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        Antoniusstrasse, Aachen Antoniusstrasse, about 150m distant from the Rathaus. Background information here


        The Hasengasse, to the east of the center. The Roter Hahn, a drinking place at the entrance to Hasengasse, apparently has a discreet back door. Photo here.


        Laufhaus Baden, Balzenbergstrasse 43


        Berlin is the only city in Deutschland with no Sperrbezirke, i.e. areas where prostitution is banned. Although in recent years the trade has grown on the Kurfürstenstrasse to the extent that voices are being heard calling for the area to be listed as a Sperrbezirk during daytime. Additionally, a new shop on the corner of Kurfüstenstrasse and Potsdamer Strasse (LSD) has increased the 'erotic' aspect of the area.

        This is a relevant video

        The trade has altered over the years. Prior to 1990, it could be found on the Kurfüstendamm, and on Potsdamer Strasse and some adjacent streets.

        Potsdamer Strasse now appears extinct but Bulowstrasse is still active.

        Another possible place is Savigny Platz but this can be expensive.

        In the Eastern sector there is Oranienburger Strasse.

        The nearest thing that Berlin has to a Laufhaus is the Freudenhaus Hase in Wedding.


        Eckendorferstrasse 29, east of center and about 200m before Hallenstrasse


        Eroscenter C33, Calwer Strasse 33.

        Erospark, Böblingen

        Erospark, Max-Eyth-Strasse 10 - 12, 71065 Sindelfingen

        Club Haus Mahdental 121, Mahdentalstrasse 121, 71229 Leonberg


        Gussstahlstrasse/im Winkel, Bochum Im Winkel, off Gussstahlstrasse. The RoteHaus laufhaus stands on the corner at the beginning of the street and another 'Laufhaus' is at the other end. Going price 30 Euro. The image at left shows Gussstahlstrasse - im Winkel is off to the right further along - a fairly large sex shop is just to the left. A plan of 'im Winkel' is shown below.

        Plan of im Winkel, Bochum

        The local slang names for the area include apparently "Gurke“, "Eierberg“ and "Riemenwalzwerk“.


        A report by a sex worker on the Laufhaus Bochum

        How to Get There : from the Rathaus, go along Willy-Brandt-Platz and you will see Bochum West railway station ahead. Don't go as far as the station but turn right and then next left onto Gussstahlstrasse. Bochum West (on the line between Bochum and Gelsenkirchen) does actually have an entrance directly onto Gussstahlstrasse.


        Eros Center, Immenburg Strasse 17 - 21 (corner of Karlstrasse)

        The city has set up 'Verrichungsboxen' on the Immenburg Strasse" for use by street prostitutes. Cars are parked up in a secured environment.


        Bruchstraße, Braunschweig

        Bruchstraße, which runs between Wallstraße and Friedrich-Wilhelm-Straße. Two iron gates stand at either side of the street. The one from Wallstraße stands open mostly, while the other from Friedrich-Wilhelm-Straße allows a permanent narrow entrance.

        Background information here


        Helenenstrasse (off Vor dem Steintor), in the area known as "Das Viertel", which encompasses parts of the districts of Ostertor and Steintor.

        Background information here






        Linienstrasse, Dortmund Linienstraße, a partly blocked off street close to the railway station. More information on this website.

        How to Get There : exit from the railway station by the Nordausgang, turn right, and then just before you come to crossroads you can see the Linienstrasse partly blocked off on your left. Cars can also be driven in from the other end.

        Formerly, there was large-scale street prostitution in the Ravensberger Strasse which is now forbidden - see Ravensberger Straße.


        Eroscenter Haus Hamburg , Hamburger Strasse 31


        Hinter dem Bahndamm, Düsseldorf Hinter dem Bahndamm. The place consists of a five-storey building with each window numbered. This obviously creates problems for windows that are higher up. Seems not be a well-thought of place for general quality. The view to the left is from the railway line, South of the Central Station.

