public EnglishTours

Date: Public tours in English (2 hrs) run on the last Sunday of each month
Time: 11:00 to 13:00
Meeting Point: Meet your guide at Jesuitenplatz in front of the Jesuit Church in Lucerne
Price: Adults 30Sfr./Teenagers 25 Sfr. (age 13-18), in cash on site
Booking: Book in advance by phone +41 (0)79 797 09 17 (Kathy Bajaria) or via e-mail englishtours@unterirdisch-ueberleben.ch (note the date and the numbers of people coming with you on the tour)
Info Sheet: Public English Tour (PDF)

Surviving Underground – guides tours of  the Sonnenberg civilian bunker
On a 2-hour tour you will experience Sonnenberg, one of the world’s largest civilian bunkers, located in the heart of the citiy of Lucerne!
This giant bunker was built between 1970 and 1976 at a cost of 40 million Swiss francs. Had it ever been needed, two highway tunnels would have been sealed off by four 350-ton concrete blast doors and transformed into a bunker with room enough for 20,000 beds and hundreds of toilet cabins and sinks. In fact, one third of the population of Lucerne would have found shelter inside Mount Sonnenberg.
To comlement the bunker, a seven-storey underground building surrounding the motorway tunnels was built, serving as the logistical and technical command facility for the shelter. This consisted of a command centre, a radio studio, an emergenca hospital, detention cells and much more.
The guided tour provides a fascinating insight into the Cold War and the Fear of the nuclear bomb and illustrates the use of the bunker today.

Timeline
construction periode: 1970-1976
opening: 26th of October, 1976
in use: 1976-2002
downsizing: 2006-2008: from 20,000 to 2,000 shelter places
use today:
– in use as a civilian bunker (capacity: 2,000 people)
– guided historical tours of „Surviving Underground“
– temporary holding cells of the Lucerne Police Dept. (for max. 300 people)