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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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  • A fabulous attraction. We walked under the Elbtunnel with lots of visitors and it was a fascinating experience. Highly recommended. 
    A fabulous attraction. We walked under the Elbtunnel with lots of visitors and it was a fascinating experience. Highly recommended.  more »
  • From an experience POV, this is a must-do for Hamburg. It's the gateway to the docks, it's free and it is a magical glimpse into a time gone-by. But it's also still heavily used, not just by... 
    From an experience POV, this is a must-do for Hamburg. It's the gateway to the docks, it's free and it is a magical glimpse into a time gone-by. But it's also still heavily used, not just by...  more »
  • Very nice to walk through the tubes, and it is amazing that it is over 100 years old. Scaling the stairs is fine exercise. And free of charge. 
    Very nice to walk through the tubes, and it is amazing that it is over 100 years old. Scaling the stairs is fine exercise. And free of charge.  more »
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  • Huge, historic tunnel. Definitely worth seeing, and walking the distance that goes under the waterway. We went during a weekday, which I believe accounts for it being the amount of busy to educate yourself on how the locals utilize the tunnel, but not so busy that the the paths is immovable. The stairs and elevator up and down, give you a good feel to just how deep the tunnel goes. And yes, if you want to bike it, there is a special elevator for the bikers as well as one for pedestrians. The stairs are manageable too if you don't have a fear of heights. Just be mindful of the bikers pedestrians.
  • A must go place. The lift takes you down, and is huge. The tunnel is approximately 500 meters long and you can easily walk or take a bike there. It is open for public, but do mind the Lift stops at 20:00 and after that You will have to take the stairs which could really be tiring. The tunnel is sometimes cold so make sure you wear an overcoat when you get in there. The view of the city from the port side is really amazing. Must go place if you are in Hamburg.
  • Interesting, historical tunnel to get from central Hamburg to the docks and shipyards on the other side. The old lifts are super cool. Worth walking through the tunnel to the other side where you'll get a lovely view of Hamburg.
  • Elbtunnel is currently under renovation.(9/2022) One of the two tubes under the river Elbe is already done. The distance from shore to shore is 426m. This historic construction is a must do for every visitor! - No Ticket needed - Walking to the south side will give you a beautiful view on Hamburg’s skyline!!
  • Amazing experience. German technology at its beautiful best since 1911. Free entry. Great concept for walking and cycling incorporated. Reminds me of the Blackwall Tunnel but with access for pedestrians and cyclists. I would definitely recommend to visit for nice pictures.

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