Built during the Nazi occupation as an air-raid shelter from US and Soviet bombardment of the Czech city, then converted into a Cold War nuclear shelter for the elite,10-Z was the most highly classified shelter in Brno. Up to 500 people could live for three days in the bunker, which now serves as a tourist attraction and cultural space.The Basics
Visitors can roam through the Nazi-built tunnels on a self-guided tour to see furniture used by Hitler, the telephone exchange, and a cell door from the local prison etched with messages left by condemned prisoners. Maps are provided at the entrance, and various QR-coded videos describe the history and fate of the people connected to this place. Small-group guided tours last 40–60 minutes and offer the chance to see the technical equipment and facilities of the atomic shelter 10-Z beyond what’s accessible with regular admission.Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- 10-Z Bunker is a must-visit for those interested in World War II and Cold War history.
- Free Wi-Fi is available in the bunker.
- The bunker is not wheelchair-accessible.
- Stay overnight in the bunker’s hostel, but be prepared for the temperature: 57℉ (14℃).
10-Z Bunker is located in the center of Brno, next to Špilberk Castle. The Šilingrovo náměstí tram stop (lines 5, 6, and 12) is a 3-minute walk away.
When to Get There
The bunker is open every day except Monday, from late morning until evening. Those with steel nerves can also book a nighttime tour of the dark, cramped, and atmospheric tunnels (contact the site for times and dates) or a bare-bones room in the bunker hostel.Milk Bar
10-Z’s retro café is inspired by the milk bars (workers’ cafés) that were prolific during the Communist era. You can order specialties from that era off a menu created by famed Czech-Slovak chef Marcel Ihnačák.