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Berlin Underground

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

So you have seen all the famous sights of Berlin?!

Reichstag, Brandenburger Tor, East Side Gallery and so on…

But there is much more to see. Especially if you go UNDERGROUND

 

“Berliner Unterwelten e.V.” was founded is 1997 and their aim is to explore and document the city’s underground architecture and make it accessible to the public. There are lots of different Underground buildings. For example caverns, disused railway tunnels, air raid shelters,  derelict brewery vaults and other places the public normally has no access to. They try to conserve historically relevant underground structures and preserve them for future generations. If you like to explore old bunkers and you are not scared of Rats, “Berliner Unterwelten e.V.” gives you a great chance to see Berlin in a way that not many people get to see.

 

Here you can find some of the tours they are offering:

 

Tour 1

Dark Worlds

A tour through a bunker from WW II
Berlin was the nerve centre of the Third Reich and therefore one of the
main targets for allied bombing during WW II. Our expert guides will lead
you in exploring one of the few remaining bunkers, as it was left after the
war. There you will learn more about the life of the average Berlin citizen
during the air raids that destroyed up to 80% of the city’s centre. Travelling
through the twisting passages and rooms, you will also see countless
artefacts from the war that have been buried for decades. Additionally, we
will provide you with an insight into other elements of Berlin’s 150 year
old underground history.
Tours in English:
all year: Thur – Sun at 11 a.m., Mon at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.,
Tour 2
Subways and Bunkers in the Cold War
Alleged security for civilians in the case of 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. 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. On the tour we visit an air
raid shelter from WW II that was renovated in the early 1980s. Here, with
the help of various objects and photos, we will deal with some related
themes. Then, after a short ride to Pankstrasse station, we offer a glimpse
into the workings of a ‘modern’ bunker, which was intended to protect
people in case of a full-blown nuclear war. Here, we try to give you an
idea what it could have been like, had World War Three broken out.
Tours in English:
all year: Thur – Sun at 1 p.m.
For more information click here