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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!

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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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Beautiful building, wonderful view of the city. Very interesting architecture. you can visit there for free during the day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful building, wonderful view of the city. Very interesting architecture. you can visit there for free during the day.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Pop up to the viewing floor to get 360 degree views of Hamburg skyline. While it is free you will need a ticket, it is very popular, especially with locals. This may be because it is pretty new.

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was there twice / evening and during the day - both definitely worth seeing - great views towards Landungsbrücken & Speicherstadt - you can easily spend an hour there!

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Finding ourselves in Hamburg by chance, after flights from Berlin cancelled we made our way to the Elbephilharmonie in early evening hoping for a return ticket. None to be had but discovered you can get a free ticket to the viewing plaza and foyer area via the most amazing escalator. So we still mingled with the crowds. Well worth a... More 

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Wetteren, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This concert hall is amazing, on top of an existing building, perfectly integrated in the new structure, offering a magnificent view on both city centre and harbour. The size is dazzling, and the concept very different from what you are used to. We were very Lucky to have the visit arranged for us well on beforehand, not too late in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing place to visit, I'm not sure if all the week is a free entry but for Sundays it is ;) We can walked around and got an amazing view over there.

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Herning, Denmark
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We bought a very expensive guidet tour with the expectation of seeing the Elbphilhamonie from the inside. We were picked up at the Baumwall-station and met a very young guide and she was speaking extremely fast in German and not very loud. She told us about how many bricks that was used for the building and how much it cost... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very entertaining 60 minute tour, allowing access to the concert halls even when rehearsals were underway. The views over the harbour are quite stunning..... Definitely worth visiting on a trip to Hamburg.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There was quite a queue when we approached the building, but with no entry fee being asked we got in quickly. Elevators take you upstairs. You can walk all around the building on the outside from where you have a wonderful view. The building of the Elbphilharmonie was way over budget so it surprised us very much that they didn't... More 

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Alessandria, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

nothing really special, another fab-building to give a trendy fashionable touch to the city: a must for nowadays cosmopolitan business modern city's all this, building wise ..., we didn't experience the music hall.

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