Discovery tours through the Elbphilharmonie between 10:00 and 19:00
It’s that time again: the Elbphilharmonie opens its doors and invites you to discover exciting details of the building. Did you know that you can see the ceiling of the foyer on the 16th floor while standing on the Plaza? Or that the audience tribune in the Recital Hall can be completely retracted into the rear wall?
This, and much more can be explored during the Open Days. In addition to interesting insights and a fantastic view over Hamburg, a varied programme awaits: music in all three concert halls of the Elbphilharmonie, technical shows in the Grand Hall, demonstrations of the organ and in-house concert grand pianos as well as hands-on instrumental workshops and short backstage tours. In addition, »The Westin Hamburg« hotel in the Elbphilharmonie offers short guided tours.
Thomas Cornelius, Organ
San Glaser Quartet
Horn quartet from the ensemble refelektor
All times and details can be found in the programme flyer, which is available for download here.
Information and tips
What should I be aware of before booking?
- A maximum of five tickets can be booked per person.
- Babies aged 1 and under do not require a ticket.
- On Saturday, 21 October 2023, the technical presentations and the backstage tours in the Recital Hall end at 16:00 for organisational reasons.
For what ages are the Open Days suitable for?
All ages are welcome. Performances, instrument workshops and hotel guided tours are recommended for ages 6 and upwards. The »Soundtracker« workshops are recommended for ages 12 and above. Babies aged 1 and under do not require a ticket.
What time should I arrive and which entrance do I use?
Single ticket for »Open Day«
Admission for the independent discovery tour takes place at the main entrance of the Elbphilharmonie from the booked start time (see ticket). Late admission is possible up to a maximum of 30 minutes after this start time. Visitors who arrive later are not entitled to participation, replacement or refund.
Combined ticket with workshop
The instrument workshops take place in the Kaistudios. The Kaistudios are located on floor 2 and can be reached using stairs and lifts via the main entrance. Please follow the signs in the tunnel to the right of the Tube (long escalator). Allow plenty of time for getting to the Kaistudios. Admission is possible from 20 minutes before the start of the workshop. The workshops start punctually.
Combined ticket with hotel guided tour
Admission at the entrance to »The Westin Hamburg« on the forecourt of the Elbphilharmonie is possible from 20 minutes before the start of the tour. The meeting point is the hotel lobby on the 8th floor (accessible by elevator). Tours start punctually.
Is there a time limit for my Open Day visit?
- There is no time limit for the independent discovery tour (single ticket). As with a museum visit, you decide how long you want to stay. The estimated visit time is 3 hours.
- The last discovery tour begins at 16:30. The »Open Day« ends at 19:00 on both days.
- The workshops last 30 or 45 minutes.
- The hotel guided tours last approx. 30 minutes.
- Are the Open Days accessible?
Where are the cloak rooms?
The cloakrooms are located in the foyer on the 11th floor. Bulky items and large bags can be stored free of charge in the lockers in the corridor to the right of the large escalator on the ground floor / entrance area of the Elbphilharmonie.
Are there /strollerpram parking spaces and changing tables?
Unfortunately, strollers cannot be taken into the concert areas. Parking spaces are available on the ground floor, entrance car park hotel. Capacity is limited. Changing tables are available
in the toilets in the Recital Hall foyer (10th floor) and in the Grand Hall foyer (13th floor).
Are food and drinks available to purchase?
The concert hall catering is open and offers snacks and drinks to purchase. The »Fang & Feld« hotel restaurant on the 7th floor, the Störtebeker Elbphilharmonie restaurant on the 6th floor as well as the Störtebeker »Deck & Deli« café on the Plaza are also open.
Further gastronomic offers are available at different opening hours in the hotel's »BLICK Bar«, in the bistro »Deck & Deli« on the Plaza as well as in the hotel restaurant and in the restaurant »Störtebeker«.
BLICK Coffee Bar: Saturday & Sunday 10:00 to 17:00
BLICK Bar: Saturday & Sunday 12:00 to 1:00
Fang & Feld Restaurant: Saturday 17:30 to 22:00
May I take photos or record videos?
Photography and filming is only permitted for private use.
Single tickets for »Open Days« (sold out) :Tour of discovery through the foyers, concert halls and backstage areas of the Elbphilharmonie
Admission at the main entrance of the Elbphilharmonie is at the beginning of the booked start time. Late admission is possible up to a maximum of 30 minutes after this start time.
Combined tickets with a workshop (sold out)
Make music with others – even if you don’t have any previous playing experience – this is what the Elbphilharmonie instrument workshops stand for! Three of the Elbphilharmonie’s popular participation activities are on offer on this year’s »Open Days«. Afterwards, Open Day visitors can then embark on their own independent discovery tour around the concert halls.
Combined Tickets with Hotel Tour (sold out)
»The Westin Hamburg« hotel is located in the top part of the Elbphilharmonie, with spectacular views of the Rive Elbe, Speicherstadt and HafenCity. The hotel also opens its doors on this year’s »Open Days« and offers exciting walkabouts. The guided tours last for approx. 30 minutes, after which Open Day visitors can embark on their own discovery tour around the concert halls. Recommended for ages 6 and above.