Hitlers Bunker - Führerbunker, Berlin
I am sure that Berlin changed a lot after Second World War. Hitler's bunker place is a quarter of block of flats now with a car parking. It is hard to tell if something survived under the soil, as bunker was quite big and well equipped.
This place is a place where Hitler committed a suicide. Possibly his body was burned into ashes. Now is just a car parking place, and hard to find it, if not a participation in free Berlin excursion (no extra information, so on).
As it happened....we were so close to it....Fabian...our guide from the "Berlin Walks"Tours...brought us by the site of where the bunker in fact was and still is..somewhere under the ground.
There is now a sign to indicate its location in an area that has been rebuilt and is almost completely residential.
For years there was no "public" indicators that the site was in fact the location of the old bunker...but" on June 8, 2006 a small plaque was installed with a schematic of the bunker to mark the location. The plaque can be found at the corner of In den Ministergärten and Gertrud-Kolmar-Straße, two small streets about three minutes' walk from Potsdamer Platz."
The Führerbunker (German, literally meaning "shelter/bunker [for the] leader" or "[the] Führer's shelter") was located beneath Hitler's New Reich Chancellery in Berlin, Germany. It was in this subterranean bunker that Adolf Hitler and his wife Eva Braun spent the last few weeks of the war and it was here their lives came to an end on April 30, 1945
Even though the bunker was destroyed by the soviets after the war, there is a spot, a sign, that marks the spot where 50 feet below, Adolph Hitler spent his last months and where he and his new bride, Eva Braun, committed suicide on April 30, 1945. 5 days later, the war was over... Hitler ruled still from this bunker but it was becoming a lost cause.. the soviets were closing in, but he refused to leave Berlin... there is an apartment complex now on the site and a parking lot.. The parking lot covers what was the bunker below... and you can see a diagram of the bunker in this spot.
This bunker is not exactly easy to find. It is near Potsdamer Platz station... short walk, but i went a different way, i was coming from unten de linden , so it was more like a 20 min walk for me. Once you get to corner of In den Ministergärten and Gertrud-Kolmar-Straße, look down the street and look for an apartment complex... its down a residential street... down further is the holocaust memorial... you will probalby see tour buses, thats how i knew i was close.
If you go to the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, ironically not far away is the place where Hitler had has Bunker (The Holocaust memorial is where the Reichschancellery garden was).
The first part of the bunker was build in 1936 under the old chancellery then in 1943 Hitler had a new bunker build by the Hochtief company, the new bunker was deeper than the 1936 bunker and connected to it by stairs.
The Bunker has lay in no-mans land just behind the Berlin Wall, until in 1988 the East-German authorities destroyed the old 1936 bunker the purpose was that a number of apartment blocks were planned for that area (The Apartment blocks are build where the Reichschancellery stood).
When I first went to Berlin in May 2003 I tried to find out where the Fuhrer Bunker had been located. I had a rough idea where it was but information was sparse and when I asked in the area I was met with blank looks. The bunker was the last headquarters of Hitler and was in fact 2 bunkers that were interconnecting. The bunker was 17m underground with about 30 rooms and the complex was covered by 3m of concrete. Hitler entered the bunker on 16th January 1945 and never left, committing suicide in the bunker on the 30th April 1945.
In the intervening time from my last visit, the film Downfall had been made and a documentary by a television companies about the bunker. During my visit to Berlin in September 2007 I discovered that attitudes had changed and there is now an information board that had been put up in 2006, indicating where the bunker was located and there is a lot more information on the internet. So what is there? Well apart from the information board not a lot. There is a car park that is in daily use by residents of the nearby flats that covers the bunker underneath. The information available suggests that large parts of the bunker remains under the car park but as the events surrounding the bunker are still recent it may be some time before the bunker may be excavated.
Since the end of WWII Germany has been very keen to destroy Hitler's bunker, in which he and Eva comitted suicide, for fear of it ever becoming a Neo-Nazi shrine.
Twice detonators were placed and exploded inside and most recently it was opened up and tons on concrete were piled in to seal it once and for all.
The trabi safari tour guide placed Hitler's bunker underneath the Holocaust Memorial Site.
The Berliner Unterwelten guide placed it just down the road from the Holocaust Memorial Site, underneath a car park. They are the most reliable and are widely acknowledged for the accuracy of their plans for the bunker - They were consulted, hen the film "Downfall" was being made, as to how they could accurately re-create the bunker.
The Lonely Planet guidebook map places the bunker just down from the Holocaust Memorial Site between Ebertstr, Wilhelmstr, Vossstr & An der Kollonade. If this is the site it is now home to a strange array of bears known as Nuddy Bears. There is one from each country and they forma very large oval, in country alphabetical order. Some are very nice and some are rather odd and menacing but if they are above the bunker - I guess the idea of a world friendship is one of the best things you could put there.
Where ever the precise location of the bunker is, matey-boy from Berliner Unterwelten said they (his rganisation) had placed a small plaque there. So, find the plaque and you've found the place - until then.... enjoy the bizarre bears!