Foot/pedestrian tunnels have a unique vibe to them, and I live for places with unique vibes (and also sex). They’re mostly empty of people, often echoey, sometimes humid. They can feel claustrophobic, and their visual sameness can hypnotize, confuse one’s sense of space. They’re not obviously attractive (therefore, to the contrarian, they are!). They’re non-places, only existing to be passed through, but that very non-placeness can also make them feel like a welcome respite from the world, somewhere to non-exist in for a little while.
A few I’ve walked through, in chronological order:
- Greenwich foot tunnel, 370m, London
- Woolwich foot tunnel, 504m, London
- Žižkovský tunel, 303m, Praha
- Alter Elbtunnel, 426m, Hamburg
- Royal Victoria Dock bridge, 128m, London (not a tunnel but an elevated bridge, which is somehow similar to a tunnel while also being the complete opposite; mentioned for being a particular-vibe-place: very high up, above water, little-frequented, with planes taking off just overhead from nearby City Airport) (also, you could do all 3 of the above in a morning AND get to take the DLR (and maybe ride on the front seat) from one to the other as a bonus!)
- Brunkeberg tunnel, 231m, Stockholm
- Maastunnel, ~600m, Rotterdam
And a few I haven’t:
- Tyne pedestrian tunnel, 270m, Jarrow (near Newcastle)
- Sint-Annatunnel, 572m, Antwerpen (hate the hyphenization)
- Tweede Heinenoordtunnel, 950m, Heinenoord (near Rotterdam)
Tell me about your favorite foot-tunnels or other vibe-places!