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Address: Platz der Deutschen Einheit, 20457 Hamburg, Germany
Phone Number:
+49 40 3576660
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Elbphilharmonie – grand opening on January 11 and 12, 2017!

Right on the...

The Elbphilharmonie – grand opening on January 11 and 12, 2017!

Right on the waterfront of the river Elbe, on the western tip of the Hafen-City, Hamburg is building a new concert hall – the Elbphilharmonie. The glass structure is built upon the massive red brick construction of the former cocoa warehouse known as the Kaispeicher A and rises up to a height of 110 metres. The heart of the Elbphilharmonie, designed by Swiss architectural practice Herzog & de Meuron, is the Grand Hall. This world-class concert hall with a seating capacity for 2,100 guests and a height of 50 metres will provide a spectacular stage for Hamburg's vibrant music scene and stars from all over the world. The Grand Hall is designed according to the »vineyard« layout: The orchestra takes its place in the middle of the hall while the seats for the audience rise up all around it, much like the terraced planting of vineyards. The Recital Hall with seating for 550 is designed particularly with chamber music in mind, but also serves as an excellent venue for balls, proms or banquets. The Kaistudio with its 150 seats, located in the old warehouse structure, provides a perfect space for experimental music, lectures and workshops. It is also the centre of a spacious music education area that spreads over two floors.

In addition, the Elbphilharmonie houses a hotel, a restaurant, 45 residential flats and a Plaza where everyone can enjoy a 360° panorama view of the city. Due to the variety of the 1,100 curved and printed elements, the glass facade of the Elbphilharmonie is truly unique. The small dots printed on the surface of the panes minimize the intake of solar radiation by reflecting it. As a beautiful side effect, the glistening glass facade mirrors the surroundings of Hamburg’s new concert hall.

The Elbphilharmonie combines innovative architecture with an exceptional location, outstanding acoustics and a visionary concert programme. Already, the new concert hall inspires Hamburg’s traditional cultural scene, fosters closer bonds between its protagonists and stirs the curiosity of many people to discover the emotional power of music in all of its facets.

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Remarkable work of architecture!

You have never seen anything like it! At first one wonders on its meaning. It looks so much like the river Elba itself floating towards the sky.

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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited the building together with our three kids. Unfortunately we did not book a guided tour, which would probably have been much more interesting then just walking out on the viewing platform and not seeing the concert hall itself. We enjoyed the viewing platform for about 15 min and then had a quick look at the souvenir shop.

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You have never seen anything like it! At first one wonders on its meaning. It looks so much like the river Elba itself floating towards the sky.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I'm a great fan of Herzog & de Meuron's architecture and therefore had been longing to visit the Elbphilharmonie. Even though I wasn't successful in booking a guided tour (all sold out until August), I really enjoyed just going in and visiting the Plaza. The view from there was nice. I also had a snack in the deli and bought... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

i went to the public viewing floor, very good views all around hamburg. get your free tickets from the machine. it was simple and fast to enter. very windy upstairs.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Plaza with the viewing platform. We didn't book tickets in advance and down the side of the building near the car park is another ticket machine with no queue. The view from the top is amazing but before you get there, the ride up the escalator is thrilling too! It gets windy and chilly up there so... More 

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Pune, Maharashtra, India
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The views from the Elbphilharmonie are average. Its kind of a bird eye view of the harbor. Having seen harbor first, the views from here lost their novelty for me. But still an average place to visit for its architecture from inside. One could go to check the musical performance halls for some fee. I didnt chose it.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Impressive. We ordered our Plaza entry tickets online at 2€ per ticket to be sure we could get to see it. The evening we went it was very cold, cloudy and uncomfortable. I can only imagine how glorious it would be in good weather. We enjoyed seeing this architectural wonder from several different vantage points and it surely is the... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even if you are not among the lucky ones that got hold of a billet for a music performance, even visiting the Plaza is already an incredible experience. The sight across the harbor, the architecture is worth to pay it a visit. Not to talk about the impression of music in this very special music hall, it is just singular.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I learnt so many interesting facts about this building on the walking tour and its truely a spectacle to see! I would recommend reading up on it before visiting as it sounded like it ran into quite a few issues while in the making. Such an interesting and unique design both inside and out and even better its free to... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful place to admire the city. pay attention to get your free ticket from the shop in front of the building. Very long rulan stairs but nice to admire.

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