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World renowned concert hall and city emblem

The Elbphilharmonie Hamburg is truly building of superlatives and has set itself the goal of becoming one of the ten best concert halls in the world. The fact that it has the best chances to get there is not only due to the spectacular architecture, but also to the unique acoustics.

Hamburg will gain a new cultural and urban landmark with the Elbphilharmonie in HafenCity. Classical music culture, music of the 21st century and sophisticated light music will have a spectacular venue here.

Designed by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg is built in a historic location. The warehouse designed by Werner Kallmorgen and constructed between 1963 and 1966 was used for storage of cocoa, tea and tobacco until the 1990s and retains its distinctive structure and characteristic façade. The 20,000 square metre warehouse space, at that time the largest storage space in the city, has been a distinctive landmark since it was constructed.

The interplay of the archaic Kaispeicher (quay warehouse) with the bold sweep of the glistening glass construction is the Elbphilharmonie's architectural calling card. The lower part of the building will house a car park, restaurants, a wellness and conference area for the hotel and the Kaistudio (quay studio), a concert hall for 170 visitors. In the upper part of the building there will be two concert halls in addition to the hotel rooms and 45 private residences: The Great Hall with its 2,150 seats in a 'vineyard architecture' style is the heart of the Elbe Philharmonic. It stretches from the 12th to the 17th floor and is acoustically isolated from the rest of the building. The small hall with 550 seats will be used for chamber music and jazz concerts, banquets and receptions.

The former use by the port and the new cultural identity of the location create a unique connection here: Visitors are transported over an 82-metre curved escalator through the former Kaispeicher A to a plaza open to the public 37 metres above Hamburg. From there, Hamburg residents and tourists will be able to enjoy a unique 360° panoramic view of the port, the Elbe and the city. In total, this plaza alone covers 4,000 square metres, making it approximately as big as the Rathaus (Town Hall) Market.

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Hamburg CARD Discount

  • 10% discount on souvenirs in the souvenir shop
  • 20% discount on coffee in Deck & Deli (Please note: The HamburgCARD must be presented to staff BEFORE ordering so that the discount can be granted. In some cases a table reservation is required. No duplication of discounts possible.)

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Short & Sweet

  • For whom All Hamburg Visitors
  • How to get there By public transport (U3 to Baumwall, bus and ferry)
  • What not to miss "The Tube" the unique curved escalator
  • Length of stay 1 - 2 hours
  • Food coffee, snacks and other drinks at "Deck + Deli"
  • Tip Book a guided tour of the Plaza for even more information about the city's landmark
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Combined Ticket City and Alster Tour

Stadt und Alsterrundfahrt
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Visitors who want to get to know Hamburg properly have got to take to the water at some point. This is why the Discovery Tour ticket includes tours of the Alster lake as well as a standard sightseeing tour. A day pass for the red double-decker buses allows you to hop on and off at the 29 stops along the route of the sightseeing tour for a whole calendar day.

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Day ticket for the Elbphilharmonie Plaza

  • public viewing platform
  • 360° view of the city and the harbour
  • 37 metres above grund level
  • unlimited unique access


Day ticket for the Elbphilharmonie Plaza
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From 10.00€*
Elbphilharmonie Plaza Hamburg
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The Elbphilharmonie Plaza serves as the junction between the old harbour warehouse and the modern glass structure above it. Located at a height of 37 metres above ground level, this public viewing platform is open to everyone and offers a breathtaking 360° view of the city and the harbour. The Plaza is open to everyone – not just concertgoers and hotel guests. You are welcome to come up and enjoy the fantastic view, discover more about the architecture or meet friends for coffee and a snack – from 09:00 to 24:00 daily.

In the interior area of the Plaza you will find stairways and lifts to the concert halls, the takeaway café »Deck & Deli«, and the lobby of »The Westin Hamburg« hotel. Information on the Elbphilharmonie, books, CDs and souvenirs are for sale in the Elbphilharmonie Shop. Visitors can walk all the way around the Elbphilharmonie on the outer Plaza.


Access to the Elbphilharmonie Plaza

It is possible to visit the Elbphilharmonie Plaza free of charge. However you have to get a free ticket which is only available on the same day and at the Elbphilharmonie visitor center (Kaiserkai 62) or at the Plaza ticket machines. As the number of visitors to the plaza is limited, long waiting times may occur, especially on weekends. With our day ticket, you have guaranteed unique access without having to decide for a certain time in advance.

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Guided Tour "From the town hall to the Elbphilharmonie"

  • Informative city tour
  • From merchant-pride and disasters
  • Development to the world harbour city
  • Discover the city centre
Guided Tour "From the town hall to the Elbphilharmonie"
To offer
From 14.00€*
Vom Rathaus zur Elphi
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Tales of proud merchants and tragic calamities: this walking tour from the town hall to the warehouse district and HafenCity features narrow alleyways and large merchants houses, canals and warehouses, and covers everything from cholera to the great fire of 1842. The sightseeing walk gives an insight into how Hamburg became a world-famous port and encourages visitors to continue exploring by themselves.

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Concerts at the Elbphilharmonie

The musical programme of the Elbphilharmonie covers the entire spectrum of classical music - from Renaissance to contemporary music, from solo evenings and chamber music to large choir and orchestra concerts.

Concerts at the Elbphilharmonie
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CITY AREA PORTRAIT HafenCity & Speicherstadt

The world’s largest warehouse complex and UNSESCO World Heritage. On the other side, towards the banks of the Elbe, the modern, ever-growing architecture of the new harbour district HafenCity. Also, you can enjoy the view of the harbour from nearly everywhere.

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The sounding heart of the Elbphilharmonie. The Great Hall

Deep inside the building is the heart of the Elbphilharmonie: the large concert hall seats approx. 2100 guests.

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Small location. Great sounds. The Small Hall

In addition to the Great Hall, the Elbphilharmonie has a chamber music hall and a small studio stage. In contrast to the Great Hall, the Small Hall follows the classic concept of the "shoe box". With its flexible platform technology and seating for up to 550 visitors, it is not only suitable for chamber music, jazz or solo evenings, but also allows numerous other uses.

The Small Hall

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