The Elbe Philharmonic Hall, usually mentioned as Elphi by locals, is one of the most important landmarks of Hamburg.
Despite the building being fairly new, it is considered the symbol of the city. The lower part of the building was built in 1963 and it was originally a warehouse. The glass top that makes the building so special and unique was added in 2017. The building has 26 floors, eight of them in the original brick facade and the other 18 in the glass wave on top. It’s 108-metres high altogether.
Elphi is first and foremost a concert hall. It hosts many musicals and classical music performances. There is also a hotel called Hotel Westin Hamburg in the building. It has many shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. But what attracts most tourists is the panoramic terrace. It is open every day from 10:00 am until midnight and admission is free.
This is the best place to watch the sunset in Hamburg, with the 360-degree lookout you can take a look at the UNESCO World Heritage site Speicherstadt or the Elbe River. You can see how the huge cargo ships dock or leave the port but be warned: the terrace can be very windy.