World War II Bomb Shelter in Croatia Now Open to the Public
An underground tunnel in Zagreb, Croatia, that was once a World War II bomb shelter has opened to the public.
The 1,148-foot underground attraction, the Grič Tunnel, runs between Radićeva and Mesnička streets with offshoots to a major shopping street.
Unlike Winston Churchill’s secret bunker that recently opened in London, this tunnel was actually a bomb shelter for public use. It was later used to store fruits and vegetables, and then as a shelter for Franjo Tuđman. It also was the spot of an underground party in 1993.
Now, tourists can visit for free and take a five-minute walk through the tight space — the tunnel is only 10 feet wide in some places. There’s also a larger portion of the tunnel that can be used for events.
“It can be used for different things related to concerts, various social events, meditation and lectures, thematic exhibitions or even exhibitions dealing with site-specific topics bearing in mind the uniqueness that this place has,” Emil Matešić, director of Zagreb’s Cultural and Information Centre, said in a statement.
The attraction is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.