Ever wanted to make a pilgrimage to places that are significant in the Beatle fandom? Now you can, through a nifty guide that Lonely Planet recently shared! Let's take a look at a number of major destinations featured in their list in this first installment!
Reeperbahn, Hamburg, Germany
Perhaps, only the biggest John Lennon fans know that the legendary Beatle was born in Liverpool, but raised in Hamburg, Germany. The city saw the early days of The Beatles (including Stuart Sutcliffe, the band’s original bassist), who played hundreds of gigs in its nightlife and red-light district called Reeperbahn from 1960 to 1962. To be precise, head to Indra Musik Club, where The Beatles held their first gig in Hamburg; and Beatles-Platz, a circular plaza in St. Pauli district that was paved black to resemble a vinyl record, and adorned with statues representing the band members.
Cavern Club, Liverpool, England
Everyone knows that the iconic band was formed in Liverpool in 1960, and the city has been practically a “living, breathing Beatles museum” for all the landmarks relevant to the band’s roots. However, one of the spots you shouldn’t miss is The Cavern Club, the live music venue where the Fab Four rose to popularity. The Cavern Club is still open and hosts regular live performances, but you can also head to the Beatles Story Museum to see a replica of the club.
Deauville Beach Resort in Miami Beach, Florida, USA
During their first visit in the United States in February 1964, The Beatles flew to Miami Beach after their second concert in New York in Carnegie Hall. Aside from a relaxing break by the beach, the Fab Four also had their second television appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show live from the Napoleon Ballroom of the Deauville Hotel. Check out this photo from their rehearsals a day before!
Abbey Road, London, England
Of course, a Beatles-themed trip will never be complete without a visit to the Abbey Road in London, made iconic by the band’s last album named after the street, released in 1969. Scottish photographer Iain Macmillan only had 10 minutes to take photos, but that one perfect shot became one of the most iconic snaps ever, still spawning many imitations and renditions decades later.
Strawberry Fields, New York City, USA
One of the most frequented corners of New York’s Central Park, Strawberry Fields is a landscaped section dedicated to the memory of John Lennon. The iconic Beatle lived with his wife Yoko Ono and son Sean at the Dakota Building nearby, where he was also killed in 1980. The garden was designed by Ono, while the black and white mosaic with the word “Imagine” (after his peace anthem of the same title) was made by Italian craftsmen.
Stay tuned for the next installment!