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Alter Elbtunnel, Hamburg

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Must see · Historic Walking Area · Historic Site
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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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  • This is a tunnel built for vehicular and pedestrian traffic to cross Elbe river . These are twin tunnels built to go from the mainland to the ports/docks on the other side of the river. We could... 
    This is a tunnel built for vehicular and pedestrian traffic to cross Elbe river . These are twin tunnels built to go from the mainland to the ports/docks on the other side of the river. We could...  more »
  • 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 »
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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.
  • Wow, it is impressive to know that this tunnel was built more than 100 years ago. This mysterious tunnel connects central Hamburg with the docks and shipyards on the south side of the river Elbe. I used the stairs (less than 5 minutes walk down) instead of elevators. I saw people riding bicycles in the tunnels and some even walking with dogs……interesting place to visit…..

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