Do I have to make an advance booking for the underground tours?
Advance bookings for the English public tours are not possible yet. Tickets for Tours 1, 2, 3 and M are sold on the day, at our Ticket- and Bookshop near the southern entrance of Gesundbrunnen subway station (U8) at Brunnenstraße 105. Please buy your tickets at least 15 minutes before the scheduled starting time. It is a good idea to arrive early, especially in the summer, as tours can sell out.
Tickets for the English public Tour F are sold on the day, from 15 min. before the tour starts at the entrance of the building at Fichtestraße 6, Berlin-Kreuzberg.
We are unable to spontaneously accommodate large groups on the public tours as they are designed for and aimed at individual guests. For this reason, ticket sellers will not allow one person to buy more than five tickets.
Some tours are available upon request to groups in English and in some other languages. Please visit the section GUIDED TOURS > TOURS FOR GROUPS for further information.
What kind of clothing is recommended for the underground tours?
For all tours, sturdy footwear is required (no sandals or flip flops, etc.).
There are no further special requirements for Tour 1 and Tour 3. However, please be aware that it is always a little bit chilly underground. The lighting is sufficient and our structures are dry.
For Tour 2 – “From Flak Towers to Mountains of Debris” – sturdy footwear is absolutely obligatory and warm clothes are recommended! The temperature in the Flak Tower is 10°C / 50°F at best, even in the summer, and the humidity is considerable. Helmets are provided by the Berlin Underworlds Association.
For Tour F – “The Fichtebunker Time Capsule” and Tour M – “Under the Berlin Wall” warm clothes are recommended!
Are the tours accessible to handicapped people?
Due to limitations imposed by the structure of the bunkers, our tours and exhibitions are not handicapped accessible.
Most of the time during a tour is spent walking and standing. There are no chairs. There are several staircases.
Our tours and exhibitions are not appropriate for children under 7 years of age. We regret that we must therefore refuse entry to children in this age group. This is due to the Jugendschutzgesetz (JuSchG) § 8 (German Child Protection Law). Due to the difficult historical themes discussed during our tours, it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to decide whether children between 7 and 13 years of age may take part. The delivery and content of our tours is aimed at adults, and can only be recommended for children aged 14 years or older.
For Tours A and W (in German only), all participants must be at least 14 years of age.
For Tour 2 – “From Flak Towers to Mountains of Debris” all participants must be at least 18 years of age.
May I film or take photos during a tour?
Photography and filming are generally not permitted.
In the past we have observed that photography and filming can considerably disrupt the flow of the tours. Additionally, we have a number of artefacts on display that are on loan from eyewitnesses, whose copyright and right to privacy has to be protected. We are happy to provide professional press photos on request for a specific publication.
Is it possible to rent Berlin Underworlds Association’s locations for private parties?
No, it isn’t. Berlin Underworlds Association is a non-profit organisation. However, we do support cultural activities in the Underground. If you want to organise a cultural project in Berlin's Underworlds, please contact us and provide us with a short presentation of your intentions.
Does the Berlin Underworlds Association organise tours in Berlin´s sewage system?
No, it doesn’t. The Berlin Waterworks Company is in charge of sewers and they are normally not open to the public, with a few exceptions – on the Day of Open Doors or Heritage Day, for instance.
However, you will see pictures of the subterranean Berlin Wall in the sewers on Tour M – “Under the Berlin Wall”. Some aspects of the Berlin seage system are touched upon during Tour 1 – “Dark Worlds”.
More information about the sewage system can be found at the Waterworks Museum in Berlin-Friedrichshagen (for information on this, please check the German section of this page).
Does the Berlin Underworlds Association organise tours at the former Tempelhof Airport?
No, it doesn´t. Tours at the former Tempelhof Airport are offered by Tempelhof Projekt GmbH. Information about these tours can be found here.
Does the Berlin Underworlds Association organize tours at the “Honnecker-Bunker”?
No, it doesn´t. Tours through the “Honecker-Bunker” (Object 17/5001) were offered until autumn 2008, operated by Berliner Bunker Netzwerk (BBN e.V.). In winter 2008, the bunker was permanently closed and is not accessible anymore. You can find more information about the bunker on the (German) pages of Projekt 5001.
Where can I get information about tunnel walks or open-top subway tours?
The Berlin Transit Authority (BVG) is responsible for this. Please take a look at this website: Erlebniswelt-Seite der BVG (in German)
Where is the “Fuehrerbunker” (Hitler’s bunker) and can it be visited?
The remains of the so-called “Fuehrerbunker” are situated beneath a carpark on the corner of “Gertrud-Kolmar-Strasse” and “In den Ministergärten”, and marked by an information panel that our Association provided. During the Cold War, the site was next to the Berlin Wall, the border area between East and West Berlin. In 1988, some pioneers of the East German National Army excavated the bunker and filled it in. Today, there are just a few fragments of the floor and parts of the walls under the ground but no hollow spaces whatsoever. It is absolutely impossible to visit the “Fuehrerbunker”.