Hamburg Tourismus | Tune in for Hamburg!

Music lovers could not ignore the German port city of Hamburg. The new iconic Elbphilharmonie concert hall emphasizes Hamburg’s reputation as the city of music. The city has musical surprises for everyone and offers many opportunities for music-related city trips. From a wide range of music festivals, the Komponistenquartier, to a vivid ‘music scene’: tune in for Hamburg!

Tune in for… Elbphilharmonie

The Elbphilharmonie, that has been opened in 2017, is the beating heart of ‘the city of music’. In the first year, 850,000 people visited the concert hall. The programme of the Elbphilharmonie is as contrasting and varied as Hamburg itself. From opera performances, orchestral, world music, electro and pop concerts to piano sessions and string orchestra performances. The 2018/2019 season starts in August.

Tune in for… the 2018 (summer) festivals

The very diverse and extensive range of festivals has something to offer for every music lover. The season starts with the Hamburg International Music Festival. The city will change into one big music stage with more than 40 different programmes and 60 concerts. ELBJAZZ will follow up on the opening festival at the beginning of June and is a must see for jazz fans. Fancy going out this summer? Visit the Schleswig-Holstein Musik, MS Dockville or Reeperbahn festival.

Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival

The festival Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (30 June – 26 August) is famous for its unique atmosphere, due to its numerous and special locations – from idyllic castles to cool industrial halls in the metro area of Hamburg, the state of Schleswig-Holstein and even parts of Denmark. The emphasis of the programme is once again on classical music. Of course, there are other genres such as pop and jazz to be enjoyed as well.

MS Dockville Festival

Young, bold, loud and arty are terms that suit the MS Dockville Festival perfectly well. The festival on the island in the Elbe of Wilhelmsburg, takes place from August 17-19. It is a typical open-air festival with an arty twist. The line-up is very promising. Big names like ALT-J, Nick Murphy, Fink and Oscar And The Wolf will perform.

Reeperbahn festival

The Reeperbahn festival (19-22 September) is being held for the thirteenth time already. The festival is an essential part of the international festival calendar and is nowadays one of the largest club festivals in Europe. With more than 900 programme items and many special locations in the St. Pauli district, the festival offers a stage for upcoming bands and settled artists. Thanks to the extensive programme, this festival offers something beautiful in music terms for everyone .

Tune in for… Komponistenquartier

Hamburg has a long history when it comes to classical music. In 1678, the doors were opened to the first public opera house in Europe on the square of the Gänsemarkt. And in honour of the composers who were born in Hamburg or have played an important role in building the musical spirit of the city, the Komponistenquartier was opened in 2015. You can discover a lot of musical history about Georg Philipp Telemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Johann Adolf Hasse and Gustav Mahler in many museums in this area. At the end of May, the Komponistenquartier has been expanded with two new interactive exhibitions about the lifes and creations of three world-famous composers Gustav Mahler, Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn.

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