        Hinter dem Bahndamm, Düsseldorf How to Get There : It is directly next to the railway line, south of the main station. Best way on foot is to go south from the railway station. If you exit from the main entrance, then you will need to go along the Hartkortstrasse and pass under the railway line via Ellerstrasse. From the eastern end of this bridge, you follow the railway line further along Vulkanstrasse. Go along as far as it will go and then turn right.


        There are several walk-in brothels on Vulkanstrasse, and the trade has now extended around the corner to Julius-Weber Strasse and Charlottenstrasse.

        Some links :-

        Lust Meile
        Sexxx Palace.

        How to Get There : Vulkanstrasse lies South-West of the city center. A good pointer is the tall chimney of the Duisburg Stadtwerke power station. As you can see from the picture, this tower is certainly visible from the Schwanentor Bridge over the Inner Harbor. You could also take the tram (903) or U-Bahn (U79) to Platanenhof, about 5 minutes walk away.

        There is a shop with video cabins on Unterstrasse which is close by and open till late (about 2200) - all other such shops in the city appear to shut early.


        More Photos

        Newspaper articles on the Vulkanstrasse

        Monning on the border between Duisburg and Mühlheim, near the Zoo. Zooparkplatz.


        Laufhaus Erfurt, Am Stollberg 50


        Located in a discrete cul-de-sac called Stahlstrasse (cars can also be driven in). Prices appear to be 30 Euros for good service.

        How to Get There : It lies on the north-west edge of the city center (adjacent to IKEA). Or go down Segerothstrasse towards the University but turn left before the railway bridge (opposite to where a new University quarter is being constructed). Underground station : Berliner Platz.

        Background information on the Segeroth area


        Photos of the general area


        Oluf-Samsons-Gang, off Schifbrücke which goes along the harbor (this has come to an end, I think - although several scattered establishments exist in the general neighborhood of the Schifbrücke). The town is however the headquarters of the Beate Uhse company.


        The 'Bahnhofsviertel', east of the Central Railway Station - concentrated on the Taunusstraße and its side streets of Moselstraße, Elbestraße and Weserstraße. Exit from the main entrance of the railway station.

        For example,

        Crazy Sexy Eros-Center at Elbestrasse 49-53.

        Rotes Haus at Taunusstraße 34.

        Background information here.


        Bodensee Bordell, Flugplatzstraße 9


        Haus Eros, Güterbahnhofstrasse (laufhaus)


        Dueppenbeckerstrasse, Hagen Small blocked off street, the Dueppenbeckerstrasse

        How to Get There : From railway station, go straight ahead, right along the main shopping street until the Markischer Ring. Turn left, then right with the river on your right-hand side. The Dueppenbeckerstrasse is the second on the left, angled backwards


        Eroscenter Halle, Delitzscher Str. 80

        X-Carree, corner of Delitzscher Strasse 15/Am Güterbahnhof 1 - 3

        Photographs of the above


        St Pauli and its Reeperbahn is obviously renowned. It is also more of a 'tourist' and general entertainment area than most red-light districts.

        The police presence is very visible with the Davidwache station on the Reeperbahn itself. Legally every officially sanctioned working girl is required submit to a medical examination every 2 weeks.

        Herbertstrasse, Hamburg On the sectioned-off Herbertstrasse, prostitution (behind windows) is allowed around the clock.

        In the streets around Herbertstrasse (Gunterstrasse, Erichstrasse, Friedrichstrasse, Davidstrasse, and Gerhardstrasse), women are only allowed to be on the streets from 20:00 onwards. There are no street girls on the Reeperbahn itself. Although there are one or two brothels there - look for a sign EROS CENTER or KONTAKTHOF (entrance also on Große Freiheit).

