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The tour leads through the historical Kaispeicher, the foundation of the Elbphilharmonie, along the plaza, through the foyer to the heart – the great hall. 
Catering: At Störtebecker Elbphilharmonie Hamburg they offer small snacks, beer tastings and three-course menues

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Opening hours of the plaza:
9am-11pm, on-site tickets are free, reservations € 2 


Hamburg's new concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie, hasn't even celebrated its one year anniversary when the whole world is already talking about it. Its lovely nickname "Elphi" has already reached the USA and the citizens of Hamburg are ready to give the new landmark a place in their hearts. 

Over and over again it’s a stunning experience to visit the Elbphilharmonie. Just standing on the plaza enjoying the 360-degree view over Hamburg always evokes a breathtaking feeling, even for locals. Here, everyone has a head for heights. 

In 2007 the preparations for gutting the Kaispeicher begun and out of the old foundation a tremendous architectural artwork arose. And it didn’t only turn out to be a unique concert hall with a fascinating architecture but also it offers an excellent musical experience in a spectacular location. Like a lighthouse with international radiance, the new construction with its unique glass facade holds two concert halls, a hotel and apartments as well as the free accessible plaza with a height of 37 meters. A gift from Hamburg – to Hamburg. 

The heart of the Elbphilharmonie is the grand hall that provides seats for 2,100 music fans. Due to the vineyard-style architecture of the hall the audiences are placed no further than 30 metres away from the conductor. The high-praised sound derives from the “white skin” that covers the surface of the walls and the ceiling which is composed of approximately 10,000 sheets of gypsum fibre panels. It guarantees a unique sound experience on every single seat (We tried it!). In the Recital Hall an elegantly milled wooden paneling supplies a perfect acoustic. Both the Grand Hall and the Recital Hall are acoustically autonomous spaces that are completely detached from the rest of the building. Massive steel spring elements perfectly buffer the concrete shell of each respective hall from the outside world. Not even the ships' sirens will penetrate the divers program that the Elbphilharmonie offers. 

The musical profile of the Elbphilharmonie is characterized by variety, quality and accessibility. Thus, not only canonical masterpieces but also contemporary and experimental formats will be in focus. 

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Address: Platz der Deutschen Einheit 1, 20457 Hamburg

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