The Elbphilharmonie is a giant concert hall at the Speicherstadt of Hamburg, Germany, and the city’s newest gem. It fits well into the location by combining the existing foundations of a former storage building with a new glass front on top. It was inaugurated in 2017 and has already become a new icon of the city. In addition to the concert locations, you can also find restaurants, a hotel and a coffee bar inside the building.

You don’t need to buy a ticket for a concert to enjoy the building: it has an area (the plaza) that can be accessed by everybody. Free tickets for that are issued in the entrance area to keep control of the number of people inside the building (I had no waiting times). A very long and round-shaped escalator than brings you into the building ending in front of a glass window with excellent views on the harbour and the Landungsbrücken.

After taking some stairs you have reached the plaza with access to the concert halls and restaurants. Get yourself a coffee – from the coffee bar, you can walk outside and enjoy great views. It is like standing on top of the nose of a ship. But you can walk around the complete building on a terrace. The ‘Elphi‘ was finished seven years later than expected and instead of 241 million Euros, it needed 866 million Euros to be finished. A high price for a concert hall, but maybe acceptable for a cathedral of music.

Platz der Deutschen Einheit 1
20457 Hamburg


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