Davidwache is for sure the most famous and also best known policestation all over Germany. Davidwache is in Davistrasse, in the very centre of St.Pauli and Reeperbahn and so they have to deal with all of the problems there. There was a series of movies about this police-station many year ago and I think that even the building is worth to take a closer look !
Don't get too nosy though - they might ask you to come in & stay for a while !!
The infamous red light district in Saint Pauli. By daytime it's pretty quiet, much like any other city street, a few sex shops and cinemas open. After dark things change greatly, in the area of Grosse Freiheit and Kleine Freiheit prostitutes openly approach likely customers.
Evenso this is just a small part of the Reeperbahn, away from this area of it there are respectable, quality theatres, restaurants and some great bars, don't be put off!
Reeperbahn this long boulevard is Hamburg's infamous center of
nightlife and lies at the heart of St. Pauli
Hamburg is a paradise for shopping, business and entertainment. Go shopping in the hundreds of stores located in Jungfernstieg; check out the city skyline, and, if you dare, do bungee jumping from the top of the Fernsehturm (TV tower); walk through the beautiful Planten un Blomen park; visit the fairytale houses and charming cafes of the elegant suburb of Blankenese; visit Altona; walk around the Aussenalster (the biggest of the two lakes in the city) on the sunset; checkout the busy port.
Hamburg is also know for its great cultural tradition: poets like Heine; composers like Haendel, and groups like the Beatles have been to the city and made history. People from all over Germany go to Hamburg to enjoy the theater plays in the Schauspielhaus or the Thaliatheater or many others. The Reperbahn is also famous for its casinos and sex shops, and the street for men only: 'Herbertstrasse'. At first you may think that Hamburg is just a big and busy port with nothing to do, but if you give yourself some time you'll discover that the city has a lot to offer and that boredom is practically non-existent.
The Reeperbahn is known the world over as the centre of Hamburg's red-light district. I was expecting something similar to Amsterdam but it was very different, a lot quieter, and not so in your face as in Amsterdam. We only walked the street during the day, and I imagine it's a lot more interesting at night, but nevertheless it seems very over-hyped.
You can visit a lot of musicals, restaurants, theaters, sex-clubs, casinos. Here is the famous police station at Reeperbahn with St. Pauli Theater. A few minutes to walk the is the ABBA Muscial "Mama Mia"
The famous Reeperbahn runs the entire length of the world renowned red-light district of St. Pauli. The approximately 600 m long street, which is almost square-like at its eastern end, receives its name Reeperbahn from the fact that here ships rope was twined. There is a tradition of popular entertainment in this area of "Hamburger Berg" which was further developed when in the early 19th century an entertainment district was established.
The Erotic Art Museum features racy art from the 16th century to the present, including Japanese woodprints, and paintings by Henry Miller, Jean Cocteau and other artists.
The street known as Grosse Freiheit ('Great Freedom') is the home of all the sleaziest strip clubs, but isalso where the Beatles played gigs at Kaiserkeller and the now-defunct Star Club.
Walking towards the Reeperbahn from the habour area, we came across this museum. No, we did not go but did have a browse through at their shop. LOADS of really nice stuff there ~ risque postcards, arty coffee table books about erotica, posters, keychains .. etc
Well, we were here during the day and the night.
Its very quiet during the day - one can actually see how the shops look like ! But overall, it was pretty clean and orderly, with loads of bars and nightclubs and cafes about.
At night, its a totally different scene. Out of the taxi, we came upon a crazily busy place ~ packed with people walking about on a busy Friday night.
I recall having some caipis at a bar ~ al fresco style, at the fringe of Reeperbahn, observing people and their antics, and feeling darn cold !! Also had some turkish food from the imbiss around there ~ really nice hot meal on a cold chilly night.
St. Pauli Hafenstraße used to be a real "wild" area: there were (are?) a few houses that had been taken over by young people who did not want those houses to be sold. It was a kind of anarchy area there.
When I visited there in November 2002 the houses seemed to be fixed up a little, but I had the feeling, that those people were still living there!
This street is so busy with all that has to do with sex. We were told that people at night have to walk on the other side of the street and what not because of the hookers and stuff. It's pretty neat to see tho because here in Canada we dont have one street dedicated to just sex and things of that sort.
Reeperbahn has been centuries ago in its beginnings a place, where the ropes (Reep) were produced, which were used on the sailships. As it is not far from the port, it became the place where the sailors went to have a beer and find some amusement.
Today Reeperbahn is a lively mixture of bars, restaurants, small hotels and brothels. Earlier in the evenings tourists crowd the streets around Reeperbahn, later you'll see men looking for a short adventure. Homeless people are there as well as stylish young people or the theatregoer.
While the Cathedral itself, is average as far as famous European cathedrals go, it's tower is its highlight.
If you are ready to be challenged, you can climb the 122m (400 ft) and 554 steps to the top. Don't be fooled, it's long and hot. The top part of the steeple, is enclosed metal structure, so all the heat gets trapped. You can pretend you are climbing up through the middle of an oven. The pinnacle is also enclosed and views are available through portholes.
It's worth the view, but don't go if you don't expect to be sweating something awful when you are done.
The world's most famous red-light district. Dozens of pubs, discos blend in with a cultural mix of theatres, museums and galleries, and the traditional eroticshows, creating a unique atmosphere.
Note: this pic was not taken by me!
The main drag in St Pauli was once the rope makers (reep means rope) district, but has become the centre of the city's red-light district. The Erotic Art Museum features racy art from the 16th century to the present, including Japanese woodprints, and paintings.
The street known as Grosse Freiheit (literally 'Great Freedom') is the home of all the sleaziest strip clubs.
This is the infamous red light district of Hamburg. Needless to say, our team made a trip to 'investigate' this area. Call it youthful curiosity. It is, however, more than just seedy peep shows and legalized prostitution. You'll also find some dance clubs that were spinning house music over a decade ago that has only recently found its way to the States.