The borough of St. Pauli
St. Pauli is a working-class city borough in Hamburg, renowned for its red light district and the famous Reeperbahn street. The area is situated near the harbor on the north bank of the river Elbe. It was originally the place where thirsty sailors came ashore for a drink, and since then it has expanded into the bustling hub of Hamburg’s nightlife that it is today.
However, there is a lot more to this area of the city that meets the eye. During the day, St. Pauli is an area bustling with locals and visitors shopping and dining in local cafes and restaurants. There are also numerous museums and tourist attractions worth visiting while in the area, like the Schmidt Tivoli Theater which puts on many popular shows, The Hamburger Dom fair and the often buzzing Spielbudenplatz which hosts various markets and events.
A vibrant nightlife sceneAfter nightfall, St. Pauli transforms into the center of the city’s vibrant nightlife. Although the largest concentration of pubs and nightclubs are near Reeperbahn, there are also many other nice clubs, bars and restaurants in the surrounding streets.
St. Pauli Football ClubWhile visiting you may see many flags bearing a skull and crossbones. This is not a link to pirates or the history of the harbor but the supporter’s emblem for the local football team, FC St. Pauli has a large following in the area and people generally love to show their support. Visiting the nearby Millerntor Stadium and the supporters shop is a must for any football fan. Since 2011, the team has used the Radisson Blu Hotel in Hamburg as their base on match days.
The hotel has a convenient location if you want a chance to mingle with the players, or to explore Hamburg and the surrounding harbor. It’s within walking distance to many of the city’s popular attractions and an easy location to return to after a night out with your travel companions.