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The Beatles in Hamburg

"Mach Schau", "Ausweisskontrolle" & Rock'n'Roll

Please see the "Bibliography" section for full credits of the sources used in constructing this feature. A great deal of the information, and some pictures, have been provided by them, and I couldn't have compiled this without these truly invaluable sources!

This section has been divided up into various segments for easier navigation.

Please note that things are constantly being added when I stumble across some Beatles in Hamburg related information.

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Future Artists has a documentary in the works, all about The Beatles in Hamburg! A fascinating project - if you'd like to get involved, have a look at their blog ( or connect via Twitter @BeatlesHamburg!!


When and what concerning the Beatles and Hamburg.

Beatles Blitz-Tournee 1966

The "Bravo Beatles Blitz-Tournee".

Post-Beatles visits

Getting back to the Hamburg days after the Beatles.


Photos of the Beatles in Hamburg.

Hamburg Playlist

If you've ever wanted to see which songs the Beatles performed in Hamburg from 1960-1962, have a look at this.


Read what the Beatles and people who knew them have to say.

Letters and Postcards

The Beatles and others on and from Hamburg.

Audio and Video Archive

YouTube finds pertaining to The Beatles and Hamburg, as well as Germany as a whole.

Hamburg and Style

How did Hamburg and who/what they encountered influence the band's style?


There's one in here which Paul never understood... Read to find out.

First recording session

The Beatles were in the German charts before EMI... find out a bit about it here.

Astrid, Klaus and Jürgen

More on the life-long friends the band made during their sojourn in Hamburg.

Hamburg Friends

Aside from making lasting friends in Astrid, Klaus and Jürgen, here's some info about various other friends The Beatles made during their Hamburg days.

Astrid Kirchherr's Recollections

An interesting perspective on The Beatles, by Astrid (from a German magazine).

Performance locations

The Indra, Kaiserkeller, Top Ten and the Star-Club: Their locations and some facts.

Places To See

Planning to go to Hamburg? Here are some places to see and a book tip.

Fact and Fiction

...about the Beatles in Hamburg.

The infamous Preludin

Information on that now infamous pill, Preludin.

Visiting Hamburg

A short recap of my visit to the now-closed Beatles museum in Hamburg...


Sources used for the Hamburg part of the site.

Definitions: "Mach Schau" = make show, i.e. make a show out of the performance.
"Ausweisskontrolle" = I.D. check for the under-aged, i.e. those not permitted to be out after midnight.