Schanzenviertel Hip Hotspot
Reeperbahn, St. Pauli football and the harbour: These major attractions have shaped the quarter into what it is today — loud, flashy, flamboyant, hip, different and above all, colourful. The Reeperbahn’s flashing neon lights attract partygoers and culture-lovers alike to the many clubs, bars, theatres, musicals and live music venues that stand side by side on this dazzling street. The Panoptikum wax museum is home to lifelike lookalikes of Hamburg and international celebrities.
When it comes to famous St. Pauli residents, the Beatles are usually the first to come to mind! Visit the Beatlesplatz square and see where the band started their stellar career. Ever since the swinging sixties, music has played an important part in St. Pauli. The annual Reeperbahn Festival in September is the perfect way to get an overview of the quarter’s many live music venues. Catch some of the greatest international artists as well as upcoming bands from the vibrant local scene!
Even more popular, the Schlagermove parade attracts up to half a million party people every year. And finally, the Santa Pauli christmas market combines the perks of a traditional christmas market (mulled wine and candy) with the ‘sensual’ St. Pauli atmosphere.
You can still sense a special kind of maritime atmosphere in the small bars along the side streets of the Reeperbahn and, of course, along the banks of the Elbe river. At the Landungsbrücken piers, tourists enjoy fish sandwiches while watching majestic cruise and container ships sail by. From there, you can embark on a harbour cruise or take a ferry over to the south bank of the river. The Alter Elbtunnel (lit.old Elbe tunnel) is another major sight and provides great photo opportunities.
Planten un Blomen Park
North of Landungsbrücken, the Planten un Blomen park has more to offer than its welcoming green areas. Right in the middle of the city, the water fountains, the Japanese gardens, the minigolf lot and the ice-skating rink make this park a perfect place to relax from the inner-city stress.
Follow the walkways of the park to the north and you can’t miss Hamburg’s highest building, the Heinrich-Hertz TV tower. The tower has an impressive overall height of 279 metres. The platform at 128 metres is currently being renovated, so that someday a new cafe or restaurant will hopefully open its doors there.
The TV-tower is located next to the Messehallen convention centre. About 40 trade shows attract 700,000 visitors every year. The Congress Centre Hamburg is located on the other side of the park, just next to Dammtor station. Together, they make Hamburg a first-class destination for international business visitors.
FC St. Pauli
The team of FC St. Pauli might not exactly be playing first class football, but they are still among the most popular clubs in Germany. The “Boys in Brown” have shaped St. Pauli like nothing else: wherever you go, you will see the brown-and-white jerseys or the ‘Jolly Roger’ flag. Tickets to the games are hard to come by ─ the 29,546 seats of the Millerntor stadium, located in the heart of St.Pauli, are almost always sold out. If you manage to get a ticket, you will witness that there are few places in the World where you can find this much passion among football supporters.
Next to the St. Pauli stadium, you will see a massive concrete bunker. It was built to provide shelter from the bomb raids of WW2. Today, it houses several companies from Hamburg’s vibrant creative sector as well as a popular music club on the top floor. From there you have a great view of the Heiligengeistfeld square, where the Hamburger DOM, Northern Germany’s biggest fun fair, is held three times a year.
Shopping in Karolinenviertel
Last but not least, just north of Heiligengeistfeld, the narrow streets of the Karolinenviertel neighbourhood offer many small boutiques and cafes for your shopping pleasure. Altogether, it is safe to say that St. Pauli is among the liveliest, trendiest and coolest quarters in Europe.