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Default Thread Title:  The Reeperbahn, Hamburg's Nightlife Center in the St. Pauli District

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The Center of Hamburg's Nightlife Along the Historic Reeperbahn in St. Pauli

The Reeperbahn, a long street in the St. Pauli district of Hamburg, was once notorious as a place of vice. It still retains many of the elements that contributed to this original notoriety, but it's since become tamer and safer due to being thoroughly regulated and well policed. Nowadays it's just as much an exciting and worthwhile tourist attraction as a site of sinful activity. Plus it's so characteristic and symbolic of the history and development of Hamburg itself that it would be a shame not to at least pay it a quick visit and a walkthrough on a trip to Hamburg, even if you choose not to indulge in any of the red light entertainment available.

Originally, the Reeperbahn was where ropes were made for use on the ships that brought so much business in and out of the port. Eventually it became the home of the red light district, as well as one of the city's main centers for nightlife. The Reeperbahn now has a number of adult themed dance clubs, bars, shops, and a museum in addition to the discos, clubs, bars, theaters, comedy clubs, musical venues, restaurants, and cafes that are of a more mainstream variety. There's also a St. Pauli museum presenting a history of the St. Pauli district, which lies just east of the city center.

The Davidwache is a landmark, a large and well known police station located at the corner of Davidstrasse and the Reeperbahn that maintains heavy and ever present police protection in the district. Davidstrasse is one of the major red light areas, and is unofficially closed to women - mainly because the women working in the windows along the street are not as amenable to or tolerant of gawkers as those similarly employed in the red light district of Amsterdam.

The Reeperbahn area went down in history as the place where the Beatles got a start performing live before making it big. They played at several famous clubs on Grosse Freiheit, a street that branches off from the main Reeperbahn stretch, including the Kaiserkeller, Indra Club, and Star Club. A square called Beatles-Platz marking the intersection between Reeperbahn and Grosse Freiheit was built in recognition and pride of the important Beatles history that was made here.
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