        Grosse Freiheit, Dolls House The Große Freiheit ("Great Freedom") is a side street with several bars and club. In former years, several sex theatres here (Salambo, Regina, Colibri, Safari) would show live sex acts on stage. As of 2005, the Safari is the only live sex theatre left in Germany. The popular table dance club Dollhouse has taken over the premises of Salambo.

        The district also contains the Erotic Art Museum, Bernhard 69. Open daily 10am to midnight.

        How to Get There : U-Bahn: St. Pauli; S-Bahn: Reeperbahn; (it is however within walking distance from Hamburg City Center, if you are in the mood)

        Further Information on the Area, and History of the Reeperbahn

        Another district exists on the other side of the City Center, namely St. Georg, centered on the Hansa Platz. This is a more 'traditional' district with women available most times of the day, but with the range of quality being more widespread.


        Schlachthofstrasse. 29. walk through brothel (not too sure whether it still exists)


        Eros Center Hamm A small establishment with maybe 4 or 5 occupied windows which has closed in 2011 (I have no further details about its future). But the local newspaper reports that women can still be found standing outside. There are no 'Sperrbezirke' in Hamm so this perfectly legal.

        How to Get There : Gallberger Weg, south of the town center, off Alleestrasse or Richard-Wagner-Strasse. By foot, you could follow the railway line southwards (eventually you follow an unfenced section of the railway) and turn off on Klutestrasse. Gallberger Weg does meet the railway further south, although it is only a footpath at this point. The nearby zoo is a good landmark.


        There are two areas

        in the center (underground station Steintor)


        Sex World, Reitwallstrasse 4
        Eros Corner, Reitwallstrasse 5B
        Reitwall 6, Reitwallstrasse 6

        and on the parallel Scholvinstrasse

        Eros Center, Scholvinstrasse 2
        Bangkok Hannover, Scholvinstrasse 7
        Eros 10, Scholvinstrasse 10

        slightly further afield - Braun 8, Braunstrasse 8


        From the main railway station, take rear exit, turn left keeping the bus station on your left - Ludwigstrasse is further along on the left


        Eroscenter Heidelberg, Güteramtsstrasse 11

        Erosocenter 13, Güteramtsstrasse 11

        Exclusiv Studio Heidelberg, Am Rohrbach


        Eroscenter Heilbronn, Hafenstrasse 7


        Sexworld Kaiserslautern, Hafenstrasse 7


        Brunnenstrasse, Karlsruhe

        Brunnenstraße, between Kaiserstraße and Zähringerstraße

        Eros Center, Brunnenstrasse 13/15


        Eroscenter Kassel, Wolfhager Strasse 53


        Eroscenter Kiel, Wall 50


        Bordell Oasis, Kesselheimer Weg 38 (directly on the B9)


        Pascha Brothel, Köln/Cologne Pascha claims to be the largest brothel in the whole of Europe. Prices appear to be 30 Euro, although the girls might possibly try to get another 20 Euros off you for slightly more service. Notices from the management claim that you can complain to them if you are dissatisfied with anything. You have to pay 5 Euros entrance fee.

        There is also another brothel directly opposite - the Kölsche Bordell

        How to Get There : Location is Hornstrasse. Take the S-Bahn to Nippes and Pascha is visible from the train - see photo, taken from Nippes station, where it is the building to the right of the clock.

        Zehn Jahre Straßenstrich >>Geestemünder Straße<< in Köln (in German/auf deutsch)

        Other possible addresses : Antwerpener Str. 61, Mauritiuswall 73, Tuermchenswall 66 b and Brabanter Str. 8.>


        House 24, Byk-Gulden-Strasse 24


        Eros Center, Mevissenstrasse 70


        Eros Center, Leipzig (Wasserturm) Haus am Wasserturm, Torgauer Strasse. Three storey building. Official price is 30 Euro although expect to immediately pay another 20 for 'extra services'. Contrary to reports, there appears to be no entrance fee.

        How to get there : Get a tram from the Central Station. The house is on the right-hand side of Torgauer Strasse and you can't miss it.

