St. Michaelis Church (Hamburg)
Come with us to the Michel, the impressive St. Michaelis Church.
The main church of St. Michaelis in Hamburg has been built three times and completely destroyed twice. Now you have the opportunity to visit this beautiful old church, which is undoubtedly one of the greatest landmarks of the Hanseatic city. It is located between Ludwig-Erhard-Straße, Krayenkamp, and Englische Planke, in the southern Neustadt. Are you not afraid of heights? Then enjoy the view of the city, the harbour, and the surrounding countryside from the platform at a height of 106 meters! It is a truly memorable experience to see Hamburg from a completely new perspective. If you are in good physical shape, use the staircase with its 453 steps to climb to the platform, but don’t worry, there is also an elevator. At night, the platform can only be reached by lift. The view over the night-time Hanseatic city is breath-taking.
Built in the Baroque style from 1647 to 1669, the church is one of the most beautiful churches in Germany. The interiors are magnificently designed and kept in white and gold. Here, all lovers of organ concerts get their money’s worth. St. Michaelis Church has 4 organs and offers organ concerts of the highest quality.
A wonderful tradition that is over 300 years old is the daily tower trumpet play. From Monday to Saturday at 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., and on Sundays at 12 p.m., the trumpet chorale of the Michel watchman resounds in all four directions. The tower is over 132 meters high. The tower clock is the largest church tower clock in Germany. It has a diameter of 8 meters and has been controlled by radio since 1994. Yes, even church tower clocks are now operated with modern technology. The numerals and hands are covered with gold leaf. A large hand has a length of 4.91 meters and a small hand of 3.65 meters. The striking bells make the sound of the clock resonate impressively over the Hanseatic city.
In any case, it is also worth taking a look at the crypt of St. Michaelis Church. In the crypt, you will see a very exciting film about the history of Hamburg and the history of the church itself. Here you will learn a lot about the good and bad days of the Hanseatic city.
From time immemorial, the Michel has also been of immense importance to sailors. It can be seen from a distance, and every sailor’s heart jumps for joy at the sight of the church when the ships enter the harbour. A piece of home, finally back to the family, finally able to enjoy Hamburg again, even if only for a few days or hours.
If you want to learn more about the church during your visit, download the free Michel app before you go. With this great app, you will get even more information about the church, even in Low German!
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