A living
m sterwork

Discover the secrets of a building conceived to be in the service of music.
The ceiling of the Foyer
The ceiling of the Foyer

Did you know that the experience of music begins long before the murmuring voices in the hall have died down and the conductor’s baton rises? Let your gaze wander for a moment. From the floor to the ceiling, from the rounded façade over the curvature of the seat rests in the Grand Auditorium to the circular shape of the Foyer – everything about this masterwork by architect Christian de Portzamparc evokes sound: its form, its movement, its effect on us. It reminds us that the notes created on the podium are no mere abstraction, but a phenomenon that is physically perceptible, to which our hearts and our bodies react.

At the Philharmonie, de Portzamparc has created a dynamic and living pathway in the service of music and music lovers. As soon as one crosses the threshold, the Foyer and its famous flawless pillars captivate visitors, a forest of columns encasing 44.000 cubic metres of space, distance us from the city and its noise. From here, we pass into the Grand Auditorium with its classic «shoebox » footprint, the acoustics of which are said to be among the ten best in the world. Majestically overlooking the stage, the symphonic organ forms an integral part of the hall’s architecture, boasting a minimalistic design and a distinctive geometry. With its 83 stops on four manuals and pedals, it can provide sounds of substantial power or real lightness, from crystal clarity to heavy darkness

Map of the outside of the Philharmonie Luxembourg
« Its architecture will draw people in. » - Fernand Pesch, former president of the Kirchberg's Urbanization Fund

After the Grand Auditorium, we move on to the chamber music hall (Salle de Musique de Chambre). Located at the heart of the building, its layout conveying the intimacy of a cocoon. Its ceiling, decorated with the signs of the zodiac, points to the many mysteries of the universe.

Apart from these two oases, the Philharmonie also offers the Espace Découverte and two Salles de Répétition, often used for children’s events. The Foyer itself can be transformed into a versatile and open stage.

  • Philharmonie Luxembourg viewed by drone
  • The Foyer by night
  • An Orchestra playing on the stage of the Grand Auditorium
  • Philharmonie by night from the outside
  • The Salle de Musique de Chambre wall, lighted in bright colors
  • Movable ceiling of the Grand Auditorium
  • Foyer lighted in bright red
  • Corner of the Salle de Musique de Chambre
  • Foyer lighted in bright pink
  • light reflection in the Foyer
A guided tour in the backstage

Guided Tours

Step outside the beaten path

When you push open the door of the Philharmonie, you must be ready to be caught by surprise… Throughout the year, our team of guides reveals its thousand and one secrets through insightful and convivial tours, by day or by night. We can't wait to see you there!
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A woman discovering the Foyer

Your first visit

Buying a ticket is all well and good... but how should I dress? When should I arrive? What can I eat? How do I get there? In short: where do I begin? Relax. We’ve got you covered!
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