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Your next summer getaway: An East German bunker
For those who want a more immersive overnight stay…
 

Where are you going for your summer vacation? Oh, the beach? That's nice, but the more intrepid traveler can head for a historical "reality experience" in an East German bunker.

Set in the town of Rennsteighoehe, the "Bunker-Museum" was originally built in the 1970s as a shelter for the district's command unit in case of an emergency. Today, the 38,750-square-foot bunker offers visitors the option of donning National People's Army uniforms and spending the night as East German soldiers — for only 109 euros ($150 USD) a head.

Take a vicarious look at this unique vacation through the fascinating photos, below.


Thomas Krueger, dressed as a NVA major, welcomes his guests to their one-night stay. | (REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)



Hans-Georg Tiede, 65, presents his original identity mark from the former DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik, i.e. East Germany) upon his arrival at the Bunker-Museum. | (REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)



A visiting family tries on gas masks. | (REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)



A couple checks out memorabilia scattered across the bunker's walls. | (REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)



Vintage equipment still populates the telephone exchange room. | (REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)



Visitor Andrea Friebe, 37, poses in her NVA uniform. | (REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)



Female participants prepare a traditional dinner — while the men "guard the bunker" and barbecue outside, just like in the 1970s. | (REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)



Mmm, dinnertime: A can with whole-meal bread, a cans of tomato sauce for school kitchens, cans with goulash of pork, tins of NVA soup, and various cans all filled with sausages. | (REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)



Participants catch some shut-eye on old-school cots in the bunker. | (REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)



A museum employee dressed as a NVA officer smiles. | (REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)

 
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