        SEX WORLD Rote Meile Eroscenter, Dessauer Strasse 24

        Street prostitution is illegal in Leipzig so be warned.

        Report on the situation in Leipzig shortly after 1990


        Clemensstrasse, now defunct.


        Hinter der Sülzmauer


        Crazy Sexy Eros Center, Bahnhofstrasse 17

        How to get there : Leave the railway station via the main entrance and Bahnhofstrasse is on your right. 50 meters further on you will come to a 6-storey building.


        Lupinenstrasse, Mannheim

        Lupinenstrasse, the most westerly side street of the Mittelstrasse, north of the River Neckar.

        Background information here


        Rampenloch, a cul-de-sac to the West of the town center.

        Background information here


        Caesars World, Stahlgruberring 23

        Leierkasten, Ingolstädter Str. 38

        Vitalia, Helene-Wessel-Bogen 16

        Herz As, Triebstrasse 11a,

        Landsberger Str.: near main railway station, girls in cars with rooms nearby

        Laufhaus Hansastrasse 9


        Kuenkelstr. 54 (probably defunct)


        See Monning (under Duisburg).


        Frauentormauer between Faerbertor and Spittertor


        Cheap Drinks to attract the Customers


        Flasshofstrasse, a fenced-off area of the street, including a 'Laufhaus'. This website also contains information on the adjacent Haus Eden.


        How to Get There: from the main railway station, take the Friedrich-Karl-Strasse from the right of the station area. After a while, turn right into Hermann-Albertz Strasse and left into Flasshofstrasse.


        Eros-Center-Oldenburg, An der Braker Bahn 6

        Goldener Anker, Stau 47


        Das Rote Haus, Eisenbahnstrasse 18, opposite the main railway station


        Bienenkorb, Haller Strasse 8


        Laufhaus Passau, Villa Medici, Haitzingerstrasse 20


        (Eros-Center Crazy Sexy. Leave motorway A8 in Pforzheim-West, 500 m towards Pforzheim at first traffic lights turn left, on right hand side). uncertain about the current state of this information.


        Eroscenter Regensburg


        Erosarena Reutlingen, Albstrasse 74

        Erospark (Jaguar) Reutlingen, Carl-Zeiss-Straße 23/1


        Rostock Eros Center

        Eros Center, Am Bahnhof Bramow 10 - about halfway between Rostock center and Warnemunde.

        Some information on the opening of the Eros Center and the crime-ridden situation before it was opened, can be viewed here


        Arabella, Brebacher Landstrasse 6 - 8

        Eroscenter Saarbrücken , Kaiserstrasse 50

        More information


        Erospark Sindelingen, Max-Eyth-Straße 10


        The 3 Farben Haus, Bebenhaeuser Hof 2-6.

        A walk-through brothel close the main pedestrian area in the city center. Coming from the main railway station look in the small streets on the left hand side near department store Hertie

        Between Königstraße und Rathaus, actually a side street off Hirschstrasse Der Marktplatz and Rathaus is on the corner.

        S-Bahn to Stadtmitte or U-Bahn to Schlossplatz.

        Laufhaus in the vicinity of the airport

        Eros Messalina Leonhardstr. 7


        Eros-Center Luxemburger Strasse 61, between Roemer- and Konrad-Adenauer-Brücke


        Erosvilla, Kupferhammer 23A, close to the Westbahnhof


        Two addresses, covered by the same website

        Eros-Center Blaubeurerstrasse 64/1

        Zeppelinstrasse 26

        Hotel Alter Herzog, Zinglerstrasse, corner of Schillerstrasse.


        Crazy Sexy Eros Center, Mainzer Strasse 129, near autobahn


        Hühnerhaus, Sommerdamm 30


        Haus d'amour, Randersackerer Str. 64


        Wesendonkstrasse 16-18 (corner Hofaue). Very close to the Schwebebahn (overhead monorail), but probably defunct.

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