Members of the world-famous orchestra regularly perform free of charge at lunchtime in the striking foyer of the Philharmonie concert hall
On the edge of Berlin’s Tiergarten, the pentagon-shaped, gold-crowned roof of the Berlin Philharmonie sits comfortably within the city’s Kulturforum (now the cultural centre of the German capital), along with the Berlin State Library and the New National Gallery – designed by Mies van der Rohe.
The orchestra itself is, of course, world famous, with a pedigree that boasts guest performances by Richard Strauss and Johannes Brahms. Since 2002, the pit has been presided over by British conductor Simon Rattle, boosting its global reputation. As a result, concert tickets usually cost between £20 and £65, with prices known to go upwards of £250 for a front row seat. But on certain afternoons, they’re totally free.