When it comes to culture and music, Hamburg definitely has much to offer. And as Philip proved, it is not just The Lion King Musical – many thanks!
Contributor: Philip [USA]
You’ve made it to Hamburg, congrats! Worry not, this semester is far lighter than the last one. What to do with your abundant free time in a culturally vibrant city? We have some advice for you.
Laeiszhalle is the major venue for classical and occasionally jazz performances. On the schedule page, the events in gold are ones organized locally by Elbphilharmonie Konzert and usually offers REDticket, where for only 10 Euros (!) you can reserve any seat in the concert hall. Yes, even the best ones that normally cost 65+ euros! This type of ticket is available 10 days in advance online. Simply buy tickets through the regular process and pick the proper reduction after selecting your seat. More information here.
Concerts organized externally (ones not in gold color) usually also has some sort of discount for students, albeit often you have to go in person just prior to the show. The box office varies in location, but for dayof tickets it’s usually inside Laeiszhalle, just inside the front door on ground level.Depending on the type of concert you want to attend, there are TWO entrances. Major events and orchestral performances usually use the entrance on the front facade in JohannesBrahms Platz, while chamber music and shows of more intimate setting use a small salon with entrance on the west side of the building, on Gorch Fork Wall. Check the event page for exact location.
Metro stops: Messehallen, Gänsemarkt.
Opera and Ballet
The place for opera and ballet is the Staatsoper. Their performances are consistently excellent and are truly worldclass. Reduced ticket of 15 Euros is available for all seats, but to purchase you must go in person to the ticket office with your student ID card. Location: Große Theaterstraße 25, 20354 Hamburg.
Metro stop: Stephansplatz.
Theater & Conservatory:
There are several theaters in Hamburg. The main one is Thalia. While I didn’t get a chance to see a performance I have heard great things about it. In general, performances are done in the native language of the play, and there are no English subtitles. But you should check that case bycase. Students can buy discounted tickets for 9 Euros. This can be done online or in person. Visit their website here.
Metro stops: Mönckebergstraße, Jungfernstieg
The Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg is one of the two main conservatories in the city. They have events all the time, from recitals of students and orchestra to master classes given by renowned artists. The best thing? They’re either free or very cheap. And, inevitably for carrying the torch of tradition, maintain high standards. If you’re like me and found a class you’d like to attend, some professors would actually be glad to invite you in and lecture in English. Not for credit, of course.Part of the main campus near Alster is under construction, so some departments have moved to the north campus. Be sure to check where the event is before going
Main campus: Hallerstrasse
North campus: Rubenkamp, Sengelmannstrasse (City Nord)