Berlin Bunker tours

Information on how to participate will follow.

Tour 1: From Flak Towers to Mountains of Debris

In 1940, Hitler ordered the construction of six anti-aircraft, or “Flak” towers to defend Berlin from enemy aircraft. Of these six, only three were built, and after the war they were “demilitarized” – or blown up, however the Flak tower in Humboldthain park in Gesundbrunnen was only partially destroyed.

Sturdy footwear is obligatory (no sandals or flip-flops!) and warm clothing is recommended – the interior temperature is never more than 10°C, even in summer. Safety helmets, provided by the association, have to be worn throughout the duration of the tour.

All participants must be at least 14 years of age, and children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Date: Wednesday, 16th May at 5pm,  please be there at 4:45, we will not be able to wait for late comers

Meeting point: Outside of U Gesundbrunnen, follow the signs on the platform to ‘Brunnenstraße’; when arriving from the south take the exit at the left end of the plattform. U Gesundbrunnen is on the line U8 going to Wittenau, an easy station to catch that line is Alexanderplatz.

No. of participants: 20

Fees: 10€

Duration: 90min

Tour 2: Breaching the Berlin Wall

In August 1961, the East German government ordered the erection of the Berlin Wall. Since then, many attempts were made to dig tunnels through Berlin’s sandy soil in order to overcome the heavily guarded border. The first tunnel was dug in December 1961, the last one in 1985. There were more than seventy escape tunnels in all; and in total, more than 300 citizens of the GDR were able to escape through those, which were successful. When the East German secret police (Stasi) learned of these operations, the outcomes differed. Sometimes this lead to spectacular cloak-and-dagger operations, other times to betrayal and bitter failure. A cat-and-mouse game played between the tunnel builders and the Stasi, meant that those wished to escape faced ever worsening odds.

This tour gives you an insight into the history of these escape tunnels, and delves into the subject of the subterranean border – in the subway and sewer systems, which were used by those trying to flee the east. After a visit to various photo exhibitions in a former civil defence shelter, our guests will be taken via the subway to Bernauer Strasse. There more than seven escape tunnels were attempted within a distance of just 350 meters of each other. Here you will hear tales of betrayal in addition to the story of the two most successful tunnels.

Date: Wednesday, 16th May at 7pm,  please be there at 6:45, we will not be able to wait for late comers.

Meeting point: Outside of U Gesundbrunnen, follow the signs on the platform to ‘Brunnenstraße’; when arriving from the south take the exit at the left end of the plattform. U Gesundbrunnen is on the line U8 going to Wittenau, an easy station to catch that line is Alexanderplatz.

No. of participants: 20

Fees: 13€

Duration: 120min

Tour 3: Subways, Bunkers, Cold War

This tour follows the traces of the Cold War in the underground. In West Berlin civil defence shelters were reactivated or newly built in preparation for a possible nuclear war. Particularly after the building of the Berlin Wall, the West German government and the West Berlin senate invested millions in these projects. Some of these were built as ‘multi-purpose structures’ and are currently used as underground stations, parking garages and storage facilities. By explaining the practical preparations made to help people survive, this tour attempts to make the realities and horrors of such conflict easy to comprehend.

First we visit the civil defence shelter – “Blochplatz”, an air raid shelter from WWII that was renovated in the early 1980s. In an emergency 1,318 people were to shelter here for up to 48 hours. Here, with the help of various objects and photos, we will deal with some related themes.

After a short ride via the U-Bahn to Pankstrasse station, we offer a glimpse into the workings of a ‘modern’ bunker, which was intended to protect the citizens of West Berlin in case of a full-blown nuclear war. This ‘multi-purpose’ facility, built in 1977 along with the northbound extension of the U8 Underground line, serves not only as an U-Bahn stop for commuters – in an emergency it could have sheltered 3,339 people for up to two weeks. Here, we try to give you an idea what it could have been like, had World War Three broken out.

Date: Thursday, 17th May at 8am,  please be there at 7:45, we will not be able to wait for late comers.

Meeting point: Outside of U Gesundbrunnen, follow the signs on the platform to ‘Brunnenstraße’; when arriving from the south take the exit at the left end of the plattform. U Gesundbrunnen is on the line U8 going to Wittenau, an easy station to catch that line is Alexanderplatz.

No. of participants: 20

Fees: 10€, Underground transfer during the tour is included.

Duration: 90min

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