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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

St Nikolai Memorial is the remains of a church that was badly damaged in the Second World War, but the authorities had more important priorities than reconstruction of a church. Eventually much of the church was deliberately destroyed, leaving only the tower and some remains of the wall to be preserved as a memorial against war. I think the city made the right decision. Without the rest of the church, the monumental size of the tower is staggering can't fail to remind us of what it stands for.

Around the former nave and interiors are a number of sculptures to remind us of the horrors of war just in case the message from the memorial didn’t strike home.

Date of experience: September 2019
25  Thank macedonboy
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This ruined church and tower is the second tallest building in Hamburg and was one we were looking forward to visit.

The church was built in the 12th century and was destroyed during World War 2. It wasn’t reconstructed to prove the painful cost of war.

We parted with €5 to take the glass elevator to the viewing platform. The views at the top of this 76 metre platform were amazing. We could see all round the city

The lift went so fast on the way down, it was quite funny to watch my wife squirm when passing between levels.

A must visit in Hamburg.

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank Ynysforgan_Jack
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Almost everywhere you walk in Hamburg you can see the tip of the St Nickolai, blackened by "fire that fell from the sky" when Hamburg was bombarded for 3 days in operation Gomorrah. But when you're standing at the foot of the remains of the church you realized it must have been a very beautiful church once, and still is in a different way. The trip upwards in the glass elevator is breathtaking and when on top you get see all Hamburg, 2 telescopes are available at 2 different spots, one with the view of the port, the Speicherstadt and the Elbphilharmonie, and the other to the Hauptkirche St Michaelis. Stunnung. Then when you ho down, don't miss the basement. It holds an "antiwar museum" and a " pilgrims" exhibition. The documentary at the antiwar museum brought tears to my eyes, also the simple things people put there that remind them of those times: first cooking pot a father bought after they had lost everything at the bombardment, a school bag of a brother who died in the fire.
There is also a big painting/mosaic opposing the tower, very interesting, and 2 statues that are very beautiful, and do read the inscription on the tall statue. It's inspiring! Loved it.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank raschae
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

All that is left of this structure is the spire. It survived the Allied bombing in WW2. There is an elevator ride close to the top and the view of the city is amazing. There is a museum in the basement which tells some sad stories of the abuses of that period and is well worth visiting to enlighten those who might otherwise think that war is good.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Gordon E
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Reviewed September 12, 2019

There was no scaffolding when we were there.It really is a poignant place to reflect on the effects of war.
We did not take the lift to the viewing platform as it was a dull day.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Richard S
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