On the north bank of the Elbe, St Pauli was always the place where sailors spent their shore leave and their wages, creating the area's reputation as a centre for the sex trade. It's not only about that these days. St Pauli stands for fun, art and entertainment generally, not just the red light variety. But be aware that prostitution isn't hidden in any way.
The Beatles lodged here when they played in the Star-Club in their early years and there are plenty of bars and music clubs still. You can take a guided walking tour of the district and see the highlights, or explore by yourself.
Unless you are young and intrepid, daytime is probably the best time to visit St Pauli, to see the street art and eat at one of the excellent cafes. After dark, it gets a bit hectic. Mind your purse at all times!
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