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14.11.2013, 15:06 hrs
Age: 4 Year(s)

The Elbphilharmonie has opened!

Hamburg’s new landmark is located at Miniatur Wunderland

Although the real Elbphilharmonie still has to wait for her Grand Opening, you can marvel at the finished building at Miniatur Wunderland at least. After 364 days of construction time, 350,000 Euro building costs, and 13,000 working hours, the Grand Opening celebration of the Elbphilharmonie and HafenCity began at 8.24 p.m. on November 13th.

After the opening speeches of culture senator Prof. Barbara Kisseler, the director of the Elbphilharmonie and Laeizhalle, Christoph Lieben-Seutter, chief conductor of the NDR radio symphony orchestra, Thomas Hengelbrock, and the makers of Wunderland, Frederik and Gerrit Braun were delivered, the probably smallest concert hall in the world was inaugurated with a real concert of the NDR radio symphony orchestra conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock. Musical pieces by Mozart, Haydn and Schostakowitsch were performed.

„For six years now, I’m looking forward to this moment. Since the day I first saw the blueprints, I was on fire and a fan of the Elbphilharmonie. Actually, I thought I would’ve experienced the Grand Opening long ago, already, but about 200 meters as the crow flies from here. But, when the neighbouring philharmonic hall met some turmoil, I couldn’t wait any longer. So, about a year ago, we decided to build our very own Elbphilharmonie” Frederik Braun, founder of Miniatur Wunderland, explains.

It was a long way to go. Staying true to the real-life counterpart, the construction time for the 70,000 square centimetres large HafenCity and Elbphilharmonie at Miniatur Wunderland doubled. Originally, the inauguration was planned for spring 2013. “Looking at the finished, superb edifice, every working hour and every delay was worth the effort. What our model makers created here is downright phenomenal. I’ve never seen anything of such intricate detail before” Gerrit Braun, Frederik’s twin-brother and co-founder of Wunderland, describes his first impression of the finished model. 

The opening celebration and the opening concert conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock were shown live via stream in the WWW. Spectators from all five continents watched the concert online. On-site 300 guests attended the sold-out event. The revenues of the ticket sales will be donated to 100% to the “Klingendes Museum” (transl.: “Sounding Museum”), which will find a new home within the real Elbphilharmonie in the future. “The Inauguration was a total success. It’s unbelievable, how much approval we’ve gotten so far. And for me, the icing on the cake without doubt: With this great event we’ll be able to donate 25,000 Euro for a good cause” Frederik says in conclusion.

In case you missed the live stream of our Inauguration ceremony, you can watch it on our YouTube channel.

Attached to this news there are also some photos of the finished model and of the inauguration yesterday.