Alter Elbtunnel

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  • Wildrocker 🌍

    A truly great structure, of which - it seems - people who do not come from Hamburg (and surrounding areas) know nothing at all. Crossing by bike (or on foot) is actually free, and in the summer, when it's hot, there's a welcome cooling down on you. Especially for children an experience. Also called St. Pauli Elbe Tunnel.

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    • July 28, 2018

  • Maniac

    It's worth it because it's just a piece of Hamburg history that still lives today - a little time travel.
    In summer there is also a welcome cooling off, because it is nice and fresh in the tunnel. ;)

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    • May 1, 2016

  • Marcel

    One-way traffic from St. Pauli to Steinwerder 8 am to 1 pm
    By car One-way traffic from Steinwerder to St. Pauli 1 pm to 6 pm
    Closed on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. For pedestrians and cyclists open throughout.

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    • July 29, 2017

  • Werdo77

    From the other Elbseite there is a nice view of Hamburg

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    • December 4, 2016

  • Andreas Kronier

    It's really a great thing to go through here; Everybody should do that once in Hamburg.

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    • February 11, 2017

  • Manfred Bargsten

    extraordinary building. Directions from the south side (Steinwerder) Sundays / Feiertrags, because then in the harbor is little traffic. From the viewpoint Steinwerder beautiful view from Altona to the Elbphilharmonie on Hamburg.

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    • June 5, 2017

  • Werdo77

    Absolutely highlight and drive through or go

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    • June 8, 2017

  • Jörn

    Always nice: cycle under the Elbe

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    • June 18, 2017

  • Svenson

    Very worth seeing highlight, which ensures in summer when driving through or running through for a short cool down. A journey through time, which simply belongs to the Port of Hamburg.

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    • August 15, 2017

  • ftnaether

    The Old Elbe Tunnel is actually a must for every cyclist.

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    • September 16, 2017

  • Zero-One

    Experience, should you have crossed once.

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    • June 9, 2018

  • Svenson

    Not a secret - but still a discovery is the southern side of the "Old Elbe Tunnel". The lifts for people and bicycles run around the clock. Great view of the Elbe, the landing stages and the "skyline" of Hamburg. At times, a small food truck has opened there.

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    • July 3, 2018

  • Hans Sprotte

    The old Elbtunnel is a must for a cyclist in Hamburg. The view towards the Philharmonie is also unique.

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    • July 31, 2018

  • HamiHH

    The 1911 opened St. Pauli Elbtunnel - in contrast to the existing since 1975 New Elbtunnel also known as Alter Elbtunnel - underpasses the Norderelbe on a length of 426.5 meters and connects with two tunnels, the northern harbor edge at the St. Pauli Landungsbrücken with the Elbe Island Steinwerder.

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    • October 16, 2018

  • Robert Köhler

    Get fish sandwiches at bridge 10 and enjoy.

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    • October 18, 2018

  • JR56

    Als der alte Elbtunnel, der auch "St. Pauli Elbtunnel" heißt, 1911 eröffnet wurde, war er eine technische Sensation. Heute ist er ein nostalgisches und liebevoll gepflegtes Stück Hamburger Geschichte - und feierte bereits 100-jähriges Jubiläum.
    Der markante quadratische Kuppelbau an den St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken beherbergt die Maschinerie und die vier großen Fahrkörbe, die Menschen und Fahrzeuge seit 1911 in fast 24 Meter Tiefe transportieren. Nach 426,5 Metern unter der Elbe und durch zwei gekachelte Röhren mit 6 Meter Durchmesser geht es in Steinwerder wieder ans Tageslicht.
    Der Elbtunnel ist übrigens die ganze Nacht geöffnet, also ein echter Geh-Heim Tipp nach jeder nächtlichen Clubtour.
    Der Alte Elbtunnel war die erste Flussuntertunnelung des Kontinents - und notwendig geworden, da sich das Wachstum des Hamburger Hafens vermehrt auf die südliche Elbseite verlagerte und eine verbesserte Verkehrsverbindung erforderte. Gebaut wurde er schließlich nach Vorbild des Clyde-Tunnels in Glasgow, nachdem Pläne für Schwebebahn, Trajekt und Hochbrücke verworfen worden waren. Im Zweiten Weltkrieg wurden das Schachtgebäude des Elbtunnels auf der südlichen Elbseite durch die Bombenangriffe schwer getroffen. Von den Majolika mit Darstellungen von Wassertieren und volkstümlichen Motiven sind aber viele erhalten geblieben.
    Seit 2003 steht der Alte Elbtunnel unter Denkmalschutz - und anlässlich des 100. Geburtstages zudem als "Historisches Wahrzeichen der Ingenieurbaukunst in Deutschland" geehrt. Zahlreiche Filmteams haben hier unten gedreht, und auch einen erfolgreichen Weltrekord der Modelleisenbahner hat dieser altgediente Tunnel schon beherbergt. Zudem kann der St. Pauli-Elbtunnel auch für Veranstaltungen gemietet werden. Eine etwas andere Idee für einen Spaziergang: Nach der Durchquerung des Tunnels kann man dann vom südlichen Elbufer aus das unvergleichliche Panorama mit Blick auf den Hafenrand, den Michel und die "Rickmer Rickmers" genießen.
    hamburg-tourism.de/sehenswertes/historisches-hamburg/der-alte-elbtunnel

    • February 13, 2019

  • Wildrocker 🌍

    A truly great structure, of which it seems, people who do not come from Hamburg (+ area) do not know anything. "
    The crossing by bike (or on foot) is actually free and in the summer in the heat a welcome cooling down there!
    Especially for children an experience!

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    • May 8, 2019

  • yoda4president

    Great photos! the view from the other side of the Elbe is really worth it!

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    • May 24, 2018

  • Corinna

    If you walk or drive through the tunnel under the Elbe, you immediately feel in another world

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    • August 4, 2018

  • Hat schi

    Great part, you have to drive through ☝️

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    • August 5, 2018

  • MarioAlex

    Alone the view after crossing the tunnel on the St. Pauli Landungsbrücken is worthwhile.

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    • September 6, 2018

  • Radguide

    This imposing structure was built over 100 years ago.

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    • October 13, 2018

  • Radguide

    The east tunnel of the old Elbe tunnel was opened just after 10 years of renovation.
    Until the beginning of June 2019 you can now visit the "Original", the western tube, and the renovation. Thereafter, only in 5 years, both tubes are rehabilitated. Now go and go through both.

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    • May 6, 2019

  • SH

    Quaint and aboslut worth seeing building. It shows which engineering achievement was already possible at the beginning of the 20th century. Impressive. It is good that in the meantime (as of 06.08.2019) the tunnel for motor vehicles is closed. Thus, the use is reserved exclusively for pedestrians and cyclists who are allowed to use the passage for free.

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    • August 6, 2019


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