The 40 Doomsday Bunkers You Need to See
Doomsday bunkers are becoming increasingly prevalent in businesses and the homes of average Joes. More and more, people are buying into the fact one day the world may come to an end, either by devastating natural disasters or the impending zombie apocalypse.
The people and companies in the pictures you’re about to see have outfitted their homes and buildings to withstand the end of the world as we know it. Some of them have renovated existing strongholds and have modernized them to function in the 21st century. And while some were made purely for survival purposes, others have been decked out with luxurious amenities that guarantee comfort while the Earth is collapsing around them.
Here are the 40 doomsday bunkers you need to see.
This former Swedish underground bunker has undergone so many changes that it is almost unrecognizable from what it once was. Created to protect locals from bombs, the former shelter is located just about 100 feet below a famous Stockholm park. It now serves as the home of two Wikileaks servers.
This home is located in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. From the outside, it looks like a regular home, but actually, has a bunker located 35 feet underground. It was constructed using concrete, steel rebar, and epoxy resin and features a command center at its base.
A Subterranean Suburban
This ranch-style home was created by a man who feared the end of times. His underground home was designed to trick the eye into believing that one was actually above ground, despite actually being in the basement. It has a jacuzzi, a putting green and is over 15, 000 square feet in size.
Pays to Prep
For a while now, houses equipped with bunkers are being built and sold online to those who believe that one day, devastation will rock the planet. Pictured here is a three bedroom house which has been outfitted with a 1,000 square-foot basement with reinforced walls. It has room for twelve, a kitchen, laundry facilities and a periscope to view what’s on the surface.
Albania was “bunkerized” under the leadership of Enver Hoxha, who was said to spread paranoia and fear, thus creating many bunkers throughout the country, which were meant to protect its people. These bunkers were never used for their intended purposes but now provide the dual service of being entertainment or lodging areas, while still having some functionality as bunkers.
The ones pictured serve as a tattoo parlor and a cafe.
Built during the Cold War, this complex was recently bought and updated by Vivos, a company whose mission is to create underground shelters which are designed to withstand disasters. In addition to this tech room, the facility features an infirmary, multiple generators, and a full gym.
Many people may not know this, but unfinished bunkers are actually a thing. You can find them almost anywhere online, and they are usually sold by apocalypse-enthusiasts who no longer have the funds to get the job done.
Previously called the Tagansky Protected Command Point, this base was built in the ’50s and was functional up until 1986. It can hold up to three thousand people and supply them with food and shelter for three months.
Today, it is a club and restaurant, but can still function as a shelter.
Hole in the Wall or Rock
This home was carved into the stone along Highway 191 in Utah. On the outside, it appears to be a simple dwelling but is in fact very luxurious on the inside. It has 5, 000 square feet and 14 rooms. It is very well suited for handling a small family of survivors.
Swedish Bunker Hotel
This bunker is actually a hotel created by two brothers as a sort of art project. There are no windows, heating or hot water, which may be the reason why it has zero stars, the first hotel to achieve such. The brothers made use of the unused nuclear bunker and offered guests the option to share a room with a stranger or to bunk alone.
The Thames Forts
Not technically bunkers, this famous WWII landmark is guaranteed to provide the best strategic refuge if a zombie apocalypse was to take place. You’d have an endless supply of fish and vantage points that no one can beat. On the downside, rust is a major con of this place.
Bury It Baby
Like we previously said, bunkers are becoming more and more popular, and someone decided to capitalize on that by making portable, plantable model bunkers available to the public. Made from a corrugated pipe, these homes were made to ride out apocalypses, outbreaks and any other disaster that require hiding underground. Pricing starts at $50,000.
Prison Cell on an Island Paradise
Who says islanders don’t need protection from natural disasters too? Well, this prison, located on the French island of Martinique has proved itself already. It provided shelter to an inmate when Mt Pele erupted in 1902. To this day, the structure still stands.
Bruce Townsley paid approximately $100, 000 for this old missile base located in Texas. He got to work renovating it and making it his dream home, equipped with the latest appliances.
Not fully completed yet, Trident Lakes is a soon-to-be survival community available only to those who have the funds to pay for it. Underground will house condos that are 90% protected from the elements and above ground, a golf course and lagoon.
Holiday Home Bunker
Located in Cornwall, Great Britain, the house pictured was used as a bunker during the country’s defense against Nazi Germany. After the war, it was used as potato storage, until it was bought and transformed into a four-bedroom residence. It remains an ideal location to wait out the end of times.
The Withstands Anything House
This house is not your traditional bunker in that it is not underground, but the owner says that it was built to withstand all natural disasters, including earthquakes. This beautiful home provides a view of the Hollywood Hills as a bonus.
Vacation Villa Doubles as Bunker
Nestled in the Swiss Alps, the beautiful villa doubles as an underground bunker. It was built into the landscape and only serves to accentuate what already exists. The home can hold ten at maximum capacity.
It was once a former Army base but now claims to be the biggest survival community in the world. Another Vivos creation, this one named xPoint, it is said to have close to 600 off-grid bunkers at the moment but has the capability of expanding up to 5,000.
Architects plan to install hot tubs, shooting ranges, stores and a movie theater one it’s complete.
