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St. Michael's Church, Hamburg

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#3 of 17 in Historic Sites in Hamburg
Architectural Building Religious Site
The emblematic 132 m (433 ft) Baroque spire of St. Michael's Church is completely covered in copper. For centuries, this prominent feature of the city's skyline has been a landfall mark for ships sailing up the Elbe river. Relatively simple outside yet surprisingly opulent inside, the church features a large bronze statue above its main entrance showing Archangel Michael conquering the devil. Be sure to enter the crypt, which has an exhibit narrating the city's long history. Try to plan your visit for a sunny day for the best views from the church's tower. You'll find easy access by stairs or elevator. This city landmark hosts frequent concerts and other cultural events. Make St. Michael's Church a part of your Hamburg vacation plans using our Hamburg holiday planner.
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  • My husband and I recently visited this lovely (exterior and interior) church. It was baroque in style but not overly ornate. The pipe organ was being played during our visit and had a beautiful sound.  more »
  • We are not religious but it's worth of a visit especially go to the top to view the city. It offers very wide and open view of the harbour and also the city.  more »
  • We were on the Tower next to the Church. the rise goes beyond stairs with various intermediate stations such as bells and clock. This much it us easy to overcome our fear of heights. Once at the top it was refreshing wind and were rewarded with a spectacular view.
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  • This is probably the most famous church of the city and can be viewed from a distance. It has three large church organs; one of which is really huge. As with all churches in Hamburg, the architecture is really impressive. There is a statue of Martin Luther outside the church.
  • The best church tower in town to look around. There is even a lift for the not so fit tourists. At the top there is planty of space. You can buy tickets from the machine, you don't have to queue if you prefer to pay by card. I think the crypt is not so interesting.
  • Saint Michael's Church is one of the city's most famous buildings. Its baroque architecture is stunning. The views of the city from the top are great. However, there are many churches of the same kind in Germany as this one isn't particularly outstanding.
  • Hamburg's most beautiful church, just a short walk from the harbourside. Nice views from the top. A must see!
  • Breath-taking. They also offer/accepts salts of the world - if that makes any sense haha

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The most dynamic part of the city is the St. Pauli area, also known as Kiez. This is where tourists and locals brush shoulders among the many bars, shops, and sites. Jungfernsteig, or Neuer Wall, is an upmarket area with brand name shopping and luxury dining. Consider a stay in the bohemian quarters of Altona or the Sternschanze/Schanzenviertel. These areas burst with character and offer out-of-the-ordinary shopping and dining experiences at lower prices.
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