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Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg

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Still under construction but already one of the city's major landmarks, Elbphilharmonie was designed to be the tallest inhabited building in Hamburg. Built on top of an old red-brick warehouse, the glass structure is meant to provide the city with a world-class concert venue with seating for more than 2,000 people. Hamburg is known for its vibrant music scene, and this concert hall, once completed, will provide a state-of-the-art stage for some of the finest music acts from around the globe. For now, you can tour the construction site with a knowledgeable guide. Public tours are available weekly, but remember that you must purchase your tickets at least two months in advance of your visit. Use our Hamburg trip generator to arrange your visit to Elbphilharmonie and other attractions in Hamburg.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Visited the Elbphi during a family holiday a few days after the official opening and it was absolutely fantastic. The building is breathtaking and insanely beautiful from outside and within. We saw it...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Incredible artwork on a beautiful location. It turns out to have as many as 840 million cost, but at a visit becomes clear why. Beautiful architecture.
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  • August 18, 2017
    In the frame of operation excursion we visited the Plaza of the Hamburg Elbe Philharmonic Hall. After the ride on the so-called tube (long, curved escalator to the viewing platform) we have can enjoy Hamburg, the port city and especially the port from 37 m height the panorama over. To make here no pictures, is reprehensible.
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  • Rating for outside and plaza only, since tickets are sold out for years. I'd go for five stars but you have to buy tickets to visit the plaza, raising levels of expectation. The moving walkway entrance is fun and the plaza has some fun bits -- rotating doors built into a huge curved glass wall -- but it's not that far from a smallish mall with great views and a cappuccino shop.
  • The building itself is very impressive and very modern looking. It was free to enter the viewing area which offered a breathtaking view of Hamburg and included a gift shop and restaurant. To get to the viewing area you need to take an interesting escalator ride up over six floors at a low angle of assent.
  • Magnificent building, in the same class as the Sydney Opera House. Fantastic views of Hamburg, in particular the harbor. Access to the gallery is free but you still need to get a ticket first.
  • One of the most beautiful buildings I saw in person. Take the ferry to see it from a far. What an amazing structure!
  • Absolutely beautiful building built upon an old warehouse. Admission was supposed to be €2 but it was free. Beautiful views.

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