Old Elbe Tunnel or St. Pauli Elbe Tunnel (German: Alter Elbtunnel colloquially or St. Pauli Elbtunnel officially) which opened in 1911, is a pedestrian and vehicle tunnel in Hamburg. The 426 m (1,398 ft) long tunnel was a technical sensation; 24 m (80 ft) beneath the surface, two 6 m (20 ft) diameter tubes connect central Hamburg with the docks and shipyards on the south side of the river Elbe. This was a big improvement for tens of thousands of workers in one of the busiest harbors in the world.
Six large lifts on either side of the tunnel carry pedestrians and vehicles to the bottom. The two tunnels are both still in operation, though due to their limited capacity by today's standards, other bridges and tunnels have been built and taken over most of the traffic.
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Michael Bundgaard | Feb 17, 2018
A tunnel might not be anything special, but if you're in Hamburg you should hit the road past the old Elbtunnel. It's impressive to stand in the tunnel and think it was built in 1907 and a few years ahead. It's no longer than you can quickly take the trip back and forth. You may also be lucky to see the lifts drive a car up or down. Quite interesting here in our modern age.
jared goldman | Feb 7, 2018
Need something for your bucket list when you are in Hamburg. Surely you will be visiting the docks so don't forget to check this tunnel out. Hidden and not marked, take the lift down and have a walk from one side to another under the water. A nice view point awaits you on the other side. Also the tunnel itself great for photos!
Claire Tayler | Feb 24, 2018
Pretty majestic. Not too far under the water, but the space it takes up is impressive (spacious). The walkway itself is lovely with pedestrian and bike spaces.
Chung Chi Leung | Feb 12, 2018
It's just one of the things that makes Hamburg my favourite city in Germany. Things here just seem cooler. I mean, it's a tunnel, but it's a cool tunnel. There's not so much happening on the south end for a tourist, so you'll soon be heading back the same way.
Boon Breyne | Jan 5, 2018
As the oldest (1911) tunnel of the "continent" (copied after one in Glasgow) this is a fascinating work of engineering. The technological side is its trump, for a cozy atmosphere this is not the right place. The tunnel provides a dry and relatively fast way to cross the Elbe both by foot and by bike.
Beycan Yavuz | Apr 2, 2018
Historical part of Hamburg. You should walk through the tunnel, and try elevator to go other side of the tunnel. It has really nice view of Hamburg. You will see different angle of the city on the other side. It is worth to spend some time.
Kelly CHRISTINE | Apr 2, 2018
Attraction to do if you have some time: nothing extraordinary but an very old and we'll maintained tunnel under the Elb. Nice for a nice walk or bike ride (quite hard has it is quite full with people walking on the entire path). Two ways of getting up and down: the stairs or the old lift.
Pavlos Constantinou | Apr 18, 2018
A really nice area with souvenir shops. The hard rock cafe is located there too. The tunnel is fantastic if you consider when they build it. It is not clear where exactly is located but you can find some small signs which can direct you. There are stairs and lifts at both sites of the tunnel, but if someone is afraid of highs i strongly suggest to take the one of the lifts. It will be a bit scary to try the stairs. The tunnel is not so long, maybe 5 to 10 minutes walking and you are on the other side of the river where you can find a view site of the city and a small description of the tunnel. In general you cannot find anything else on the other site.
Pietro Viti | Apr 20, 2018
A tunnel under the river Elb, an extraordinary technology of the past. On the other side there is the industrial port, but it is still interesting to walk trough the tunnel to reach the viewpoint just behind the exit on the other side of the river.
Graham Essex | Jun 4, 2018
A nice walk to get a view of the city from the other side. The tunnel is interesting in that access is by lift which carries cars, bikes and pedestrians. We caught a ferry back which can be caught a few minutes from the tunnel.
Lavinia Chiper | May 29, 2018
It's definitely worth it to go through the Elbtunnel while in Hamburg. The tunnel elevators and it's depth are impressive. You must see the city skyline from the other side of it, it's definitely worth it!
Stephan Bechtoldt | Jun 1, 2018
Cool cat elevators bring you down and up on either side of this old tunnel beneath the river Elbe. The entrance is hooded within a nice old domed building.
Efren Norstein | Jul 1, 2018
This one came up totally unexpected. So far my favourite spot in the city. Looks like scifi, an underwater tunnel built around 1910s, currently fixing it. Around 600 metres, cool down a bit the temperature and in the other side you have nice spot from the waterfront.
Alex Dzhor | Jun 17, 2018
A very interesting place, you go down this huge cyllindric hole, half constructed, giving it a very unique feeling and atmosphere. Once down there's the tunnel, one blocked the other open. 500-600 meters walk in a subway like corridor. It's definitely a cool, old place to check!
Steven Javor | Aug 13, 2018
Interesting and cool 1 km tunnel connecting St Pauli and the port lands. Under reconstruction and beware of the flying cyclists, but an interesting place to visit. Take the elevator or walk the steps down and up. Great views of Hamburg from the port side.
Caillaud Cyril | Jul 27, 2018
Hysterical and amusing to do. Take some time to look at the machineries. Totally bike friendly. Perfect to head south to Iselpark.
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