- DateNovember 2014
- LocationNürnberg, Germany
- ObjectAbandoned Second World War Bunker
- TextJonathan Danko Kielkowski
- ImagesJonathan Danko Kielkowski
- In ShortUnderneath the Paniersplatz in the German City of Nürnberg lies a beer cellars system, which served as a air-raid shelter in the Second World War. In addition to ordinary rooms for the civilian population, there were also specially designed air-conditioning rooms for schoolchildren, storage rooms of art and cultural assets, offices for the city management and the Gauleitung.
Germany | Documentary | November 2014
In Nuremberg there are a number of different bunkers from different time periods. Most of them can be found underneath the Old Town. Well over 20 different facilities are hidden here below the feet of the Nurembergers. One of them is the Paniersbunker. It was created during the Second World War and build into the existing medieval rock-cut cellar system under the northern part of the city. Most of the cellars here were extended and connected with each other forming a huge underground labyrinth that extends over several levels. All the buildings above were also connected to this wide spread underground system. The number of people that found a save shelter during allied air-bombings here is suggested to be about 80,000. In addition to protection rooms for the civilian population there had been also rooms for art and cultural assets, prisoners of war, the city management and the local Gauleitung.
3D Model of the Paniersbunker. Model and Render by Jonathan Danko Kielkowski
While in the past most of the surrounding houses were connected to the bunker via their cellars, most of the accesses have been lost with the almost complete destruction of the Old Town during the war. The bunker is now no longer open to the public and is only accessible through a small number of hidden entrances.
In past years, I have had the opportunity to document and explore this fascinating facility.