The Sankt Pauli district in Hamburg
No trip to Hamburg is complete without a walk along the red-light district. The most animated districts of Hamburg, Sankt Pauli blinks with its bright neon signs, advertising night clubs, cinemas and private bars. Located in Hamburg-Mitte, the Sankt Pauli district in Hamburg is one of the 105 quarters of the city. It is placed on the right bank of the Elbe River and has a population over 25,000 inhabitants. The district is famous because of the red light district around Reeperbahn Street. But the district is much more than just a red-light district in Hamburg, it is the place where different trends and fashion styles combine together to create a sprightly cosmopolite neighbourhood.
The Sank Pauli district in Hamburg (or St Pauli) plays an important role in the history of Hamburg. The red light district has lots of strip clubs, sex shops and night clubs, but it offers cultural activities as well. The cultural scene established here and the musical theatres have made of St Pauli a cultural destination. You can listen here to live music whil the theatres play famous theatre, musical and cabaret acts in German and English (Angie’s Nightclub is one if the few pubs with performance in English).
Reeperbahn is a pedestrian street heading west from the St. Pauli underground station, all the way to the fish market at Altone. It is one of the most popular red-light districts in Europe. Due to its proximity to the port, the place has attracted sailors for centuries. This is the area where the Beatles played for three years before becoming the most famous band in the world. Today, the place is frequented by punkers. The skull and crossbones became the symbol of Reeperbahn. The place became synonym for nightlife and entertainment.
Local Sport club
FC St Pauli is the German soccer club based in the same quarter, who plays in the Bundesliga. It is often described as the most left-wing team in the world and has always lived in the shadow of the city’s most famous club, Hamburg SV. Even so, the club unique culture and popularity is widely recognized in Germany. St Pauli club was the first soccer club to launch anti-racism and anti-homophobia campaigns, while most of the European clubs were promoting racism and violence at the same time. To many of its fan, St Pauli is not just a club, but a way of life.