The Elbphilharmonie is a concert hall in Hamburg, Germany. It is one of the largest and most acoustically advanced concert halls in the world. A visit is a special experience for all the senses. The music, of course, takes centre stage. In the Grand Hall this assumes a double meaning: the terraced rows of seats rise up high around the stage in a circle. This creates an extraordinary sense of proximity to the musical action. Especially since Yasuhisa Toyota’s acoustics make every note ring out as clear as crystal. As you make your way around the building, there are amazing views to discover at every turn. Because this concert hall – designed by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron – was built right in the middle of the Elbe River.