St. Petri Church
St. Petri Gothic Church
St. Petri ─ named after the apostel Petrus ─ is one of the city's five main Christian churches and just a few steps away from the City Hall. Built in the eleventh century, it became Hamburg's oldest church after the Mariendom was teared down in 1805.
During the Great Fire of 1842, the gothic church was taken by the flames in its entirety. Seven years later, the new reconstructed building was introduced to the public. During WWII, in July of 1943, the air attacks of 'Operation Gomorrah' ─ at the time, the worst in history ─ caused an enormous fire storm. Fortunately, the fire didn't seriously damage the tower this time, although half of the city's apartments were destroyed. If you manage to climb the 544 steps to the platform, you'll be rewarded with a beautiful view through the tower's portholes. From a bird's-eye perspective, you can overlook the entire city centre including the City Hall, the Alster Lakes and ─ far in the distance ─ even the harbour cranes.
The tower is open from Monday to Saturday between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The last entry to the tower's staircase is at 4:30 p.m.
Visiting hours can change, please check the website for the latest information.
www.sankt-petri.de (German only).