Laeiszhalle
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MKPaul
By MKPaul
One of Europe's worst concert halls
1.0 of 5 bubblesDec 2019
Two distinct halls in the Laeiszhalle - Grosser and Kleiner - 5 mins walk from Gansemarkt U-bahn station Laeiszhalle Grosser Saal is one of Europe's worst concert halls. It was designed for orchestral works, and delivers good music acoustics throughout. The stage is set very high up, and only the front row of musicians can be seen. For visual shows such as opera or dance, this stage is not suitable. When the conductor or orchestra leader speaks to the audience, this will only be heard if the speaker slowly and clearly projects the voice. The stalls in this 2,000 seat auditorium do not have any emergency exit signs. The side-doors are illuminated during performances by dim flame-coloured lighting. At the rear of the auditorium, the side-doors have level flooring. Towards the front, the side-doors have two or three steps, and one side-door on each side has an irregular skewed slope. You will see concert-goers stumble here. On entering the Laeiszhalle main entrance for the Grosser Saal, your ticket will guide you to the left or right. You will only see the fast and efficient cloakrooms once you go deeper into the building. There are no signs to the men's toilets, which are hidden up dog-leg staircases. There are no pictograms used, just text signs for each facility. This may explain why very few Asian tourists are seen in the audience. The Grosser Saal seats are excellent - wider than usual, comfy and with good legroom. The Laeiszhalle Kleiner Saal was refitted a decade ago, this has excellent acoustics, and comfy seats with good legroom. And emergency exit signs with level flooring. Note that most stalls seats - with a good view - are in the Mitte block. To the left and right are side seats whose view is interrupted by three columns on each side. Each side seat uses a duplicate number. So there are three tickets for Row 12, Seat 1, and these will be labelled Links, Mitte or Rechts. Only the Mitte central block have a good view. Good view from the balcony. Fast and efficient cloakroom. Over 600 seats, but just one handwash basin in the men's toilet.

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Bilge S
San Francisco, CA835 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Solo
Laeiszhalle is today's name for previous Muzikhalle which is the Concert Hall of Hamburg City, Germany.

The hall's new name was given after a German shipping company and was planned by the architect Martin Haller. Its accepted as from one of the architectural symbols of the city.

Today it homes to many concerts and one of the cultural centers of Hamburg.
Need to see if related with architecture. Took these photos when I was a architectural student.
Written August 21, 2012
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asperagus12
Hamburg, Germany10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
This famous german barock concert hall formerly known as the Musikhalle, is built in 1908, it is in barock style in gold and white color inside, simply beautiful,it have two concert halls, a small one with 625 Seat Places and a big one with 2025 Seat Places, it is the home of the Residenz Orchester, former home of the Elbphilharmonie orchester, all kinds of famous singers, like Shirley Bassey, David Garret, Vanessa Mai, George Dalares, also the NDR-Philharmonic Orchester, the Resonance orchester, the Kammermusic Orchestra plays there, it is a great place, with a wonderful special Atmosphäre, the great hall have its own old organ, in both concerthalls you get and hear a great stunning sound, its a litte juwel staight in the mids of the town, in best place ,sorouned by the near by Towngarden Planten und Blomen ,for music fans,a must to go....it is every time an awesome experience....
Written May 20, 2017
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mcs_095
Canberra, Australia90 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
We went here to see a concert, and enjoyed it. I wouldn't sit upstairs unless you have a front row - its got quite deep sides so views don't look good from up there. But we sat near the back at the bottom and had a great time - it was thoroughly enjoyable.

Will now be the 'poorer cousin' compared to the amazing Elbphilharmonie, but don't let that put you off if you find a concert there you want to see!
Written January 20, 2018
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MKPaul
Gruissan, France53 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Two distinct halls in the Laeiszhalle - Grosser and Kleiner - 5 mins walk from Gansemarkt U-bahn station

Laeiszhalle Grosser Saal is one of Europe's worst concert halls. It was designed for orchestral works, and delivers good music acoustics throughout.

The stage is set very high up, and only the front row of musicians can be seen. For visual shows such as opera or dance, this stage is not suitable.

When the conductor or orchestra leader speaks to the audience, this will only be heard if the speaker slowly and clearly projects the voice.

