Church of St. Nicholas, Hamburg

Church of St. Nicholas, Hamburg (must see)

The Church of St. Nicholas is a ruined church located in the centre of Hamburg. Previously one of the five Lutheran Hauptkirchen, or main churches, found within the city’s medieval centre, it was briefly the tallest building in the world. The towering Gothic Revival style spire, which stands 482 feet tall, is all that remains of the church; the main building has been demolished. The ruins are still an important tourist landmark, hosting events and displays, as well as an information centre in the old crypt.

A church has stood in this spot since the beginnings of Hamburg in the 12th century. A pillar of ecclesiastical life in the city for centuries, the previous church building was destroyed in the Great Fire of May 1842. The replacement was devised by British architect Gilbert Scott, and built between 1846 and 1863. The spire was completed in 1874, and made the church the world’s tallest building for two years, before being overtaken by Rouen Cathedral in Northern France. The ruined spire is still Hamburg’s second tallest structure, after the TV Tower.

The great height of the church spire proved to be its downfall, as it became an easy target for Allied Forces planes during World War 2. The nave of the church was destroyed, and the congregation moved to a new facility in an outlying suburban area. Restoration works have included the installation of an elevator within the spire, which takes visitors up to a 75 metre high platform, allowing great views over the nearby Speicherstadt district.

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Sight Map

Sight Name: Church of St. Nicholas
Sight Location: Hamburg, Germany
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Hamburg's Churches Walking Tour   Hamburg Architecture Walking Tour - 2   City Orientation Walk I  

Walking Tours in Hamburg, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Hamburg

Create Your Own Walk in Hamburg

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City Orientation Walk I

City Orientation Walk I

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Nightlife of Hamburg Self-guided Tour

Nightlife of Hamburg Self-guided Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Famous Bridges of Hamburg

Famous Bridges of Hamburg

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Hamburg Architecture Walking Tour - 1

Hamburg Architecture Walking Tour - 1

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Hamburg's Churches Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
City Orientation Walk II

City Orientation Walk II

Hamburg is the second-largest city of Germany with a population of 1.8 million people, located where the river Elbe meets with the rivers Alster and Bille. With more than 120 000 enterprises such as factories, radio and television broadcasters and publishers it became the major media and industrial center in northern Germany. The city is also a major tourist destination both for domestic and overseas visitors. Here is the list of the top attractions in Hamburg

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km