Ticket Tour 3 (English) – Bunkers, Subways and the Cold War - The East-West Conflict in the underground
This tour takes place in English!
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You can book as many tickets as there are available still. F.e., if you can book only one ticket, there is only one left at all. Please don´t try to book seperately, if you need more tickets than the number of tickets you can choose in the shop. That will not work! At the moment, tours takes place with a reduced number of participants so the capacity is strictly limited and the tours sell out quickly.
This entrance ticket is valid for one person only for Tour 3 and only on the specified date and time.
This ticket is to be presented at the entrance at the beginning of the tour.
No exchange or return. Refunds will only be made if the tour is cancelled by us. A payout, also of partial amounts, as well as taking part in another tour than the booked one is not possible.
Reduced rate only for school students, trainees, students, State Volunteer Service providers, disabled people, welfare recipients, and unemployed people (each with appropriate proof).
No discount for retirees. Verification of reduced rate entitlement must be presented at the entrance unprompted.
Important information and eligibility requirements:
Please continue the order process only if you accept these eligibility requirements.
• Participants must be over 7 years of age.
• Sturdy footwear is required for participation (no sandals or flip flops!). The tour is not barrier free.
• Maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters to other people in the waiting area and during the tour!
• Wearing a face mask is mandatory! No entry without a mask!
Due to the current situation, the tour takes place with a reduced number of participants.
Content of the tour:
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.
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 but also, in an emergency, it could have sheltered 3,339 people for up to two weeks. Here, we try to give you an idea of what it could have been like, had World War Three broken out.
The duration of the tour is approx. 90 minutes
Venue: Badstr. / Böttgerstr., 13357 Berlin (opposite the north entrance of the Gesundbrunnen underground station)