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Sex and Crime in St. Pauli - tour for ages 18+

1. Sex and Crime in St. Pauli - tour for ages 18+

Discover Hamburg’s wild side on this sex and crime walking tour in the St. Pauli district. Hear interesting anecdotes and details from your guide about the lives and loves of the red light district as you visit its legendary spots. On your tour visit the “Zur Ritze” bar and learn how it got its name. Head down to the boxing club in the basement, where Mike Tyson and the Klitschko brothers trained. Find out where the famous local boxer disappeared to and why so many celebrities come to this rustic bar. See how women can walk down Herbertstrasse, and learn about the Nutella gang and its rivals, the GMBH gang. Discover who controls St. Pauli, who was the godfather in the neighborhood, and how the legal system works here. Find out if Jack the Ripper or someone similar was in Hamburg, and get entrance to a premier show club at the end of the guided tour.

Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Harbor and Speicherstadt Day Cruise

2. Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Harbor and Speicherstadt Day Cruise

See Hamburg’s harbor-side attractions from a unique perspective, float past impressive container ships, and discover the historic Speicherstadt District aboard a 1.5-hour cruise featuring live commentary from a German-speaking guide and an exclusive stop at the iconic Elbphilharmonie. Start your harbor adventure on land as you cross the famous "Überseebrücke" bridge to reach the pier where you will board a traditional Hamburger boat referred to as a Barkasse. Listen as your captain decides on which route the boat will take based on weather conditions, the water tides, or, if for example, a really exciting and interesting container ship or a special boat is visiting the harbor. Set off and glide into the narrow waterways of the largest warehouse district in the world known as Speicherstadt. Take in the stunning architecture of buildings standing on timber-pile foundations and oak logs. Sit back and relax as you go past Hafen City. Explore the open decks and feel the cooling sea breezes as you wait for perfect photo opportunities from the boat’s many vantage points. Cruise past rows of massive container ships as the boat makes its way into St. Pauli’s Pier and the Hamburg Port. Learn the history of the many important landmarks from your German-speaking expert guide. As your trip comes to an end, disembark right in front of the Elbphilharmonie or you can choose to get off back at where the cruise initially took off.

Hamburg: Insider Tour of the Reeperbahn & St. Pauli

3. Hamburg: Insider Tour of the Reeperbahn & St. Pauli

Experience Hamburg's Red Light district with celebrities and Reeperbahn experts. Encounter people, like Udo Lindenberg’s legendary bodyguard, Eddy Kante, or iconic Red Light experts and bouncers like Fabian Zahrt. Meet drag queens, like Barbie Stupid, or historian and local expert, Doc Eva Decker. Experience Germany's most popular neighborhood tour, featuring the perfect mix of information, entertainment, sinful stops and sights, and a crazy sightseeing show. Pass by the world-famous Herbertstraße and the Davidwache police station before visiting a BDSM dungeon or a sex shop.

Hamburg: Olivia Jones Tour with Iconic Barker Fabian

4. Hamburg: Olivia Jones Tour with Iconic Barker Fabian

Get a unique look at the neighborhood culture with Olivia Jones's iconic barker (German: Koberer)  Fabian Zahrt. Find out what makes a barker an icon, how to fall into such a profession, and why someone becomes a pimp on this guided walking tour. Get to know the characters that populate Fabian's circle of friends, like the men with telling names like "Snow Queen" or the ladies of the "Geiz Club." A true child of the neighborhood, Fabian knows all the tricks of the trade and get by without danger. See how after over 20 years in the neighborhood, there's barely a place he doesn't know inside and out, including the Davidwache police station. With a St. Pauli insider, take a look behind the façade of an S&M club. Depending on time, end the tour at either the Olivia Jones Bar or Olivia's Kiez Oase. Ask your guide questions until your heart's content here and party into the night with the Olivia Jones family.

Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise

5. Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise

Discover Hamburg on a harbor cruise and admire views of the warehouse district and HafenCity. See the city with the most bridges in Europe, with approximately 2,400 structures over water, canals, channels, and docks. Climb aboard the boat and discover the many different attractions and sights in the city, depending on the tides and the day's events. Explore the historical Speicherstadt (warehouse district) with its canals, the modern HafenCity, the numerous bridges over the Elbe River, busy locks and container terminals, the Köhlbrand Bridge, and much more. Along the way, learn more about the city, its history, the incoming and outgoing ships, and anything else that interests you. Sit back and admire the views of the city on the sun deck or in the air-conditioned lounge with large panoramic windows.

