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Visiting retired Swiss Military Bunkers

There are hundreds of military bunkers around Switzerland, many were built around 1940 and were closed around 1995, the reasons being that the art of war has changed considerably. Some are owned by associations and clubs, others are privately owned.

Many bunkers are open to the public, usually at weekends during the Summer months: the local Tourist Offices will know if there are any in your chosen Canton. Below are details of three I have visited, all are equipped with suitable cannon and guns with dummies dressed in period uniforms. None have lifts or elevators, and the visit will usually include a climb of 1 or 2 levels: children's push chair/stroller or invalid's chair access is not possible.

Wear flat shoes, jeans, and take a jacket as they are cool inside!

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Swiss military bunkers, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nation...t_(Switzerland)

http://www.rts.ch/play/tv/50-ans-de-...int?id=3427516

Camouflage: https://www.google.co.uk/?gws_rd=ssl...uflage+bunkers

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Fort Fuerigen, Kehrsitenstrasse, 6362 Stansstad, Canton Nidwalden. GPS 46.983659, 8.348436

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festung_F%C3%BCrigen

http://unterirdischeschweiz.ch/96462.html

photos http://www.festung-oberland.ch/Gebir...e%20A2255.html

Built February 1941 - July 1942, in service 1942 – 1987. Site is 12 Km from Luzern station
Two 7.5 cm cannons, range ~ 8 miles, plus 3 heavy machine guns.
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Fort de Pré-Giroud, le Rosay, 1337 Vallorbe, Canton Vaud. GPS 46.708721, 6.410630

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_de_Pr%C3%A9-Giroud

https://www.pre-giroud.ch/index.php?sl=EN site is 4.7 km by road from Vallorbe station.

Built 1937 to 1939, in service until 1980's, manned by 200 soldiers, including infantry defence.
Three 7.5 cm cannons range ~ 8 miles, 1 x 4.7 cm gun, plus 6 heavy machine guns
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Fort Waldbrand, Chrachewald, 3803 Beatenberg, Canton Berne. GPS 46.693828, 7.752089

http://www.festung-waldbrand.ch/ about 5.5 km NW of Beatenberg towards Sigriswil

https://www.festung-oberland.ch/Gebi...Waldbrand.html

Photos: http://www.festung-waldbrand.ch/GALERIE/Galerie.html

This site grew from a storage place for mobile cannon into an enormous defence site capable of holding 450 men working 3 shifts. The project started in 1941 and building was continued from June 1942 to February 1944. Over the years it has been heavily modified through the cold war, until it ceased to be operational on 31.12.1998.

Armament was 8 x 10.5 cm (4“ cannons) range about 25 miles, 40 km. Plus heavy Machine Guns.

The site is about 16 Km (10 miles) by road from Interlaken West railway station.
http://www.interlaken.ch/en/region-r...-fortress.html

There are visits possible on Fridays. Every Friday in July/August, every 1st & 3rd Friday in May/June and September/October. Tours begin at 14:00 & 16:00, entrance fee, Adults CHF 15, Children up to 16 y.o. CHF 10. Wear good shoes & a jacket. a minimum of 10 people is necessary, or CHF 150,-- Booking is necessary, up to 16:00 on the preceding day at: Beatenberg Tourist Office, Tel. +41 (0)33 841 18 18. info@beatenbergtourismus.ch

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Re: Visiting retired Swiss Military Bunkers

Must be the only bunkers that seen no action.
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Re: Visiting retired Swiss Military Bunkers

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Must be the only bunkers that seen no action.
And I hope it stays that way
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