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Surviving Underground: Sonnenberg Bunker tours (Lucerne)

We have recently expanded the Sonnenberg program to include tours in English. We run a 2 hour public tour on the last Sunday of every month at 11am. It is also possible to book a private and / or Segway tour. Reservations and enquiries can be made at Protected content

Sonnenberg Civilian Bunker, one of the world’s largest civilian bunkers, is located in the heart of the city of Lucerne! This giant bunker was built between Protected content Protected content a cost of 40 million Swiss francs. If it ever had been needed, two motorway tunnels would have been sealed by four Protected content gates, with room enough for 20,000 beds and hundreds of toilet cabins – in fact one third of the population of Lucerne would have found shelter here inside Mount Sonnenberg. In addition to the two tunnels, the bunker was equipped with a seven-floor, subterranean building furnished with a control office, a radio studio, an emergency hospital, detention cells and more.

The tour provides a fascinating insight into Cold War times and the fear of the nuclear bomb and illustrates the uses of the bunker today.

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