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5 dos and don'ts in Hamburg's red light district

Oozing with life and culture, the Reeperbahn is Hamburg's "Kiez" and red light district, but that doesn't mean anything goes. Is it safe? The police station in the center says so, but you should still abide by a few rules to avoid spoiling a good time!

  • Don't be an easy target for pickpockets

    1. Don't be an easy target for pickpockets

    Despite the police presence, skilled pickpockets are still a problem. Keep your cash and wallet separate and leave valuables at the hotel!

  • Do see a show

    2. Do see a show

    The Reeperbahn's music scene has been growing steadily since the Beatles played here when they were still a 5-piece! The Reeperbahn music festival takes place every September.

  • Don't get too drunk

    3. Don't get too drunk

    The Reeperbahn has some of the liveliest clubs and bars in Hamburg. Enjoy them, but don't be stupid. Neither the bouncers nor the police suffer fools gladly!

  • Do book a hotel somewhere else

    4. Do book a hotel somewhere else

    ...Unless you're a very heavy sleeper (it's loud!) or don't plan on seeing much else in Hamburg. If the Reeperbahn isn't too much for you, it may well be too absorbing!

  • Don't take the kids

    5. Don't take the kids

    Obvious, right? But it's worth taking the opportunity to mention that most of Hamburg is extremely family-friendly with plenty to entertain children!

Planning Your Visit

  • Where is it?

    The Reeperbahn is a street in Hamburg's St. Pauli area between S-Bahn station Hamburg Reeperbahn and U-Bahn station St. Pauli. The whole district is famous for its nightlife on the north bank of the Norderelbe, where the Elbe river splits in two.

  • When to go?

    The Reeperbahn is worth seeing at least twice: by day as a bustling shopping street, and after dark as the beating pulse of Hamburg's nightlife!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    A visit to the district can be enjoyed at any time.
  • Is it expensive?
    There is no cost to visit the area.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide can certainly be insightful! Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Reeperbahn is located between S-Bahn station Hamburg Reeperbahn and U-Bahn station St. Pauli.
  • Additional information

    • Not recommended for children!

    • Be aware of your surroundings and do not compromise your safety!

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What people are saying about Reeperbahn

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Trotz Covid-Regeln war es eine durchaus gelungene Tour über die Hamburger Reeperbahn. Unser Tour-Guide Julian war wirklich gut drauf und hat alles schick gestaltet & erzählt.

Ein sehr netter und kompetenter Tour-Führer. Wir haben die Zeit genossen und viele Informationen bekommen. Sehr empfehlenswert. Lieben Dank.

It was an excellent tour, very exciting and lots of interesting stories and information. Linda is an excellent guide and very friendly!

Klaus did an amazing tour which was funny, interesting, and exciting. I can recommend the tour to everybody visiting Hamburg.

The tour was very interesting and entertaining. Ulf was an excelelnt guide, very informative and enjoyable.