Hauptkirche St. Michaelis
Englische Planke 1
20459 Hamburg

Tel. +49 (0)40 376 780
Fax +49 (0)40 3767 8310


Profile of St. Michael’s

As a church and parish, St. Michael’s shares the gospel of Jesus Christ, with the knowledge that it’s supported by the all-encompassing, forgiving and reconciling love of God, and sees it as its responsibility to spread and practise the message. As a main church, St. Michael’s is there for the whole city of Hamburg. It’s open to all people as a place for prayer and a whole host of music and lecture events. Despite its size, St Michael’s is a ‘village church’ and represents the spiritual centre of Hamburg Neustadt for more than 3,500 people of Evangelical Lutheran faith in this district and a growing number of people beyond. More than 500 people volunteer in the various fields of work to which St Michael’s has dedicated itself. The Bishop of the Hamburg and Lübeck District of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany (North Church) preaches at St Michael’s. 

As the first building to be constructed in Hamburg after the Reformation, St. Michael’s has been the newest and largest main church since 1685. Hamburg’s iconic landmark is one of the most important baroque churches in northern Germany and a key church in tourism, reliably open at least eight hours a day. Every year, more than one million people from all over the world and various cultures visit St Michael’s, explore the largest crypt in northern Europe and enjoy the breathtaking view of the vibrant and pulsating Port of Hamburg from the tower.

The services at St. Michael’s form the core of all the work. The main services held on Sundays and holidays are celebrated as Evangelical masses with a rich variety of messages and music. The meditative Sunday evening service is based on a simple form of prayer service with the gospel communicated through extensive music. All the organs in the church are played during the daily organ service. Services celebrating the smaller holidays throughout the church calendar complement the range of services. The various forms of weekly services correspond to the wide variety of people who come to St. Michael’s for services. Countless baptisms and weddings are held at St. Michael’s every year, with the participating families and couples coming not only from churches in Hamburg, but also from all over Germany.

St. Michael’s is one of the most important centres for church music in Hamburg: choirs made up of church members, children and young adults, a horn ensemble, two orchestras and the Trinity band all form the body of sound of the church and play a key role in parish life and development. With cantatas, masses, Gregorian chant, horn ensemble music and organ accompaniment, the gospel is spread through a multifaceted range of music during services.

The tradition of playing the trumpet from the St. Michael’s tower has been around for more than 300 years. The tower warden plays a chorale in each cardinal direction every day.

St. Michael’s offers its congregation a varied range of discussion groups for sharing ideas and theological studies, including Bible studies, liturgical studies, literature and culture for all generations, and lectures about art and architecture.

Hamburg residents consider St. Michael’s to be a landmark, which they love and proactively support. Full-time and volunteer employees see that as both a challenge and an opportunity to promote the work of the gospel on behalf of the people in the parish and the city.


Bank account for donations

Hauptkirche St. Michaelis
IBAN: DE49 2005 0550 1226 1252 25
Bank: Hamburger Sparkasse


Hauptkirche St. Michaelis zu Hamburg
Englische Planke 1
20459 Hamburg
Tel.: +49 (0)40 376 780
Fax: +49 (0)40 3767 8310
Email: infost-michaelisde

Opening times

November to April
Daily from 10.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

May to October
Daily from 9.00 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.