Visiting the now (as of 30 June 2012) closed "Beatlemania" Beatles
museum in Hamburg, Germany
Taking the subway to the Reeperbahn is not exactly something I'd do, were it not for The Beatles.
(After all, it's pretty much the world's naughtiest red light district.)
First things first, amid freezing cold (-12° C without the windchill) weather, I snapped photos of
the Beatles Platz and the Grosse Freiheit... which I then more or less quickly walked along, passing the dodgy looking venues
that were the Indra, the Kaiserkeller and the Star Club, as well as the Top Ten, Gretel & Alfons and the Bambi Kino (not
that there's anything to see there, really). I was there during the day and don't really want to imagine what the district
is like at night. Dodgy. ;)
So, on to the actual museum... all five storeys full of Beatle-ness (my kind of place). Along with
the ticket, you get a "passport" that includes space for you to fill in your vital stats... including "favorite Beatle." ;)
Off you go to the fifth floor and start off your treck through the museum. There's a lot of Hamburg era features (which is
great if you love that time period, like me) - with great photos and artifacts, not to mention videos with interviews that
are really insightful. Not to mention that all us ladies have thought the same since 1960 - while a group of guys (including
Horst Fascher, who tells this story in a video) checked out the new band at the Indra quickly and then headed back to their
usual hangout at the Kaiserkeller, the girls stayed over at the Indra for hours... Why? Because the guys were good-looking.
There are rooms focusing on different aspects of their career, like recording sessions, movies, albums,
memorabilia and a typical '60s fan's bedroom, complete with an object of my envy - I'd love that larger-than-life poster.
A nice touch is the Beatlemania room, complete with big screen fan footage (e.g. from Shea Stadium
in '65) and loudspeakers blasting those deafening screams... though I kind of figure it was a lot louder
in reality. Essentially, I spent the entire stay feeling very head over heels for them all over again. ;)
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Visiting the venues now...
The Indra, Grosse Freiheit 64
The Kaiserkeller, Grosse Freiheit 36
Formerly the Top Ten, Reeperbahn 136
The main entrance to what used to be the Bambi Kino, Paul-Roosen-Strasse
Gretel & Alfons, the bar/restaurant frequented by musicians,
including - of course - The Beatles
This used to be the Star Club, Grosse Freiheit 39
The view into Grosse Freiheit from the Beatles Platz
[Photos taken by the webmiss in July 2012... during the day, to make it fractionally
less awkward to scurry along the red light district ;)]