The spot where St. Michael's Church can now be found has seen its share of troubled times. First a lightning strike and a catastrophic fire centuries later destroyed the first and second churches that were built on this site. But the city's Protestants 'remained faithful' and, in 1912, the construction of the church that we see today was finished, only to be damaged heavily during WWII.
Today, between the inner-city and the piers of Landungsbruecken, you can find a baroque gem that is regularly listed among Northern Germany's most beautiful churches and the Hamburg's most important landmarks. The distinctive copper roof and the 132 metres tall tower with Germany's largest clock bell are visible from afar. The observation deck at 106 metres offers a fantastic view over the city and its harbour.
Once you step inside the church, a massive nave opens up. It boasts five different organs and can fit 2,500 people. The centrepiece of the church interior is a 20 metres high altar. In the crypt below, 2,000 people have found their final resting place.
St. Michael's Church can be reached easily via underground line U3 to Baumwall or by buses 112 and 37. The church is literally is the centre of the city, so almost all the most important landmarks can be reached by foot from here.