Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Hamburg

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The Elbphilharmonie (German pronunciation ) (Elbe Philharmonic Hall) is a concert hall in the HafenCity quarter of Hamburg, Germany, on the Grasbrook peninsula of the Elbe River. It is one of the largest and acoustically most advanced concert halls in the world. It is popularly nicknamed Elphi.
The new glassy construction resembles a hoisted sail, water wave, iceberg or quartz crystal resting on top of an old brick warehouse (Kaispeicher A, built in 1963) near the historical Speicherstadt. The project is the result of a private initiative by the architect and real estate developer Alexander Gérard and his wife Jana Marko, an art historian, who commissioned the original design by the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron. and developed and promoted the project (since 2003 in cooperation with the Hamburg-based real estate developer and investor Dieter Becken) for 3,5 years until the City of Hamburg decided to develop the project by itself. It is the key project of the new Hafencity development and the tallest inhabited building in Hamburg, with a final height of 108 metres (354 ft).

The Elbphilharmonie was officially inaugurated with concerts of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and a light show on 11 January 2017.
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  • On a Saturday morning, we decided to take a free tour (2€ per ticket if booked in advance via the Internet) of the Elbphilharmonie Plaza. Escalators lead up to a viewing platform from where you have.....  more »
  • We were in Hamburg for just one day and reserved tickets to go up on their balcony for sunset. Due to Corona times this is better to avoid long lines. Definitely a must to do. Awesome view!  more »
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  • State of the Art concert hall with absolutely fantastic acoustics. I saw a concert in the smaller hall. The sound was perfect and the seats were comfortable. You can also visit for tge view for a fee. That, in itself, is worth it. The view up the Elbe and across the city is stunning. There is a cafe and bar where you can sit inside and relax. The outside view can be quite windy.
  • I finally got concert tickets and was disappointed by the hall. The interior is not that great, possibly because every surface has to be covered with acoustic paneling. It continued the theme of having light fixtures/bulbs literally every foot or so, like on the moving walkway, which means it's busy rather than attractive or elegant. In fact, despite the price tag it looks cheap. HOWEVER the acoustics are spectacularly, unbelievably good. I was in the last row (and had to have a friend go to the box office six months in advance to get those) and felt like I was in the next room. (In fact, I was closer than many people on lower levels, being pretty much above the orchestra: a great bargain at 28 euros.) The sound was crystal clear and the audience absolutely silent. For music lovers, I can't recommend it highly enough. Plaza entry is disappointing for people without concert tickets. The moving walkway entrance is fun and the view is good (you're actually just 8 floors up) but it's pretty much a smallish mall with a restaurant, a bar, and a cappuccino shop. The Westin hotel is quite good with nice, reasonably-priced rooms.
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