St Nikolai is probably one of Hamburg's most beautiful buildings. And it's sad history adds to its beauty. The original church was severly damaged in the great fire of 1842 and rebuilt under the guidance of a British architect. 101 years later, Operation Gommerah burnt the beautiful church down again.
It has been kept as a war memorial and it is one of the 'must see' places in Hamburg.
A lift takes visitors up to the top of the tower giving an amazing view over the whole city, while the old crypt has been turned into a small museum.
On my self guided tour of Hamburg, I stopped along at what appeared to be the tallest steeple in the town. St. Nicholas's church is more of a memorial than an actual building. Again, another great piece of history. It caught fire in 1943 and what you see today are the remains of what was once a place of worship for the people of Hamburg.
The remains of the building are still beautiful and you can imagine what it must have looked like. There are pieces of artwork dedicated to the times as well which really spoke to me.
It is pretty much the complete opposite of St. Michaels. But definately worth a stop and marvel at what happened there 70 years ago.
Beautiful view, so worth it on that alone. There's a small museum at the bottom.
If you're afraid of heights, not sure you want this one.
The St. Nikolai tower is absolute worth visiting if you want to learn more about Hamburgs history and enjoy its beautiful architecture.
In front of the St. Nikolai you can find some really interesting art/monuments, relating to the war and its remembrance.
For a lousy 3 euros you take the elevator, to the height of 76meters. From here, a fantastic, breathtaking view over Hamburgs harbour and city centre welcomes you.
Interesting photos are showed with stories about the war; its bombings and what was left of Hamburg. Sad to see how many buildings had been distroyed..but great to compare these pictures to the view of modern Hamburg.
Well, I think they did a great job!
The St. Nikolai tower is my favourite piece of architecture in Hamburg.
Once upon a time it held the position of "tallest building in the world" and it's still the second-tallest in Hamburg. Unfortunately the church that was once attached to it is long since gone. It was damaged in WWII, but not catastrophically. The locals just didn't feel like fixing it, and in fact pulled it down! Criminal.
St. Nikolai memorial stands there to remind of the victims of war and persecution in 1933 - 1945.
Since 1 September 2005, an elevator has taken visitors to a 75.3 metre-high platform inside the spire to enjoy history panels and a panoramic view over Hamburg and in particular the nearby Speicherstadt (City of Warehouses).
The bombed out remains of this once magnificent Gothic cathedral are a moving memorial to the victims of the Allied bombing of Hamburg and the victims of the Holocaust. You can wander around the open space outdoors for free, but for only 3,70 EUR you can see the exhibit of pictures in the crypt and take the elevator up the tower. The crypt exhibit has pictures of many cities that were destroyed by bombing during WWII including pre-war and contemporary pictures.
Definitely a place to visit while in Hamburg, so sad the devastation WWII had on the city. The ruins stand as a testament to all those that died both in Germany and around the world. Seeing the photographs and reading about the devastation whilst in such a landmark building is quite poignant. Taking up what Sooffietje says it's quite interesting to be able to sit these images alongside such breathtaking views of 'new' Hamburg.
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