St. Michael's Church, Hamburg
St. Michael's Church, Hamburg ©Florian Trykowski

St. Michael's Church, Hamburg – the church with the copper roof

Its tower is the emblem of the city, commonly referred to as "the Michel": St. Michael's Church and its unmistakable copper roof is one of the most beautiful Baroque churches in northern Germany. Night tours of the tower also afford visitors glorious views of the Hanseatic city beneath the starry sky.

Majestically tall at 132 metres, it is certainly not the biggest tower in Germany, yet it boasts the largest church clock in the country. At eight metres in diameter, it really is an astonishing sight to behold. As visitors can still see today, no corners were cut in St. Michael's interior, either, even though the church has burned down three times since it was founded in around 1600 and was bombed in World War II.

Precious marble sets a worthy stage for the 20 metre high altar. The pulpit with its glorious staircase and the baptismal font are also made of the heavy stone material. The central console of the church's five truly unrivalled organs created by master craftsmen is installed in the concert gallery. The senate pew shows just how important St. Michael's Church is to the people of Hamburg. It is adorned with special decorations and the coat of arms of Hamburg on the side of the pew to highlight the church's special seating arrangement. Wealthy residents of Hamburg, including big names such as the composer Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, have been laid to rest in the crypt. From the narrow crypt, visitors can take on an athletic challenge and climb the 452 steps up the tower for sprawling views of the city. Or if they can only make it up 52 steps, there is a lift to help them the rest of the way.

St. Michael's Church, Hamburg

Opening hours: November to April: every day from 9am to 6pm; May to October: every day from 9am to 8pm

Entry and short tours: free

Nearest train station: Hamburg

Tours available for the blind and visually impaired; hearing loops available for the hard of hearing; accessible site; visitors must pay to enter the tower and crypt



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