Hamburg is the second-largest city (after Berlin) and the eighth-largest city in the European Union. The port of Hamburg is the second-largest port in Europe, and the ninth-largest in the world. Hamburg's official name is the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. It makes reference to Hamburg's history as a member of the medieval Hanseatic League,
The Elbe Philharmonic Hall is a concert hall in the HafenCity quarter of Hamburg on the Grasbrook (de) peninsula of the Elbe River near to the historical Speicherstadt.
The new glassy construction resembles a hoisted sail, water wave or quartz crystal. Initial plans by the Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron were priced at 186 million euros (about $197 million), with the opening scheduled for 2010. After a succession of delays, revisions and legal disputes, the final bill for the city came to 798 million euros (about $843 million),
The Elbphilharmonie was officially inaugurated with concerts of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and a light show on 11 January 2017.
Opening of the Elbphilharmonie