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G20 Summit in Hamburg

7-8 July: G20 Summit in Hamburg

The eyes of the world turn to Hamburg: access and travel information for the Elbphilharmonie and the Laeiszhalle during the G20 Summit.

G20 Summit in Hamburg

On 7 and 8 July 2017, the member heads of state and government of the »Group of 20« (G20), which consists of 20 of the major industrialised and emerging economies, meet against the backdrop of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.

Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel is G20’s chairperson and host this year. Current global topics such as world economy, migration, climate change and energy, digitalisation and counterterrorism will be discussed at the summit.

The greater part of the summit takes place on the grounds of the Hamburg Messe and Congress, however an event at the Elbphilharmonie is planned for the evening of 7 July: the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra under the baton of Kent Nagano perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in the Grand Hall for guests of the summit – the soloists are Christiane Karg (soprano), Okka von der Damerau (mezzosoprano), Klaus Florian Vogt (tenor) and Franz-Josef Selig (bass).

»The Elbphilharmonie welcomes the participants of the G20 Summit and we look forward to an exchange of cultures. It is a powerful statement that the Federal Government has invited guests from all around the world to the Elbphilharmonie. It is not simply an exceptional concert hall; as a »concert hall for everyone« it embodies modern society’s fundamental values of a free, open and democratic culture.«
(Olaf Scholz, Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg)

Security Zones

Special safety measures will be put in place for the summit: so-called »security zones« in the form of road closures are planned for the immediate vicinity of the Elbphilharmonie and Hamburg Messe.

Detailed Information on the Security Zones

Access to the Plaza

Vehicular access to the Elbphilharmonie and the Hamburg Messe – part of which is located nearby the Laeiszhalle – will be temporarily restricted during the summit week, from 4–8 July. During the same time period, there is no public access to the Elbphilharmonie and the Plaza will remain closed.

Concertgoers are advised to allow sufficient time for getting to concerts at the Laeiszhalle.

All Elbphilharmonie ticket shops remain closed up to and including 8 July.

G20 Summit: Traffic Information

  • Who is responsible for safety and security during the summit?

    The Hamburg Police is responsible for safety and security during the G20 Summit and is assisted in this regard by the German Federal Police, the Federal Criminal Police Office and police departments from other German states.

  • Where are the security zones?

    Traffic restrictions during the G20 Summit are to be expected in the areas in the immediate vicinity of summit venues, i.e. the areas surrounding Hamburg Messe and the Elbphilharmonie.

    Detailed Information on the Security Zones
  • Who can enter the security zones?

    Only accredited persons are permitted to enter the security zones. The areas will be guarded by the Hamburg Police.

  • When can I expect traffic restrictions?

    Hamburg Police is expected to begin setting up blockades on Wednesday, 5 July 2017. On Saturday, 8 July 2017, the security zones will be removed. Traffic restrictions are therefore to be expected between 5 and 8 July in the immediate vicinities of the Elbphilharmonie and Hamburg Messe.

  • What traffic restrictions will affect the Elbphilharmonie?

    - Buses 6 and 111 will not be able to stop in the HafenCity. Use over- (S) and underground (U) trains instead.

    - The Elbphilharmonie and Arningstraße ferry docks will be closed.

    - The River Elbe will be closed to ships and ferries in the vicinity of the Elbphilharmonie.

    The rest of the public transportation network nearby the Elbphilharmonie will not be affected by the events. The underground station Baumwall can be accessed as usual.

    Allow for longer travel times on 7 and 8 July as VIP motorcades will be transporting heads of state and government between the airport, hotels, Hamburg Messe and the Elbphilharmonie.

    Further traffic restrictions due to G20 Summit demonstrations may arise.

    Changes to Bus Routes during G20 Summit
    Further Information from the Hamburg Transport Association (HVV)
  • What traffic restrictions will affect the Laeiszhalle?

    - The entrances Karolinenstraße and Hamburg-Messe to the underground station Messehallen will be closed.

    - Bus 35 will avoid Karolinenstraße or St. Petersburger Straße.

    Allow for longer travel times on 7 and 8 July as VIP motorcades will be transporting heads of state and government between the airport, hotels, Hamburg Messe and the Elbphilharmonie.

    Further traffic restrictions due to G20 Summit demonstrations may arise.

    Changes to Bus Routes during G20 Summit
    Further Information from the Hamburg Transport Association (HVV)
  • Will the Elbphilharmonie Ticket Shop, the Elbphilharmonie Visitor Center and the Plaza be affected during the G20 Summit?

    Yes, the Elbphilharmonie Ticket Shop and Visitor Center (located opposite the Elbphilharmonie) will remain closed to visitors from 4–8 July.

    The Plaza is also closed to the public during this time.

    Learn More About the Plaza
    Learn More About Booking Tickets
  • Will concerts at the Laeiszhalle still take place or will they be cancelled?

    All concerts and events at the Laeiszhalle will take place as planned. Concertgoers are advised to allow sufficient time for getting to concerts at the Laeiszhalle, avoid the immediate vicinity of Hamburg Messe and travel using public transportation.

    Only one concert – exclusively for summit participants – will take place at the Elbphilharmonie during the G20 Summit.

  • Will guided tours take place during the summit week?

    No, the Elbphilharmonie is closed to the public during the summit and guided tours will not take place.

    More About Elbphilharmonie Guided Tours
  • Is the Störtebeker restaurant open during the summit week?

    The Elbphilharmonie is closed and cannot be accessed by the public from 4–8 July. The Störtebeker restaurant also remains closed during this time.

    More About Food & Drink at the Elbphilharmonie