Due to continuously lower rates of new coronavirus infections, since June 1 Cologne’s Philharmonie has been able to present concerts to live audiences again under certain restrictions.
You will find an overview of all the concerts currently planned on the Programme page.
Your health and ours are our top priority. We have adapted all procedures to minimize the risk of infection and enable you to attend concerts without worries. We will adapt these protective measures continuously, in accordance with current legal regulations.
Therefore, rules for concertgoing remain subject to change, even at short notice. Please make sure your concert is taking place and under which conditions by visiting our Programme page shortly before attending events.
Please note the following regarding your concert:
Please register in advance Here (individually for each concertgoer). Alternatively, you may download this form as a PDF, fill it out and hand it to the usher when you enter the building.
Without a negative coronavirus test or certification of your vaccination, unfortunately we cannot allow you to enter the Philharmonie. Please bring one of the following:
- Certification of a confirmed negative rapid or PCR Covid-19 test which is no older than 48 hours, or
- Certification of complete vaccination, if the second vaccination date took place more than 14 days ago, or
- Certification of a coronavirus infection in the past, in the form of a positive PCR test which is at least 28 days and maximally six months old.
Such certification must be submitted to the service staff at the entrance, together with your concert ticket and an official picture ID.
There are no testing facilities at the performance venue. Click here for an overview of test centres near the Philharmonie.
How can I buy a ticket to watch a stream?
You will find our current streaming dates on the Programme page. Select your date and click on "Buy ticket" to open the webshop. Here, you can "pay as you wish". Then enter your e-mail address and payment details and select "Buy now". You will then receive an e-mail confirming your order, including a link to the streaming service.
How do I get access to the stream?
After purchasing a ticket for the streaming offer, you will receive a confirmation email with a link. Follow the link. As soon as the stream starts, the video appears instead of the countdown.
How much is a streaming ticket?
You decide how much you would like to pay for the stream. To help you decide, you can choose between different price categories.
Which payment options do I have?
You can pay for your ticket by credit card, instant bank transfer or Paypal.
For how long can I watch the stream?
The stream is available as video on demand. You can find the exact period of availability on the website.
Does the stream work on all of my devices?
Do I get an invoice for my ticket?
The confirmation that you receive after completing a purchase is regarded as an invoice. The invoice number is stated there as well.
I didn't receive the link. What should I do?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org We will be happy to help you.
My link isn't working. What should I do?
Please close your browser and restart it. As a precaution, you should also test your internet connection. If the problems persist, please send us an e-mail to email@example.com. We will be happy to help you.
In the concert
How are visitors registered?
For your protection and in order to make contact tracing as rapid as possible in case of infection, we are obliged to document your presence at the Philharmonic in Cologne including your exact seating location, and you must confirm at the time of your attending the concert that you are free of symptoms. Therefore, it is necessary that you submit your contact details and those of all persons accompanying you on the website www.anmeldung.nrw. The data thereby generated will be used exclusively for the purposes specified by law, and will be deleted after the legal period of documentation has expired. Please make use of the online visitor registration form whenever possible. Alternatively, you may download and print out the form as a PDF and bring it with you to the event. Please fill out one form per visitor. You may then hand the form(s) to the usher who takes your ticket(s) when entering the hall.
If you do not agree to your data being registered, unfortunately you cannot attend the concert.
Is it obligatory to wear a facemask? Do I have to keep aminimum distance?
You must wear a facemask during your entire stay at the Philharmonie in Cologne; this also applies while you are seated during the concert. Please keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres from other guests when entering the building and walking throughout the building.The new seating plan stipulates that one seat must remain empty between every two audience members as well as in front and behind of each occupied seat. An exception can be made for adjacent subscription seats occupied by persons from one household, and seats which were booked before the seating plans were changed. If your seat does not conform to these distancing rules and you are uncomfortable with this, please approach the ushers, who will reseat you.
When do admissions begin?
The doors to the Cologne Philharmonie will open 45 minutes before the concert starts. In order to minimize contact during the admittance procedure, we kindly ask guests holding tickets for the middle of a row to enter the hall first. After the concert, please leave the hall one row after another, following the instructions from the ushers and maintaining your distance. Guests seated in Row 19 and above are requested to leave the hall by the upper doors.
Are the cloakrooms available?
The cloakrooms are open.
How long are the concerts? Will there be an interval?
All concerts will take place without an interval; they will last 70 to 80 minutes, as a rule.
Will there be refreshments or gastronomy?
The visitors’ foyer is currently not designated as a space for occupancy. Therefore, all bars are currently closed; refreshments cannot be sold or served.
Will there be pre-concert talks?
Due to distancing and safety measures, unfortunately we are currently unable to offer pre-concert talks or introductions to our concert programmes.
What should I do if I am ill or have cold-like symptoms on the concert day?
