Built in 1907-11, the oldest of the Elbe Tunnels links the district of St. Pauli with the island of Steinwerder. The twin ... More
Old Elbe Tunnel
Built in 1907-11, the oldest of the Elbe Tunnels links the district of St. Pauli with the island of Steinwerder. The twin tunnel, also known as the "St. Pauli Elbtunnel", is 426m long, 4.70m wide, 4.50m high and runs just 6m below the river. Built for traffic, cyclists and pedestrians, the tunnel is decorated with ornaments and tiles and can only be reached by lift or down the staircase. The interesting dome-shaped entrance hall on the north side was built by Ludwig Raabe and Otto Wöhlecke.
Loved the cool atmosphere and the artwork. Could have walked for miles. it felt so safe with the cars restricted to travel slowley. Good to go down the many steps and then to return by the spacious lift which will take bicycles.Thouraghly recommend it.
The building ist now about 100 years old. The entry an exit building on the city side is currently beeing renovated (2006) but it is still operating (3 lifts for cars, one for pedestrians and a staircase. Below are two tubes (one for each direction). It is best to walk there. You better get the atmosphere and can also see the decorative tiles of fish and other animals covering the walls. You will have a splendid view of the city from the other side of the river.
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