The stalls in this 2,000 seat auditorium do not have any emergency exit signs. The side-doors are illuminated during performances by dim flame-coloured lighting. At the rear of the auditorium, the side-doors have level flooring. Towards the front, the side-doors have two or three steps, and one side-door on each side has an irregular skewed slope. You will see concert-goers stumble here.

On entering the Laeiszhalle main entrance for the Grosser Saal, your ticket will guide you to the left or right. You will only see the fast and efficient cloakrooms once you go deeper into the building. There are no signs to the men's toilets, which are hidden up dog-leg staircases. There are no pictograms used, just text signs for each facility. This may explain why very few Asian tourists are seen in the audience.

The Grosser Saal seats are excellent - wider than usual, comfy and with good legroom.

The Laeiszhalle Kleiner Saal was refitted a decade ago, this has excellent acoustics, and comfy seats with good legroom. And emergency exit signs with level flooring.

Note that most stalls seats - with a good view - are in the Mitte block. To the left and right are side seats whose view is interrupted by three columns on each side. Each side seat uses a duplicate number. So there are three tickets for Row 12, Seat 1, and these will be labelled Links, Mitte or Rechts. Only the Mitte central block have a good view.

Good view from the balcony. Fast and efficient cloakroom. Over 600 seats, but just one handwash basin in the men's toilet.
Written December 27, 2019
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NiHaoTom
Munich, Germany182 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been in the 'Laeiszhalle' (name from a very old Hamburg family) at a concert from 'Annett Louisan'. Annett is famous Hamburg singer. We had a place at '2.Rang Balkon left' row 3 place 13, 14 (price 42€...). The ticket says 'sichtbehindert' this means 'a little bit problems to see the stage' in my opinion... But we see nothing from the stage! I can only give you the tip to take only the first row in the balcony or take a ticket at the ground floor. Believe us! If you take an other ticket - like our ticket- it is better to buy the MP3 and a good bottle of wine. Stay at home. Don't waste money.
Written October 10, 2014
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fmk243
Hamburg, Germany11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
A beautiful place for smaller concerts. You feel like a king, when you enter this location. The stairs are equipped with red carpet and upstairs you can go to the concert room or you can have something to drink or eat in advance. Interesting that you can order food, drinks and a place to sit during the pause of the concert. If you do that, the ordered items are already on your table if you enter the restaurant. This is much better than standing in a line.
Written November 22, 2019
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berylcook
Swindon, UK42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
Brought tickets in box office across the road. Nice old concert venue. Much quieter than new concert hall, but on a smaller more intimate scale. There a couple of restaurants nearby to eat beforehand.

Note Google maps link in incorrect. Actual venue is west of Gänsemarkt ubahn station.
Written June 13, 2018
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545medva
Budapest, Hungary3,906 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
Until the opening of the Elbphilharmonie, this was the "concert hall of Hamburg". Nice building, very good accustic and excellent concerts. Nowadays try it, as usually you cannot get a ticket to Elbphilharmonie.
Written June 3, 2017
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Andrew O
Paphos, Cyprus189 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
This is a classic landmark building on a big square next to a beautiful park. It is used for many classical and some jazz and pop concerts. The front door leads to the large hall (grosser sail) with an impressive interior and a super bar. The stage is big enough for a symphony orchestra and there is a nice pipe organ. The seats on the ground floor are all good. However, upstairs there are plenty of seats with little or no view of the stage. The front row is not bad if you lean forward, otherwise you need to stand to see anything, so a bad design. The rear door leads to the small hall (kleiner sail) which is modern with excellent sight lines throughout, both upstairs and downstairs. The sound in both halls is fine. The catering and service are all excellent and the range or artistes simply world class. Just remember to pick a good seat in the large Hall!
Written June 22, 2016
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GIDraco
Cambuslang, UK287 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
Attended a show here with my friend to watch a small orchestra set.

The building is very small compared to other European halls - this includes the stage setup itself.

Layout very simple and we attended our seats very swiftly.

Acoustics were outstanding. The sounds and show itself were excellent and due to the micro nature of the place it felt like it was being played only for you. Outstanding performances.

This is a must for Hamburg!
Written December 9, 2018
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