Hello Berlin explorers!
If you thought Berlin's allure was limited to its vibrant surface, it's time to reconsider. Our city offers an incredible journey beneath the streets, unveiling a whole new world of hidden bunkers and subterranean installations that reflect the intriguing and often turbulent history of Berlin. Let's dive deep into the Berliner Unterwelten e.V., a non-profit association that provides guided tours of this remarkable underworld.
A Deeper Look at Berliner Unterwelten e.V.
Exploring the depths of Berlin gives us a fascinating glimpse into the city's past, shedding light on its history and its resilience.
Berliner Unterwelten e.V., or "Berlin Underworlds", is dedicated to documenting and sharing Berlin's subterranean architecture. Since its establishment in 1997, it has been conducting tours of various underground installations in the city, some of which were used as air-raid shelters during World War II.
What to Expect on a Berliner Unterwelten Tour
When embarking on a tour with Berliner Unterwelten, you can expect to delve into historical bunkers, disused subway stations, and former factories, each echoing with the stories of Berlin's past. Here's a brief glimpse of what you might explore:
- Tour 1: Dark Worlds. Explore a WWII air-raid shelter that has remained virtually unchanged since the 1940s.
- Tour 2: From Flak Towers to Mountains of Rubble. Discover the impact of the war on the city's landscape and infrastructure.
- Tour 3: Subways and Bunkers in the Cold War. Learn how the city prepared for potential nuclear threats during the Cold War.
Click here for a sneak peek of Tour 1: Dark Worlds
Every day, hundreds of people walk past a green door in the Gesundbrunnen underground railway station, unaware that, behind it, lies a subterranean labyrinth full of history just waiting to be experienced.
Booking Your Visit
Before you embark on your journey, remember that Berlin's depths can be chilly, even in the summer, so dress accordingly. Also, due to the historical nature of the sites, not all areas may be accessible for individuals with mobility issues.