Best had the chance to go to a teacher-training college, as he had passed his school exams—unlike Lennon, Mc Cartney and Harrison, who had failed most of theirs—but decided that playing in Hamburg would be a better career move. Pauli quarter of Hamburg, where the Indra club was located, was well known as an area where prostitutes were to be found, and was a dangerous place for anyone that looked different from the usual clientele.which was loaded by crane onto a ferry at Harwich on 16 August 1960, and landed at the Hook of Holland.

The Beatles' booking agent, Allan Williams, decided to send the group to Hamburg when another group he managed, Derry and the Seniors, proved successful there.

Having no permanent drummer at the time, they recruited Best a few days before their departure.

After breaking their contract by playing at another club, Harrison was deported for being under-age, and Mc Cartney and Best were arrested and deported for attempted arson (after Mc Cartney and Best had set fire to a condom in their living quarters).

The Beatles first met Astrid Kirchherr in Hamburg, who was instrumental in their adoption of the famous Beatle haircut.

During their time in Hamburg, Sutcliffe decided to leave the group to continue his studies.

In April 1962, less than a year after leaving the group, he died of a brain hemorrhage.Hamburg had once been Germany's main seaport, the fourth largest in the world, but in 1943 virtually the entire city had been reduced to rubble by World War II bombing raids.By 1960, when they arrived, the Hamburg that had grown up from the ruins of WWII had established its reputation throughout Europe as a city of vice and criminal activity.He initially tried to send Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, but Storm and his group were committed to a Butlins holiday camp and turned Williams' offer down, as did Gerry and the Pacemakers.Williams started promoting concerts for The Beatles in May 1960, after they had played at his Jacaranda club in Liverpool, He booked them into Bruno Koschmider's Indra club in Hamburg for a season of bookings starting on 12 August 1960, but said that he was not impressed with them as a musical group, and hoped to find a better act to follow them.As they had no permanent drummer, Mc Cartney looked for someone to fill the Hamburg position, which was difficult, as Lennon later said that drummers were "few and far between", because a set of drums was an expensive item.