Welcome to Bunker Town
If you ever thought that someone ought to create a place where one can wait out a zombie apocalypse, then you were not alone in those thoughts. Vivos has created a bunker town in Barstow, California, where approximately 135 people can be kept alive for a year after destruction occurs
Lu Zhenghai’s Ark
Lu Zhenghai, a Chinese native, spent his life savings to create his version of Noah’s iconic ark. The boat cost over $160, 000 and weighs over 80 tons. He believes the world will end by flooding, so he outfitted the vessel to ensure his family’s survival.
Split Down the Middle
Unlike most of the bunkers on our list, Bunker 599, meant to protect the New Dutch Waterline against invasion, was turned into a tourist attraction. While no longer functional, it is used to educate people as to how it was used as a defense mechanism.
The Billionaire Bunker
If you’ve ever heard of going out in style, then this is probably what the maker of the phrase was referring to. This billionaire bunker, as the name suggests, allows one to ride out the apocalypse in luxury and comfort and the company of your fellow wealthy brothers and sisters.
It has a gym, swimming pool, wine cellar, and theater, to name a few.
The Bruns’ House
Brent Bruns is of the belief that the end of the world will be triggered by an electromagnetic pulse that will wipe out the power grid and send us all skulking back to the Dark Ages. His family built a fortified castle, complete with a drawbridge, to prepare for the end of the world; they taught themselves how to use crossbows and catapults, just in case.
Svalbard Global Seed Vault
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault functions as a bunker, just not for humans. You see, the remote Norwegian facility houses as many varieties of seeds as possible, in case all plants are wiped out during a catastrophe.
When former teacher Ed Peden came across a decommissioned nuclear missile bunker in his hometown, he and his wife could not turn it down. The bunker has about 18, 000 square feet of space, but only a third of that is lived in by Ed and his wife. The two turned the place into a thing of hippie perfection, and Ed even got a job out if it; he now works as a missile base broker.
You Shall Not Pass
This building was designed by a Polish architect. He did not mean for it to serve as protection for the zombie apocalypse, but what better location is there? It has an open and closed mode which is activated automatically.
123 Private Drive
This building was built in 1969 but was brought up to code in 2012. It was designed to withstand nuclear blasts of up to 20, 000 tons. The luxurious bunker is only affordable to the wealthy, seeing as how it has a down payment of $3.5 million.
Albanian Mushroom Hotel
Yet another mushroom bunker in Albania turned into a thing of wonder. This particular bunker was transformed into a hotel and even has rooms that give the illusion of being above ground.
The Burlington Bunker
Built in Britain in the 1950s in case of a nuclear strike, the Burlington Bunker was designed to house 6, 000 people for up to three months. It had an underground lake and a water treatment plant to ensure that people could survive well past the three months.
The Greenbrier Bunker
The Greenbrier was a hotel in West Virginia for the rich and famous which contained a secret underground bunker; it was meant to be a safe space for the Legislative Branch of the US Government in case of a nuclear war.
The bunker, located in the Swiss Alps, functioned as a shelter during the Cold War. To this day, it is well hidden and still stands as strong as it did when first constructed. Now, it serves as a cultural center.
Martello Tower Y
This bunker isn’t the most glamorous, but it is exquisite. Located in Suffolk, England, it was preserved then bought by an architectural firm who renovated it into the stunner that it is today.
Renovated German Bunker Houses
Architect Rainer Mielke saw the need to transform many of Germany’s old, unused bunkers into livable spaces, so he did just that. Despite the shiny, new interiors, the foundations of his houses remain usable bunkers- German law forbids the demolition and renovation of existing bunkers in case they need to be used in the future.
Bomb shelters were common in China during the ’70s. It was a time when things between the Chinese and the Soviet Union were tense, and nuclear attacks were imminent. Having survived that period, the government released many of these bunkers to the public, who bought some of them and turned them into clubs like these.
Surviving in Luxury
This nuclear missile silo was bought and renovated by Larry Hall, who transformed the derelict building into a luxury bunker. Residents of the condos are given five years’ worth of dehydrated food, and each room is outfitted with armored doors that weigh 16, 000 pounds.
Bunker Studio Session
This building used to be a bunker during World War II in Frankfurt, Germany. Today, the upstairs has been turned into different musician studios and houses the Institute of New Media.
Below the fancy design, one can still see the thick concrete walls that protected many, just decades ago.
The Caverns Suite
This hotel is located in Arizona, 200 feet below ground, near the Grand Canyon Caverns. Once a bomb shelter, it was transformed into a hotel by its owner, after he realized that there was no gold at the site. It is said that up to 2, 000 people could survive in this place for many weeks at a time.
Vivos is at it again with their doomsday-outfitted homes. This one, named Europa One, was built on this inside of a limestone mountain in Germany. It is supposed to be able to withstand almost a megaton nuclear blast and contains features like bakeries, chapels, and even an animal genome preservation area.
Tea House on Bunker
Part of this building has been in existence since the ’30s and was recently renovated to the masterpiece you see before you. The original bunker was part of a complex water management system which allowed for the flooding of the surrounding land, in case of an attack.
The building now has the ability to host meetings and business retreats; the original historic structure is still intact at the base.