In that case, please stay at home. Persons with any COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, sneezing, sore throat, general weakness, diarrhoea, loss of the sense of smell or taste) and persons who have been traveling to high-risk areas are not allowed to enter the Philharmonie in Cologne.
Will there be printed concert programmes?
Audio and video recordings
For legal reasons, audio and video recordings are not permitted at any time. The Gürzenich Orchestra reserves the right to produce and disseminate audio and video recordings of individual concerts. By using the concert ticket, the concertgoer declares his consent to the production and a possible dissemination of his or her image in media in conjunction with such a recording.
+49 221 221 28400
The advance booking office is located in the Opern-Passagen in downtown Cologne between Breite Straße and Glockengasse. Due to a staff shortage, we currently have to adjust the opening times as follows:
Mon to Sat: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
+49 221 221 284 00
Kartenservice der Bühnen Köln
Postfach 10 10 61
Due to coronavirus measures, the Philharmonie’s box office must remain closed at the moment. Until further notice, concert tickets can only be purchased in advance. The KölnMusik Ticket Shop will open two hours before the beginning of the concert, and tickets may be bought there for the same day. Until further notice, standing-room tickets will not be offered.
Schoolchildren, students, trainees, federal volunteers (BFDler) and those on a voluntary social year (FSJler) (aged up to 28), holders of a valid Cologne Pass, and recipients of assistance benefits (Leistungen nach dem SGB II) will receive, upon showing proof, 50% discount when purchasing individual tickets for Subscription Concerts 1–12, and for the following special concerts at Cologne’s Philharmonic Hall: Gala Concert, Benefit Concert and Passion Concert. Chamber music concerts are excluded from discounts. Holders of a JULEICA and an honorary office card will receive 50% discount on all subscription concerts on Monday and Tuesday.
Wheelchair users or severely disabled persons with 100% disability or with a B in their disability pass receive free admission to all concerts upon showing proof and depending on availability. The attendant person of a wheelchair occupant user or of a severely disabled person will also receive a complimentary admission ticket if the letter B is noted in the disability pass. You can get admission tickets at advance booking offices and at the box office.
Please note that only one discount can be claimed at any time. Proof of eligibility is to be presented voluntarily when purchasing the ticket and at the entrance.
Prices & Venue
Your advantages as a subscriber
There are numerous possible ways to experience Gürzenich Orchestra’s concerts with a subscription. In so doing, you will profit from a range of benefits around attending the concerts.
A regular seat
With the Grand Subscription, as well as with the smaller subscriptions, you will experience all the concerts from your personal regular seat at Cologne’s Philharmonic Hall.
You save up to 30% over purchasing individual tickets. In addition, you save the 10% advance booking charge.
Holders of a Grand Subscription or Small Subscription each receive a voucher for 40% (Grand Abo) or 20% (Small Abo) for selected Gürzenich Orchestra concerts.
Before and after the concert, your subscription is valid as a public transport ticket in the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg (Rhine-Sieg Transport Association).
We will send the current season brochure to your home free of charge.
+49 221 221 28240
The ticket purchase service of the stages of the city of Cologne (Kartenservice der Bühnen Köln) is available to you for your subscription-related questions at the Opern Passagen at Offenbachplatz.
Mo to Fr: 10–18
(0221) 221 28240
Ordering and change requests
Subscription orders for the new season are accepted throughout the year. A change in seat or in the type of subscription is only possible in the new season. Change requests must be submitted by 30 April of the current season.
Subscription term & cancellation
A subscription is valid for one concert season and will automatically be extended by another season unless the Ticket Service of the stages of the City of Cologne receives termination in writing by 30 April of the current season. Subscription cards will be sent out after receipt of payment.
Schoolchildren, students, trainees, federal volunteers (BFDler) and those on a voluntary social year (FSJler) (aged up to 28), holders of a valid Cologne Pass, and severely disabled persons with 100% disability or with a B in their disability pass receive a 50% discount on the Subscription Concerts. Chamber music concerts are excluded from discounts.
Subscriptions can be transferred to third parties. Discounted subscriptions can only be transferred to persons with the corresponding authorisation for the discount.
Venues & directions
Most concerts take place in Cologne Philharmonie. Informations about other venues will be shown on this website in connection with the concerts announced for these venues.
Travelling by car
If you are planning to travel by car, you can use the Philharmonie car park for the special price of € 2.50 for up to one and a half hours before and for up to two hours after the concert: Just present your concert ticket and carpark ticket to the carpark attendant or pay at the ticket machine.
Follow the signs to Dom/Hauptbahnhof, as soon as you are in the city centre, signs show you the way to the concert hall.
Travelling with Public transport
Situated approx. 5 minutes on foot from Cologne's main railway station, the Kölner Philharmonie is easily reached using public transport: Furthermore, your Philharmonie admission ticket also serves as your return ticket when travelling on the regional Rhine-Sieg (VRS) transport network.