Swiss Bunkers

Posted by Scott

Great shots of some Swiss fallout shelters. Very artful the way they were designed to blend in with the landscape. More info and pics below.

Via Polar Intertia

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Mark says:

June 6, 2012 at 3:46 am

Most the older Swiss buildings have fallout shelters in the basements with huge thick doors, but these are the leftover army bunkers. You can find them on the mountain passes and in the flat areas in the east, the best ones are made to look like houses (shown on the Polar Inertia page). It’s always fun hiking around the Alps and looking up to see you would be in the line of fire.


Roeme says:

June 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Mark, to be more precise: Old buildings (pre-WW2) do not have those shelters. They were, and still are, built into newer houses (at construction). The owner of the building may opt to pay a fee, which is used by the municipality to build a shared, big shelter.

There are currently discussions going on to abandon this practice.

By the way, a few of these bunkers and fortresses have been sold to private clubs, which converted them into museums and opened it to the general public. Especially those in the mountains are impressive to visit. Others, since decommissioned and hence no longer regularily inspected, have been broken into and vandalized (Those are interesting to get into as well).


Andy says:

June 7, 2012 at 9:56 am

When you’re in Switzerland you must go for a hike. It’s a whole other dimension to experience the mountains in nature. There are lots of abandoned cottages and bunkers to experience if you know where to find them!


Gerry says:

June 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Surprised nobody mentioned the faces in the pictures. Picture 2, 3, 5 and 6 in the order they are displayed.