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Old 03.04.2007, 11:39
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Bomb Shelter

Looked at a lovely apartment last night, which turned out to no longer be for rent..
It did however have a bomb shelter???? is this normal for houses and apartments in Switzerland, to be fair it sold the place to me, my own bomb shelter is ace, but slightly concerning. Why did the place need its own bomb shelter?
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Re: Bomb Shelter

depends on the Gemeinde; some have to have a Schutzraum (German word for bomb shelter) in the house, some have a central one to which you would run very quickly with your tins of beans.

Swiss nuclear bunkers newspaper article
this might have some information....
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Re: Bomb Shelter

to build your own house would me it is required to have a bomb shelter....my husband's aunts have a new house built south of lugano and they have a neat bomb shelter....for us who lives in very old houses then the Gemeinde has a common bomb shelter....
the swiss are well prepared...in case of a bomb being dropped in this small paradise...then they have a place where they can hide...simply for safety reason.
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Re: Bomb Shelter

it depends on the Gemeinde; I have a new house without bomb shelter (albeit occasionally, certain rooms resemble an area where a bomb might've exploded).
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Re: Bomb Shelter

LOL Lob!!
Same here,particularly in my teenagers room

Seriously the ZIVILSCHUTZKELLER or RAUM as it is called ( in private properties) is a relict from olden days ( the WW's and the 'cold war'), where it was mandatory to have this in detached and semis,appartment blocks etc, where in case of a nuclear bomb the people could hide and stay until it was safe again to come out.
Switzerland has now enough of them 'rooms' to offer shelter for 95% of the swiss population,thus it's not mandatory anymore to build new ones ( if oyu don't you pay a certain amount into a fund),but to maintain and look after the existing ones...
This might give you an idea what the Zivilschutz is about.

http://www.bevoelkerungsschutz.admin...vilschutz.html

Many a swiss guy on this forum will turn his eyes upwards when reading this, as after the service in the swiss forces,some have to finish their time in the Zivilschutz......and this is a very very boring sevice to do!

Below schools and other community buildings are the so called ZivilschutzANLAGEN,often they are fully equipped and furnished to hide and cater for the villagers in case of war, some of them even have small operating theaters etc.

These centers are nowadays often used for asylum seekers as a first base, until the local town/village council finds them an appartment, they've been used for example as a emergency shelter when people had to be evacuated from buildings etc
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