The Alter Elbtunnel must have been quite an engineering feat of its time.It is a pedestrian/ vehicle tunnel, made in 1911, that connects central Hamburg with the shipyards on the other side.It runs 80 feet under the river Elbe and is more than a 1000 feet long.The tunnel is rather plain and functional, barring a few fish related decorations on its walls.One has to walk in single file on the footpath.It was my first experience walking through a tunnel and therefore exciting.Four huge lifts carry people,bikes, cars up and down from the tunnel level or one could take the stairs up /down, which are spiral and spooky, although some super fit daily commuters seemed to make short work of it.The stair well looks like something out of an early spy thriller!
The views from the other side of the Hamburg city skyline is very good, although, there isn't much else in the area.We went in the evening and loved the twinkling city lights on the other side.This is a free, fantastic and unique activity that you could do with the kids.Although, the tunnel is sign posted in the 'Landing Bridges' area, we found it a bit harder to find its entrance. The entrance is in the circular building, just off Landungsbrucken. I recommend going just before dusk or in the evening, when the view from the other side is more dramatic.
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