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Bundesbank bunker Cochem Germany

Bundesbank Bunker Cochem - German Monetary History in Cold War Times

German empire of billions on the Moselle

The purpose of the facility was to store a secret emergency currency in the amount of 15 billion DM during the Cold War. From 1964 to 1988, the bunker was subject to the strictest secrecy. Although it was known that there was a bunker facility here, absolute silence was maintained about its use. As a relic of the Cold War, the listed underground vault and bunker facility is unique in Europe.

The above-ground part of the facility on an 8700 square meter plot in a residential area was camouflaged as a training and recreation home of the Deutsche Bundesbank in . The bunker facility with a length of 300 m and an area of 1500 m² consists of the above-ground plot with two large camouflaged residential buildings and the underground bunker and vault system. In addition to the deep vault, it also includes supply and communication areas and was designed to securely supply 175 people for 14 days in the event of a nuclear attack.

Since 2016, after extensive restoration, the Bundesbank Bunker Cochem has been open as a documentation site and accessible to the public on guided tours. Here, visitors immerse themselves in the history of the secret nuclear bunker and experience the exciting underworld of this former billionaire empire. The bunker documents a special chapter of German monetary history and the history of West Germany at the time of the Cold War and is thus a public place of remembrance and at the same time a memorial for peace.

In the former camouflage houses, built as residential buildings, is now the hotel "Vintage" that reflects the spirit of the times of the 60 years with interesting interior.

Experience World

Bunker complex with vaults


After passing through heavy steel doors, you enter the secret deep bunker via the dead-straight, approx. 100 m long access tunnel.
Particularly secured as the core of the bunker is the vault, whose walls are partly 4 m thick. The door to the vault weighs 8 tons. Behind it, the Bundesbank stored 15 billion deutschmarks as so-called emergency currency in boxes and bags for over 20 years under the strictest secrecy. This facility was secured by countless sensors in the walls.

Supply facilities


Supply facilities
The bunker facility was designed to be self-sufficient, so that 175 people could be safely supplied for 14 days in the event of a nuclear strike.
The bunker includes:
• Decontamination sluice with showers, storage of radiation protection suits
• Sick bay and mortuary
• several diesel generators (now removed) and a transformer station for power supply
plus 18 tanks with a capacity of 1,000 litres of diesel fuel each
• aeration and deaeration systems with sand filters for the supply of breathing air
• a cooling tower, which also served as an emergency exit
• own drinking water supply via a deep well
• sleeping and working quarters for 85 bunker staff and a maximum of 90 other persons
• a correspondingly large dining hall
• an equipped kitchen and a sanitary room/toilets

Communication facilities from the 1960s


The bunker facility was equipped with a warning station and a communication system with teleprinters as well as a telephone system to maintain communication with the outside world as far as still possible after a nuclear strike.

Camouflage houses


The so-called Tarnhäuser (camouflage houses), a luxurious semi-detached house with garage annex, swimming pool and large garden, were acquired by the Bundesbank in the early 1960s and used as a training and recreation home for Bundesbank employees. This use served as camouflage for the bunker and was maintained until 1993.
One of the two entrances to the bunker is located in the basement of the building. From the hotel's garden, one reaches what is now the main entrance to the Bundesbank bunker.
Today, these buildings, whose façades are listed due to their history, and which have been completely rebuilt on the inside, house the ***Superior Hotel Vintage.
The interior design of the hotel is reminiscent of the sixties with loving details. You too can stay in the stylish camouflage houses of the Bundesbank bunker.

Tour Offers and Information


1 April - 30 June: Guided tours daily 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00
1 July - 1 November: Guided tours daily 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00

The Bundesbank bunker can only be visited on a guided tour.

Warmer clothing is necessary, as the temperature is 12°Celsius all year round.

Different opening times: for further information see under

Individual visitors: adults: 11€, children (10-17 years) 6€, family ticket (2 adults and up to 5 children) 28€.
Group rates: minimum group tour (up to 12 persons) 132€, groups from 13 persons 10,50€ p.p.


