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Englische Planke 1


Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend


  • 4.5Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

St. Michael's, Hamburg's largest church, is actually the third church to be built in the same spot and was constructed in 1912. Visitors flock to the landmark church to see its five different organs, its 65-foot altar, its crypt and the amazing views from the nearly 350-foot-high observation deck. The church's 433-foot-tall tower, home to Germany's largest clock bell, is visible from all over the city. In the crypt far below, about 2,000 people have been laid to rest.

Views from the top are not to be missed, according to recent visitors. Others described the church's interior as "ethereal." What's more, travelers were pleased with the affordable admission fee.

The church can be reached via the U-Bahn's Baumwall station. Admission to the tower costs 5 euros (around $5.50) for adults and 4 euros (about $4.50) for youths ages 6 to 15. Access to the crypt costs 4 euros (approximately $4.50) for adults and 3 euros (about $3.30) for children. A combination ticket cost 8 euros (around $9) for adults and 5 euros ($5.50) for children. To visit the church only, a donation of 2 euros (or $2.25) is requested. The church is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. May to September, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. October to April and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. November to March. The church and crypt are not open to visitors during church services or special events. For more information, visit the church's official website.

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