Hamburg, Graffiti in St. Pauli Quarter

A Conference led me to Hamburg and I wish I had more time to discover and enjoy the city.

St Pauli, Hamburg, Graffiti

Luckily the venue was in the interesting St. Pauli Quarter and I spent what little free time I had to stroll in the neighborhood, famous for the Reeperbahn – Hamburg’s famous red-lights district – and the many colored graffiti.

Hamburg Graffiti in St. Pauli 

Narrow passages between houses displaying sometimes unattractive writings and in some cases nicer drawings, facades nicely decorated with colored paintings, and a few really pretty wall paintings. 

Hamburg Graffiti, Ray de la Cruz

Nothing comparable to the valuable street art in Brighton, but certainly a cool neighborhood. 

From the St. Pauli U-Bahn station or the Reeperbahn S-Bahn stop the best way to discover the graffiti is wandering along Clemens-Schultz Strasse and Simon-von-Utrecht Strasse, meandering through the perpendicular streets and entering the passages often hiding more paintings.

The best – and my favorites – are a series of wall paintings by Ray de la Cruz (also known as Ray DLC) covering a large portion of a building in Simon-von-Utrecht. Bright colors, characters from cartoons, allusions to Pop Art and classic advertising illustrations. 

Hamburg St Pauli, Ray de la Cruz Graffiti


A little further, I stumbled into a beautiful and very realistic piece of street art: a fisherman with piercing blue eyes smoking a pipe, seagulls flying in the sky and a scene reminding the harbor. A scene from the past, when Hamburg was one of the most important trade centers in Northern Europe and a member of the Hanseatic League.

Wall Painting in Hamburg

Hamburg, Wall Graffiti

Which is your favorite Hamburg graffiti?



Getting there:

The two nearest public transport stations are Hamburg Reeperbahn S-Bahn and St. Pauli U-Bahn 





Where to stay in Hamburg:

I stayed at the trendy East Hotel in the St. Pauli quarter, a beautiful contemporary design hotel with top facilities, huge rooms, and a good value for money.


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About Me

Travel addict and passionate about photography, Simon Falvo started Wild About Travel back in 2009. Leveraging her strong PR background, she developed an extensive knowledge of Digital Communications and Content Creation. Besides travel writing Simon holds workshops and trainings, she collaborated with tourism boards for digital marketing campaigns and participated as a speaker at several events.

5 thoughts on “Hamburg, Graffiti in St. Pauli Quarter”

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  2. Thank you for the follow on Twitter. 🙂
    This is amazing artwork. The last 2 in particular are so realistic, it is hard toimagine it is on a wall.
    Thanks for sharing and the new connection! 🙂

  3. Wow! I love all the art work! I think it’s amazing when you can turn the corner and see a beautiful art piece on an old building.

    – The Southern Adventurer

  4. You’re right, Corinne, the fisherman is impressive. So realistic. Impossible not to stop and stare at it for some time.


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