A Reminder Of WW2: St Nikolai Memorial In Hamburg, Germany

Last Updated on September 5, 2015


The Gothic Revival Church of St. Nicholas (St.-Nikolai-Kirche) was formerly one of the five Lutheran Hauptkirchen (main churches) in the city of Hamburg. It is a sad reminder of WW2 as it was turned to ruins by the fire bombing of the city by the Allies in 1943, and the spire is all that remains.


It truly is a moving experience. The ruins of St. Nilolai now stand as a memorial against warfare in Hamburg and serves as an important architectural landmark. There is also impressively a functioning lift that takes you to the top for a birds eye view of Hamburg. St Nikolai is one of Hamburg’s most beautiful buildings and is a must-see when visiting Hamburg.






The church was the tallest building in the world from 1874 to 1876 and is still the second tallest building in Hamburg.

We first noticed the remains from a distance and had to get a closer look at the architectural detail.The remains are absolutely magnificent and fascinating. What remains of the church provides enough of a glimpse of what once stood. The architecture is very compelling. Venture into the museum to hear and read more about Hamburg’s history.

The St. Nikolai tower is absolutely worth visiting to learn more Hamburgs history and enjoy the beautiful architecture.


Have you ever seen St Nikolai Memorial? What were your thoughts?