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“Blast from the Past!”
Review of Alter Elbtunnel

Alter Elbtunnel
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US$251.34*
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Private Small-Group Hamburg City Tour with a Luxury Vehicle
Ranked #10 of 349 things to do in Hamburg
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 June 2014

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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Reviewed 18 June 2014

We walked through the tunnel and I was amazed by the experience.
Is worthwhile even for children to see and experience

Thank Stefanie R
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Reviewed 7 June 2014 via mobile

The only cool place in Hamburg, our visit has been so hot and dry that this has been only place we coold cool Down. The tunnel is a piece of technological history so If you want to escape the hot mid day sun and like old tunnels this is the place to be!

Thank theernst
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

Overall: If this is a top tourist attraction in Hamburg, then Hamburg has a serious lack of tourist attractions.

The tunnel is….a tunnel. While it has some unique historical value from the engineering used to create it in the early twentieth century, there is little here that is really much of a tourist attraction. There are several lifts on each side that allows car and bicycles to enter the tunnel, as well as an elevator to service pedestrians (and bicycles that choose to use it). Also, there are stairs that can be used if you do not want to wait for the lift.

If you choose to walk to the other side of the tunnel for fun and not for a destination across the river, you will be greeted with a selection of parking lots and industrial facilities. The obvious question will come into your mind, “Now what?” because it seems like there is nothing but walking all the way back. While not a tiring walk, it can be a somewhat boring walk, especially your second time around.

There is a bus stop outside the tunnel that can take you further inland if you like.

If you must see the tunnel, then go down into the tunnel, walk around for a couple minutes, then head back to the point you entered and leave. Do not walk the length of the tunnel unless you really are that bored and in need of something to do as you can find much nicer areas of Hamburg to go for a walk.

Personally, I think that something like the Paternoster Elevators is a much cooler thing to see (as a piece of old technology), and will not require you to go as far out of your way or commit as much time to see and experience.

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

What ever you do in Hamburg this is a must to walk through the tunnel and note the stories from the past its also a great camera shot from inside the tunnel.
A great part of history.

Thank Lewis913
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