What is an "Urlaubsbunker"?

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What is an "Urlaubsbunker"?

Post by Geoff Walden » 02 May 2004 14:31

Not sure where this query should go, but it's a piece of architecture ...

Why would an underground bunker on a Luftwaffe base be called an "Urlaubsbunker?" I know what "Urlaub" means, but I don't understand why a military bunker would have this word written above the entrance.

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Post by DunklerProphet » 02 May 2004 16:41

Maybe it was just an attempt to avoid tension within the civilians running to the shelter...

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Post by AvD » 03 May 2004 00:45

Hi Geoff

Just ask Google. You will be surprised by the number of answers. There is even something about a typical "Urlaubsbunker":

http://www.holidaycheck.de/berichtFrame.php?id=165050.

And this is even better (http://www.fortunecity.de/olympia/puls/76/ruegen11.htm):
Nicht weit von Binz entfernt westlich entlang der Prorer Wiek liegt Prora, dessen "Kraft-durch-Freude (KDF)" Urlaubsbunker ein Beispiel des architektonischen Größenwahns der Nazis ist.
PS Will be in Berchtesgaden in two weeks.

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Post by Geoff Walden » 03 May 2004 13:42

Hi Andre,

I found these sites by Google also, but it still doesn't make sense to me - why a small military bunker would be called an "Urlaubsbunker" - maybe it was some sort of period humor that I don't understand.

I will be on the 'Berg the week before you are there, it looks like.

Geoff

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Post by Zapfenstreich » 03 May 2004 18:16

Is it possible this bunker is built on a resort set aside for the "Strength Through Joy" vacationers?

Z :?

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Post by Geoff Walden » 03 May 2004 18:23

No, this bunker is on an ex-Luftwaffe base that was used to train Stuka pilots in the late 1930s and 40s. I cannot imagine any possible civilian use for this bunker. It looks like either a munitions storage bunker, or possibly a Luftschutzbunker (I have not been inside).

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