Memorial St. Nicholas

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Directly in Hamburg's old town is the former main church of St. Nikolai, destroyed by air raids during World War 2. As Hamburg's central memorial to the victims of the Nazi regime, the memorial is considered one of Hamburg's most important sights and attracts many tourists and visitors to the city every year. From the observation deck on the tower, visitors get a panoramic view of the entire city.

Memories of a dark chapter of Germany's past

St. Nikolai in Hamburg forms the central place of remembrance for all those people who fell victim to the tyranny of the National Socialist regime and the Second World War. During the air raids on Hamburg in 1943, the former main church of St. Nikolai was destroyed. Only the church tower survived the air raids and can therefore still be visited today.

For this reason, the ruins of the main church should be a memorial for its present-day visitors, reminding them of Germany's dark past during the time of the Second World War. Inside the ruins there is a museum that deals with the consequences and causes of the war.

View over the whole Hamburg

During a visit to the St. Nikolai Memorial, visitors are also able to use the panoramic elevator to the top of the still preserved church tower. This takes its visitors to a viewing platform at a height of 76 meters, from where a breathtaking view of the entire city is possible. Among other things, sights such as the City Hall, the Elbphilharmonie or the Speicherstadt, but also the Alster and the harbor can be admired from above from a bird's eye view. It is worth mentioning that the church tower of St. Nikolai is still the fifth highest church tower in the world and reaches up to the sky as an "admonishing index finger".

Culture on site

St. Nikolai also presents a variety of events: whether readings, lectures or concerts, the memorial is a regular venue for cultural events of all kinds.