Theme Week Hamburg – St. Pauli, Reeperbahn, St. Pauli Landing Bridges and Fish Market

Sunday, 30 January 2011 - 04:02 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General, Architecture, Hamburg
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St. Pauli Theater and police station Davidwache © Andreas Praefcke

St. Pauli Theater and police station Davidwache © Andreas Praefcke

St. Pauli
St. Pauli located in the Hamburg-Mitte borough is one of the 105 quarters of the city of Hamburg, Germany. Situated on the right bank of the Elbe river, the Landungsbrücken are a northern part of the port of Hamburg. St. Pauli contains a world famous red light district around the street Reeperbahn. Around 28,000 inhabitans are living here. At the beginning of the 17th century it developed as a suburb called “Hamburger Berg” (Hamburg mountain) outside the gates of the nearby city of Hamburg and close to the city of Altona. The name comes from a hill in that area that was planed by Hamburg in 1620 for defence reasons (free field of fire for the artillery). Therefore, settlement was initially allowed there, but soon businesses, which were not desired inside Hamburg, e.g. for their smell or noise, were relegated to “Hamburger Berg”. Also the rope makers (or “Reeper” in Low German) went here because in the city it was hard to find enough space for their work. The name of St. Pauli’s most famous street Reeperbahn, or “Rope Walk”, harkens back to its rope making past. When people were officially allowed to live in St. Pauli at the end of the 17th century the city government moved workhouses and (pestilence) hospitals out of the city to “Hamburger Berg”, which later was named after its church, “St. Pauli” (Saint Paul).



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Schmidt Theater © Pavel Krok

Schmidt Theater © Pavel Krok

St. Pauli has a long tradition as a recreation and amusement centre. The big port of Hamburg led many sailors to Hamburg who preferably spent their spare time (as long as their ships were unloaded and loaded again) in this area. Since then there has been prostitution in St. Pauli. And it is still best known as Hamburg’s red-light district. The red-light district is an area of a few streets around the street Reeperbahn often referred to as the Kiez. Bars and music clubs have a tradition in the Kiez St. Pauli. The Beatles lived in St. Pauli and played at the Star-Club before becoming famous. Singer and actor Hans Albers is strongly associated with St. Pauli, providing the neighbourhood’s unofficial anthem, with “Auf der Reeperbahn Nachts um Halb Eins.” (On the Reeperbahn half past midnight) from the movie “Große Freiheit Nr. 7”. The district is referenced in the song ‘St Pauli’ by Art Brut, which also contains the lyrics “Punk rock ist nicht tot” (punk rock is not dead). For more information please visit Wikipedia St. Pauli.



Reeperbahn © Kopa

Reeperbahn © Kopa

Reeperbahn
The Reeperbahn is a street in Hamburg’s St. Pauli district, one of the two centres of Hamburg’s nightlife and also the city’s red-light district. In German it is also called die sündige Meile (the sinful mile). The street is lined with restaurants, night clubs, discotheques and bars. There are also strip clubs, sex shops, brothels, a sex museum and the like. The Operettenhaus, a musical theatre, is also located at the Reeperbahn. It played Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats for many years, after that Mamma Mia!, an ABBA-musical, and now “Ich war noch niemals in New York”, featuring hit songs by Austrian singer/songwriter Udo Jürgens. There are other theatres at the Reeperbahn (St. Pauli Theater, Imperial Theater, Schmidts Tivoli) and also several Cabarets/Varietés. A famous landmark is the Davidwache, a police station located on the South side of the Reeperbahn at the cross street Davidstraße. Street prostitution is legal during certain times of the day on Davidstraße. The Herbertstraße, a short side street of the Davidstraße, has prostitutes behind windows waiting for customers. Since 1933, large screens block the view into Herbertstraße from the adjacent streets. Since the 1970s, there have been signs saying that entrance to the street is prohibited for women and juveniles; however, technically it is a public road which anyone may enter. The Große Freiheit (“Great Freedom”) is a cross street on the North Side with several bars, clubs and a Catholic church. In former years, several sex theatres here (Salambo, Regina, Colibri, Safari) would show live sex acts on stage. As of 2007, the Safari is the only live sex theatre left in Germany. The popular table dance club Dollhouse now takes the place of the Salambo. Hotel Luxor, Hamburg’s oldest brothel that had operated on this street for 60 years, was closed in 2008. The street’s name comes from the fact that Catholics were allowed to practice their religion here at a time when this district did not yet belong to Hamburg; they were forbidden from doing so in Protestant Hamburg proper. Read more on Hamburg.de and Wikipedia Reeperbahn.





Grosse Freiheit Rockclub © Elwedritsch Reeperbahn © Moros Landungsbrücken © Schizoschaf Zollboot Ericus © Wo st 01 Herbertstrasse © Elena Chochkova Hans-Albers-Statue © Alibi Hamburg Harbor Panorama © Matthias Prinke Grosse Freiheit © SkynetworX Fischauktionshalle © Fusslkopp Esso Tankstelle © GeorgHH Erotic Art Museum © Staro1 Star Club Gedenkstein © Elwedritsch Fischmarkt (Fish Market) © Wmeinhart Landungsbrücken © Staro1 Reeperbahn © Kopa Schmidt Theater © Pavel Krok St. Pauli Theater and police station Davidwache © Andreas Praefcke
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St. Pauli Theater and police station Davidwache © Andreas Praefcke
Landungsbrücken © Staro1

Landungsbrücken © Staro1 – the Hard Rock Cafe Hamburg located here

Landungsbrücken
The St. Pauli Landungsbrücken (St. Pauli Landing Bridges), part of the Hamburg Harbour, are located between the lower harbor and the Fischmarkt (Fish Market) directly on the Elbe River. The Landungsbrücken today are a major tourist attraction and a central transportation hub, with S-Bahn, U-Bahn and boat stations. There is an entrance to the Old Elbe tunnel directly at the western end of the Landungsbrücken. The eastern end of the building complex is marked by the Pegelturm (water level tower). Halfway up the tower, there is a water level indicator built into the wall, which gives the current condition of the tides. Wikipedia Landungsbrücken





Fischmarkt (Fish Market) © Wmeinhart

Fischmarkt (Fish Market) © Wmeinhart

Fischmarkt
Moin, Moin … welcome to the Hamburg Fischmarkt! Thousands of people from all around the world are coming to the Fischmarkt (Fish Market) at the Elbe river in Hamburg every Sunday morning. It’s located at the bank of the Elbe river between Hafenstraße and Große Elbstraße. At the Fischmarkt you can meet some well known locals. Two of them are “Aale Dieter” and “Vogel Jakob”. They are both real originals from the Hamburg Fischmarkt. It’s due to them that the Hamburg Fischmarkt is a special experience every Sunday. If you want more than only fish sticks, you have to come to the Hamburg Fischmarkt. You will find a large amount of fresh fish and seafood every Sunday.

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