Historischer Kunstbunker – Nuremberg, Germany - Atlas Obscura

Historischer Kunstbunker

Now a museum dedicated to its former purpose, Nazis once stored stolen art in this former beer cellar. 

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Nuremberg, Germany’s Historischer Kunstbunker (Historic Art Bunker) is a preserved bunker where the Nazis once kept stolen art and artifacts.  The legendary Amber Room was once suspected to be in the bunker complex, which was built up to 78 feet below the Imperial Castle.

The Nazis expected to win World War II quickly, based on their results in Poland. When that didn’t happen, one of the many underground beer cellars was converted into storage for priceless artwork from both Germany and conquered nations. They added bomb-proof doors and climate control to ensure that artwork would survive bombings.

Although empty now, the catalogued collection included the orb and scepter of the Viennese government, a carved altar from a church in Poland, the Behaim terrestrial globe, and much more.

 

 

 

Know Before You Go

The bunker is daily opened for guided tours. Consider bringing a jacket, it’s about 55 to 60 degrees (13C to 15C) in there.