The 400-meter-long Old Elbe Tunnel connects St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken with Steinwerder peninsula in the port of Hamburg. At its opening in 1911 the construction was a technical sensation. Today the tunnel is under preservation order.
Historical lifts on either side of the tunnel still carry motor vehicles to the bottom 24 meters below the river. They are still used by commuters to reach their work places at the other side of the Elbe and by numerous tourists.
The Old Elbe Tunnel is open to pedestrians and cyclers 24/7 and free of charge. For motorized vehicles opening times are currently Monday to Friday from 5.00 am to 8.00 pm and admission is 2 Euros.