Hamburg Elbphilharmonie The Student Traveler

Visiting the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie

Have you heard of this €789 million wave in the sky? The Hamburg Elbphilharmonie was my favorite experience while touring Hamburg, Germany in March, 2017. So, get out your “list” and add this to it!

Hamburg Elbphilharmonie The Student Traveler

In this post:

  • What is it?
  • Why is it so important?
  • What is there to do?
  • How can I get to the free observation deck?
  • What are the views like?

Elbphilharmonie (Elbe Philharmonic Hall)

The word Elbphilharmonie is perfect for this hall. Translated and broken down, Elbphilharmonie references the Elbe river, on which it sits. Then it simply is telling you what it is, a Philharmonic Hall!

This concert hall is one of the largest in the entire world! It is also one of the most acoustically advanced halls, producing beautiful music by the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra.

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A Cost of €789 million!Hamburg Elbphilharmonie The Student Traveler

I spoke to a German couple visiting the observation deck while in line, and they laughed about they price. They told me that “in Germany things are very well planned and never go over, but with this, they went way over,” then they laughed!

So, just how far over budget did this BEAUTIFUL building run? Let’s see:

  • 2007 budget: €241 million.
  • November 2008 budget: €450 million.
  • August 2012 budget: €500 million
  • 31 October 2016: construction ends at a cost of €789 million.


Why Should I Visit the Elbphilharmonie?

Traveling mostly consists of appreciating the history of places and landmarks. However, isn’t it so exciting that there is history and beauty being made during our lifetimes!

There is so much to do! For a full list, visit the Elbphilharmonie’s website here.

  • Walk around the Plaza/Observation Deck.
  • Concerts
    • Though they are expensive and hard to get into right now.
  • Pre-Concert Talks

  • Film screenings
  • Seminars
  • And much much more

How to Get to the Plaza With 360° Views

Every hour 1,000 people are allowed to be on the Plaza of the Elbphilharmonie. It is 37 meters above ground level and situated where the warehouse meets the concert hall.

You can get your ticket for free by showing up about 20-30 minutes before the hour and waiting in line. Then, the lady in the front window will hand you a ticket!

There is a coffee shop, a gift shop, and places to just hang out with friends.

Hours: from 09:00 to 24:00 daily

Hamburg Elbphilharmonie The Student Traveler

What are the views like?

(check out views of Copenhagen, Denmark in this post)

You tell me:

Hamburg Elbphilharmonie The Student Traveler

Hamburg Elbphilharmonie The Student Traveler

Hamburg Elbphilharmonie The Student Traveler


  1. We love the historic places and delving into the past but your point about being part of history in the making is important too! Hope to see the Elbe Philharmonic Hall when we visit Hamburg in the not-so-distant future. (Your new header is great!)

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