“I was born in Liverpool, but I grew up in Hamburg”
– John Lennon
Hamburg dedicates new “Beatles Place”
A Plaza at the intersection of the Reepberbahn and Grosse Freiheit has been renamed “Beatles Place” (or “Beatles Platz” in German). It is black and circular to look like a vinyl record. In the plaza are four statues representing The Beatles. The project was initiated by a Hamburg radio station called Oldie 95. The official dedication ceremony was on Sept. 11, 2008.
Hamburg Music Clubs
The Beatles first played at the Indra club on Grosse Freheit in Hamburg starting in August 1960 with John, Paul, George, Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best as their new drummer. They played for 4 1/2 months during their first trip to Hamburg.
They would return several times over the next two years and, as their popularity grew, would play bigger clubs like the Kaiserkeller, the Top Ten Club and the Star Club.
Famous Beatles Photos
Not only were the first professional photographs of The Beatles taken in Hamburg (by Astrid Kirchherr), but Hamburg is where they were inspired to comb their hair forward into the revolutionary Beatles haircut.
Former Beatles Museum in Hamburg, Germany (2009-2012)
Hamburg Travel Links
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