As you make your way through the exhibition spaces deep within the bunker, in the belly of the beast, you can really feel the weight of its dark history. The air raid bunker was constructed in reinforced concrete during the second world war, in 1942, for the German railway company. It was used to protect travellers arriving at the Friedrichstrasse Railway station from air raid attacks.
After the war, minor additions and changes were made to the bunker, for it to be used as a tropical vegetable storage space, and it became subsequently known as the “Banana Bunker". After the fall of the Berlin Wall, it was used as a semi-legal fetish club from 1992 to 1996, and later on for temporary exhibitions. Raids in 1995 and 1996 closed the club and caused the Bunker to change function yet again.
In 2003, Christain Boros bought the bunker and commissioned Realarchitektur to design a space for himself and his family to live in, as well as to house his collection of contemporary art.
If you want to visit, be sure to book in good time, there's a 3-month waiting list to see the private collection of Christian Boros, but it's well worth the visit.
Bunker, Reinhardtstrasse 20