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The St.Joseph Hotel in Hamburg-City has a really excellent location and is the only hotel on the hugely popular entertainment mile "Große Freiheit". So you live in the heart of St. Pauli and Kiez, the world-famous district of Hamburg, which captivates people from all over the world. Our team will be happy to help you with your leisure time, because our house is an ideal starting point for many activities in the attractive Hamburg Kiez.
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St. Pauli is a part of town in the district of Hamburg-Mitte, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Thanks to the Kiez entertainment district in St. Pauli along the Reeperbahn, the name is known far beyond the borders of Hamburg.
The district: In 1894 the suburb became the Hamburg district. The area was divided until the Greater Hamburg Law of 1937. Only the eastern part belonged to Hamburg, the western part - including the street Große Freiheit - belonged to the city of Altona. Today St. Pauli belongs administratively to the district of Hamburg-Mitte.
There was a small Chinatown around the jewelry street at the beginning of the 20th century. In the so-called Chinese campaign of the Hamburg Gestapo, around 120 to 130 Chinese men were arrested on May 13, 1944 and imprisoned and ill-treated in the Gestapo prison in Fuhlsbüttel. A group of these Chinese men were then sent to the Langer Morgen labor education camp in the port area without trial or judgment. At least 17 of them died as a result of forced labor in the port, clearing the rubble and mistreatment of the guards.
After the Second World War, parts of the Wilhelminian style buildings in St. Paulis were destroyed by bombs.
In the 1950s and 1960s, the entertainment district returned to its old popularity. The appearance of English music groups (The Beatles) played a special role. In the 70s there was a significant decline in St. Pauli. With the start of the musical Cats in the Operettenhaus (1986) and the opening of the Schmidt Theater (1988), a slow rise began, which continues to this day.
Although St. Pauli is an important residential area in Hamburg, the district is primarily known for its entertainment and red light district, the area in the south of the district, which is also known as the Kiez. However, this only includes an officially defined sub-area in which there is no curfew for the catering trade. This affects the Reeperbahn, the Spielbudenplatz and other parallel and side streets such as Herbertstraße and Große Freiheit. Since the curfew does not apply on weekends and its start has been postponed to 5 a.m. in Hamburg, it hardly plays a role today. In fact, there are mostly middle-class residential streets or working-class areas on St. Pauli. The district is also very popular with students and artists because of its central location and the extremely diverse and tolerant milieu. In St. Pauli there are still some social classes living almost parallel to each other that only touch occasionally. However, there has also been a crowding out here for years due to the problem of rapidly increasing rents.
At the Spielbudenplatz:
At the Reeperbahn:
As an entertainment district, St. Pauli is home to a variety of music clubs, pubs and discotheques of various styles and quality, which are the destination of Hamburgers and tourists every weekend. According to the weekly newspaper Die Zeit, St. Pauli and the immediate area around the Karoviertel have the highest density of record stores with a vinyl focus in Germany.
The swing youth already practiced cultural resistance against National Socialism here.
Many (music) trends came from England and other countries via St. Pauli to the Federal Republic (see also Star Club, Punk, The Beatles). The port also served as a gateway and transhipment point for new ideas and cultural trends.
St. Pauli has several small art galleries, some of which are run by artists themselves.
The La Paloma pub on Hans-Albers-Platz was run by the painter Jörg Immendorff. The statue representing Hans Albers on the square was also designed by Immendorff.
In St. Pauli you can find culinary delights from all over the world, from sausage stands to star cuisine, such as the Cuneo opened in 1905 as the oldest Italian restaurant in the Hanseatic city. The Bavaria-St.Pauli brewery (main brand Astra, sold to Holsten in 1998) produced its beer for a long time in St. Pauli. In 2004 the brewery located there was demolished. The Astra beer is now brewed in the Holsten brewery, which in turn has been part of the Carlsberg brewery since 2004. The former site on Bernhard-Nocht-Strasse was built with a residential complex and three high-rise buildings (harbor crown). Since the end of 2018, the Astra brand has been represented again with a microbrewery at the Nobistor in the St. Pauli district.
Also worth mentioning are the fish market that takes place every Sunday and the home games of FC St. Pauli.