Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie opera hall glistens in the sunlight and overlooks the harbour
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The spectacular Elbphilharmonie concert hall may have only opened in 2017, but it's already one of the most culturally significant places in Hamburg, if not all of Germany. Designed by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron - who also thought up the Tate Modern - Elphi (as it's often referred to locally) is a dazzling glass structure that resembles mountain peaks, or ocean waves, or an iceberg, depending on who you ask. According to the architects, it was inspired by the ancient theatre at Delphi, as well as the structure of sports stadiums and tents.

Elbphilarmonie Hamburg is home to three state-of-the-art concert venues, a hotel, apartments, a car park, and the Plaza - a public space and observation deck 37 metres above ground level for Hamburg residents to enjoy. The building was constructed on top of an old brick warehouse beside the Elbe river, its distinctive curved glass design creating an intriguing old-meets-new feel. If you're visiting Hamburg for a weekend city break, check out the Elbphilharmonie schedule ahead of your trip to see what's on.

The venues

The Great Concert Hall- The main venue here seats 2,100 and contains a magnificent pipe organ with 69 registers, which was built into the seats and traverses three floors of the hall. The performers stand in the centre of the hall, with the audience surrounding them in a vineyard-style arrangement.

The Recital Hall - This smaller venue, which can hold up to 550 people, was designed for recitals, chamber music and jazz concerts. It also hosts banquets and can be rented out for private receptions.

The Kaistudios - These studios are intended for educational activities for children and families.

The ticket shop on the ground floor of Elbphilharmonie is open daily from 11am to 8pm.

Opening Times

Throughout the Year

  • Open Daily: 09:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Price Information

Entry to the Plaza

  • General : 2.00 EUR

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