Almost six decades after the legendary British band first performed in Hamburg, the north German city is opening up a museum dedicated to the Beatles. Located in a former erotic museum on the Reeperbahn – the red light district – it features the Beatles story from their shy beginnings in Hamburg in the early 1960s until their breakup in 1970.
Uwe Blaschke is an avid collector of Beatles paraphernalia: “This was the typical Beatles dress, there were different designs,” he says. “Then there are the nylon stockings with the Beatles faces knitted on them, the tennis shoes… American girls had to get really “Beatled up” before going to school!” As they performed repeatedly in Hamburg in their early career, the Beatles were able to improve their performance skills, widen their reputation and develop their image. They experienced a degree a violence during their time in Hamburg, which had established its post-war reputation as a city of vice and crime. Located just minutes away from the famous Star Club, where the band played to sell-out crowds, the museum is hoping to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.