The Führerbunker under the Reich’s Chancellery – Wilhelmstrasse, Berlin, Germany

Location where the Fuhrerbunker used to be under the Reich Chancellery, Wilhelmstrasse Berlin
View of the location where the Fuhrerbunker used to be under the Reich Chancellery, Wilhelmstrasse Berlin, Germany

It is hard to believe that the epicenter of ww2 Germany 70 years ago is a parking space surrounded by Communist style apartment blocks in Berlin nowadays. But this really is the location of the former Reich’s Chancellery, with hidden underneath it the Führerbunker where Hitler decided to make his last stand and finally, together with Eva Braun, chose to take his own life.

Berlin, Garten der zerstörte Reichskanzlei
ADN-ZB/Archiv – Berlin July 1947, the “Führerbunker” in the garden of the former Reich’s Chancellery. To the left the entrance of the bunker, in the center the observation tower with the great reception hall seen in the background to the right.

Attempts by the Russians to demolish the bunker right after the war in 1947 and again in the late 1950’s were unsuccessful and the complex was buried and left to its fate underground. Until just before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1986, the East German authorities decided to raise apartment blocks here and dug out and demolished the giant bunker with it’s 4,5 meters thick reinforced concrete roof to it’s foundations, which took them until 1988. Now, there is only a tourist sign that reminds us of the complex, which was placed here in 2006.

Fuhrerbunker Wilhelmstrasse 77 Berlin
This sign marks the spot where the original Fuhrerbunker under the Reich’s Chancellery on the Wilhelmstrasse 77, Berlin used to be located
Fuhrerbunker wilhelmstrasse berlin floorplan
Detail of the Führerbunker floorplan at the Wilhelmstrasse, Berlin, Germany

What also remains of the demolition works between 1987 and 1988 is a large collection of pictures taken by Robert Conrad, then a citizen of East German Berlin. During his apprenticeship as a bus driver he noticed the demolition of the uncovered bunker complex while passing by the site. Because of his raised seat, he could see over the closed fence. Robert took a daring step and photographed the bunker remains over longer periods of time, dwelling through the complex disguised as a construction worker. His story on it’s own is one to be read with admiration.

1 thought on “The Führerbunker under the Reich’s Chancellery – Wilhelmstrasse, Berlin, Germany

Berlin is just one of many places I would love to see and photograph. It is hard to believe that this place was once the center of Hilters German War Machine. The people in those apartments can look down on this and see what used to be long ago. I would imagine that this German generation wants nothing to do with the History of what happened here. I am assuming that most everything of the bunker has long been destroyed by demolition to erase the memory of Hitler.

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