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Old Elbe Tunnel
A great experience is the walk through the old Elbe tunnel of 1911 connecting St. Pauli Landungsbrücken with the southern banks of the river in Steinwerder. Although the narrow underpass is now mainly a tourist attraction, cars still use the tunnel to switch sides of the river. Huge freight elevators lead down to 24 meters depth and allow the stroll among the water masses. Arriving at the southern end, be prepared to enjoy one of the prettiest views of Hamburg. And the best part: This piece of city history is completely free.
If the weather is nice, the people of Hamburg meet here on the south end of the former Altona main road passing the Altona Museum and Theater via Republic Square and along the monumental Altona Town Hall up to the banks. Here you’ll find joggers, young parents with strollers, dog trainers and sun-seekers. With barbecue, beverages and frisbee you can enjoy the phenomenal view over the Elbe and the harbor on the almost 30-meter-high balcony.
Ferry line 62
For some it is a simple Elbe ferry, for others it is the cheapest harbor cruise of Hamburg. The ferry line 62 belongs to the range of public transport and offers the exploration of the Elbe as well as great views of the city and the harbor for the price of a single ticket. The round trip starts at Landungsbrücken, from where it leads via fish market and Elbe beach to Finkenwerder. The return trip takes one hour. Refreshments are also served thanks to a small kiosk on board.