Your concert visit during corona times

We look forward to welcoming you to the Philharmonie Berlin. On this page we have put together the most important information for your concert visit. We especially ask you to follow our hygiene rules to protect yourself and others from contracting the corona virus. We update this page at regular intervals and in accordance with the latest rulings of the Berlin Senate. Provisions in the hygiene rules may change at short notice before events. We therefore ask you to take another look at this page shortly before your concert visit.

Since 15 November, the 2G-rule applies to all events in the Philharmonie Berlin: Only people who have been vaccinated or have recovered can be admitted.

Admission to our concerts

To be admitted to our concerts, you will need the following documents:

  • Your ticket
  • Your digitally verifiable 2G proof (2G short for German “geimpft, genesen — vaccinated, recovered”)
    •  a digital vaccination certificate as proof of a complete COVID-19 vaccination with a vaccine approved by the European Union (the last necessary vaccination must have been administered at least 14 days ago)
    • or a digital recovery certificate (the positive PCR test result was obtained at least 28 days but not more than six months ago or, in the case of a more recent infection, in conjunction with at least one vaccination against COVID-19).
    •  Under 18s are exempt from the 2G rule and can alternatively present a current test result (rapid antigen test max. 24 hrs, PCR max. 48 hrs). A student ID does not replace a current test result.
  • Your photo ID

Persons without the appropriate certificates cannot be admitted. The yellow vaccination book is not sufficient. If you are not able to be vaccinated, you can only attend the concert if you present the relevant medical certificate and a PCR result at the entrance. A rapid test result is not sufficient.

Vaccination certificates from non-EU countries must contain information on the identification of the person, the vaccine and the date of vaccination. Only complete vaccinations with a COVID-19 vaccine licensed in the EU will be recognised.

Please note our current hygiene regulations as well as the detailed questions and answers about attending the concert. Visitors who do not comply with the regulations may be excluded from the event. In this case, there is no entitlement to a refund of the ticket price.
Our concerts take place subject to the relevant permits. Should changes of plans such as concert cancellations be necessary due to contrary instructions from the Senate, we will of course refund the tickets purchased.


    Hygiene information for your concert visit

    Waering an FFP2 or medical mask throughout the building and also during the concert is mandatory. Please bring your own mask. A medical certificate does not exempt you from the mandatory wearing of masks.

    Only fully vaccinated or recovered persons with digitally verifiable certificates will be admitted to our events.

    Please adhere to the entrance and time indicated on your ticket.

    Entrance map

    Follow the coloured paths of our route guidance system.

    Currently, we are allowed to seat our audience without spacing.

    There are only a few lifts available. Use the stairs if possible.

    Keep at least 1.5 m away from other people.

    Bags no larger than 21cm by 30cm may be taken into the auditorium.

    Please hand in your jackets and larger bags at the cloakroom.

    Our events take place with an interval. Bars are open during the interval.

    Use the disinfection dispensers.

    Always cough and sneeze into the crook of your arm.

    People with covid symptoms and people who have had contact with COVID-19 sufferers in the last 14 days are not permitted to enter the Philharmonie.


    FAQs about concert operations during corona times

    Ticket sale

    When and how can I purchase concert tickets?

    You can find out about the start of advance sales for upcoming concerts under our sales information. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone and at the box office.

    How are concert guests seated in the auditoriums?

    According to the current specifications, we are allowed to seat our audience without spacing. A maximum of 2,000 people may be seated in the audience in the main auditorium, and the Chamber Music Hall may be fully occupied. You book your tickets seat-by-seat and can choose your preferred seat during the purchase process.

    Can I pass on my concert tickets?

    If you are unable to attend at short notice, you can pass on your ticket.

    What happens if the concert I booked is cancelled?

    In the event of a cancellation, the ticket price will be refunded.

    Concert visit

    What are the admission requirements for attending a concert?

    To be admitted to our concerts, you will need the following documents:

    • Your ticket
    • Your digital and verifiable 2G proof (2G short for German “geimpft, genesen — vaccinated, recovered”)
      •  a digital vaccination certificate as proof of a complete COVID-19 vaccination with a vaccine approved by the European Union (the last necessary vaccination must have been administered at least 14 days ago)
      • or a digital recovery certificate (the positive PCR test result was obtained at least 28 days but not more than six months ago or, in the case of a more recent infection, in conjunction with at least one vaccination against COVID-19).
    • Your photo ID

    Persons without the appropriate certificates cannot be admitted. The yellow vaccination book is not sufficient. If you are not able to be vaccinated, you can only attend the concert if you present the relevant medical certificate and a PCR result at the entrance. A rapid test result is not sufficient.

