Plaza Spectacular view of the city and the harbour: the Plaza is Elbphilharmonie Hamburg’s public viewing platform.

A Public Space for Hamburg

The public viewing platform situated at the junction of the old harbour warehouse and the modern glass structure above it is a magnet for visitors. Up to 17,000 Hamburg residents and guests from all over the world make their way to the HafenCity daily to enjoy the breathtaking 360° view of the city and harbour from a height of 37 metres above ground level. This places the Elbphilharmonie on the list alongside Europe's other most popular attractions, such as the Sistine Chapel in Rome, which has a comparable annual number of visitors.

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 10:00 to 24:00 daily.

Opening Times

  • Plaza: 10:00–24:00 daily (last admission 23:30)
  • Elbphilharmonie Shop on the Plaza: 10:00–22:00 daily
  • Information desk in the entrance area: 10:00–23:30 daily
  • Visitor Center, Am Kaiserkai 62: 10:00–20:00 daily


Individuals or Small Groups of Up to 9 Persons

  • Plaza tickets can be pre-booked online or on site for a booking fee of €3 per ticket. Advantage: Guaranteed access at the desired time and no waiting time.
  • If available, remaining tickets for spontaneous on-site visits will be issued free of charge. These tickets cannot be reserved.
  • Ticketholders for concerts in the Elbphilharmonie Grand and Recital Halls gain admission to the Plaza two hours before the start of the event.

Groups of 10 Persons or More

  • Group tickets can be pre-booked online or purchased on site for a booking fee of €2 per ticket. Advantage of pre-booking: Guaranteed access at the desired time and no waiting time.

Plaza Tours

  • Tickets for Plaza Tours can be booked online and at the Ticket Shops in the Elbphilharmonie and Brahms Kontor (€10 per ticket)

What is the Plaza?

The Inner Plaza

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

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

Particularly prominent are the 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.

Elbphilharmonie Plaza
Elbphilharmonie Plaza © Thies Rätzke

The Outer Plaza

At approximately the centre of the Plaza on both longitudinal 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
Outer Plaza © Daniel Dittus

Getting to the Plaza

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

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

Elbphilharmonie Tube
Elbphilharmonie Tube © Heiko Römisch

On Offer on the Plaza

Plaza Shop
Plaza Shop © Sophie Wolter

Elbphilharmonie Shop

A selection of products and souvenirs, made exclusively for the Elbphilharmonie, are on sale in the Elbphilharmonie Shop. Also available: books and CDs by many artists featured in the current season, the Elbphilharmonie Magazine as well as information on the Elbphilharmonie.

Opening Hours

10:00–22:00 daily

Störtebeker Elbphilharmonie / Deck & Deli
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 tea & coffee specialities, visitors can try the full range of Störtebeker cask beer varieties.

Opening Hours

Mon–Sund: 12:00–20:00

The Westin Hamburg / Foyer
The Westin Hamburg / Foyer © Matteo Barro

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.

Smart Table
Smart Table © Peter Hundert

Smart Table

Visitors can discover the Elbphilharmonie in different ways using the Smart Table, a digital infotainment table – from a high-speed drone flight to a detailed picture gallery.

Points of interest

Tanzende Türme, Köhlbrandbrücke, Speicherstadt and Michel: there is a lot to discover from the Elbphilharmonie Plaza. Several digital boards on the outdoor plaza provide information about the sights and curious anecdotes from the city of Hamburg – simply scan the QR codes with your smartphone.

Good to know

Ticket Information and getting to the Plaza

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