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Using exisiting 19th Century catacombs, German Stettin created this underground shelter in 1941 as a civilian refuge from allied bombing raids.
The shelter comprises five levels, with a total depth of 17 metres. Its iron and concrete walls are three metres thick. The longest corridor is about 100 meters and the total area of the shelter is 2,500 square metres.
After the war, the shelter was adapted for use in case of fallout from a nuclear attack, with local Civil Defense training taking place there regularly until the early 1990s.
With a number bricked-up passages that lead to uncharted destination, the shelter remains a mysterious place. Today, tours are available (see below for details) and plans call for further transforming this historic site for wider civic and cultural use. We warmly invite everyone to visit Underground Szczecin!
In shelter two thematic routes are available:
- Route "World War II" - the anti-aircraft shelter (LSR - Luftschutz Räume) is presented via a reconstruction of life during bombing raids, a discussion of construction techniques and displays of photographs and artefacts from the War years.
Fragment: II World War (mp3)
Time: approx. 1 hour.
- Route "Cold War" - The shelter's history as an anti-nuclear defense is presented via a discusssion of the adaptation of the anti-aircraft elements of the facility for use in the event of a nuclear attack. Featured are presentations of Polish Civil Defense equipment, activities that took place at the site and displays of propaganda from the period.
Time: approx. 1 hour.
Tours for individuals take place at noon each day and special group tours for eight or more can be arranged outside these hours.
Seasonal tours in July-August, only Mon.-Sat., available starting with one person:
10:30 Route: World War II (Mon.-Fri.) foreign languages version
Saturdays only at 11:00 NEW! “Movie Saturdays” in Polish - English version
Route : II WW+ screenings of the movie "The Great Escape to the North"
12:00 Route: World War II
13:30 Route: Cold War
15:00 Route: World War II
Tickets: 25 zł p.p., 20 zł reduced (including entrance and a guide),
Tickets: for “Movie Saturdays” package in Polish - English version 40 zł p.p.
We reserve the right to make changes in the prices and tour schedules.