Party in this massive German bunker-turned-nightclub

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  • The Incredible History of the Flak Towers
  • The Flak Tower as a nightclub today

During World War II, the Germans built formidable flak towers or anti-aircraft bunkers in an attempt to shield themselves from the devastating fire of constant Allied bombardment. These massive reinforced concrete bunkers were built in Berlin, Vienna and Hamburg. After the war, they were very difficult to demolish. Ultimately, the conversation shifted to how to reuse them.

One of Hamburg’s huge Flak Towers (there are two in the city) has been converted into an electric nightclub (others in Vienna and Berlin into fallout shelters, art storage, aquariums , restaurants, or simply left in the domain of bats). Enjoying Hamburg’s bustling nightlife in this mighty bunker is part of any essential weekend itinerary in the magnificent city of Hamburg.

The Incredible History of the Flak Towers

The flak towers all have fascinating stories. Perhaps no bunker matches the Hamburg Flak Tower for its evolution of a nation’s vision and values. It was once an instrument of war, and now it’s the party spot for the city’s youth, and tomorrow will be a leading example of the city’s green revolution.

There “Hochbunker” (lit. ‘high bunker’) is located next to U3 station Feldstrasse and is one of the most vivid reminders of the dark days of war. During the air raids on Hamburg, around 25,000 people took refuge there.

  • Original name: Flakturm IV (lit. ‘Flak Tower IV’)
  • Built: 1942
  • Walls: 3.5 meters (11.5 feet) thick
  • Cut: 75 by 75 meters wide and 35 meters high

At the end of the conflict, Hamburg had around 1,050 bunkers (more than any other German city) – around 650 of these bunkers remain today. Most of them are small or underground – none like the mighty Flak Towers. One can also see the many Berlin bunkers and some of them are open to the public.

One of the reasons it was not demolished after the war was that the number of explosives needed to destroy it would also have destroyed many residential buildings around the bunker.

  • TV broadcast: The first television broadcast in Germany was made from the bunker in 1950
  • Number of bunkers in Hamburg: About 650 remain today

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The Flak Tower as a nightclub today

But the former anti-aircraft bunker now offers a very different vibe and is said to have evolved a bit more with the times. It now hosts live music, several nightclubs, a large music store and even offices for artists and musicians.

Upcoming projects involve the installation of an urban garden on the roof of the bunker. It’s a transformation! From war to disco and a futuristic green roof!

One of the advantages of having such thick walls is that it is ideal for louder events. People can listen to live music without having to worry about disturbing others around them.

  • Nightclub Uebel&Gefährlich: Located on the top floor
  • Music store: Located on the ground floor

Tickets are on sale on the Uebel&Gefährlich website, although the website is only in Germany. You can also see their calendar of upcoming events. Imagine how surreal it would be to party all night in a huge bunker where thousands of people once sheltered, fearing for their lives from all the bombs raining down all around.

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Green Roof The Bunker

It is now planned to green the roof of the bunker. It is part of a larger plan to transform the appearance and quality of life of the city of Hamburg. Rooftop gardens have many advantages (they protect the building from snow, rain and heat while making buildings more efficient). They also improve air quality and increase energy efficiency.

  • Greening: Hamburg’s Flak Tower should have a garden at the top

Discover the formidable and indestructible Hamburg Bunker in a year or two, and it may remain one of Iceland’s grass-covered houses. Visit now and later and see who trades its gray ramparts for green space.

  • 70%: Percentage of suitable Hamburg roofs to be topped with gardens

The greening of the Hamburg Flak Tower (also called St. Pauli Bunker on Feldstrasse) is just the most ambitious and significant gardening project undertaken in the progressive German city. In fact, around 70% of all suitable roofs in Hamburg must be covered with vegetation.

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