    If you have a vaccination certificate from a non-EU country, please contact us by e-mail as soon as possible.

     

    Which vaccination/recovery certificates are accepted?

    Your vaccination/recovery certificate must be digitally verifiable. Show your digital COVID certificate either in one of the current apps (CovPass app or Corona warning app) or by printout from the chemist. Further information on the EU Digital COVID Certificate can be found here.

    We are currently not allowed to accept the yellow international vaccination book or other proofs.

    If you have a vaccination certificate from a non-EU country, please contact us by email as soon as possible. Only complete vaccinations with an EU-approved vaccine against COVID-19 will be accepted.

     

    My foreign vaccination certificate cannot be verified digitally. What do I have to do?

    Vaccination certificates from EU countries and states connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate System must be digitally verifiable. More information on the EU Digital COVID Certificate can be found here.

    Exclusively vaccination certificates from non-EU countries can also be recognised without digital verification. However, the following information must be clearly stated:

    •  Identification of the person
    •  Vaccine details (only vaccines licensed in the EU are accepted)
    •  Date of vaccination (full vaccination protection must have existed for at least 14 days).

    Our event staff will then check the authenticity, integrity and validity of your certificate on site.

    What are the admission requirements for children and young people?

    The 2G rule does not apply to children and young people under the age of 18. They must however show either a recent negative test result (rapid antigen test not older than 24 hours or PCR test not older than 48 hours) or proof of complete vaccination or recovery. Please note that children under 6 years of age must also show appropriate proof.

    In order that the proof can be assigned accordingly at the admission control, it is necessary that children also bring an ID with a picture (e.g., child's or pupil's ID) to the event. The general mask requirement also applies to children over 6 years of age. We also recommend that younger guests wear a mask during the event.

    Please note that our participatory concerts are suitable for children aged 3 to 5 and our family concerts for children aged 6 and over. We kindly ask you to observe these age recommendations so that your child can fully enjoy the concert. We would also like to point out that each child needs its own ticket.

     

    Is a student ID valid as proof of a Corona test?

    No, a student ID card will not be accepted at the Philharmonie Berlin as proof of a negative Corona test. Children and young people who cannot provide proof of vaccination or recovery require a recent negative test result (rapid antigen test not older than 24 hours or PCR test not older than 48 hours) to attend the event. All test centres certified by the state of Berlin can be found at direkttesten.berlin.

    I have a medical certificate stating that I am unable to be vaccinated. Will I be admitted with a recent test result?

    People who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons are exempt from the 2G regulation and must present a recent negative test (PCR test not older than 48 hours). Moreover, you must prove by medical certificate that you are unable to be vaccinated.

    All test centres certified by the state of Berlin can be found at direkttesten.berlin.

     

    Do I have to wear a mask during the concert? What kind of masks are accepted?

    An FFP2 or medical mask must be worn at our events. Even under the 2G rule, masks are still mandatory during the entire stay at the Philharmonie Berlin – for your own protection and that of other guests.  Please bring your own FFP2 or medical mask with you. A medical certificate does not exempt you from the mask requirement.

    The general obligation to wear a mask also applies to children from 6 years of age. We also recommend that younger guests wear a mask during the event.

    What measures is the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation taking to guarantee safe concert operations?

    In recent months, we have taken a variety of measures to ensure the best possible health protection for all concert guests, artists and staff:

    • Good ventilation prevents infections. Together with the TU Berlin, the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation has researched the behaviour of aerosols in the auditorium. The results show a high effectiveness of the air conditioning system, which is operated exclusively with fresh air supplied from outside.
    • Our events take place in accordance with the 2G rule. This means that only fully vaccinated or recovered persons will be admitted.
    • The route guidance system is designed to minimise contact with others.
    • Admission control is contactless – your ticket will be scanned from a safe distance.
    • The cleaning and disinfection of highly frequented areas and so-called high-touch points such as handrails and door handles has been stepped up, especially during events.
    • Hand sanitiser is provided throughout the building.

    When can I enter the auditorium and take my seat?

    The Philharmonie Berlin opens one hour before the concert begins.

    Are there concert introductions?

    No introductions will be able to take place up to and including December.

     

    Are there intermissions and catering services?

    All concerts take place with intermissions. The bars in the foyers are open one hour before the start of the concert and during the interval. Please keep a minimum distance of 1.5 m when queuing.

    If your question is not listed here, please feel free to contact us: