Visiting the plaza of the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie is expected to remain free of charge. "It has become clear that the city's population still wants to go to the Plaza free of charge," said Culture Senator Carsten Brosda (SPD) on radio station NDR 90.3. He is confident that this can be done. "But one thing is certain: it will then cost city money," said Brosda. The Senate is currently calculating where the money could come from instead. Last year, the Senate considered charging entrance fees for the plaza.
You have to know that 80 percent of the Plaza visitors come from abroad. “As Hamburgers, we pay free entry for them from our household. You have to see that as the big gesture to our visitors, which it is.”
At the same time, Brosda hinted at making the plaza more interesting with new offerings. However, the viewing platform must not become a "fairground" but must remain the "magical place" that it is.
Norbert Hackbusch, cultural policy spokesman for the Left Party parliamentary group, welcomed the culture senator's announcement: "Of course, the financial authorities must ensure free entry to the Plaza," said Hackbusch on Tuesday in Hamburg. The left faction had vehemently campaigned for this from the start. "For us it was always clear: The most beautiful balcony in the city was built with a lot of public money - access must remain free permanently."