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Recommended: Cold War Bunkers – East and West

December 9, 2014

1977_film_saturday_night_fever_travoltaI was going to post something else entirely this week, but then this gem from Espionart popped into my mail box. How could I resist a tour of Cold War bunkers, including one Albanian bunker built (between 1972 and 1978) to look like a Disco wonderland. I guess they were just hoping to be Staying Alive (heh.)


Recently the public got its first glance inside Albania’s most important Cold War era bunker, located just outside the Albanian capital of Tirana. Built 100m below ground between 1972 and 1978, the top secret complex boasts 106 rooms over five storeys. It also features a bedroom with red satin sheets for former communist dictator Enver Hoxha, as the bunker was intended to house the government in the event of a nuclear attack by the West.

Such was Hoxha’s paranoia that over the course of his 40-year rule he built some 700,000 bunkers across Albania. A team of enterprising students is currently planning to convert those along the coastline into a series of “bunker-and-bed” hostels for adventurous tourists.

Bunkers and nuclear shelters abound across the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, from Bunker-42 next to Taganskaya metro station in central Moscow to Military Installation D-0 in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


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  1. I’d totally stay at a bunker hotel!

  2. Always interesting for this southern boy! 🙂

  3. Don’t they sound amazing. But I guess if there’s a nuclear winter going on outside, you might at well boogie oogie oogie till you just can’t boogie no more, as they used to say in the 70s.

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