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Alter Elbtunnel, Hamburg

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You can cross the Elbe river 24 m (80 ft) below the water's surface through Alter Elbtunnel. This subterranean tunnel, constructed in 1911, connects the city center of Hamburg with the dock and shipyard district of the south banks. Inside the tunnel, you can admire the collection of glazed ceramic motifs. Walk through to the south side of the river for impressive views of the cityscape and surrounding area. Pedestrians and bicyclists can use the tunnel 24 hours a day. Motor traffic is restricted to certain hours. Use our Hamburg day trip site to visit Alter Elbtunnel on your trip to Hamburg, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Enjoyable visit as part of your river walk. Interesting fairly short walk through tunnel to other side and back again as you take in the history etc.  more »
  • Nice place to visit, very close to fish market and Landungsbrücken, if you in the area its a must see  more »
  • It is a must-see, if you visit Hamburg. It is a history and engineering packed in one. Opened in 1911. it was the world's first tunnel under the water. It was made for the shipyard workers to...  more »
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  • For me its an amazing place. Historically important. But the best thing is the system to see how it was used for transportation. Please use the stairs instead of lift to explore. If you are more curious use the big elevators. Try to go out of the other side and enjoy the skyline.
  • This is an amazing piece of technology and history. Considering how old it is, it is very well kept. The other end of the tunnel is not so scenic as the port end, but it is worth taking a walk.
  • Lovely place with a lot of atmosphere. Worth every (even repeated) visit. A quick tip: Take the big elevator if in service. Otherwise the steps are worth the effort and should be preferred to the pedestrian elevator...
  • Tunnel under the Elbe river Hamburg. Stunning engineering feat. Stairs to the tunnel level or take one of the gigantic lifts. Very clean and well kept.
  • It was really nice to read the history. U need maximum 1 hour to cover the entire tunnel. But I will not recommended if you have only one day. It is free of cost. And one has nice view of river from other side. Cycles are also allowed but please confirm the timings.

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