From craft beer tastings to scenic boat cruises, there’s plenty to do in Hamburg. Bike through different neighborhoods, see some street art, and venture out to the countryside—here’s how to spend three days in this northern German port city.
Am Kaiserkai , Hamburg, Germany, 20457
Aside from having a visually stunning exterior, the Elbphilharmonie maintains a diverse calendar of concerts ranging from classical to modern. With a free entrance ticket, visitors can ride the Tube, Europe’s longest and first curved escalator, to Elbphilharmonie Plaza, an observation platform with sweeping city and harbor views. Many walking and cycling tours of Hamburg—particularly its Warehouse District—now include a stop at the concert hall.
Tour through the Elbphi
Our tour guide was amazing! So nice and full of information. We were a little nervous the tour would be altered since we heard they were filming a movie there, but the experience was wonderful. It truly is an amazing piece of architecture and a must see.
jvillarreal8608, Oct 2018
Things to Know Before You Go
The Elbphilharmonie is a must-see for music lovers and architecture buffs.
Demand for tickets is high, so it’s a good idea to book ahead if you plan to see a show.
While photography is permitted within the new concert hall, recording of any kind during performances is not permitted.
The entire concert hall is accessible to wheelchair users.
How to Get There
The Elbphilharmonie is in Hamburg’s HafenCity neighborhood. The easiest way to get there is by taking metro line U3 to Baumwall or line U4 to Überseequartier. Buses 6 and 111 also stop nearby.
When to Get There
The Elbphilharmonie is open daily from 9am to midnight and is busiest on concert days. If visiting to see the observation plaza, stop by in the morning or early afternoon before the concert crowds arrive. Those attending a concert should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the event.
The Acoustics of the Grand Hall
The 2,100-seat main concert hall at the Elbphilharmonie ranks among the most acoustically advanced in the world. The sound quality is so good in part because the hall is detached from the rest of the building, while 10,000 individually shaped gypsum fiber sound panels further soundproof the space. No one in the audience sits more than 99 feet (30 meters) from the conductor.
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