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Formerly the only street in Hamburg where sex work was officially tolerated, Herbertstraße is now an institution in the city’s red light district.

Located not far from the famous Reeperbahn, Herbertstraße is renowned for having Hamburg’s most expensive sex workers, and notorious for its exclusive entrance policy. Large metal barricades at either end of the short street inform visitors that all women and anyone under 18 years of age are forbidden from entering. According to local lore, women who ignore these postings are subject to being doused with “penis water,” the water used by male clients to wash up before being serviced.


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