Panoramic viewpoints across any city are always a good idea. Hamburg’s main eye in the sky comes in the form of the belltower at St Michael’s Church situated in the city centre close to Rödingsmarkt.
Finding the church was actually trickier than we had anticipated. With Hamburgs skyline dominated by various steeples, it wasn’t easy picking out which one was St Michael’s as we arrived at Rödingsmarkt U-bahn station.
In fact, the church was partly masked by a large building and only revealed itself when you stand in a certain place. Not what you need when it’s snowing and your trainers have decided to leak…
Nevertheless, we made the 10 minute squelch up to the church. It was absolutely stunning with the fresh snowfall around creating a mini winter wonderland. Interestingly nearby there are some lovely places to have a coffee, something to eat and relax in.
Entry to the tower costs just €5 and you can also visit the crypts below ground. We walked into the main church and found a stunning ceiling and friendly staff who guided us to the lift area.
After climbing a couple of flights of stairs, we arrived at the lift. A quick elevation to the top opened out onto the freezing cold deck of the belltower. If you do decide to visit in the winter, do bring a warm set of clothes – hats, scarves, gloves, thermal long johns, believe me you’ll thank me for it.
The wind biting us at the top was like a test of endurance but the view was spectacular. The snow covered buildings made for a beautiful panoramic view over Hamburg. As is customary on lookout points, there are telescopes here for a more intense look at the city.
With our faces frozen but our spirits high, we descended back down in the lift. The view from the top had thoroughly been worth it and, for €5, tremendous value. St Michael’s Church is an iconic figure of the Hamburg skyline. Taking in the view from up here is a must.
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