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Berliner Unterwelten – Berlin Bunker Tours

Updated: March 16, 2023

This post is about Berlin's underground bunkers and air raid shelters built by the Nazi government during WW2, and by the West Berlin government after the war, and how you can tour them.

We also cover tours of an escape tunnel during the time of the Cold War and the Berlin Wall.


Like many cities, Berlin has a hidden life under the surface.

The sewage system, gas, water electricity, the subway, pneumatic tubes – and in the case of Berlin the air raid shelters and bunkers from World War II.

And visitors to Berlin can take a bunker tour to discover this hidden network of tunnels and shelters underground.  

Tours are offered by the organization "Berliner Unterwelten e.V.", an organization consisting of about 350 members of diverse professional backgrounds.

These members research and make the underground bunkers accessible to the public by giving tours in various languages, offering an exhibit as well as through publications.

Their focus is on World War II and the Berlin Wall.

Even though the Berlin Wall is far from being subterranean architecture, escape tunnels  - more than 70 – played an important role in people’s way to freedom.

Not all bunkers are accessible anymore, for example, Hitler’s bunker has been excavated and filled in and is located underneath what is today a parking lot.

If you decide to go there, a bilingual information board helps to understand when, why, and how the bunker was built.

The board was installed by “Berliner Unterwelten  - Berlin Underworlds”.

Be sure to check out our list of Berlin walking tours.

WHERE DO THE BUNKER TOURS START FROM?Where do Berlin Bunker tours start

The headquarters of Berliner Unterwelten and the start of the most popular bunker tour is near the transportation hub “Gesundbrunnen” (with U-Bahn-and S-Bahn station) (map).

If you exit from the S-Bahn station, it'll be to your left. It's located right next to the U-Bahn station.

Just follow the signs for “Berliner Unterwelten”.

The U-Bahn (subway) station was built before the war and parts of it then transformed into an air-raid shelter.

There is the permanent exhibition “Mythos Germania” about Hitler’s and Albert Speer’s (Hitler’s favorite architect) plans for the urban renewal of Berlin in the Third Reich with a lot of oversized buildings.

The exhibit is open April thru November and December 26 through January 10 (closed on New Year’s Day) from 11 am to 6 pm (last entrance 5 pm) and is EUR 6.00 for adults.


Berliner Unterwelten provides 4 of its tours in English. Two of these outings are 90 minutes and the last one is 120 minutes long.

Ticket prices range from €15-€18 per person, but students and trainees can get discounts if they can show proof of a student ID.

There is also a self-guided tour of an exhibit titled "Mythos Germania", which covers the topic of the Nazi's planned rebuilding of Berlin.

Tour 1 - Dark Worlds Tour

Explore one of the few remaining bunkers from WWII.

Discover what life during wartime was like for the average citizen of Berlin.

In addition to learning about the Third Reich, you'll also have the opportunity to see some of the histories behind city subway and sewer systems.

Although this tour is available all year long, scheduled dates are subject to change.

  • Ticket Prices: €16 per person | €13 for students/trainees
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Usual Availability: Wed-Mon @ 11:00 am, 13:00 (1 pm) & 15:00 (3 pm)
  • Additional tours offered Apr-Oct
  • Book this tour here.

Due to the nature of the content of this tour, children 7 and younger are not permitted.

Berliner Unterwelten recommends the appropriateness of this tour for 14 years and older.

Tour 2 - From Flak Towers to Mountains of Debris

Hitler ordered the construction of six anti-aircraft, or "Flak," towers to protect Berlin from enemy aircraft early in WW2.

Only three were built, and they were blown up after the war. However, the Flak tower in Gesundbrunnen's Humboldthain Park was only partially destroyed.

Visit 3 of the original 7 floors of this tower, and take a look at the incredible depth of the tower.

Learn about the ongoing process of rubble removal and its partial transformation into a bat sanctuary.

  • Ticket Prices: €16 per person | €13 for students/trainees
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Usual Availability: Select days @ 11:00 am, 13:00 (1 pm).
  • No Tours offered Nov-Apr
  • Book this tour here.

Tour 3 - Bunkers, Subways, and the Cold War

Civil protection shelters were reactivated or built in West Berlin in preparation for a nuclear war.

Visit the civil defense shelter known as Blochplatz and learn about how it was used during WWII and repurposed for the Cold War.

