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“Renovation on tower but go anyway” 4 of 5 stars
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St Nikolai Memorial
Willy-Brandt-Strasse 60, 20457 Hamburg, Germany (Hamburg-Altstadt)
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“Renovation on tower but go anyway”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We'll worth the visit. Museum only takes a few minutes but very informative information on the effects of the bombing. As of the date of this review the bell tower, which seems more impressive than others as it now stands by itself, is undergoing renovation and is covered by scaffolding, blocking the view. Still worth it to take the elevator ride up and recommend not missing it because if the scaffolding

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“Stark and solemn war memorial”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

St Nikolai was once the tallest building in the world and one of the main Lutheran churches of Hamburg.It was designed by a British architect.It is in Gothic style and was reduced to rubble by RAF bombing in 1943 during World War II.Ironically, the spire of the Church served as a landmark for allied planes during the war.The spire still survives and the ruins of the Church serve as a war memorial.Two sculptures one depicting the pity of war and the other signifying hope stand within, what used to be the inside of the church.The place has a stark and solemn beauty of its own.There is a museum on the grounds that would appeal to history enthusiasts.

One can also take an elevator to the viewing platform on top of the spire of the Church, which offers panoramic views of Hamburg that are somewhat marred by scaffolding.There are some posters on the platform that show pictures of the church and the surrounding area after the bombing raids, along with information about the devastation and loss of life that resulted from RAF bombing on civilian areas.The regeneration of Hamburg post war is all around to see.The spire itself is encased in scaffolding and yet has a stern, commanding character of its own.The sculptures that jut out of the spires also have a grim, gothic appeal.Suffice it to say, that it isn't really a happy place, but its worth visiting due to its historical significance as a war memorial.

Visited February 2014
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“Nice idea to leave the church as it was when bombed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Good views from the top (but scaffolding gets in the way somewhat and not sure when it will come down). That's not the point of this place though as next to the spire is a small museum that tells the story of the almost complete destruction of Hamburg in the 1943 raids by the RAF. Its not self pitying and states the case that it was possibly justified as it also mentions the German raids on Coventry ,London,Warsaw, Rotterdam etc. It must be hard to be so even handed in a city where even today there will be people with memories of it and relatives suffering. It lists appalling Nazi behaviour also in that in the aftermath, Jews were denied safety in shelters etc and this sums up what I saw of the modern Germany's determination to face up to a dark recent past. Forced me to think about the morals of the bombing and came to a conclusion it could be defended as it was 1943 not 1945 .Dresden was a different matter though as I think happening in a vengeful mood in 1945 for no real reason.
Nice extra exhibition on French comics in World War one (you have to pay an extra euro for this treat!!!!!)

Visited April 2014
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“Interesting museum in crypt”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

The museum was very informative if you want to know more about Hamburg's history. We went in the lift to the top of the steeple but the scaffolding blocks the view which is a great shame.

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“Thought provoking - but spoilt by scaffolding”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

St Nikolai was a large church, the steeple of which was used by Allied Aircrew as a marker when bombing Hamburg in 1943. It has been retained as a memorial and the 5 Euro ticket allows travel up the inside of the spire to a viewing gallery which though providing some view over the city, is currently spoilt by the masses of scaffolding and walk boards that are everywhere. Perhaps this would not be so bad if the ticket price had been reduced to allow for this.
The ticket also allows entry into a museum which has informative boards covering the bombing of Hamburg as well as Coventry and Warsaw by the Germans.
The museum is fairly small but worth visiting and it certainly makes you think about the events which occurred here and elsewhere.

Visited March 2014
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