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The Elbphilharmonie Plaza serves as the junction between the old harbour warehouse and the modern glass structure above it. Located at a height of 37 metres above ground level, this public viewing platform is open to everyone and offers a breathtaking 360° view of the city and the harbour.

A New Public Space for Hamburg

The Plaza is open to everyone – not just concertgoers and hotel guests. You are welcome to come up and enjoy the fantastic view, discover more about the architecture or meet friends for coffee and a snack – from 09:00 to 24:00 daily.

Access to Plaza on 29 October and 6 December

Owing to special events, the Plaza is closed to the public on 29 October and 6 December.

Plaza Tickets

The Elbphilharmonie Plaza is accessible to everyone. The restricted capacity of the Plaza is regulated by the issue of Plaza tickets.

Plaza tickets for a same-day visit are available free of charge via ticket machines located in the Elbphilharmonie Visitor Center and in the main entrance area of the Elbphilharmonie (subject to availability).

Advance booking is possible online and in the Elbphilharmonie Visitor Center for visits starting from one day in advance. A booking fee of €2.00 per ticket applies.

Plaza tickets are available to purchase from 18 weeks in advance.

Children under three years of age do not require a Plaza ticket.

Plaza Tickets

Booking Fee €2.00

Book tickets online

Elbphilharmonie Plaza

Platz der Deutschen Einheit / 20457 Hamburg / Germany

09:00–24:00 daily

A maximum of six Plaza tickets may be purchased at any one time. Payment is accepted via PayPal or credit card.

Ticketholders of concerts in the Elbphilharmonie Grand and Recital Halls gain admission to the Plaza from two hours before the start of the event. Visitors to the Kaistudios and all other visitors require a separate Plaza ticket to visit the Plaza.

It is not possible to reserve Plaza tickets by phone.

Online Ticket shop


Plaza tickets can be purchased online as either Print@Home or mobile tickets. Tickets booked in advance are subject to a booking fee of €2.00 per ticket.

Elbphilharmonie Visitor Centre

Elbphilharmonie Visitor Center

Am Kaiserkai 62
(opposite the Elbphilharmonie)
Opening hours: 09:00–20:00

Advanced booking for a future visit to the Plaza is available in the Elbphilharmonie Visitor Center (subject to a booking fee of €2.00 per ticket). Plaza tickets for a same-day visit are available here free of charge (subject to availability).

Ticketautomatem im Elbphilharmonie Besucherzentrum

Ticket Machines

Plaza tickets for a same-day visit are available free of charge via ticket machines (subject to availability). Two ticket machines can be located in the Elbphilharmonie Visitor Center and one in the main entrance area of the Elbphilharmonie.

What is the Plaza?

A Meeting Place

In the interior area of the Plaza you will find stairways and lifts to the concert halls, the takeaway café »Deck & Deli«, and the lobby of »The Westin Hamburg« hotel. Information on the Elbphilharmonie, books, CDs and souvenirs are for sale in the Elbphilharmonie Shop.

Dramatic reflecting surfaces, vistas, approaches and passageways are all important architectural features of the Elbphilharmonie. This includes the Plaza: in the centre point of the Plaza, a light shaft allows visitors to get a glimpse of floors 12 to 17 of the Grand Hall foyer.

Several areas of the Plaza are covered with reflecting glass, shimmering fragments of harbour life, the sky and the city.

Particularly prominent are leaning columns that allow for an unobstructed flow of people on the Plaza. From the outside, it seems as if the glass structure is floating above the old red-brick warehouse.

Panoramic Window
Panoramic Window © Michael Zapf

The Outer Plaza

At approximately the centre of the Plaza on both longitudal sides of the building, two eight-metre-high wind deflectors open up to reveal large facade cutouts that overlook the inner city and the harbour. Visitors can walk all the way around the Elbphilharmonie on the outer Plaza.

The Outer Plaza
The Outer Plaza © Michael Zapf

Getting to the Plaza

The way to the Plaza is an experience in itself: from the main entrance of the Elbphilharmonie, an 82-metre-long, curved escalator with elaborate lighting leads visitors up through the old Kaispeicher building. At the top, on the 6th floor, a panorama window offers a spectacular view down the river Elbe towards the harbour and docks. The entrance to the restaurant »Beer & Dine« is also located here. Visitors then take a second, shorter escalator up to the Plaza on the 8th floor.

