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The Reeperbahn in Hamburg

St. Joseph Hotel next Reeperbahn

in the middle of Hamburg - St.Pauli Kiez on the street "Große Freiheit" - the most famous side street of the Reeperbahn!

To ensure that our guests feel comfortable, we have invested a lot of work and money in the modernization, renovation, conversion and equipment. It was not always easy and our effort was worth it! In January 2010 the German Hotel and Restaurant Association (DEHOGA) classified our St.Joseph Hotel Hamburg on St.Pauli Kiez next to Reeperbahn as a 3 * three star hotel. Every day we use all our experience, knowledge and strength to make our guests' stay as pleasant as possible.

The Reeperbahn

* The following information is only an extract from WikipediA (as of February 6, 2020). We take no responsibility for the accuracy and timeliness of this information. All texts are written in German and have been translated with

The Reeperbahn is the central street in the entertainment and red light district of the St. Pauli borough of Hamburg. It is about 930 meters long and runs from the Millerntor westwards to the Nobistor (Hamburg-Altona), where it merges into Königstraße. The large number of discos, bars and nightclubs has earned her the nickname "the sinful mile in the world".


Sights at the Reeperbahn include the many night clubs, bars and discos. These include the well-known Café Keese (until 2015, since then a restaurant of Sausalitos Holding GmbH), the windowless pub “Zur Ritze” with its own boxing cellar and a wide variety of localities that are located in the side streets, such as the Große Freiheit branching off from Beatles-Platz or the Hans-Albers-Platz. Theaters are concentrated on the Spielbudenplatz, which runs parallel to the Reeperbahn, with the most famous German police station, the Davidwache, the wax museum Panoptikum, the St. Pauli Theater, the Schmidt Theater and Schmidt's Tivoli, as well as the Operettenhaus. The well-known establishments in the erotic area include the Dollhouse, the Safari, and since 2015 the Safari Bierdorf and the A la Charm. The SM scene is also based on the Reeperbahn. Club de Sade is Europe's oldest SM club from the 1960s.

Parallel to the Reeperbahn, the well-known Herbertstrasse runs somewhat hidden in the south, a brothel street that can only be entered on foot and through two screens.

A redesign of the central Spielbudenplatz has been under discussion since the 1960s in order to revitalize this square in the Kiez. First, one to two-storey pavilions were built in the late 1960s, as were also common in shopping centers of that time. Initially, various (fast food) restaurants, leisure clubs (with billiards, table football and the like) and smaller shops for clothing, souvenirs, poster shops etc. settled there. However, the extremely confusing, narrow passage created major hygiene and safety problems, which meant that many shops, especially in the middle, were quickly closed and could not be rented out again. As a result, the Spielbudenplatz increasingly developed into an eyesore. At the end of the 1980s, the pavilions there were demolished and the approximately 300 m long area was often unused. After controversial proposals (including an installation with two cranes by Jeff Koons), the city of Hamburg decided and implemented a plan with two movable stages opposite each other on which events are to take place on a regular basis. On June 2, 2006, the € 9.7 million renovation of Spielbudenplatz and Reeperbahn was officially inaugurated.

The musical cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber had its German premiere in the Operettenhaus until 2001, and Mamma Mia !, the ABBA musical from 2002 to 2007 (in German premiere). In December 2007 the Udo Jürgens musical celebrated there. I had never had a world premiere in New York. This was replaced by the Sister Act in autumn 2010. The musical Rocky - fight from the heart had its premiere in November 2012. Since autumn 2016 (until summer 2017) the musical Hinterm Horizont has been performed with songs by Udo Lindenberg.

The Beatles took a big step towards their world career near the Reeperbahn, where they performed in the “Star Club”, “Kaiserkeller”, “Top Ten Club” and the “Indra”. Beatles Square commemorates these events. The Reeperbahn became famous with the film Große Freiheit No. 7 (UFA 1943) with Hans Albers and the song he sang in it on the Reeperbahn at half past midnight. A monument on Hans-Albers-Platz, which is directly adjacent to the Reeperbahn, depicts him as in the film with the Schifferklavier and Schiffermütze. Udo Lindenberg is the only artist to have a star on the Reeperbahn that is based on the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He also sang the “hot mile” with Reeperbahn, just like Tom Waits with his song of the same name.

Since 2006, the Reeperbahn Festival has been taking place on the Reeperbahn annually in September. Other annual major events include the Schlagermove in early July and the Harley Days.

The topping-out ceremony for the Dancing Towers took place in September 2011. The Mojo Club was reopened here in 2013 at Reeperbahn 1.