The Elbphilharmonie? What’s that?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. 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.
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.
What is the Plaza?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. Guests reached the Plaza by riding one of Europe’s longest elevators, which stretches 269 feet (82m) from the ground floor to the 6th floor. It was also the world’s first curved elevator! Once you’ve reached the 8th floor, 121 feet (37m) 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.
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.