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The Elbe Philharmonic Hall, Elbphilharmonie (nicknamed Elphi by locals) is the home of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and is one of the most acoustically advanced concert halls in the world. The building project was considered a laughing stock by the German media for several years but today it’s one of the most popular sites in Hamburg, with classical and contemporary concerts, workshops for children and families, and a public viewing deck called the Plaza. Take a guided tour to learn even more about the concert hall’s history and its place in Hamburg’s cultural scene.
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Take a guided tour of the Elbphilharmonie and its surroundings to learn about the unique project.
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5 tips for visiting the Elbphilharmonie

Grand Hall | Flickr: Alexander Svensson CC BY 2.0
Pre-concert panoramic viewsVisitors who have concert tickets to events in the Grand Hall or the Recital Hall can use their tickets to enter the Plaza from 2 hours before the event. Those who are attending events in the Kaistudios will need to pick up a separate Plaza ticket.
Elbphilharmonie Plaza | Flickr: Christian CC BY 2.0
Reserve a spot on the plazaTickets to the Plaza are free, but the number of people allowed inside is limited. If you know you’re visiting during the peak season or during a city-wide event then it’s a good idea to reserve in advance, even if it does cost €2 for the reservation. That also means you’ll get to skip the ticket lines when you arrive.
Have a go on different instrumentsIf you want to try out new music and instruments, why not go to a workshop at the World of Instruments in the Kaistudios? Taking the place of the Klingendes Museum (Sound Museum), the World of Instruments lets everyone aged 4 and over attend workshops with professional musicians who can introduce them to the instruments they play. Workshops are run in German, cost €5, and places should be reserved in advance.
Players wantedAre you local to Hamburg? Would you like to dust off your instrument or rusty vocal cords? The Elbphilharmonie is home to 5 amateur ensembles and 3 choirs which welcome people of all ages and abilities to come along and play different kinds of music. From a family orchestra to two different Gamelan ensembles, there’s something for everyone to try out!
Be there early for the introIf you’re going to a concert, check to see if the one you’re attending includes a 30-minute pre-show talk. Experts on the piece, either academics, conductors, or musicians, will give you some background on what you’re about to hear and if there’s anything particularly unusual you should listen out for.
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

The Elbphilharmonie: Hamburg’s New Iconic Landmark

The ultra-modern concert hall right on the waterfront combines old and new elements, making it an architectural highlight in Hamburg.
Kaiserspeicher, ca. 1900 | Wiki Commons: Public Domain


The Elbphilharmonie was built on the foundations of the largest warehouse in Hamburg, the Kaiserspeicher. Destroyed in World War II, then rebuilt and renamed Kaispeicher A, it was left empty after more and more shipping companies switched to container shipping.

Construction of the Elbphilharmonie lasted from 2007 to 2016 and cost 886 million euros. The structure, at 110 m (361 ft), has since become one of the tallest in otherwise flat Hamburg. The current structure keeps the old facade but adds modern architecture above it, making it a unique building in the Hamburg skyline. Today the building contains 3 different sized venues for concerts, a hotel, restaurants, and the Plaza observation deck.
Elbphilharmonie Plaza | Flickr: Aleksandr Zykov CC-BY-SA 2.0

The Plaza of the Elbphilharmonie

The Plaza is a meeting space and observation deck, with glorious views over Hamburg - one side looks over the inner city and the other side overlooks the harbor. In 2019, the number of 10 million visitors was reached.

Thanks to a circular walkway, visitors can experience a 360° panorama of the harbor, HafenCity, the North Elbe, and Hamburg's city center. The entry to the Plaza is free, but due to the limited number of visitors, a time slot must be booked in advance, which will be printed on the ticket. Guests reach the Plaza by riding one of Europe’s longest elevators, which stretches 82m (269ft) from the ground floor to the 6th floor. It was also the world’s first curved elevator! Once you’ve reached the 8th floor, 37m (121 ft) above street level, you’ll be able to learn more about the Elbphilharmonie using digital infotainment tables, visit the Elbphilharmonie shop, or enjoy a drink or a snack from the Deck & Deli café.

Practical Tips for Visiting the Elbe Philharmonic Hall

Whether attending a concert or simply enjoying the view, here is some helpful information about the Elbphilharmonie.


The starting point for guided tours is located opposite the Elbphilharmonie at the visitor center Am Kaiserkai 62. It is requested to be on site 15 minutes before the start. The duration of a guided tour of the Elbphilharmonie is approximately 1 hour. Due to the rehearsal schedule, tours will only be held in predetermined time slots. The tickets are only valid for the booked tour as printed.


A cloakroom is available on the 11th floor for visitors attending concerts in the Grand Hall, and on the 10th floor for those attending events in the Recital Hall. The cloakroom fee is €1.50. Strollers, wheeled walkers, large umbrellas, and bags larger than 42cm x 30cm (16.5” x 12”) must all be checked in at the cloakroom.


All concert halls at the Elbphilharmonie provide seating for wheelchair users, this can currently only be booked by calling the concert hall on +49 40 357 666 66, sending them an email at, or in-person at the box office. Lifts are available to the Plaza, to all concert halls, and to the Kaistudios for those with limited mobility. A tactile paving system guides guests with visual impairments from the forecourt into the building and between each floor, and improvements have recently been made to allow easier access for visitors using canes. Guide dogs are permitted, but please note that you intend to bring a guide dog when booking. The E and I blocks of the Grand Hall are fitted with induction loops for users of hearing aids, and hearing aids are also available to borrow for all other areas of the Grand Hall and the Recital Hall.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I arrive for a concert?

Doors open 90 minutes before an event, including the bars in each foyer, and it’s recommended that visitors arrive 30 minutes before the start of any concert or show. Latecomers are not guaranteed entry, though ushers will try to find an appropriate time to take you to your seat if possible. Read more.

Are the official guided tours suitable for children?

The official guided tours of the Elbphilharmonie are designed with an older audience in mind. While older children who are interested in music will likely have a good time, the tour isn’t recommended for children younger than 8. Read more.

General information

opening hours

The Plaza is open to the public from 10 am to midnight daily. The Visitor Center, where Plaza tickets can be picked up on the day of your visit, is open from 10 am to 8 pm daily. The Plaza will still be open to the public throughout the year.


Plaza tickets are available on the day, free of charge. If you book them ahead of time to ensure that you can visit at your preferred time, each ticket has a booking fee of €2. A limited number of tickets are available for each timeslot. Tickets for guided tours (available in German or English) cost €15. Ticket prices for concerts and other events vary depending on the event and the seats you choose.


Official site:


Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Platz der Deutschen Einheit
20457 Hamburg

how to get there

The Elbphilharmonie can be reached via subway line U3 to Baumwall or line U4 to Überseequartier, via bus number 111 to Am Kaiserkai, or number 6 to Auf dem Sande, or via ferry 72 from Landungsbrücken pier to Elbphilharmonie. Concert tickets can be used as public transportation tickets for one round trip to the concert hall. Limited car parking is available for a charge in the Elbphilharmonie multistory Car Park, please be aware that the entrance marked Elbphilharmonie Hotel is reserved for hotel guests only.


Security measures may be in effect when the city is hosting events or the building is particularly crowded.
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