème and certainly we were very impressed by the stunning beauty of some of the double glazing on view.
Dress Code: You can probbaly wear whatever you want, we saw one bloke with a gas mask !!!!
I don't know if we chose the wrong night to go to St Pauli or it is always so dead during weekdays.We were invited to a party on Wednesday night and we could count the number of people on the roads on our fingertips!So its best to avoid this area during the week.
We were invited to a party at Club Mojo on Reeperbahn.The front desk at our hotel told us that its a really nice place which is open only on special occasions nowadays. We took a taxi and did almost 3 rounds on reeperbahn and finally realized that Club Mojo has magically transformed itself into 'The Mandarin'.....till today I have no clue why the invite said Club Mojo. Anyways, we enter this place and it was really shady with tacky oriental decor and to add to it, there was a really weird German band playing.The male members were dressed in sleeveless white tees with blonde wigs and black handlebar moustaches and the only woman in the band was dressed as cat woman! we could not take too much more of the circus and left after 10 mins.Could someone please tell if there is a Club Mojo?
Angie's Nightclub is the resident hotspot for soulful music. From Thursday-Saturday nights, they have a house band comprised of great session and concert musicians from all over Germany, and they feature feature a rotating list of singers who are known throughout the country from the pop, r&b, and musical theatre scenes there. The live music is a mixture between soul and pop favorites, with dj breaks in between that play classic disco and current dance hits.
Cover charge is about 8Euro, unless there is a special party or concert taking place. For alcoholic drinks drinks, stick with beer, wine, or clear liquors on the rocks, as the mixed drinks on their very extensive coktail menu are GROSSLY overpriced (12 Euro+).
With the exception of the cocktail issue, it is all in all a good place to go, with music that will appeal to a wide variety of tastes when you're in the mood to dance for a few hours.
Dress Code: Though it used to be more casual, the dress code was recently revised to not allow sneakers. Women should be able to get in with jeans, but they are a bit stricter with the men.