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Berlin, Germany

Gruselkabinett

This World War II bunker now survives as a mixture of gruesome history and cheesy scares. 

This ivy-covered Berlin warehouse may look abandoned from the outside, but the Gruselkabinett is steeped in both history and horror. 

Built in 1943 this large bunker building was originally meant to connect to an underground supply rail while troops waited out bombardment. Constructed out of thick concrete walls the bunker did not get to see much action as the war ended a scant few years later, but the building remained and today the three floors of the fortress are an odd mix of historic exhibit and Halloween spook show.

The first floor of the complex houses the bunker museum. This display features clippings, photos, and other ephemera from World War II era, and the many of the spare furnishings also remain giving visitors a sense of what bunker life would have been like. The second floor begins to get more gruesome with a multi-room exhibition on medicine and torture throughout the ages including displays regarding amputation, cannibalism, and animal-to-human blood transfusions. By the third floor gives up any educational pretense and simply contains a year-round haunted house with black light rooms and jump scares.

World War II history and cheap scares might be a pretty strange fit but it is one war museum where they wear their horrors on their bloody sleeve.

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