The largest - and, in some respects, the "official" - church of the city was built during the Reformation as a deliberately Protestant (Lutheran) church, not converted, so to speak, from a Roman Catholic one. As with many European churches, it's been rebuilt, expanded and repaired, but it retains all of its beauty and history. The bronze statue of the Archangel Michael, spear upraised, about to defeat a supine Satan, the 132-meter (438 foot) spire and 8-meter (26-foot) tower clock - the largest in Germany - all speak to the historic power and confidence of Hamburg. In addition to the tours of the church and crypt, music lovers can also arrange for a private tour of the church's several organs, including the great Felix Mendelssohn Batholdy organ, dating from 1917, by contacting the church's music office in advance.
A giant carnival funfair, this is a place of excitement and nostalgia. You can ride on an... Read more