One of the most visited cities in Germany, Hamburg saw nearly 8 million visitors in 2019. The second-largest city in the country, it is best known for its harbour and its cultural centres. Nestled within Hamburg, Germany is the Elbphilharmonie (Elbe Philharmonic Hall). The tallest inhabited building in the city, it is one of the most popular attractions here. Also called ‘Elphi’, this opulent concert hall opened its gates to the public in 2017 and has since been a jewel in the Hamburg skyline. Here’s everything you need to know about getting your Elbphilharmonie tickets.
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg is closed to all visitors until January 10, 2021 due to government and other safety regulations.
Perched on River Elbe is the Elbphilharmonie, a concert hall and residential complex. Retaining its original brick facade from the 1960s when it was a warehouse, it also has a glass structure on top with a roof that is reminiscent of waves. A cultural landmark, it also features a plaza that gives visitors a 360 degree panoramic view of the sprawling city. An architectural marvel, it was designed by Herzog & de Meuron who used the existing warehouse to support the glass structure on top of it. The venue features ultra modern architecture inside and the glass structure is made of curved panels to enhance the design. When visiting, it is recommended that you take an Elbphilharmonie tour or watch a show.
A guided Elbphilharmonie tour is the best way to explore the venue. You will be accompanied by an experienced tour guide, who will tell you all about the concert hall and give you insights into its history, architecture, and cultural importance. They also usually include transfers to ensure a hassle-free visit.
A non-guided or self-guided tour is one where you have the flexibility to plan out your trip. You can explore by yourself. However, you may not be able to access all parts of the venue; for example, if you purchase concert tickets or skip-the-line Elbphilharmonie Plaza tickets, you will only be able to access those areas.
Combo tickets let you explore more than just the Elbphilharmonie — you can see the best of Hamburg or take a cruise along River Elbe. Combo tickets usually include logistics and the services of a professional guide, and you get to see Hamburg highlights like KehrWiederSpitze, Speicherstadt, and Port of Hamburg.
If you’re on a budget, you can book tickets to either a concert or the Plaza, or visit the five-star hotel within its premises for a coffee. This will be easier on the pocket and you will get a bang for your buck.
If you want to take a trip back in time and explore Elbphilharmonie, go for a guided tour. Your professional guide will also give you insight into the structure and its functions, making for an enriching experience.
If you want to discover the rest of Hamburg along with Elbphilharmonie, you can buy combo Elbphilharmonie tour tickets. Some popular places to see in Hamburg include Speicherstadt, HafenCity, and Elbe Tunnel.
This 82m (270 ft)-long escalator gets you right from the entrance to a panoramic window that displays beautiful vistas in Hamburg in 4 minutes. The walls around the escalators are covered in reflective discs making for an incredible illusory effect. From here, another escalator gets you to the concert halls and the Plaza.
The Grand Hall can seat up to 2100 people. The stage is at the centre surrounded by terraced seating. The acoustics of this hall was developed by specialist Yasuhisa Toyota, who has covered the hall with grooved plaster and paper panels to create a balance in resonance and added a sound reflector above the stage.
The Recital Hall is on the tenth floor of the Elbphilharmonie. An intimate theatre, it covers an area of approx. 440 sq. m and is perfect for chamber music, lieder and solo recitals, jazz and world music. Thanks to its flexible seating and stage, it can hold up to 550 people.
With 150 seats, Kaistudios is the smallest hall in the Elbphilharmonie. Also called the World of Instruments, it occupies the second and third floor of the building. This space is typically used for educational purposes — experimental music, seminars, workshops, and rehearsals.
Nearly 40 metres above ground level is the Elbphilharmonie Plaza. The outer part offers an unbeatable view of the city of Hamburg and the surrounding River Elbe. You can enter without tickets, but if you want to skip the line, you need to book a ticket in advance.
Address: Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Platz der Deutschen Einheit, 20457 Hamburg, Germany
The opening times are as follows:
Best time to visit: While it is open throughout the year, the best time to visit Elbphilharmonie is from May to September. This is because it is during this time that the weather is pleasant, ensuring you can make the most of the outdoor part of the Plaza and enjoy the beautiful vistas from high up.
There are a number of eateries at the Elbphilharmonie:
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg is expected to open to the public on 10 January 2021.
Yes, you can book your Elbphilharmonie tickets in advance. In fact, it is recommended you do so, as the venue is extremely popular and tickets get sold out very quickly. Thus, by booking in advance you can visit on the day and time of your preference.
This depends on the tour chosen. Some tours skip the concert halls, while some take you to the Grand Hall, provided there are no ongoing rehearsals or concerts.
This depends on the Elbphilharmonie tickets you book. While some offer free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance, others do not allow any cancellation or refunds. It is advised you check the cancellation policy prior to booking your Elbphilharmonie tickets.
This depends on where the platform you book from. When booking from us, children under 6 enter for free, while youth and students get a good discount upon presenting a valid ID.
The tours are typically conducted in German and/or English. It is advised to check before booking your tickets.
Elbphilharmonie is open from 10 AM - 11 PM, the last admission at 10:30 PM.
Yes, lockers are available for use next to the escalator at the entrance. Do note that these are currently closed due to COVID safety, hence it is recommended that you bring only the essentials.
Photography and videography are unfortunately not permitted during events and concerts. You can, however, take photos and videos on the Plaza (not for commercial purposes) and before/after events and concerts.