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St. Michaelis Kirche (St. Michael's Church)
St. Michaelis Kirche (St. Michael's Church) Review
The Michel, as it's called locally, is Hamburg's principal church and northern Germany's finest baroque-style ecclesiastical building. Its first incarnation, built between 1649 and 1661 (the tower followed in 1669), was razed after lightning struck almost a century later. It was rebuilt between 1750 and 1786 in the decorative Nordic baroque style, but was gutted by a terrible fire in 1906. The replica, completed in 1912, was demolished during World War II. The present church is a reconstruction.
The distinctive 436-foot brick-and-iron tower bears the largest tower clock in Germany, 26 feet in diameter. Just above the clock is a viewing platform (accessible by elevator or stairs) that affords a magnificent panorama of the city, the Elbe River, and the Alster lakes. Twice a day, at 10 am and 9 pm (Sunday at noon), a watchman plays a trumpet solo from the tower platform. In the crypt a 30-minute movie about the 1,000-year history of Hamburg and its churches is shown.
For a great view of Hamburg's skyline, head to the clock tower at night. In the evenings you can sip a complimentary soft drink while listening to classical music in a room just below the tower. This is usually held from 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm: check www.nachtmichel.de to confirm times.
- Address: Englische Planke 1, Neustadt, Hamburg, 20459 | Map It
- Phone: 040/376–780
- Cost: Tower €5; crypt and movie €4; show, tower, and crypt €7
- Hours: May–Oct., daily 9–7:30; Nov.–Apr., daily 10–5:30
- Website: www.st-michaelis.de
- U-bahn: Rödingsmarkt (U-bahn), Stadthausbrücke (S-bahn).
- Location: Altstadt
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