During the 1.5 hour architectural guided tour of the Elbphilharmonie, we will explain the history of the building’s development, which today, looking back, almost reads like the script of a planned production. Starting from a great idea, which was to be realized as a gift – free of charge for the city – and in the shortest possible construction time, disputes about costs, construction stoppage and a happy end that is second to none.

From the outside, we start by explaining everything worth knowing about the location and HafenCity, which is the largest urban development project in Europe. You will receive detailed information about the architecture of the Elbphilharmonie, the building and its special facade. As you probably already knew, the Elbphilharmonie was planned by the renowned Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron.

Afterwards, we take the Tube, the longest curved escalator in Europe, from the eastern forecourt to the western balcony with the large panoramic window, overlooking the harbour. After a short stop we continue to the 37m high Plaza.

Here you will learn all about the acoustic features of the concert halls and why, for example, ship horns and propellers are not audible in the hall. The hotel and the exclusive condominiums in the western tip will of course also be presented.

A subsequent visit to the outer plaza, from which there is a fantastic view of the harbour, the city, HafenCity and the Elbe, rounds off the tour.

Herzog & de Meuron

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