WHEN The Beatles pitched up in the Hamburg red light district in the summer of 1960 they were an under-rehearsed rock and roll covers band with five members who had only met their drummer two days before travelling.
By the time they left in 1962 they had released their first single and were on their way to conquering the world and changing the face of pop music forever.
The fascinating story of how the Fab Four were moulded into the supergroup they became by their experiences in Hamburg was the highlight of my visit to the city, as it was told by professional musician Stefanie Hempel on a guided tour of the St Pauli district.
At the heart of St Pauli is the Reeperbahn which still has strip clubs and sex boutiques but is also the home of the Beatles-Platz, where tourists can pose with statues of the band on a piazza designed to look like an old-fashioned vinyl record.
Source: A ticket to ride in Hamburg