The protestant St. Michaelis Church, often affectionately called "Michel" by locals, is not only Hamburg's largest church; but also one of the most famous landmarks of the city. The 132m high tower of the curch is visible from almost any point of the city. Often the Michel was the first building sailors saw when they arrived at their home port Hamburg, so to them the Michel was a landmark and symbol for home.
Church St. Michaelis is said to be the most relevant barock church in northern Germany. It is located above the harbour and the St. Pauli docking piers in the southern part of Neustadt, not far from Großneumarkt. The building today is a reconstruction, since the church has been destroyed in a fire in 1906.
Not only is the Michel the most popular, but with 2,500 seats, also the biggest church in Hamburg. The tower is cased with copperplates and takes you over 452 steps up on the top to a viewing terrace with a spectaculous all around view over the Hansestadt. And yes, you may also just take the elevator if you don´t feel like walking up the stairs to the platform in 82 meters height.
According to a 300 year old tradition, the „Türmer vom Michel“, the trumpeter, blows a trumpet choral in all four cardinal directions every day. On working days at 10am and 9pm, and on Sundays and holidays at noon.
On special days the tower of the Michel is also open at night until around 11pm, which allows you fantastic views at the illuminated city and the harbour enlighted.
Directly underneath the platform there ist the biggest tower clock in all of Germany. It has a diameter of eight metres, while the big hand of the four faces, that are fixed on every side side of the tower, have a lenght of five metres and the small hands a length of about 3,60 metres.
May to Octobre 9am-8pm (last admission at 7:30pm)
November to April 10am-6pm(last admission at 5:30pm)
church: the entrance to the church is free, you are asked for a donation though, to retain the Michel
tower: adults 5,- (4,-), children age 6-15 3,50 (2,50)
crypt: adults 4,- (3,-), children age 6-15 2,50 (1,50)
package price tower and crypt: adults 7,- (6,-), children age 6-15 3,50 (2,50)
Specially suitable for
At night, Roof top, Highlights with a view, Families with teenage kids