On January 11, 2018, the Elbphilharmonie (Elbe Philharmonic Hall), the concert hall located in the HafenCity area of Hamburg, Germany, celebrated its one year anniversary. Though now widely touted for its architectural beauty and near perfect acoustics, the hall also garnered considerable criticism. The cornerstone was laid in 2007, with an anticipated completion date of 2010. It took seven years longer to build than planned, and the price tag exploded from an estimated 77 million Euros to 789 million Euros.
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The concert hall’s popularity has boosted tourist interest in Hamburg, and according to Hamburg Tourismus GmbH, some 6.8 million visitors visited Hamburg in 2017. Indeed, much of this tourist traffic is attributed to the opening of the new philharmonic hall, which attracted world wide attention.