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St. Pauli: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • 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 tour in the St. Pauli district. Hear interesting anecdotes and details 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.

    Head to the “Olivias Wilde Jungs Stripclub,” a different type of strip club, since men are only allowed in if they dance. 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 Rippe...

    It was an excellent tour, very exciting and lots of interesting stories and information. Linda is an excellent guide and very friendly!

  • St. Pauli: Reeperbahn Walking Tour by Drag Queen or Local Celebrity with Drink

    2. St. Pauli: Reeperbahn Walking Tour by Drag Queen or Local Celebrity with Drink

    Discover Hamburg's iconic district of St. Pauli with a local drag queen guide. Your insightful guide will share their own unique experiences and stories about the St. Pauli district as they take you on a journey across the Reeperbahn. Find out what life was like in Hamburg’s most famous district, how it has changed, and how fascinating it is today. Hear how Germany’s most famous and colorful drag queen Olivia Jones speaks up for respect, diversity, and tolerance. Enjoy the witty remarks, quirky anecdotes, as well as a cheeky drink. This tour combines the perfect mix of information, entertainment, stops, and sights. You’ll no doubt be ready for a night out in St. Pauli once your tour ends.

  • St. Pauli: Reeperbahn Bars & Red Light District Walking Tour with Drink

    3. St. Pauli: Reeperbahn Bars & Red Light District Walking Tour with Drink

    Explore Hamburg's St. Pauli neighborhood and experience the famous Reeperbahn street and entertainment district. Listen to adult tales of sex and crime as you visit numerous pubs, theaters, and sex shops. Walk past the famous boxing and erotic bar “Zur Ritze” where Mike Tyson and the Klitschko brothers trained. You’ll also pass by the most famous side street of the Reeperbahn: the Große Freiheit. Listen to stories about the nightlife scene in the city and the famous strip clubs including the "Dollhouse" play. Learn about life in this special Kiez and its rules. Your guide will tell you both dark and funny anecdotes as you walk around, providing you with additional context and background information that you wouldn’t otherwise know. To make the tour even more special, take the opportunity to enjoy a drink with your group and guide.

  • Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Harbor and Speicherstadt Day Cruise

    4. 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 lo...

    The Captain was too nice. He drove extra 20 min to show us more then it is planned. Best boat experience untill now. I do not remember his name but I think hes family comes from Turkey. He explained all the things that we saw and much more. Thank you. 5*

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

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

    The Line A sightseeing tour leads you through Hamburg's highlights: along the Speicherstadt (warehouse city) and harbor city to the shopping areas of the town! Experience the wonderful villas in Harvestehude, the Outer Alster lake, the city hall, several museums, the famous Reeperbahn and the harbor. Your day ticket enables you to hop on and hop off at 20 bus stops. All Red Double Decker bus tours are fully escorted. A GPS steered audio system offers narration in 11 languages via headsets: English, French, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, and Portuguese. Lean back and enjoy the all-round view. In nice weather the bus goes open top!

    Good easy to find, Fr. Schmidt and her employees where absolutely friendly and helpful. Aa the 20 stops or the final get on-get-off time wasn't available on get your guide and not via telephone service, the best idea was to ask Frau Schmidt directly. Recommended sightseeing tour!

  • Hamburg: Evening Illumination Cruise through Harbor

    6. Hamburg: Evening Illumination Cruise through Harbor

    Experience a beautiful evening cruise from the historical and romantically-illuminated Speicherstadt through the sea of light that is the Hamburg harbor. Enjoy a great boat tour through the canals of the historic Speicherstadt and discover the highlights of Hamburg from the water. Listen to your expert live German commentator to hear the history behind this intriguing city. See the Zollkanal, Wasserschloss and the International Maritime Museum and cruise along the modern HafenCity, the newest district in the beautiful Hanseatic city. Take a look at the HafenCity University, the Marco Polo Tower, the Elbe Philharmonic Hall and the panorama of the district. Also have a breathtaking view of the St. Pauli Piers all the way to Überseebrücke with the museum ships Rickmer Rickmers and Cap San Diego.   Sail through the port's sea of light again and be amazed by the activty around the container...

    Only in German. No english. Still a lovely experience. Would recommend. No Spierchetstadt cruise however. Do not think it can ever take place in the evening with such a big ship.

