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Tour with Organ Presentation

The »king of all instruments« at your fingertips: alongside a small introduction to the special features of the Elbphilharmonie, the focus of this tour is placed on the organ in the Grand Hall.

Discover the Organ

The organ is also known as the »king of all instruments«, and its imposing appearance does more than enough justice to this title. But how exactly does such a magnificent instrument work? What are the differences between the Elbphilharmonie’s organ and its relatives in Hamburg’s other concert halls and churches? You will get the answers to all these questions and more in this tour and organ presentation. Following an introduction to the special acoustics and to the Elbphilharmonie organ, Hamburg-based organist Thomas Cornelius presents the mighty instrument.

Using numerous examples of music, he explains how individual sounds are assembled, how the organ manages to imitate an entire orchestra, and how the musical instrument can be operated from the centre of the stage. In this presentation, all the stops are pulled out – quite literally.

Dates and Tickets

  • Tours are planned in accordance with the concert and rehearsal schedule of the concert hall. Tickets are generally not available earlier than 12 weeks before the date of the tour.
  • Price per person: €25.00
  • A maximum of ten tickets may be purchased at any one time.
  • Duration: approx. 75 minutes (30 minutes for tour, 45 minutes for organ presentation)
  • Language: German
  • Tours are available to book online or in person at the Elbphilharmonie ticket shops.
  • Tickets booked online are available as print@home tickets or to download onto your smartphone.
  • Payment is accepted via PayPal, SOFORT Online Bank Transfer, Amazon Pay or with credit card (MasterCard or VISA).
  • Bookings are final: tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded.
Elbphilharmonie Organ
Elbphilharmonie Organ © Peter Hundert

Information and Meeting Point

  • All tours start from the Elbphilharmonie Plaza, at the base of the stairway that leads to the Grand Hall Foyer.
  • Tours start punctually at the time stated. Late arrivals (later than start time) may not participate, and are not entitled to a replacement tour or a refund of the purchase price.
  • Tickets for the tours allow access to the Plaza from 15 minutes before the start of the tour.
  • The tour is not accessible. This is due, in particular, to the staircases extending over many floors in the Grand Hall foyer that must be climbed by foot.
  • The tour is not recommended for children under the age of eight.
Grand Hall Foyer
Grand Hall Foyer © Iwan Baan

Tour with Organ Presentation


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Meeting point: Elbphilharmonie Plaza

Platz der Deutschen Einheit (8th Floor)

Tickets are available online as print@home tickets or to download onto your smartphone.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • At what times do tours take place?

    Tours are planned in accordance with the concert and rehearsal schedule of the concert hall. Tours are offered at different times almost daily. The majority of tours take place between 09:15 and 16:00.

  • Does the tour visit the Grand Hall?

    Yes, the tour takes visitors into the Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall for the organ presentation.

  • Will the Recital Hall also be viewed?

    No. The Recital Hall is offered as part of a public concert hall tour in exceptional circumstances.

  • Are there breaks during a guided tour?

    Tours do not include a toilet break.

  • Where do the tours end?

    Tours end on the Plaza, where guests are welcome to remain and enjoy the view over the city and the port. A separate Plaza ticket is not necessary.

  • Is photography permitted during tours?

    No audio recording, video recording or photography is allowed during the tour or organ presentation.

  • Is it possible to store suitcases or valuable items?

    Neither a cloakroom nor lockers for storing luggage are provided.

  • Why aren't the tours suitable for children under 8 years of age?

    The Tour with Organ Presentation lasts 75 minutes, is aimed at a more grown-up audience and is not designed for children in mind. Children are however welcome to participate. Children under three years of age do not require a ticket.

  • Are discounts available for children, senior citizens or unemployed persons?

    No, there are no discounts.

  • Can tickets for tours be exchanged or refunded?

    No, bookings are final. Tickets for tours cannot be refunded or exchanged.