Experience the colourful hustle and bustle in the middle of the Kiez of Hamburg. Immerse yourself in the explosive mixture of red light, exuberant party people and exciting stories about St. Pauli and the Reeperbahn:
The best time to go on a Kieztour
If you have decided to get to know the real Hamburg when you visit the Hanseatic city, you can't avoid a real Hamburg Kieztour. If you start your tour of the Kiez during the day, you have the opportunity to visit the Reeperbahn without crowded restaurants, away from the night owls and to inspect the localities without the presence of the "party crowd". Find out everything worth knowing about St. Pauli and get to know the sloping side of Germany's most sinful mile. Young people from the age of 16 are also welcome on the early Kieztours. It becomes wilder in the evening hours or on a Kieztour at night, when it lures all party animals out on the streets. Not less informative, but in real Hamburg red light slang and including visits to various clubs, the best neighbourhood tours take place at night. Attention: Tours in the Kiez are often only bookable from the age of 18.
Places of interest on a Kieztour
The Kiez around St. Pauli has a lot more to offer than "Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll". Did you know for example that even the Beatles came here? And what's with the "dancing towers" anyway? These and many other questions will be answered by the night watchman Erwin, for example. Many tours start at the landing stages. Take part at a Tour with Erwin, the Kiezjungs or Olivia Jones along the amusement mile between Altona and Millerntor and experience the somewhat special sights of the area, such as the Große Freiheit, Herbertstraße, Davidwache and the Ritze. By the way: Don't be surprised if you also get answers to questions you never would have dared to ask. The boys and girls of the Kiez take it rather easy.
The most popular Kieztours
Especially popular are the Reeperbahn tours with real Kiez icons. These include Olivia Jones, Lilo Wanders or of course Inkasso-Henry. Especially these tours are quickly booked out. The perfect solution: A tour that follows the steps of the famous Drag Queen and shows even more of the sights than the actual tour. Or you take part at a tour with the only true debt collector Henry and follow the longest-serving and probably most prominent doorman on the Reeperbahn. With him as your guide you will experience a special tour through the red light milieu. Giving very detailed informations and deep insights is always on Henry's agenda. A special kind of Kieztour is also the music city tour. Experience a musical adventure on the Reeperbahn, where the "Tigervorgel" will take you to all hot spots of the scene quarter. By the way, the best Kieztour is the one that suits you best. You want a shot? Get to know the clubs of St. Pauli? You want something that definitely is X-rated? On the Reeperbahn everything is possible!
Kieztouren for women
Women (from 18 years) can visit St. Pauli just like men and take part in a tour of the "sinful mile". Strip clubs and many other shops in the Kiez have now also dedicated themselves to their female guests and have started to offer male strip shows. However, the "Herbertstraße", where most brothels are located, is still only "open" to male visitors over 18 years of age. Women should avoid this street, even though it is legally open to people of all sexes. Of course, from time to time women still gain access, but the prostitutes often make very vulgar remarks about them and it is said that it has happened that rotten vegetables have been thrown at them.
Kieztours as a bachelor party
Where else but on the Reeperbahn or in the Kiez St. Pauli, a bachelor party could be celebrated by every trick in the book. Kieztours are an excellent introduction to the last "free" night of your life. Many tours through the Kiez, have specialized in bachelor parties and prepare the future husbands and wives an incomparable experience on the Reeperbahn, before it is time to go to the registry office. Book the Kieztour for your bachelor party in advance if possible. This way your Kiez-Guide can prepare for the group and experience a unique evening on St. Pauli with you.
How much time to plan a tour?
A tour over the Hamburg district, around the Reeperbahn, usually takes 2 - 3 hours. There are small tours that only take about an hour. Perfect for everyone who just wants to get a glimpse of the scene or who just didn't have that much time. In the evening at the Kiez, you can assume that it is not just two hours. It is best to plan a whole night in St. Pauli, because after the actual Kieztour you can look forward to free admission to various scene clubs on the Reeperbahn.
5 attractions, which should not be missing on your Kieztour
Rotlicht, St. Pauli and Reeperbahn are as much a part of Hamburg as the television tower is of Berlin. The Hmaburger Kiez is one of the most fascinating places in Hamburg. On the tours over the Reeperbahn, some highlights should not be missing:
1. Große Freiheit
The "Große Freiheit" (in English: "Great Freedom") is the top priority on a tour of Hamburg's most famous district. The side street, which begins at Beatles Square, is home to the most famous nightclubs, Große Freiheit 36, Kaiserkeller & Grünspan, as well as the music club where the Beatles gave their very first concert in Germany before they became famous all over the world. The best time to visit the Große Freiheit is late in the evening, when the place is buzzing with people and bizarre artists.
2. Dancing Towers
The dancing towers, also known as "Tango Towers", are a hilarious looking building on the Reeperbahn. Why these two towers are called "dancing towers" becomes clear even from a distance. Due to the intentionally bent façade, the impression is actually created that the two towers, which are around 80 metres high, are dancing. A souvenir photo of this funny building is a must.
The Davidwache has gained fame primarily through film and television productions and is one of the top destinations on the Kieztour. The stories that are told about the police headquarter or the "inmates" resemble a comedy and a thriller in equal measure. What many people don't know is that the Davidwache is the smallest police area in Europe with a territory of almost 9,000 m² and about 14,000 inhabitants. For comparison: a football field already has a size of 4,050 m². A visit to the "mini headquarter" has become the absolute standard for a Kieztour.
Hans-Albers-Platz is one of the most famous places in the district and is located at the northern end of the Reeperbahn. On the square stands the bronze statue of the actor Hans Albers, who was born in Hamburg and gave his name to the square and who died in 1960. Before his death he was involved in many film productions that had a crucial influence on the St. Pauli district and the whole of Hamburg. The "blond Hans" achieved special fame through the song "Auf der Reeperbahn nachts um halb 1" which can still be heard today through the streets of Hamburg and beyond.
5. A visit to the "Ritze"
A visit to the "Ritze", probably the most famous pub on the Reeperbahn, is an absolute must. One of the most striking features of the Ritze is the entrance door, which is painted on the right and left side each with a spread woman's leg, with suspenders and red high heels. In the cellar of the Ritze is a traditional boxing ring, in which the boxing legends Henry Maske or Wladimir Klitschko already trained and even today the cellar is still used as a training room. In 2006, the former "godfather of St. Pauli" Stefan Hentschel hanged himself in the cellar of the Ritze and his death caused a greater rush of tourists than ever before.