In Hamburg, the magnificent Elb Philharmonic Hall has finally opened its doors! This eagerly awaited mammoth project is a major event: will the small and large concert halls have acoustics equal (no doubt about it) to the bold brick-and-glass building designed in a trapezoid shape by architects Herzog & de Meuron? We will attend a beautiful philharmonic concert to see for ourselves. As it would be criminal not to take full advantage of the city’s rich musical offering, we will also step inside the State Opera House in order to assit to Hamlet ballet.
To conclude, we will enjoy a private tour of the captivating Steinway factory, a historical location where the most beautiful pianos in the world have been designed for 150 years.
The very serene setting of the Hanseatic City will add greatly to the charm of this weekend in March. The fact that half of its surface area is covered by forests, parks, canals and lakes probably has a lot to do with it! All along the banks of the Elbe River and Alster Lake, in the Blankenese district, a former fishing village where rich 19th century merchants built vast luxury homes, or at the harbour with its neo-gothic brick warehouses… Wherever you go, the city exudes the same picturesque and endearing atmosphere.
Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany, is therefore also one of its most charming locations worth discovering sooner rather than later to challenge our preconceptions!
Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany, needed a major symphonic concert hall. That void has been filled with the inauguration of the Elbphilharmonie, an architectural marvel built from a former harbour warehouse in the shape of a trapezoid and topped with a glass structure, housing two halls with 2,150 and 550 seats. The programme for early 2020 is dazzling, and the festival promises to captivate audiences.
It seems impossible to discuss the city’s musical life without mentioning the Steinway factory, where these large, legendary pianos are designed! The historical factory retraces 150 years of excellent craftsmanship and helps us to understand how the most beautiful pianos in the world are created. After a private tour of the factory, we will have the privilege of attending a recital in the very heart of this special venue entirely dedicated to the piano, before enjoying a cocktail dinner.
Saturday 4 April at 7.30 pm at the Hamburg Staatsoper:
HAMLET, W. Shakespeare
Revisited by John Neumeier
Hamburg Opera Ballet
Philarmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg
Roberto Rizzi Brignoli, Conductor
John Neumeier, Choreographer
Michael Tippett, Music
Sunday 5 april at 11.00 am at the ElbPhilharmonie:
Philarmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg
Kent Nagano, Conductor
Alexei Volodin, Piano
Even today, Hamburg continues to proudly assert its cultural affiliation with the Hanseatic League. It is a real pleasure to walk along the banks of the Elbe, in Jenischpark, a genuine forest in the Othmarschen district, or down the narrow alleys of the Blankenese district… We will sail around the harbour and admire the neo-gothic brick warehouses of the Speicherstadt in a private boat, before gathering together for a seafood lunch.
The Saint Pauli district has now regained its former glory. We will discover the impressive Saint-Michel Lutheran church with its five organs and the arcades running alongside the Alster (a lake very popular with residents) before reaching the imposing City Hall built in 1897.
We will also stop in at the Brahms Museum to follow the piano career of the composer and instrumentalist, born just a few metres from there, through a collection of programmes, scores and documents, as well as works by the Viennese sculptress Ilse Conrad.
Double room package : 3 990 €
Supplement for individual room : 582 €
The price of this trip includes : the Paris / Hambourg /Paris flight in economy class • accommodation in a double room with breakfast for 3 nights • city tax • first-category seat for performances • the tours and transfers mentioned in the programme • all meals (beverages included) excepted April 3rd lunch • repatriation assistance
The price of this trip does not include : extras • lunch on April 3rd
A guide will accompany you on this trip.