Shelter under the Szczecin railway station

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Region:
Zachodniopomorskie
Category:
History

In the middle of the city - right below central railway station in Szczecin - one can find… Poland’s biggest underground shelter! Get ready for an adventure below the surface of the earth!

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When you notice small red doors in a long corridor it is hard to imagine theat they lead to Poland´s largest bomb shelter. The shelter hidden under the heart of the city was built by the Germans during the Second World War using existing fortifications from the 18th century as a solid foundation. After the war’s end the shelter was rebuilt into a strongroom against nuclear weapon – even as late as in the 1990s it was used while organizing civil defense exercises!

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What strucks every single visitor is the fact that the strongroom can accommodate five thousand (!) people! It is situated at a depth of five floors and its walls are 3 meters wide! Get lost in history and follow the stronghold’s corridors where you can hear a real alarm-signal and discover amazing equipment hidden in the shadows. This place is so much more that a museum – it is like being in a movie where you play the mail character!

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And speaking of films - here you can see how the shelter could have been used during the war:

How do you get to the city of Szczecin? It's as easy as pie: take the plane to Szczecin, Poznań or Berlin and rent a car at the airport. You can, of course, take your own car and travel with the ferry to the continent. Book accommodation directly in the heart of the city. Don't forget to take care of your travel insurance!

Region: Zachodniopomorskie.

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