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Bunker Tours with Berliner Unterwelten e.V.
Berlin is a fairly flat city built on sand and marshes - so unlike many cities of its age, it doesn't have much in the way of ancient tunnels, catacombs and the like. However, it does have its fair share of subterranean secrets, many of which date from the Nazi era and the Second World War: among them air raid shelters and other types of bunker, many of which have lain dormant and forgotten beneath Berlin's streets until fairly recently.
Thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers making up the Berliner Unterwelten e.V. (Berlin Underworlds Association) however, most of Berlin's underground secrets have been thoroughly investigated, and the Association offers regular guided tours into some of the more interesting locations. These can be booked at short notice, and some of the tours are available in English and other foreign languages.
Currently four standard guided tours are available:
The Penguin has been on tours 1 and 2 and recommends them to anyone who's interested in underground structures, German / Berlin history, or who just likes poking about in places you can't normally get to. The guides are very enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
The Association's website carries up-to-date information on the guided tours available - check here for details before planning or arranging a trip. For all tours you'll need sensible footwear, and a warm item of clothing is also not a bad idea even during the summer, because it gets somewhat chilly below ground. Safety helmets are provided.