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Tourists Pay To Hunker Down In East German Bunker

Tourists Pay To Hunker Down In East German Bunker Oct 24th, 2013 at 5:19PM: Martin Abegglen, Flickr Sleeping in rickety old beds, eating bland food that you're forced to cook yourself and being bossed around by hotel staff hardly sounds like a fun travel experience, but tourists in Germany are paying $150 a night for exactly that. It's all a part of a unique experience that gives travelers the chance to experience life as it was for soldiers in East Germany. Visitors...

Mussolini's Bunker Discovered In Rome, Will Become A Tourist Attraction

Mussolini's Bunker Discovered In Rome, Will Become A Tourist Attraction Mar 23rd, 2013 at 4:00PM: A bunker intended for the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini has been discovered in Rome, World Crunch reports. The bunker was found in 2011 by workers restoring the Palazzo Venezia, but its existence wasn't revealed until now. The workers found a trap door in the cellar of a 15th-century building that led to nine rooms fortified with concrete walls up to two meters (6.6 feet) thick. ...

Cold War-Era Bunkers In Albania

Cold War-Era Bunkers In Albania Mar 19th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Laughing Squid published some awe-inspiring photos yesterday of Cold War-Era bunkers throughout Albania. According to the article, the country hosts over 700,000 bunkers. Laughing Squid breaks that number down by saying that means there's one bunker for every four Albanians. These bunkers are on farmland, beaches, city streets and residential communities. The photos published by Laughing Squid...

Remnants Of World War II In The UK Countryside

Remnants Of World War II In The UK Countryside Sep 27th, 2012 at 2:00PM: During World War II, the British were sure they were about to be invaded. The English Channel seemed like nothing more than a narrow creek against the might of Nazi Germany. As the British army fought in North Africa and Southeast Asia, the Home Guard and teams of civilians prepared for the worst. One elderly English woman told me that when she was a teenager she helped lay electric wire...

Albania's National Museum faces up to Communist past

Albania's National Museum faces up to Communist past Feb 22nd, 2012 at 10:00AM: A new wing of Albania's National Museum in Tirana opened yesterday that's dedicated to the abuses of its former Communist government. Under the harsh rule of Enver Hoxha, shown here in a photo courtesy Forrásjelölés Hasonló, some 100,000 Albanians were executed or sent to prison or forced labor camps, this in a country of only three million people. Torture and...

Visiting a German bunker from World War Two

Visiting a German bunker from World War Two Oct 28th, 2011 at 2:00PM: Belgium had it tough in World War Two. Unlike in the First World War, when the Belgian army stubbornly held on to part of the nation and its allies rallied to beat the Germans, in the second war the Low Countries and France were quickly overrun by a German army that now enjoyed superior military technology. Occupied Belgium was soon covered with fortifications. The Germans feared an Allied...

Madrid daytrip: a Renaissance castle and Spanish Civil War bunker

Madrid daytrip: a Renaissance castle and Spanish Civil War bunker Feb 18th, 2011 at 1:30PM: Madrid has a lot to offer--tasty tapas, wonderful wine, and amazing art. There's so much to do in the center of town it's easy to spend your entire vacation there without ever seeing the outskirts. Yet several daytrips offer a different look at Spain. One possibility just opened up last year. Near the Metro stop Alameda de Osuna on the outskirts of town, the city government has recently...

12 underground tours around the world

12 underground tours around the world Dec 4th, 2009 at 2:30PM: Sometimes there's more to a city that what you see above ground. Several cities around the world sit above underground labyrinths just waiting to be explored. Budget Travel has put together a list of some of the best underground tours around the world. In Paris, you can tour the sewer system, in Berlin, check out a hidden world of bunkers and tunnels used during World War II and the Cold War,...

Zero Star Hotel opens in Switzerland fallout shelter

Zero Star Hotel opens in Switzerland fallout shelter Nov 20th, 2008 at 3:00PM: Oh, Switzerland. In a subterranean fallout shelter in Sevelen, Switzerland, the Null Stern Hotel, biliing itself as "The World's First Zero Star Hotel" is preparing to open its crappy, crappy doors. "Null stern" actually means "zero star," which is a little relieving. They're being clever, not insane. Normally, this is a cultural misunderstanding we have with Norway. Maybe we've misjudged...

For sale - one underground bunker in London

For sale - one underground bunker in London Oct 16th, 2008 at 9:00AM: Feeling a tad paranoid? Is the downward spiral of the economy becoming too much to handle? Why not relocate to London and move into your very own underground bunker complex! The Kingsway tunnel bunker complex was originally built as an air raid shelter and as a spare war room for the British government. After the second world war, the tunnels were handed over to the Post Office who used it as a...

Bunkers - now also a safe haven for Continental airlines

Bunkers - now also a safe haven for Continental airlines Sep 13th, 2008 at 11:00AM: What do you do if you own an airline, and watch the devastation from hurricane Katrina on TV? You go searching for your very own bunker where you can safely house your important computer systems and 200 staff members in the event your city gets hit next. The bunker is located in Montgomery, Texas, and was built by a wealthy Taiwanese businessman with a fear that the Russians or Soviets would...

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