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:
For your protection and to ensure that possible chains of infection can be traced as quickly as possible, we are obliged to document your presence at the Kölner Philharmonie with seat accuracy and to have you confirm that you are symptom-free at the time of your visit to the event. It is therefore necessary that you provide your contact details and those of any other person accompanying you prior to attending the event; your ticket is thus personalised. When purchasing two or more tickets for a concert, the name, date of birth and telephone number of the ticket user must be entered for each ticket during the ordering process. If the ticket holder changes between booking and the concert, tickets can be changed at the box office in the KölnMusikTicket shop on Kurt-Hackenberg-Platz (diagonally opposite the Philharmonie). The box office opens two hours before the start of the concert.
The data collected will only be used in accordance with legal requirements and will be deleted in due time.
Admission begins one hour before the concert. Please arrive on time, the admission checks currently take more time than usual.
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.
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.
When do admissions begin?
The doors to the Cologne Philharmonie will open 60 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 closed.
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.
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.
Our box office is currently closed. It will reopen on 24 August 2021.
You can reach our team by phone, email and post at:
+49 221 221 284 00
Kartenservice der Bühnen Köln
Postfach 10 10 61
The concert box office directly in the Philharmonie cannot be opened at the moment due to the Corona protection measures. The KölnMusikTicket shop will open two hours before the concert begins and you can still purchase tickets there. Standing room tickets will not be offered until further notice. Please note that the KölnMusikTicket shop is no longer located at Roncalliplatz, but at Kurt-Hackenberg-Platz, opposite the Philharmonie behind the Hotel Mondial.
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
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.
Are there concert introductions?
Due to distancing and safety measures, unfortunately we are currently unable to offer pre-concert talks or introductions to our concert programmes.
Are there programme booklets for the concerts?
ARE PRIVATE PICTURE AND SOUND RECORDINGS PERMITTED?
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.