Alter Elbtunnel
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  • meddy65
    Liverpool, United Kingdom463 contributions
    Engineering of 1911
    Enter the Tunnel via the lift or stairs down. Its over 2000 meters long to the other side of the river. Its only made for foot or bicycles. On the other side is amazing views of Hamburg Port. Would recommend taking the stairs down and the lift up.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 21, 2023
  • rtdood
    Manchester, United Kingdom155 contributions
    Not a must see for visiting Hamburg, but if you have the time for something a little different...
    A short and free experience, this is a walk & cycleway connecting both banks of the Elbe river via a tunnel underneath it. This was built early in the 20th century and is an impressive feat of engineering. To get down to the sub-terrain tunnel you can go via the stairs or lift, I recommend the former, as although narrow, it allows you view the massive towers at each end together with the impressive height and depth that these were built with. The view from the lift is more narrow. It's not a long ascent or decent and is quite manageable. Do be aware however it is a daily through route for many workers and city residence across both sides of the river, so be sure to watch for cyclists who use the centre of the tunnel, and other people wanting to use the stairs/lift. If travelling from Landungsbrucken to the southern side of the river, do not expect a lot to see from the other side. It is mostly all industrial land useage being near the Blom & Voss yards and other industrial estates nearby. There is a viewing point however, but again its not massively impressive. I do not consider this a must see attraction for Hamburg. They are doing some restoration works to the Alter Elbtunnel in 2023, which may been it is closed or restricted at periods - although Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) which is doing the works, tries to avoid this where possible.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 4, 2023
  • Europelover2014
    Chicago, Illinois3,415 contributions
    Only if extra time or engineering special interest
    I missed this walk-through on the last visit, so made sure to include it this time. I'm not sure I would recommend as a must-see, must-do. Interesting enough, but not overwhelming. Built in the era of some of the European subways, the ceramic tiles struck me as quite similar to older areas of London's system. We took the stairs down and elevator up, as others recommend. I would have been satisfied with elevator down, a short peak into the tunnel, foregoing the walk through, then elevator back up. But, live and learn! If you walk the tunnel, do take care of the bicycles that whizz by in the center of the tunnel. It is easy to step off the pedestrian way into their path as you maneuver around slow moving groups of walkers. Good enough for a rainy day, but I wouldn't go out of my way to make this an essential part of a Hamburg visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Keith W
    Stockport, United Kingdom73 contributions
    Something a bit different to try!
    The tunnel is approx ½km long, and you have to walk there and back. There is a snack bar at the far end, but no toilets. Excellent views of the Landungsbrucke and Elbphilarmonie, but very few places to sit and admire the view, plus no shelter from the blazing sun it, more likely, the rain! Well worth the effort, but do beware of the lunatic cyclists riding in the tunnel at maybe 4x the 10kph speed limit, millimeters from you!!!!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 12, 2023
  • thistle-do-nicely
    Kilmarnock, United Kingdom629 contributions
    Modern history beautifully preserved
    What a fantastic place. Pristine and the early 20th century tiling is magnificent. Can't believe it is free to use TBH. The view back to Landungsbrueke from the far side is worthe seeing too, as well as learning about the pow forced labour in the dockyards during WWII. Not to be missed.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 16, 2023
  • Audrey F
    485 contributions
    Great walk
    Really enjoyed our walk through the tunnel. Hard to imagine you are under the River Elbe. It was a rainy day , so great to keep you entertained while you keep dry. We just turned and walked back as ewe didn't see much to do at the other side.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 22, 2023
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Hamburg, Germany40 contributions
Jan 2020
For some this is part of their daily commute, for others a highlight during their Hamburg city trip. Walk through the tunnel to see the city from "the other side", enjoy the view or actually reach some musical locations by foot (there are elevators on both sides of the tunnel...convenient also if you're on your bike).
Written February 3, 2020
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JTJovancic
Belgrade, Serbia11 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
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 transfer to work every day, from one river bank to the other. There was 5 elevators on the each side of the tunnel, occupancy of 130 persons (two), 80 persons (two) and 39 persons (one elevator on each side). Also, there are staircases on the each side. In the middle of the tunnel there was carriage going back and forth. Ten thousand workers could come to work in the span of 30 minutes.
