The Archaeological Museum Hamburg at the Night of the Churches 2019


For the 16th Hamburg Night of the Churches on 14th September 2019 more than 120 churches and other venues open their gates. This night Hamburg celebrates a big city-wide festival of Christian religions, culture and encounters. This year’s motto is “heart on loud”.
The Archaeological Museum Hamburg is also part of this year’s event and will be offering various guided tours and a lecture on this day to illuminate church and formerly ecclesiastical locations for the public also from an archaeological perspective.


Our events:

Guided tour around the excavation of the Archaeological Museum Hamburg at the “Neue Burg”


In the heart of the city, in the area of the so-called “Neue Burg” (“new castle”) in the Nikolaiquartier, the Archaeological Museum Hamburg will carry out an archaeological excavation from mid-September on. The area around the Hopfenmarkt holds a unique field monument ensemble for Hamburg. This is where the development of Hamburg from the castle to the city began almost 1,000 years ago. The archaeologists want to elicit its last secrets from the ground at one of Hamburg’s most historic sites before the construction of the property begins and all archaeological traces are destroyed. The participants of the guided tour gain insights into the time of the medieval castle complexes that lay between the present town hall, the Nikolaikirche and the Domplatz.


Date: Saturday, 14th September 2019, 19.00
Duration: approx. 60 minutes
Meeting point: corner Hopfenmarkt / Hahntrapp, 20457 Hamburg



Lecture of the Archaeological Museum Hamburg in the memorial St. Nikolai: “The vanished church”


Almost every Hanseatic city in the Middle Ages had a church dedicated to St. Nicholas. But where is the medieval Nikolaikirche of Hamburg? As part of a lecture interested parties can follow the excavation leader of the Archaeological Museum Hamburg, Kay-Peter Suchowa, into the underground and discover the secrets of our past. The lecture will take place in the memorial St. Nikolai.


Date: Saturday, 14th September 2019, 20.45
Location: Memorial St. Nikolai, Willy-Brandt-Str. 60, 20457 Hamburg



Guided Tours “SmartSquare: Digital Cultural Storytelling at the Domplatz with the Archaeological Museum Hamburg and the HafenCity University”


Discover archaeology in the centre of Hamburg: Where was Ansgar’s church? The Archaeological Museum Hamburg and the CityScienceLab / eCultureLab of the HafenCity University present the current state of research of the federally funded project “SmartSquare” every hour on the Domplatz in guided tours: digital cultural storytelling to revitalize a culturally significant square. Participants are taken to the past, to the Hammaburg, and gain insights into the prototypical digital applications. At the church model in the St. Petri-Kirche, the tour into the Middle Ages begins to unearth Hamburg’s history. Via today’s Domplatz the tour leads to the ring-shaped tower foundation from the 12th century, where the journey ends. Here you will learn directly on the spot how the current Hanseatic city has developed from a modest settlement and why one still does not know for sure, where actually the first church was that Ansgar built in the 9th century.


Dates: Saturday, 14th September 2019, at 19.00, 20.00, 21.00 and 22.00 respectively
Duration: approx. 30 minutes
Meeting point: St. Petri-Kirche, at the church model in the entrance room, Bei der Petrikirche 2, 20095 Hamburg



You can find the complete programme of the Night of the Churches at:



Hamburg Altstadt – Meeting point: please see respective event


no admission

no registration required

Note: All events will be in German only