St. Michaelis Church

The St. Michaelis Church, The Protestant Churche© Gegeours / Wikimedia Commons [CC BY-SA 3.0]

St. Michaelis Church

The tower of the Michaelis Church, lovingly referred to as "Michel“ by locals, impacts upon Hamburg’s cityscape at 132 metres, topped of by its characteristic ‘helmet’. The most recent of the five main churches, this Hamburg landmark is one of the most important baroque structures in northern Germany. Destroyed by lightening in 1750, by a fire in 1906 and by bombs in the Second World War, the Michaelis Church has been repeatedly rebuilt.

The hall of the evangelical church with its golden embellishments is an ideal festive auditorium for church events, with seating for up to 2,500 people, and is used in particular for grand oratories and masses. The organ is played here daily and from May to September there are even organ concerts during the week and on Saturdays.

You can reach the tower platform by climbing 453 steps or by taking the elevator. At the top visitors have an incredible view over the harbour, the Elbe, the inner city and the Alster. A multivision show takes place on the floor below on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, where 1,000 years of Hamburg history is projected in impressive images onto a five metre high panorama screen (admission €2.50; reduced admission for visitors to the tower). Every day between 10am and 9pm the tower trumpeter plays a chorale that echoes across the inner city. The church clock is, incidentally, the largest in Germany: the clock faces have a circumference of more than 24 metres and every individual numeral is more than one metre high.

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