The church, with its entrance marked by St. Michael slaying a writhing devil at his feet, has an unlucky history. The first church, built in 1649, was destroyed my lightening in 1750. The 18th century church that replaced it was burned to the ground in 1906.
In 1907, the current church was built, and its tower is visible from much of the city – and its bells ring out across Hamburg.
Living in Rome, I’m rather spoiled with beautiful churches at every corner of my adoptive city, so I can safely say you can give the interior a pass. But the impressive bell tower is something to visit during your time in Hamburg.
The 132 meter tower can be climbed up, or you can take the elevator up, to see unparalleled views over this northern German port city.
Still, in my family we never take the elevator if the stairs up a tower are available and no one can beg out due to a broken leg.
We got a workout climbing the 449 steep steps to the top. My youngest son, a champion sprinter, decided to sprint his way to the top. The rest of the family joined him at a more leisurely pace.
Hamburg, with its port and channels and old warehouse buildings is a good city to experience from up on high. And the views from here really are excellent.
So if you’re in Hamburg with clear skies (not always a given), be sure to climb or ride up to the top of St. Michaelis for unparalleled views over the city.
And if you are lucky to get good weather, be sure to also make a visit to the beautiful Planten un Blomen Park I wrote about in an earlier post.