The Elphi

In contrast to the historic city hall, the newly built Elbphilharmonie (finished in late 2016) represents the more modern look of the port city.

Nicknamed The Elphi, this concert hall sits in HafenCity (“PortCity”) and is one of the largest in the world. The upper wave-like structure was built atop a former warehouse for coffee and cocoa bean storage.

This enormous project cost roughly €550 million more than estimated and took an additional 6 years than predicted to complete.


Entrance to the inside is free for the public. Once inside, you take a 2.5 minute ride up the world’s longest (and first) curved escalator to access the viewing deck. Below are photos of the curvy, fluid architecture of the interior.


The observation deck gives a 360 view of the surrounding city and port.



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