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Elbphilharmonie Exterior Guided Tour in German Only

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Learn everything about the world’s best acoustic hall from a licensed guide — history, architectural features, scandals, finances, and insider info.

Highlights

  • Marvel at the wave-like glass facade as a licensed German-speaking guide illustrates how the Elphi honors the ocean as well as musical mavens like Beethoven and Bach.

  • Uncover scandals with a small group and all the attention of your guide. Ask all your burning questions and meet like-minded music enthusiasts.

  • Discover the architectural genius and materials behind the world’s best acoustic hall located amid a noisy port on this 45-min guided tour.

  • Get insider insights into why its construction costed 10 times more than the plan and the day-to-day costs of maintaining the acoustic marvel.

  • Fun fact: The blaring horns right outside the Elphi are 16 times as loud as a vacuum, but the ingenious design makes it completely soundproof.

Inclusions

  • 45-min walking tour of the Elbphilharmonie

  • Licensed German-speaking guide

Exclusions

  • Entry into plaza/ concert halls

Cancellation policy

These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

A walk around the Elphi will leave you wondering how the world’s best acoustic hall is located amid the noisiest port, jutting out into the Elbe River teeming with blaring horns and portly commotion. With specially trained and licensed guides, you can dig into everything about Hamburg’s greatest cultural project on this 45-min guided tour.

World’s best acoustic hall

Your guide will tell you how architects and acousticians collaborated to design a concert hall such that each person feels like a part of the action every time they visit. That’s why whether the hall is full or empty, whether one is seated closest to the orchestra or at the far back, all seats of the Elphi are the best seats! Learn how its walls and ceiling are adorned with 10,000 gypsum fiber panels, each uniquely shaped to reflect and disperse sound perfectly creating a visual stunner, known as the white skin. Your guide will also reveal how 2,100 chairs are brilliantly arranged to rise in steep tiers around the orchestra, each seat not over 30 meters from the conductor. And how all these features increased the cost of construction.

Insider insights

Your knowledgeable guide will also let you in on controversies and scandals shrouding Elphi like how transforming an old warehouse into a brilliant glass facade that resembles a wave and houses the world’s best acoustic hall exceeded budget by 10 times and was completed 7 years later than planned. You’ll also get a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes and the daily maintenance of the Elbphilharmonie. You'll leave with insider information, hidden numbers and obscure facts.

What to bring

  • Food and drinks are allowed for this experience

  • Carry your camera to capture the beauty of Hamburg as this experience allows photography.

Additional information

  • After the guided tour you can visit the Plaza free of cost and enjoy panoramic views of the port city.
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 mins before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

Meeting Point

  • Meet your guide at Backshop Baumwall.

  • Address: Baumwall 11, 20459 Hamburg, Germany.

  • Landmark: Exit towards Kehrwiederspitze, in front of the "Back Shop" (kiosk) under the railway bridge.

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