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Places To See

If you are planning on going to Hamburg, Germany, to see the old haunts of the Beatles, I suggest that you purchase the English/German guide Beatles Guide Hamburg by Ulf Krüger. It's very comprehensive and thorough on the places the Beatles frequented back in the Hamburg days.

A few must-sees are:

The former location of the BAMBI KINO at Paul-Roosen-Strasse 33.

The INDRA at Grosse Freiheit 64.

The former location of the BLOCKÜTTE, right next to the INDRA, at Grosse Freiheit 66.

The KAISERKELLER at Grosse Freiheit 36.

HEILIGENGEISTFELD, where Astrid took those famous photographs at the Hamburger Dom.

The DAVIDWACHE, the police station where Paul and Pete got to spend some time after their supposed arson attempt, at Spielbudenplatz 31.

The TOP TEN CLUB at Reeperbahn 136.

The former location of the STAR CLUB at Grosse Freiheit 39.

One of the restaurants frequented by the Beatles, GRETEL UND ALFONS, at Grosse Freiheit 29.

At the Hamburg harbor, where you can take ship tours like the Grosse Hafenrundfahrt, which the Beatles also did, at the ST. PAULI LANDUNGSBRÜCKEN.

The Beatles refuge when they needed English things, the BRITISCHE SEEMANNSMISSION (British Seeman's Mission) at Johannisbollwerk 20.

The train station HAUPTBAHNHOF, from which George departed after his deportation, as well as John a while later, and the whole band.

The Kirchherr family's home at Eimsbütteler Strasse 45a.

Also, if you want to take some snapshots where some rather famous photos of the Beatles were taken, have a look at:

Alsteranleger (Alster jetty) Alte Rabenstrasse, where Jürgen Vollmer took those well-known photos of George, which were to set the way for Jürgen to photograph the whole band.

If you take the U-Bahn (underground) to the Hallerstrasse station (or the bus to the Alsterchaussee), you can stop by Brodersweg, where Astrid, on an autumn day in 1960, took the snapshot of Paul and George standing in this little street.

Step aboard the U-Bahn to St. Pauli (or the S-Bahn to the Reeperbahn) and stop by Jägerpassage 1, on Wohlwillstrasse 22. This is the entrance Jürgen chose as a backdrop for the famous photo of John leaning in the doorway (with George, Paul and Stu as blurred figures walking past in the foreground) - this image was later used by John for his "Rock 'n' Roll" album cover.

Right near one of Hamburg's most famous landmarks, the St. Michaelis (or, Michel) church, are the Krameramtsstuben, a building complex of ca. 350-year-old apartments. It was here that Astrid took some photos of Stu on the steps of one of these buildings.

When the Beatles returned to Hamburg in June 1966 as part of their quick German tour, they spent the night in a much classier environment than had been the case at the Reeperbahn - in the Schlosshotel Tremsbüttel. It can be reached by train, the destination being Bargteheide, from where you'll need to take the bus from the market square/town hall.

& many more locations which can be read about in the above mentioned book.

Locations (addresses) taken from BEATLES GUIDE HAMBURG by Ulf Krüger, Europa Verlag GmbH Hamburg/Wien, 2001.