This shelter was intended to protect citizens in case of nuclear war, and it served multiple purposes.

As you trace Berlin's sometimes disturbing history, you'll find out how people might have survived in a worst-case scenario.

Afterward, travel via the subway to the Parkstrasse U-Bahn station to see what a more modern bunker looks like.

  • Ticket Prices: €15 per person | €13 for students/trainees
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Availability: Select Days @ 11:00 am, 13:00 (1 pm), 15:00 (3 pm)
  • Additional tours offered Apr-Oct
  • Book this tour here.

Tour M - Under the Berlin Wall

After the Berlin Wall was constructed, many people made attempts to dig tunnels underneath and avoid detection.

In total, there were more than 70 different tunnels built, and this tour will take you to the site, underneath the Berlin Wall Memorial, of at least seven of them.

Find out which escape tunnels were most successful and discover tales of betrayal that you may not have heard about.

You will also see one of the tunnels from an underground exhibit space.

  • Ticket Prices: €19 per person | €15 for students/trainees
  • Duration: 120 minutes
  • Availability: Usually Thur-Mon @ 3:30 PM
  • Additional tours offered Apr-Oct
  • Book this tour here.

Mythos Germania - Vision and Crime

The Nazi government had a magnificent plan to build the "World Capital of Germania", plans that were ultimately dashed by WW2.

The exhibition depicts Nazi-era Berlin architecture and urban planning, as well as the Nazi regime's ideological aspirations and the twisted methods used to achieve them.

You will learn about the people and businesses who lost their homes and property as those who became enslaved in pursuit of the Nazi's plans.

Reviews of Berliner Unterwelten

With a score of 4 ½ out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor, it's fair to say that overall ratings for this service are very good.

Customers truly appreciate the opportunity to explore historic locations tied to both WWII and the Cold War.

Guests are drawn to their tours for a variety of reasons that we will explore in further detail below.

Military History

If it wasn't already obvious, most of the visitors who enjoy these tours are very interested in military history.

Several reviewers feel that this is a wonderful opportunity to see some of the most significant buildings in Berlin.

Even if you're not well-versed in the history of this city, your tour guide will provide a plethora of information about each location.

English Tours

Guests from English-speaking countries really appreciate the translation services provided by this company.

Although they don't offer all of their tours in English, most customers are just happy that there are a few historically significant trips they can enjoy.

Several visitors recommend that you arrive early for these outings because they sell out quickly.

Excellent Tour Guides

A majority of guests who leave positive reviews are most impressed by their tour guides. Several comments indicate that they are not only friendly and helpful but also very informative.

Some visitors were surprised to find that their guide was actually very funny, making the whole experience even more enjoyable. 

Historical Simulation

On some tours, this company provides a simulation of what life was like during wartime.

Other tours simulate life in a bunker, giving their guests a taste of what life might be like during a nuclear war.

Getting the chance to see and experience what these bunkers were built for can be very enlightening, and some visitors felt that it made history come alive.

Effective Storytelling

In addition to the military history tied to the locations featured on these tours, guides will also tell stories about real people who were affected by either WWII or the Cold War.

Both events displaced a lot of families and put several people in peril; guests really appreciate the opportunity to hear their stories and discover what life was like for some of the citizens of Berlin.

Things to know before taking the bunker tours:

Please note: The tours cover difficult periods of German history and are conceived for adults.

They are recommended for youths aged 14 and older. Children under 7 are not admitted; parents’ discretion is asked for children aged 7 to 14.

As the tours are not in a museum, but in the real underworld, toilets are not provided. Make sure to use one before starting the tour.

The shopping mall Gesundbrunnen-Center right next to the train station has restrooms.

And please, wear sturdy footwear (no sandals, no flip-flops) and take a sweater – even in summer, the underworld is very chilly.

Also, a small selection of tours also runs during the winter.

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About The Author

Anne Wittig

Anne was born in East Berlin and came of age in the unified city. She has an intimate relationship with her city of birth and still calls Berlin home. For the past 10 years, she has managed and written Free Tours by Foot's Berlin blog, detailing the best places to go, where to stay, and what to do in her hometown. This blog has been featured on Berlin's official website, mainstream press like Berlingske, and local blogs like Over 14,000 visitors to Berlin have taken a tour from Free Tours by Foot.
Updated: March 16th, 2023
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