  • Hamburg: Evening Lights Cruise

    7. Hamburg: Evening Lights Cruise

    Hop aboard a city cruise to see Hamburg’s Speicherstadt and harbor twinkle in the evening light. Enjoy the city silhouette as you navigate the city’s canals and the Elbe. Your onboard guide will be on-hand to point out all its hidden nooks and crannies. Get to know Hamburg’s historical warehouse district located within the old port. Find out how Hamburg became such a powerful harbor city in times gone by as you cruise. Contrast the old city with the new port and container terminals as they’re all lit up at night. Even glimpse the Elbphilharmonie as an added bonus for your evening jaunt around Hamburg’s waters.

  • 2-Hour Hamburg Port Tour: Maritime Flair

    8. 2-Hour Hamburg Port Tour: Maritime Flair

    Enjoy the unique maritime flair and colorful crowds at the Port of Hamburg on this daily tour of the docks. Find out just how huge the Port of Hamburg is — the second-largest port in Europe. Hardly another city in the world is so tied to its port; Hamburg truly developed because of it. The most important sights and the skyline are inextricably linked to it. Experience the contrast between past and present, commerce and culture, the little fishing town along the Elbe and the state-of-the-art container complexes, sinful stretches and the fish market, old cutters, and massive cruise and container ships. Discover this gateway to the world up-close onboard a little ship, equally suited to a fleet.

    Hafen Rundfahrt war einfach super. Einzig die Tatsache, dass das Boot nicht von Steg 1 sondern von Steg 7 wegfährt war unangenehm. Wenn man relativ zeitnah kommt, wird das zeitlich doch knapp zum anderen Steg zu laufen

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

    9. 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.

    Wir wurden von Paul herumgeführt. Er zeigte uns die interessanten Orte und reicherte das ganze mit Hintergrundinformationen an. Insgesamt sehr empfehlenswerte Tour. Bedingt durch Corona hatte es weniger Teilnehmer und auf individuelle Fragen konnte mehr Zeit verwendet werden. Very good tour. I did enjoy it very much. Highly reccomended.

  • Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Evening Harbor and Speicherstadt Cruise

    10. Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Evening Harbor and Speicherstadt Cruise

    Admire Hamburg’s harbor-side attractions sparkling at night, marvel at the illuminated Speicherstadt District, and see impressive container ships up-close aboard a 1.5-hour evening cruise featuring live commentary from a German-speaking guide and an exclusive stop at the iconic Elbphilharmonie. Start your nighttime 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 fo...

    Hat sehr viel Spaß gemacht & hat sich auf jeden Fall gelohnt! War lustig und interessant gestaltet :)

Planning Your Visit

  • Hamburg Red-light district

    Despite a rather shady past, the red-light district of St. Pauli is now very safe for locals and tourists alike. Here you can have the night of your life and party until the sun comes up.

  • How to get there

    Hamburg has a wonderful public transpot infastructure, and at night, a special "Nachtbus" (night bus) service connects the outlying districts and the city center, so you'll never get stuck on the Reeperbahn!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    St. Pauli is always open!
  • Is it expensive?
    It's free to roam the streets, but make sure you save money for the bars and clubs!
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Check out some of the best-selling tours for something suited to your tastes!
  • How to get there
    St. Pauli is located on the west side of Hamburg and is easily reachable by public transportation.
  • Additional information

    • While the area is safer, please be aware of your surroundings and act responsibly.

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What people are saying about St. Pauli

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 28,448 reviews

We were too punctual, so we almost joined the wrong tour. After a bit of waiting, the tour guides came and we were split up. Our guide Flo was a young guy with a very cheeky snout, which he told us directly. We found his rough manner but extremely entertaining and he was able to interact so well with all participants and also take counterattacks. So, we had a great tour, which unfortunately took place completely in the rain, but where he made the best of it. Unfortunately, due to the corona ordinance, there was no bar visit with a drink, but there was an extra schnapps if required. Conclusion: Great tour with a great guide, highly recommended if you want to experience the typical Kiez flair.

I got off at the wrong stop and was quite stranded. I called the office for help, and they were super helpful going as far as making the rest of the group wait a few minutes for me. The tour guide also knew his stuff and had a good sense of humour. It was a memorable and fun experience for all of us!

The Captain was too nice. He drove extra 20 min to show us more then it is planned. Best boat experience untill now. I do not remember his name but I think hes family comes from Turkey. He explained all the things that we saw and much more. Thank you. 5*

Hat sehr viel Spaß gemacht & hat sich auf jeden Fall gelohnt! War lustig und interessant gestaltet :)

Very nice trip, entertaining, fun, very informative