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Doomsday bunker in Germany to be opened the the public
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In 1960, the German government started building something gigantic at the pinot noir vineyards of Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler in Germany — yet, nothing is visible there but the vine. The structure is a $2.5 billion bunker: nearly 12 miles of tunnels, 936 bedrooms, 897 offices, and five small hospitals — all underground.

According to NY Times:
"It was designed to enable 3,000 people to survive for 30 days after an attack. Among those, presumably, would be the chancellor, who could get here quickly from Bonn, the former West German capital, 18 miles away."

Now that is something that I'd like to visit, and maybe I will. In 2008, they intend to open up a 656 foot stretch of it for the general public — but I really regret never being able to see the other 11.875 miles they're not going to restore. I've always been fascinated by large underground constructions, and I for one wouldn't oppose spending a few days exploring the tunnels, hospitals and bedrooms that lie dormant beneath the vineyards of Germany.

Check out the pictures and more info in the NYTimes article today.


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