The large elevators work to this day (there are the electric ones, too). Today the tunnel is opened for cyclists and pedestrians.
There is no entry fee.
Written May 16, 2020
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rtdood
Manchester, UK155 contributions
Mar 2023 • Solo
A short and free experience, this is a walk & cycleway connecting both banks of the Elbe river via a tunnel underneath it. This was built early in the 20th century and is an impressive feat of engineering. To get down to the sub-terrain tunnel you can go via the stairs or lift, I recommend the former, as although narrow, it allows you view the massive towers at each end together with the impressive height and depth that these were built with. The view from the lift is more narrow. It's not a long ascent or decent and is quite manageable.

Do be aware however it is a daily through route for many workers and city residence across both sides of the river, so be sure to watch for cyclists who use the centre of the tunnel, and other people wanting to use the stairs/lift. If travelling from Landungsbrucken to the southern side of the river, do not expect a lot to see from the other side. It is mostly all industrial land useage being near the Blom & Voss yards and other industrial estates nearby. There is a viewing point however, but again its not massively impressive. I do not consider this a must see attraction for Hamburg.

They are doing some restoration works to the Alter Elbtunnel in 2023, which may been it is closed or restricted at periods - although Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) which is doing the works, tries to avoid this where possible.
Written April 4, 2023
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JXXXR
United Kingdom4,898 contributions
Oct 2020
The Alter Elbtunnel is a tunnel that goes under the Elbe in Hamburg. The tunnel is historic and can only be accessed on foot or by bike and ultimately leads to a great viewpoint of the city. As this is a free attraction it's well worth visiting if in Hamburg, even if you have limited time.
Written October 28, 2020
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PF O'Callaghan
Liverpool, UK667 contributions
Nov 2020 • Solo
Now this is one impressive tunnel and so immaculately kept. Look up at the tunnel walls as you walk the 426 metre technical sensation and the ornate glazed terracotta marine life come towards you. The staircase is quite an achievement to ascend but allows you to view this engineering masterpiece.
Written November 12, 2020
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Tanderups
Aarhus, Denmark1,802 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Alter Elbtunnel is a nice piece of history as it’s two tubes was opened from 1900-1910. There are two elevators on each side bringing you the 6-7 levels down. Be aware of fast driving cycles though it was primarily people walking. Great view to Hamburg Hafencity and Landundsbrucke from the other side.
Written January 9, 2020
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blackeyes
Scotland897 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
A wonderful feat of engineering, especially impressed with the massive elevators which we were lucky enough to manage to take. The tiling was lovely too and the little fixtures placed at regular intervals along the tunnel. A definite must see when in Hamburg.
Written March 10, 2020
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Best Chain
Hannover, Germany6 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Free of cost and feels interesting by imagining tons of sea transport is above you. If you got bit energy try stairs otherwise use big lift which operates like every 5 minutes. The other side of the river is not that interesting except to take a view of the city and harbor with a different perspective.
Written August 9, 2021
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TheCount69
Rochdale, UK887 contributions
Mar 2022
Great cut through from the centre to the Steinwater Cruise terminal to my MSC Cruise ship, took me about 30 minutes. The tunnel itself is amazing to walk through and full of pedestrians and cyclists. Free to enter and about 500 mt walk under the river. Entered from Landsbrucken and just take the old lift down, not much on the other side but worth looking at the tunnel and if you need the Steinwater cruise terminal it is excellent
Written March 19, 2022
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391tcf
Canada83 contributions
Oct 2021
It was a rainy morning in Hamburg, so we decided to walk through the old Elbtunnel. It was a pleasant experience. The architecture is beautiful, they renovated it quite nicely and it is free to use the elevator and walk through. We also had a person with a wheelchair with us and this was a great activity for them. It was easy to get into the elevators and out of them.
It was busy that day, but people walked properly on the sidewalks and let bicycles and wheelchairs drive in the middle.
Written November 6, 2021
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