So now that we’ve got that out of the way, we can talk about Hamburg.
To start with, let’s talk about the time I thought I would never, ever make it to the top of Hauptkirche St. Michaelis (St. Michael’s Church–or, as it’s apparently known by the people of Hamburg, Michel).
From the entrance of Michel to the top of its tower, there are 453 steps. Now, maybe you read that and thought, “Wow, that’s a lot of steps!” Or maybe you read it and thought, “So what? I once climbed 5,000 steps with a broken leg!” If it’s the latter: you’re kind of a douche (though, let’s be fair, a mildly impressive one). However, if you’re anything like me, you see 453 and think, “Oh, it just sounds like a lot, it’s not so many.”
Well, guess what? It is.
Now, I don’t want to get too dramatic, here. I mean, I did it. I can climb 453 steps and live to tell the tale (though I might leave out the part where I can hardly breathe afterwards). So, that’s cool, go me, happy for the working legs. But there was a minute where I wasn’t so sure, you guys. Especially when I compared myself to Simon, who could probably have run up all of those steps without breaking a sweat. Sometimes I don’t like him so much.
Anyway, this post isn’t just so I can complain about Simon and/or exercise (though it’s definitely for that, a little bit). It’s also so I can show you this.
The nice/kind of scary thing about the top of Hauptkirche St. Michaelis is that there is no glass. Unlike certain other city-toppers I could name, here you can find an unobstructed view and take photos without other people’s smudgy fingerprints all over them. Dreamy.
Of course, it also means you’ll get blown around by the wind and rain, cause you’re up real high and this is Germany in December. Fortunately, a bit of wind can be quite refreshing after climbing–what was it, again?–453 steps.
To get to the Hauptkirche St. Michaelis: Click for map.
Hours and prices: The church is open from 10am to 6pm in the winter, and 9am to 8pm in the summer. Admission to the church itself is free, but it costs €5 to go up the tower.
See the website for more info (available in German and English).
Note: Don’t let my whining about the steps get you down; there’s also a lift. (I know. I KNOW.)