Former Nazi bunker in Hamburg will soon become a hotel

Published on : Wednesday, October 30, 2019

A former Nazi bunker in Germany’s most popular city, Hamburg, which was built by forced labourers during Second World War during Allied air raids in World War II, will soon become a house hotel guests.

 

The 136-room now Hamburg, which is being designed by the NH Hotel Group, will open in mid-2021 on top of the Bunker St. Pauli, one of thousands of air raid shelters built across the country by the Third Reich. The hotel will be part of a five-story tiered garden atop the bunker.

 

 

Developers and project managers for the hotel could not be reached for comment, but a spokeswoman for the Spanish hotel chain, Juliane Voss, said they were “aware of the history of the building” and wanted to show “responsibility” for it.

 

 

Ms. Voss said that they understand it’s a sensitive topic, adding that there were plans for a memorial on the site. They would like to send a positive signal to the city of Hamburg. Ms. Voss said that the establishment was not a luxury hotel but “a design and lifestyle hotel in the upscale segment with an open approach to the local community.”

 

 

 

By the end of the war, more than 1,000 bunkers had been built in Hamburg alone, more than any other German city, according to the city’s tourism website. Today, about 650 still stand.

 

 

Ms. Voss said that the establishment was not a luxury hotel but a design and lifestyle hotel in the upscale segment with an open approach to the local community.

 

 

By the end of the Second World War, more than 1,000 bunkers had been built in Hamburg alone, more than any other German city, according to the city’s tourism website. Today, about 650 still stand.

 

 

 

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