IT might seem like a long way to travel to find out more about Britain’s biggest ever band but Hamburg is cashing in on The Beatles with the opening of its latest attraction ‘Beatlemania’.
The German city where the Fab Four famously cut their teeth before hitting the big time recently celebrated the opening of Beatlemania, which shows they are still an important part of Hamburg and especially the Reeperbahn.
And the Solihull News is offering two lucky readers the chance to win a trip to the German city and visit the exhibition for themselves.
Back in the 1960s four young singers and musicians, destined to be world famous, honed their onstage skills in the bars and cellars of Hamburg’s legendary Reeperbahn.
Today, with the opening of Beatlemania, the Beatles are back in Hamburg, close to where their legend began. Spread over some 1300 square metres and five floors Beatlemania brings visitors closer to the lives of the Beatles than ever before. Relive their world through displays of original items and memorabilia along with exciting interpretations of the Fab Four’s careers from their early days to their eventual parting of the ways, plus record a song in the Abbey Road Studios and dive with Captain Fred in the Yellow Submarine.
Alongside the permanent exhibition there will be special exhibitions, shows and events, concerts, readings, fashion shows and lots more. True to the Beatles song “Eight Days A Week”, Beatlemania Hamburg is open daily from 10am till 10pm. Tickets are €12 for adults, concessions €9.
The exhibition is located close to the recently inaugurated Beatles Square right in the heart of the world-famous Reeperbahn – an area currently undergoing a transformation from a former red-light district to a cool entertainment and music venue.
Forty-nine years ago Hamburg was instrumental in launching the career of the Beatles and today it continues this rich tradition as a springboard for bold, new international talents with an annual Reeperbahn Festival.
For three nights from September 24-26 the rock clubs of Hamburg’s Reeperbahn district will be taken over by scores of young bands from around the world, hoping that the city will work similar magic on their musical aspirations.
Rock the night away at clubs and bars such as the ‘Kaiserkeller’ where the Beatles played their first concerts and by day take a city or harbour tour, discover stylish fashion shops and trendy art exhibitions and absorb the atmosphere and culture of the lively city of Hamburg.
To discover Hamburg for yourself and follow in the footsteps of the Beatles book an exclusive package such as the ‘Hamburg Compact’ from the Hamburg Tourist Board starting from €189 pp (approx £165), which offers: three nights bed and breakfast at a hotel of your choice (2* or 3* superior), a harbour tour, a city tour, a dining voucher for €20 and a three-day Hamburg Card to help you discover the city.
The winner of our competition to enjoy a short break in Hamburg will receive return flights from Manchester with Lufthansa, two nights including breakfast at the Hotel Vorbach, eentrance tickets for Beatlemania, a harbour trip by Rainer Abicht Elbereederei, a sightseeing tour on the red double-decker bus Hummelbahn, a visit to Miniaturwunderland, the world’s biggest model railway, a visit Meßmer Momentum to get to know the world of tea and Hamburg Cards.
For more information on packages available in Hamburg visit www.hamburg-tourismus.or call 0049-40-300 51 300. For information on flights visit www.lufthansa.com.
Do be in with a chance of winning simply e-mail the answer to the following question to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please entitle your e-mail "Hamburg Competition" and remember to include your name and address and telephone number.
What is the name of the famous street in Hamburg where The Beatles famously cut their teeth before hitting the big time?
*Normal bpm Media competion terms and conditions apply and the trip must be taken (subject to availability) by March 31 2010. No cash alternative can be offered.