Approximately 8,000 discs glitter in the two-way Tube – the world’s first curved escalator, with a total travel time of approx. 2.5 minutes.

Tube © Michael Zapf

On Offer on the Plaza

Elbphilharmonie Shop

Elbphilharmonie Shop

Information on the Elbphilharmonie, books about the genesis of the concert hall, and the history of Hamburg and its music scene, biographies about famous musicians and many more books on the subject of music are for sale in the Elbphilharmonie Shop. Also available: a selection of the newest CDs by many artists featured in the first season at the Elbphilharmonie as well as original Elbphilharmonie souvenirs – from Elbphilharmonie umbrellas and tote bags, to memo blocks, mugs and keyrings.

Opening Hours


Störtebeker Elbphilharmonie / Deck & Deli

Deck & Deli

On the Elbphilharmonie Plaza, freshly baked produce, ice cream and tempting cold and warm savoury snacks are on offer. In addition to a large selection of soft drinks, wine, sparkling wine and speciality coffees, visitors can try the complete variety of Störtebeker cask beer varieties.

Opening Hours


More about Food & Drink
The Westin Hamburg / Plaza Foyer

The Westin Hamburg

In the upper part of the Elbphilharmonie, The Westin Hamburg’s 244 rooms and suites offer a spectacular view of the river Elbe, the Speicherstadt and the HafenCity. The entrance to the lobby is located on the Plaza.

More about The Westin Hamburg

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Concert Ticket = Plaza Ticket

    Ticketholders of concerts in the Elbphilharmonie Grand and Recital Halls gain admission to the Plaza from two hours before the start of the event. Visitors to the Kaistudios and all other visitors require a separate Plaza ticket to visit the Plaza.

  • Is a Plaza ticket valid for public transportation?

    No, a Plaza ticket may not be used as a HVV (public transportation) ticket.

  • Do restaurant customers require Plaza tickets?

    Yes. Restaurant customers who make a reservation in advance receive confirmation and the corresponding number of Plaza tickets in the form of PDF files by email.

  • Plaza Admittance Regulations

    In principle, a Plaza ticket entitles access to the Plaza. The operator, however, reserves the right to limit access, especially in the case of overcrowding. In addition, controls can be carried out by our security company as well as by the police and other regulatory agencies.

    Every visitor could be subject to a security control. Care will be taken to ensure that alcohol, drugs, arms, dangerous or forbidden objects will not be taken onto the Plaza, and that visitors' safety will not be compromised by others on the Plaza.

  • From the parking garage to the Plaza

    Visitors first take the lift to the ground floor from the parking garage. Upon presentation of a Plaza ticket, visitors may then access the Plaza from the main entrance area via the Tube or lifts.

  • Am I allowed to take photos or record videos on the Plaza?

    Video recordings and photography for private purposes are permitted. Recordings of any kind for commercial purposes are only permitted with prior approval from the leaseholder and proprietor.

    Contact Press Office
  • Smoking Ban

    Smoking is prohibited throughout the entire premises of the Elbphilharmonie. This includes the Outer Plaza on floor 8.

  • Are there public toilets on the Plaza?

    Yes. Free public toilets are located on the Plaza adjacent to the Elbphilharmonie Shop and are accessible via stairs. Persons with mobility disabilities and wheelchair users may use the B elevators situated at the entrance of the Shop.

  • WiFi

    Free, public WiFi (Mobyklick) is available on the Plaza.

  • Is the Plaza accessible for persons with mobility disabilities?

    Yes, the Plaza is fully accessible via lifts. These are located in the entrance area of the Elbphilharmonie (please follow the signs).

  • May disability assistance dogs be taken onto the Plaza?

    Yes, disability assistance dogs may enter the Plaza. All other animals are prohibited on the Plaza.

  • Who should I contact if I find or lose an item?

    Found items should be handed in to security staff on the Plaza, at the main entrance or in the Security Office on the south-east corner of the Elbphilharmonie. Lost items can also be retrieved here.

  • What protective measures are in place in the event of flooding?

    The Elbphilharmonie is located in a safe high-water area, therefore no flood control measures are in place in the event of flooding. Closures that could occur in the areas surrounding the Elbphilharmonie may result in restrictions when travelling to and from the Elbphilharmonie.

  • House Regulations