Hamburg: Original Kiez Tour in German with Eddy Kante

6. Hamburg: Original Kiez Tour in German with Eddy Kante

Discover Hamburg's iconic district of St. Pauli with Eddy Kante, the well-known bodyguard of Udo Lindenberg. Get an insider's perspective as you tour the famous neighborhoods and lesser-known spots. Born in Hagen, Kante roamed St. Pauli for decades together with the famous rocker, and was also a member of a notorious biker club and played an active role in the biker scene throughout Germany when he was younger. His biography, In meinem Herzen kocht das Blut (blood boils within my heart), became a bestseller. This highly-regarded life confession also helped Eddy to finally break with his past. Hear about the current situation in St. Pauli and what it takes to become a member of a biker gang. Learn firsthand how and why Eddy came to St. Pauli for the first time. Learn the story that lies behind Udo Lindenberg's stardom in front of Cafe Keese, and see where the legendary bodyguard had his first solo performance on stage.

St. Pauli Nightlife Tour with Drag Queen in German

7. St. Pauli Nightlife Tour with Drag Queen in German

Discover the nightlife of St. Pauli and the Reeperbahn. Learn everything you need to know about life in St. Pauli from your drag queen guide. Look forward to the particular humor, the angelic eyes, and the devilishly loose tongue and immerse yourself in the mysterious world of the drag queens of St. Pauli. Visit Olivia Jones' Dollhouse, get to know the local drag queens, and finish the evening with a lot of fun at Große Freiheit.

Hamburg: Reeperbahn 2.5-Hour Guided Tour (Adults Only)

8. Hamburg: Reeperbahn 2.5-Hour Guided Tour (Adults Only)

Discover why the Reeperbahn became the best known and most sinful mile in the world. Everyone parties here, enjoy a public or private guided tour of the 930-meter party mile called the Reeperbahn. See where Udo Lindenberg lived on the Reeperbahn, and where Hans Albers wanted to skip his check. Find the 2 ATMs in Germany with the highest turnover. Europe’s smallest police station, the Davidwache, is located on the Reeperbahn, where the Beatles stayed overnight. The most expensive and worst-equipped single room of St. Pauli is also located on this street. Head on to the infamous Herbertstrasse, where sex workers have worked since 1900. The most famous pub door always intrigues. Also pass by Beatles-Platz, the Große Freiheit, and the memorial stone of the Star-Club along the way. After the tour, you’ll know all the highlights of the Reeperbahn.

Hamburg: Line A Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

9. Hamburg: Line A Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a guided tour on the double-decker Line A sightseeing bus in Hamburg. Travel along the Speicherstadt (warehouse city) and harbor city to the shopping areas of the town. Gain valuable insights into the city and its history. Hop aboard with your day ticket that enables you to hop on and hop off at 20 bus stops. See the wonderful villas in Harvestehude, the Outer Alster lake, the city hall, museums, the famous Reeperbahn, and the harbor. Get information in your own language with a GPS steered audio system that offers crystal-clear narration in 11 languages via headsets. Lean back and enjoy the all-around view. In nice weather, the bus goes open top to allow you unobstructed views.

Hamburg: Night Watchman's Tour of St. Pauli in German

10. Hamburg: Night Watchman's Tour of St. Pauli in German

Enjoy a unique city tour with the traditional night watchmen around the largest entertainment and red-light district in Europe. Your German-language guide will meet you at the Landungsbrücken and showcase all that St. Pauli has to offer. Your guide will take on the role and uniform of the original St. Pauli night watchman, who represents the notorious district of Hamburg. He will discover the Große Freiheit ("The Great Freedom”) with you. Satisfy your curiosity and learn all of the local secrets. Hear about what it's like inside the Davidwache Police Department, how the rope-making industry carved out the path the Reeperbahn, Joe Cocker's incident, the mysterious Herbertstraße, and legendary stories involving Paul McCartney.

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4.7 / 5

based on 42,577 reviews

Our tour of the clubs with our tour guide Jes was awesome! We were in Hamburg 2 weeks ago and had booked a tour guide, and that was really the best thing we could do. Through Jes we got to know some great clubs and were allowed to drop by and go directly to all the clubs. And in every club there was also a shot on the house. The mood was great. Jes could motivate everyone to dance or sing. It really was an unforgettable evening! Thanks to our tour guide Jes♥️ Greetings Natalie and Julia ♥️

A harbor tour is definitely part of a Hamburg city trip and we have decided on exactly this. At first I had concerns about the small size of the boat. I was accordingly enthusiastic about the driving skills and the anecdotes between the interesting facts about the port and the warehouse district from our guide Marco ☆☆☆☆☆ great praise! Highly recommended even with grumpy teenagers in tow

Jessica was absolutely lovely ! Fun group ! I felt right at home and had awesome company even though I don’t speak German . There were locals and tourists who opted for this tour and they all made the experience memorable . Definitely worth it !

Punctual departure, nice and understandable information - not too much, not too little. The 1.5 hours flew by and he kindly made a stopover at the Elbphilharmonie so that we could get off there; just before the regular end.

A competent tour with a very nice tour guide, humorous, very informative and relaxed. Gladly again!