Find Accommodation near Philharmonie Luxembourg
Philharmonie Luxembourg – or the Grande-Duchesse Joséphine-Charlotte Concert Hall, to give it its full name – opened its elegant doors in Clausen, Luxembourg Luxembourg City, in 2005. With Luxembourg City centre to the south and the finance, business and European Court of Justice to the north, hotels near Philharmonie Luxembourg is easy to find. It’s perfectly positioned for visitors to stay either in the luxury hotels of Kirchberg and the city centre, as well as all manner or cheap to mid-range places to stay in the pedestrianised streets of Luxembourg City, by the railway station in Gare Quartier, or even near the airport five miles away.
A World-Class Concert Venue in Luxembourg
Luxembourg’s role as European Capital of Culture in 1995 drew attention to Luxembourg’s need for international-standard concert facilities, prompting the commissioning of the Philharmonie Luxembourg. In the years since its inaugural performances in 2005, it has grown to become one of Europe’s prestigious concert halls, welcoming over 400 performances annually, playing to a 1,500-strong audience when it sells out – as it often does.
Philharmonie Luxembourg’s architecture is as rich and appealing as the music played there. The building has vast curving windows and a leaf-shaped roof that is supported by a forest of 823 white-steel columns, three or four deep. The show-stopper – the Grand Auditorium – is an elegant, sweeping space with finely-tuned acoustics and an unusual organ, whose pipes are visible in a stack of huge ‘boxes’ above the stage.
Plan a Visit to Philharmonie Luxembourg
Taking in a concert at Philharmonie Luxembourg is a must for any culture vulture, and one-off tickets go on sale around two months before the performance. There are two music festivals at the Philharmonie Luxembourg: Rainy Days, November’s contemporary music festival, and Luxembourg Festival, organised in partnership with the Grand Théâtre of the City of Luxembourg. Ticket sales for both start at the beginning of October. Both festivals take audiences on a musical journey from jazz to pop, classical to world music and opera. Collecting tickets from the box office is possible an hour before an event. On Saturday mornings at 10.30, there are free guided tours through the building for an added treat.