Alter Elbtunnel
Alter Elbtunnel
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  • thistle-do-nicely
    Kilmarnock, United Kingdom806 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written October 16, 2023
  • Audrey F
    539 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 22, 2023
  • zsszn
    Bratislava Region, Slovakia497 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interest walk
    It is interesting walk under the river - in a really nice tunnel and lift with an historical elevator. The people used it usually, than maybe you need to wait for the lift, but there are also stairs. People use it in hurry - if you have a condition, than keep the steps :) Also used by bicyclists, rollers.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written December 28, 2023
  • Dai W
    West Kirby, United Kingdom179 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool place, go early.
    Quite a quirky tourist spot and I'd you like art deco you'll love this. One good tip, although the giant lifts are efficient, the stairs give a much better view of the architecture, so try them. If you can get there early I would recommend it.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written March 22, 2024
  • Andrea H
    Copenhagen, Denmark143 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice and free *activity* for the whole family
    Very nice walk through a beautifully renovated tunnel with historic significance. Not too long and very conveniently located that makes it perfect to incorporate on a Harbour sightseeing. Very instagrammable views over Hamburg Harbour when you reach to the other side where you can also enjoy a coffee or an ice cream.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written March 27, 2024
  • Amiaheartley
    London, United Kingdom296 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beware of cyclists!
    An interesting walk along the tunnel after being transported underground by a heavy duty lift, housing pedestrians and cyclists alike. Great opportunity for photography...beautifully symmetrical tunnel with interesting artwork on the side. It doesn't take long to walk to the end and take another lift back up. There's very little to do on the other side other than take a few photos of the view and return again. A must visit but beware of the cyclists...they appear out of nowhere and speed along the tunnel very quickly and without regard for others.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written April 11, 2024
  • Des W
    Dublin, Ireland28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see for all visitors!
    An absolute must visit if you are in Hamburg. The tunnel is free to enter and is a reasonably short walk right under the river. If you feel brave climb the stairs but large lifts will bring you up and down. Bring your bike if you want.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 14, 2024
  • Petra A
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates907 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do!
    That was really interesting. You may cross unter the Elbe at any time - there are lots of stairs, however from 10am the original elevator is in operation and please view the pictures attached. It was a little chilly unter and lots of people cross this way - it’s free of charge. When you start from the Landungsbrücke and you cross to the other side you find a free of charge WC station that is clean and tidy.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written May 4, 2024
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TravellingWizard
Bengaluru, India289 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Elbtunnel is one of the nicest ways to cross the river in Hamburg and the entrance is located near bridge 6 in Landungsbrücken. Entry is free and you have elevators and stairs to get down but beware that the tunnel is closed from 7 p.m. The length is about 1 km and and you could either walk or cycle (you need your own) across. The view of the city from the other end is spectacular and there is an actual observation deck with some boards describing the history of the city and the port.
Written January 12, 2020
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gmk30
Cardiff, Wales196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I remember this from the 1970's film, "The Odessa file" so it was a must to do when my wife and I visited the city. If you walk along the riverside walk you will see the signs for the tunnel just after the Hard Rock restaurant.
This is a free attraction and you either descend by elevator or walk down steps to the tunnel. You can go up and down in a small pedestrian s only elevator or ride in the car carrying lifts.
The walk through the tunnel is very good, it is well lit and spotlessly clean. There is a pavement either side and a one lane car lane.
Whilst we visited in December the car access was prohibited as there were roadworks being done outside the entrance on the city side.
One point beware of the cyclists who can be pedalling through quite quickly.
When you come up on the other side it affords great views across the river to Hamburg and Hafen City although there is not a great deal else near the entrance/exit. there is a snack van near the river if you need a coffee etc.
Written January 16, 2020
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AlterSchwede13
Boblingen, Germany1,688 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
A technological masterpiece. You can still feel what it must have been like back then: to stand in front of the tunnel portal on foot, by car, or in a wagon, drive down and then walk to the other side below the Elbe. Two tubes, with a pleasant coolness. And on the other side the counterpart.
We recommend to take the freight elevator (old - three of them), not the passenger elevator (which is new), or to go down on foot. This is what makes the experience perfect. The tunnel tubes bear witness to another time: beautiful tiles with sea motives. Narrow lanes, one in each direction.
You should eat your fish sandwich on the other side of the Elbe and enjoy the panoramic
Written July 10, 2020
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Catie
Hamburg, Germany37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Serbia29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK790 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 Kingdom4,846 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK701 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Denmark1,909 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
Scotland968 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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