• Posted:Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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Get on the Beatles trail in Hamburg

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Get on the Beatles trail in Hamburg
Music lovers everywhere will have heard of one of England's greatest bands – the Beatles – and what better reason to take a walk out of your Hamburg hostel than to visit the places where they stood when they first came to Germany 50 years ago?

Fans of British rock'n'roll will be familiar with what I'm talking about especially, but even if you don't know your music too well, then why not start learning?

In this magnificent German city you can follow a trail to where the fab four from Liverpool, England changed music history, such as in the Cafe Moeller – where the band often visited.

Luckily, I sought to find out more about their presence here and came across Stefanie Hempel – a self-confessed Beatles fanatic - who runs tours with the theme "time travel back to the 60s when many bands from Liverpool came to St Pauli and learned here how to perform live".

She has organised a Magical History Tour since 2008, in which she plays songs by the foursome on her ukulele or guitar at the end of the experience. Stephanie reckons that without Hamburg there wouldn't have really been any Beatles, which would've been a travesty for music all around the world!

She told me that the band "gave 281 concerts and back then played almost every night. More than they did in Liverpool".

I wonder if they used to play my favourite song a lot? Eleanor Rigby is my tune of choice by the band and what a great uplifting melody it is! Yellow Submarine was a classic too and A Hard Day's Night completes my top three.

It's just a shame they are not all still here today as a group - it would be amazing to see them play in arenas around Hamburg.

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