German church

German church

The tower of St. Gertrude's Church, better known as the German Church, is one of the main landmarks of historic Stockholm with a height of 96 metres.

Viewed from the vantage point, it forms the Old Town skyline together with the tower of Riddarholm Church and Stockholm City Hall.

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The Gothic-Baroque church as it stands today was completed in 1642, but earlier churches have stood on the site since the 14th century.

The interior of the church is considerably smaller than it might first appear. In fact, most of the visible part of the church consists of a massive tower.

St. Gertrude or the German Church?

Stockholm's tallest church is dedicated to St. Gertrude, but most people use the familiar name "German Church".

This dates back to the boom of the Hanseatic cities in the Middle Ages, which were mostly controlled by the Germans. One of the Hanseatic cities was in the Gamla Stan part of the island, in the centre of which the German Church stands.

Admission and opening hours

The interior of St Gertrude's Church is open daily except Mondays from 12:00-16:00.

Admission is free.

The lookout on the tower is currently not open to the public.

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