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November 20, 2013

Overnight in an East German Bunker

Reuters photographer Ina Fassbender spent a day at a museum which is a former East German bunker, built in the 1970s to shelter the district's command unit in an emergency. The 3,600-square-meter bunker now offers visitors the chance to stay there overnight as part of a historical "reality experience". Depending on the size of their group, guests can pay 109 euros each for a 16-hour stay, during which they wear National People's Army (NVA) uniform and are treated as former East German soldiers for a night. -- Reuters ( 22 photos )

Thomas Krueger dressed as a NVA major waits outside of the 'Bunker-Museum' in Rennsteighoehe near the eastern city of Ilmenau on Oct. 12. The museum is a former East German bunker, built in the 1970s to shelter the district's command unit in an emergency. The 3,600-square-meter bunker now offers visitors the chance to stay there overnight as part of a historical "reality experience". (Ina Fassbender/Reuters)

A man dressed as a NVA officer watches participants of the 'reality event' one night at the 'Bunker-Museum' in Rennsteighoehe. (Ina Fassbender/Reuters) #

A man dressed as a NVA major talks to the participants of the event. (Ina Fassbender/Reuters) #

A man dressed as a NVA officer watches over people during the 'reality event' one night at the 'Bunker-Museum'. (Ina Fassbender/Reuters) #

Thomas Krueger dressed as NVA major talks to his guests at their arrival. (Ina Fassbender/Reuters) #

Thomas Krueger, dressed as NVA major, waits for participants for an appeal during the 'reality event' one night at the 'Bunker-Museum' in Rennsteighoehe near the eastern city of Ilmenau. (Ina Fassbender/Reuters) #

A couple dressed as NVA soldiers look at photos at the 'Bunker-Museum' in Rennsteighoehe. (Ina Fassbender/Reuters) #

The hands of Thomas Krueger dressed as NVA major are pictured, while he speaks to participants of the 'reality event'. (Ina Fassbender/Reuters) #

The telephone exchange room at the 'Bunker-Museum' in Rennsteighoehe. The museum is a former East German bunker, built in the 1970s to shelter the district's command unit in an emergency. (Ina Fassbender/Reuters) #

Andrea Friebe, who works as fitness coach, dressed in a NVA soldier uniform, poses during her 'reality event' at the 'Bunker-Museum' in Rennsteighoehe. (Ina Fassbender/Reuters) #

Hans-Georg Tiede, 65, presents his original identity mark of the former DDR at his arrival for one night at the bunker. (Ina Fassbender/Reuters) #

The former NVA identity card of Hans-Georg Tiede is seen before the 'reality event' one night at the 'Bunker-Museum' in Rennsteighoehe. (Ina Fassbender/Reuters) #

A chemical weapons suit is seen at the 'Bunker-Museum'. (Ina Fassbender/Reuters) #

Glass tubes to control the contamination of the poison chemical Sarin is seen at the bunker. (Ina Fassbender/Reuters) #

Headphones and a NVA hat at the bunker. (Ina Fassbender/Reuters) #

A dining room is seen at the 'Bunker-Museum' in Rennsteighoehe. (Ina Fassbender/Reuters) #

A paper with text written on it that reads "Dear friends of the bunker, We are happy that you are here tonight" is seen during the 'reality event' one night at the 'Bunker-Museum'. (Ina Fassbender/Reuters) #

A dummy sits at a table with typewriters in the bunker. (Ina Fassbender/Reuters) #

Participants dressed in NVA soldier uniforms prepare the dinner during the 'reality event' for one night at the 'Bunker-Museum' in Rennsteighoehe near the eastern city of Ilmenau. (Ina Fassbender/Reuters) #

Participants of the 'reality event' one night sleep in a room of the 'Bunker-Museum' in Rennsteighoehe. (Ina Fassbender/Reuters) #

A man dressed as a NVA soldier stands guard during his 'reality event' for one night at the bunker. (Ina Fassbender/Reuters) #

Members of the Hoppmann family wear gas masks during the 'reality event' one night at the 'Bunker-Museum' in Rennsteighoehe near the eastern city of Ilmenau on Oct. 12. The museum is a former East German bunker, built in the 1970s to shelter the district's command unit in an emergency. The 3,600-square-meter bunker now offers visitors the chance to stay there overnight as part of a historical "reality experience". Depending on the size of their group, guests can pay 109 euros each for a 16-hour stay, during which they wear National People's Army (NVA) uniform and are treated as former East German soldiers for a night. (Ina Fassbender/Reuters) #


 
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