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Monument and History


From 1964 to 1988, the bunker was used by the Bundesbank to store the replacement series BBk II. This use was abandoned in 1988 and all the stored money, which was never needed, was shredded. The bunker then stood empty. In 1994, the Cochemer Volksbank bought the bunker and set up lockers in one part for flood-proof storage of their customers' money. This use was also abandoned, and in 2014 a business couple from the neighbouring town bought the facility and restored it extensively to make it a museum. The two camouflage houses (used for training purposes for Bundesbank employees until 1993) were converted into a hotel while preserving the listed façade. The interior design is reminiscent of the sixties with loving details. In the basement of the hotel is an entrance to the bunker complex, which is now closed to guests.

Quelle: Zentrale © Bundesbank-Bunker Cochem
Quelle: © Bundesbankbunker Cochem
Quelle: Lagerräume der Ersatzwährung © Bundesbank-Bunker Cochem
Quelle: Notgeld © Bundesbank-Bunker Cochem


Hochtief AG used approx. 3000 m³ of concrete in the 2 years of construction of the bunker facility from 1962-1964. The facility was built into the rock and erected approx. 30 m below ground.
The bunker, some of which had concrete walls up to four metres thick, was given various entrances:

• in the basement of the residential building at no. 7 Brauseleystraße,
• behind the residential buildings (accessible from the street "Am Wald"),
• emergency exit in the cooling structure for air dehumidification
• Emergency exit in the ventilation building

On the one hundred metre long corridor from the cellar of the residential building towards the main tunnel (it was also the accommodation for 90 civilians), there is an exit on the left that leads into one of two safe areas. In a 140-square-metre room, secured by a 50-centimetre-thick steel door weighing several tonnes and fitted with a combination lock, lattice boxes were installed. The second, even longer vault room, is located at the end of the 100-metre corridor, also on the left. A staircase leads to the accommodation and work rooms on the upper floor. Here were the supply and recreation rooms and a radio room. Adjacent to the radio room is the so-called cooling tower, including a staircase running around it. This 14-metre-high shaft with a more than 2-metre-thick concrete casing was once used to supply the construction site and as an emergency exit.
The security concept of the vault consisted of vibration sensors mounted at short intervals all over the walls, which then activated an alarm system.
Since 2011, the facility has been listed as a cultural monument in Rhineland-Palatinate.

Quelle: © Bundesbankbunker Cochem
Quelle: Tunnel © Bundesbank-BUnker Cochem
Quelle: © Hotel Vintage am Bundesbank-Bunker
Quelle: Eingang © Bundesbankbunker Cochem

Nature Experience

The bunker complex can also be optimally reached on foot from the town and can be wonderfully included in hiking routes around Cochem. The Conder Höhe hikers' car park is an ideal starting point for exploring nature and history on an excursion.
The Bundesbank bunker is located at the Brauselay nature reserve. The nature reserve takes its name from the rock about 65 metres above the Moselle. Rare plants such as barberry, boxwood or steppe heath thrive here in the Mediterranean climate. The emerald lizard, creeping snakes and the endangered Apollo butterfly can also be discovered here.
The town of Cochem, with its romantic old town, the Reichsburg castle and a multitude of other sights, offers the opportunity to enjoy a holiday or a long weekend with many highlights, also in combination with a trip on the Moselle and a visit to a cosy winery.
In addition to the Moselsteig and Cochemer Ritterrunde (Knights' Round), the Mosel.Erlebnis.Route (Moselle.Experience.Route) offers many other wonderful hiking and excursion routes with different themes.

Quelle: Apolloweg © Ferienland Cochem
Quelle: © Bundesbank-Bunker Cochem
Quelle: Naturschutzgebiet Brauselay © Cochem-Cond
Quelle: © Cochem Mosel Touristik