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10 exciting facts about the old Elbe tunnel in Hamburg

The Old Elbe Tunnel in Hamburg is a unique landmark that not only plays an important role in the city's history, but also offers a fascinating experience for visitors. The tunnel connects the two banks of the Elbe and offers an incomparable atmosphere that you will not soon forget. A visit to the Old Elbe Tunnel is definitely recommended!

The most important facts about the tunnel:

  1. The Old Elbe Tunnel was opened in 1911 and connects the two banks of the Elbe.
  2. The tunnel is 426.5 meters long in total and lies approximately 24 meters below the water surface.
  3. The tunnel was originally built to give workers in the port a quick route to work on the other side of the Elbe.
  4. When it opened, the Old Elbe Tunnel was the longest tunnel in the world designed exclusively for pedestrians and bicycles.
  5. The tunnel is a popular excursion destination in Hamburg and is visited by over a million people every year.
  6. Inside the tunnel there are two parallel tubes, each accessible by an elevator and stairs. However, one of the two tubes is currently being restored and is therefore closed to visitors.
  7. During the Second World War, the tunnel was badly damaged in bombing raids and then had to be repaired.
  8. In 2003, the tunnel was listed as a historical monument and is now an important part of the city's cultural heritage.
  9. There is a unique atmosphere in the tunnel, characterized by the old tiles, yellow lighting and the original wooden benches and tables.
  10. The tunnel also offers breathtaking views of the Elbe and the Hamburg skyline, making it not only a practical connecting tunnel, but also a place with historical and cultural value.

Are you curious? The old Elbe tunnel is visited on most of our bike tours through Hamburg, for example “The best of Hamburg”. Drive with us through the old Elbe tunnel or rent a bike, if you prefer to travel on your own.

Bicycle tour of the old Elbe tunnel
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