Image credit to Daniel Dittus
Not to be overlooked is Hamburg’s classical music scene, which you can drink in at the city’s gorgeous concert halls. Your first port of call should be the Elbphilharmonie (above), which is one of the world’s most acoustically advanced concert venues. Opened in 2017 on the banks of the Elbe river, it sports a striking façade consisting of shimmering curved glass panels atop an industrial brick structure.
Inside, you’ll discover three spacious concert venues: a grand concert hall with a towering pipe organ, a recital space and a studio. Experience a show by the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, which stages regular concerts with guest performers at their home base throughout the year.
Another must-see concert hall is the ornate Laeiszhalle, which opened in 1908 and has hosted notable composers including Igor Stravinsky, Richard Strauss and Sergei Prokofiev. Today, you can take in a performance by its resident orchestra, the Symphoniker Hamburg, while admiring the venue’s beautiful Neo-Baroque architecture.
Soak up live music outdoors
If you’re visiting Hamburg during the warmer months, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy great live music outdoors while basking in the sunshine. Stop by Stadtpark Open Air, a concert venue nestled within the verdant grounds of the city’s largest park. Ringed by lush beech hedges, this is where you can attend sold-out performances – previous headliners include Lady Gaga, Santana and Sting.