Not only clubs and electronic music make the nights of the German capital so attractive. The Berlin Philharmonic is a spectacle for the ears, eyes and soul that should also not be missed.
Acclaimed both for its acoustic and architecture qualities the Berlin Philharmonic was designed by Hans Scharoun and brought up over 50 years ago in the middle of a turbulent political scenario. Located at the surroundings of Potsdam Platz, at that time a deserted area of the West Berlin, it was a very close by neighbor of the Berlin Wall. It is thus the first construction of the Kulturforum, an amazing collection of cultural buildings that also includes the Neue Nationalgalerie (New National Gallery), Staatsbibliothek (State Library) and the chamber music hall.
Its unusual asymmetrical circus style puts the musicians right in the center of the hall, surrounded all around by the audience. The main room can accommodate up to 2250 people and the arrangement of the chairs is ingenious! Split into small intimate terraces with different of heights and angles, no one sits more than 30 meters away from the stage. No matter where you sit, the sound and view are amazing. In such way even students and backpackers paying friendly prices get to enjoy the show as a VIPs. This avant-garde style, first controversial, served as inspiration for the design of many other concert halls around the globe.
Sir Simon Rattle, conductor of the house since 2002, will be performing his last season. You have until 2018 to see live the talent, charm and white locks of this master of music. If you are planning to visit Berlin stay at the Amstel House and add to your plan the Berlin Philharmonic: excellent music, astonishing architecture.