The Beatles in Hamburg

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The Beatles are an enduring British icon. Their influence and effect on music, friendships, style and the flower power of spiritualism and peace are still used as Beatlemania symbols around the world.

They were the ‘Lads from Liverpool’ but the Beatles as a band was birthed in north Germany’s Hamburg in 1960, where they performed as a band in a club to a rousing reception.

The Beatles Walking Tour in Hamburg is not just for the Beatles’ fans but anyone with a fondness for music. It takes you around the city and follows the footsteps of this iconic band.

The tour starts and ends at St Pauli, Reeperbahn area, Hamburg’s iconic music district, where the Beatles’ phenomenal career took off.

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The Indra Club, where The Beatles performed for 48 nights in 1960
The Indra Club, where The Beatles performed for 48 nights in 1960
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Did you know: Ringo Starr, the famous and talented drummer and songwriter for The Beatles, was not a part of the band until 1962, replacing Pete Best.

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The Bambi Kino

The Beatles were put up in a dark and dingy room with foul-smelling toilets in the Reeperbahn district (at 33 Paul-Roosen Strasse) behind the club they performed at. You will also notice an old Beatles photograph near the door. It is located at a ‘blink-and-you’ll-miss-it’ location so keep a close look-out while on the walking tour.
For an enhanced experience of the tour contact Hempel’s Beatles-Tour (http://www.hempels-musictour.de/). She also throws in a few performances of famous Beatles numbers.

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The Star-Club

The club shut down in 1969 but its musical history still captivates fans around the world. The Beatles performed at the club in 1962 upon their return to Hamburg with Ringo Starr, now a part of the band. Other musical legends like Little Richard, Tony Sheridan and Ray Charles, among many others have played at the Star-Club during the 60’s. A stone engraved with the names of these musicians now stands where the club once stood.

AUTHOR'S BIO: Shweta Andrews is the picture research manager at Lonely Planet India. She's a travel enthusiast and a baker.Follow her on Instagram for some foodspiration: @shwetaandrews.