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Plaza der Elbphilharmonie - Aufgang Großer Saal © / Michael Zapf / Architekten Herzog & de Meuron

Over 1 million visitors to Elbphilharmonie Plaza

Plaza proving tourist magnet in first four months - 1 million mark broken 111 days after opening

Around 12,000 people flock to HafenCity every day to see Hamburg’s spectacular Elbphilharmonie, the view of the harbour and the Speicherstadt. Over 26,000 guests visited during the weekend after the opening of the plaza in November 2016. The concert hall is now a must-see attraction for visitors from all over the world and not just for the people of Hamburg. Smartphones and cameras are being clicked as soon as fans reach the 80 metre-long escalator, the Tube, leading to the top of the former Kaispeicher. Commenting on the popularity, Christoph Lieben-Seutter, General Director of the Elbphilharmonie, noted: “The unabated, brisk flow of visitors even on cold days confirms the huge appeal of the Elbphilharmonie’s architecture and that of the site.”

Surprise for one-millionth visitor

Lieben-Seutter personally welcomed the one-millionth visitor on Friday (February 24) with four tickets for the “Concert for Hamburg” with the NDR Elbphilharmonic Orchestra in June. A delighted Brigitte Kugelmann, who had arrived from Bavaria on a visit to Hamburg, said: “That’s a surprise. I watched the opening of the Elbphilharmonie on television and I am really looking forward to the concert in June.”

Tickets for Plaza

The 37-metre high viewing platform is open daily from 9 am to midnight. Tickets must be obtained, as daily visitor numbers are limited to 1,200. Free tickets for a same-day visit are available from the visitors’ centre, Am Kaiserkai 62, and at automats in the entrance to the Elbphilharmonie. Visitors are advised to reserve advance tickets online for a fee of EUR 2 when planning a weekend visit or on bank holidays.

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