Brno’s most secret communist-era hide-out for the select few
Originally an anti-aircraft shelter, built below Špilberk to withstand allied bombardment in WWII, the site was refurbished as an atomic bomb shelter in 1959. It was designed to hold up to five hundred people for three days.
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Visit the shelter originally meant only for the chosen few
In the not-so-distant past, air-raid alerts and omnipresent threats were an everyday reality. This bunker was originally an air-raid shelter built during World War II against American and Soviet bombs. After 1946, it housed a wholesale wine store called Löwy & Šmíd. A mere two days after the coup in February 1948, the wine store was confiscated by the Communist government. The shelter was completed in 1959 and was intended to protect up to 500 people important for controlling the city and region for three days.
Fortunately, it was never necessary to put the 10-Z nuclear shelter to its intended use. In 2016, this bunker, located near the city centre, was opened to the public as a historical technical building. Today visitors can take a guided tour or simply explore it for themselves using a map provided at the entrance. During their exploration, visitors can watch various QR-coded videos on the history and fate of the people connected to this place. The tour includes the technical part of the shelter (diesel unit, filter room, and a telephone exchange), and the exhibition also shows the doors to the death cells from the former Brno prison in Cejl Street, with messages left by those sentenced to death.
Visitors with nerves of steel should definitely take a night tour, which focuses on the technical parts of the shelter.
Night-time excursions with a guide
In the dark with flashlights or under light
Guided tours by request also in English and other languages (min. 5 people)
Bulk discountsby arrangement, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Group events – Organised school tours of the exhibition – FREE (only when booked, mornings only, max. 90 students). Special experiential events for groups of 10–90 people (by arrangement, contact us at email@example.com).
Conditions for tours of the technical area:
The tour takes about 40–60 minutes depending on visitors’ requirements. This includes only a tour of the technical area of the 10-Z Bunker and not a visit to the exhibit prepared by Americký fond.
Tours are led by experts who try to adapt its content to interest small groups of visitors.
The temperature inside the 10-Z Bunker remains 14°C throughout the year – so you can borrow a period army jacket for the tour to keep you warm.
Tours take place for groups of 3 to 12 and must be reserved as a group. Tours for more than 9 people are not possible as the labyrinth’s narrow corridors prevent large groups from moving through the bunker. For larger groups, we recommend splitting into multiple tours. You participate in tours of the 10-Z Bunker technical area at your own risk.