Plan Your Visit to Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Concert Hall
On the banks of River Elbe rests a glorious glass building perched atop a brick warehouse; the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Concert Hall. This magnificent concert hall is amongst the most popular landmarks in Hamburg and rightfully so! Featuring three concert halls, a Westin hotel, 15 floors of apartments, the Tube (a 45-meter long escalator), and the Plaza (where you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the city), the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg is a must-visit. Apart from being a beautiful landmark, the Elbphilharmonie also shoulders the arts scene in Hamburg and hosts renowned artists for special performances. Here’s all the information you need to plan your visit to Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and marvel at this architectural masterpiece!
Visiting Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Concert Hall
What are the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg concert hall opening times?
The Elbphilharmonie Hamburg concert hall is open for visitors from 9 AM to 11:30 PM every day of the week. Timings for concerts and other performances hosted at the Elbphilharmonie vary.
What are the Elbphilharmonie Plaza opening times?
The Elbphilharmonie Plaza, an open area offering glorious views of Hamburg, remains open for the public from 9 AM to midnight every day of the week.
For the following dates, the timings for the Plaza vary slightly :
- October 1st & 2nd - 10 AM to midnight
- December 24th & 31st - 9 AM to 3:30 PM with last admission at 2:30 PM
Which days is Elbphilharmonie closed?
Elbphilharmonie is open throughout the year. However, it is currently closed (and set to reopen in January 2021) due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Location
Elbphilharmonie is located at Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg, Germany.
Best time to visit
In terms of the weather and an overall pleasant experience, the best time to visit Hamburg falls between the months from May to September. During these months, the temperature remains in the acceptable 20°C range, allowing for plenty of exploration. Given the great weather, these months also attract the most crowds and is the peak tourist season. If you don't like crowds and are looking for possibly cheaper accommodation, the fall season is perfect for you.
As for the best time to visit Elbphilharmonie, you can go either in the morning before the crowds come in, or after sunset, when you can see the city of Hamburg glimmer from the Plaza.
Given its advantageous location, there are plenty of ways to get to the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. Here's a look at some of the more popular options at your disposal.
- Underground Rail: Hop on Underground Line U3 or Line U4 and get down at Baumwall or Überseequartier stations respectively. Both stations are within walking distance from the Elbphilharmonie.
- Bus: Take bus line 111 and alight at Am Kaiserkai, which is just 150 meters from the Elbphilharmonie or bus line 6 and disembark at Auf dem Sande, which is approximately 550 meters away from the concert hall.
- Ferry: If you're looking for a fun ride on the river Elbe, head over to the Landungsbrücken pier, take Ferry 72, and get dropped right in front of Elbphilharmonie.
- Car: The Elbphilharmonie Hamburg boasts a multistorey paid car park with 435 parking spaces in total, with parking open 24/7.
- Bicycle: Fancy a bike ride to the Elbphilharmonie? You can rent a bike from any part of the city and park it safely at the bicycle stands available in front of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg concert hall.
Know Before You Go
- After a months-long shutdown, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Concert Hall is scheduled to open on January 10 2021 with all the pandemic related precautions implemented to ensure you have a safe experience.
- Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, lifts are not functional and therefore the guided tour is currently not wheelchair accessible.
- The Plaza is a definite highlight of the Elbphilharmonie and needs to be explored peacefully. If you’re watching a concert at the Elbphilharmonie, arrive at the venue at least two hours in advance so that you have plenty of time to witness the stunning panoramic views of Hamburg.
- If you're watching a concert at the Elbphilharmonie, your concert tickets also include a round trip to Elbphilharmonie. Use the tickets to hop onto public transportation travel to and from Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. Remember if you get just the Plaza tickets, public transportation is not included.
- Food and drinks aren’t allowed inside the concert hall. Head over to the bar available on each level of the hall before the performance or during the interval.
- The Plaza and Elbphilharmonie concert halls are not accessible via the garage. Take the B group elevator to the ground floor and go through the security check to access the Tube.
- If you have the time, take a tour of the Komponisten-Quartier. Located next to the Elbphilharmonie, the Composers Quarter on the Peterstraße is a series of composer museums that pay homage to Brahms, Bach, Mahler, and other legendary composers born in Hamburg.
All Your Questions About Visiting Elbphilharmonie Answered
Since late seating is not guaranteed and latecomers might not be allowed in, allow plenty of time for getting to the Elbphilharmonie. Try and arrive at the main entrance at least 30 minutes before the start of the concert.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to borrow a wheelchair at the Elbphilharmonie. You’ll have to bring your own if you wish to attend a concert.
No, audio recording, video recording, or photography are not allowed during guided tours.
Currently, table reservations are not possible at the Elbphilharmonie. You can visit the bar during the interval.
The Störtebeker restaurant is accessible from the main entrance via the Tube. The first escalator connects to the entrance which is located adjacent to the panorama window on the 6th floor.
The Westin Hamburg Hotel has its dedicated entrance located on the left-hand side of the main entrance area of the Elbphilharmonie.
The guided tour lasts around 75 minutes and is not designed for children in mind. However, children are welcome to participate in the tour.
No, animals are prohibited on the Plaza. However, disability assistance dogs may enter the Plaza.