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Tour 3 – Subways and Bunkers in the Cold War Prepare for a nuclear war with people of West Berlin

Tour 3 -- Titelbild

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.

Dates (Tours in English) 
  • all year: Thursday – Sunday at 1 p.m.
  • additional Tours: March 1st – December 31st: Tuesday 11 a.m. + 1 p.m., Wednesday at 1 p.m.
  • additional Tours: April 1st – October 31st: Tuesday 3 p.m.

On Tuesday, June 21st the tour at 3 p.m. has to be canceled.

  • additional tours around national holidays are displayed in the calendar

In the period between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, we have an altered tour schedule. From the 19th to the 25th of December 2016 and on the 1st of January 2017 there will be NO TOURS. Please use the calendar function on the left hand side of the page to display which tours are taking place.

The times for tours in other languages can be seen by visiting their respective pages, or via the calendar function.

Duration 

Approx. 90 mins

Admission 

11 € (reduced 9 €)
(The ticket includes the price of the U-Bahn transfer between Gesundbrunnen and Pankstrasse)

Tickets 

Tickets are available in the pavilion next to the south entrance of the Gesundbrunnen underground station (in front of ‘Kaufland’), Brunnenstraße 105, 13355 Berlin (exit direction to Humboldthain Park, Brunnenstraße).

Opening hours

Reservations are not possible and tickets may only be purchased on the day of the tour.
Please arrive early in order to buy them – expect lines on busy days.
We only take cash as payment, credit/bank cards are not accepted!

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Meeting point (with valid tickets only) 

Brunnenstr. 105 – southern entrance-hall of the subway station Gesundbrunnen (exit direction to Humboldthain Park, Brunnenstraße), next to our ticket sales-pavillon.

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Public transportation 

U8 Underground Railway Gesundbrunnen,
S 1, S 2, 25, S 41, S 42 (S-Bahn, City-Railway, National Railway), Gesundbrunnen, Bus 247

Groups 

This tour is also available upon request to groups in English and in some other languages (min. 220 € / reduced 180 € per group). Please contact us for details.

Contact us

From the 7th of June, 2016, there will be slight delays in the processing of requests for group tours from the 1st of September due to a technical upgrade of our system. We will do our best to answer your queries as soon as possible and we ask for your patience in the meantime. Please refrain from making telephone enquiries.

Status: 20.06.16 Top