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Useless knowledge from the Elbphilharmonie

10 facts to show off with: things you don't need to know, but you make a note of them anyway.

Wussten Sie, dass der Große Saal nur einer von insgesamt 4000 Räumen in der Elbphilharmonie ist? Hier kommen 10 erstaunliche Fakten über Hamburgs Konzerthaus.

Fact no. 1

The Elbphilharmonie weighs a total of 200,000 tons. For the sake of comparison: that's roughly as much as two-and-a-half cruise ships the size of the »Queen Mary II«, or 722 A380 aircraft.

Fact no. 2

Starting at an altitude of 51 metres, the Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall has a higher location than any other concert hall in the world.

Grand Hall Grand Hall © Michael Zapf
Fact no. 3

The longest organ pipe is as big as a 10-metre diving platform, while the smallest pipe is no bigger than a little fingernail (11 mm). Incidentally, the sound made by the 10-metre pipe, which vibrates at 16 Hz, is perceived as a kind of muffled tingling.

Elbphilharmonie Orgel Elbphilharmonie Orgel © Peter Hundert
Fact no. 4

Why aren't there any birds on our outdoor plaza? Well, we have a special »bird frightener«: the sound waves it emits feel like someone is stroking your feathers, if you are a bird. But human beings don't feel anything.

Taube HALLO Festspiele Taube HALLO Festspiele © Julian Conrad
Fact no. 5

The Elbphilharmonie has a total of 29 lifts – and 11 staircases.

None © Wilfried Sander
Fact no. 6

Does the shape of the windows remind you of something? Of a tuning fork, perhaps? The windows are actually modelled on the six loggias in the foyer of the Grand Hall.

Loggia Foyer Großer Saal Loggia Foyer Großer Saal © Valentin Berkefeld
Fact no. 7

With a surface area of roughly 3,100 sq.m., the Elbphilharmonie Plaza is approximately the same size as Hamburg's Rathausmarkt.

Fact no. 8

It's worth looking up at the ceiling! Why are the neon tubes in the Grand Hall foyer so interesting? Because they all point towards the conductor's rostrum.

Leuchtröhren Foyer Großer Saal Leuchtröhren Foyer Großer Saal © Hendrikmjr
Fact no. 9

At a length of 80 metres, the Elbphilharmonie escalator (known as »the Tube«) is the world's longest curved escalator. Incidentally, the longest »normal« escalator is in St. Petersburg in Russia and measures 137 metres!

Tube Tube © Michael Zapf
Fact no. 10

Who would have thought that? The Elbphilharmonie has an unbelievable 4,000 rooms, of which »only« 500 belong to the concert halls.

Foyer Kleiner Saal Foyer Kleiner Saal © Gilda Fernandez

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