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Atomkeller Haigerloch

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Juhani P wrote a review Sep 2019
Helsinki, Finland344 contributions59 helpful votes
We booked a room in a romantic castle hotel on top of a remote hill in Schwabien. To our great surprise we found an Atomkellermuseum or ”Atom Cellar Museum”. It is a former bier cellar carved into a rock. After heavy bombing of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut für Fysik in Berlin-Dahlem the German Nuclear Research team led by Werner Heisenberg moved its operations in 1944 to a small village of Haigerloch. Both my wife and I are Physics majors, so we had a common interest in visiting this small special museum with connections to the history of science and the Second World War. Note: all posters and all written and film material is only in German. And the 20 minute presentation by the museum guide was in German. As all the other 20+ people in the audience were Germans, I did not ask if the guide spoke English.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Joachim S wrote a review Jul 2018
Gothenburg, Sweden50 contributions11 helpful votes
First, this is a very small place. Actually, you pretty much see it all in the photos in the description. And you have to be able to read German. But otherwise, it is fascinating to learn about Germanys attempts to create an atomic bomb during WWII. I had read about it before, so as we arrived 15 minutes before lunch-closing (12-14), it was possible to grasp most of it anyway. The lady at the entrance let us in for free due to the short time. Thank you. But we would probably not stay more than 30-40 minutes anyway, and in that time you would be able to read and see it all - if you read German. But it was nice to have been here for a German-reading technology-history geek like me.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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gerard g wrote a review Jul 2018
Manchester, United Kingdom21 contributions10 helpful votes
A small museum in a cave cut into a large rock on the top of which is a castle [now a hotel]. In 1944 a nuclear research facility was moved here from Berlin to escape the bombing. Scientists built a small prototype reactor, effectively the start of the age of nuclear energy. The museum has reconstructed the reactor while, alongside a few other exhibits, the history of German physics under the Third Reich is sketched out. There is also material on modern nuclear power. This is all in German apart from a short English film. If you don't know some of this already it will be a bit of a challenge. If you do, the fascination lies in the birth of this technology in a peaceful little village. Haigerloch has much else to recommend it though - a pretty place alongside a small river overlooked by steep wooded hills. The bus trip from Horb - there is no train - is a delight in itself. Horb itself on the Neckar is a 45 minute train journey from Stuttgart. Other museums are a hotel devoted to life-size puppets, a small art gallery and a commemoration of Jewish life in the village and its extinction. Admission to the atom keller is just 3 euros - and that gets you in the art gallery too.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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robbly wrote a review Jun 2018
London351 contributions109 helpful votes
I recently visited this venue on my way through Germany to the Berchtesgarden, it was pouring with rain but easy enough to find with sat nav, there is a car park almost opposite so no problem there, Haigerloch is a very small village and it was out of the tourist season so not too sure what parking would be like when its busy. The museum itself is smaller than l thought but very interesting all the same, definately worth the effort to get there, as others have pointed out, all the signage inside is in German, l can read a bit so didnt find it too hard to follow. There is a tv woth headphones where you can watch and listen to a documentary by some american officers who were there when the keller was found.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Shaun M wrote a review May 2017
Eugene, Oregon187 contributions52 helpful votes
We visited friends who live outside Stuttgart. One Sunday we took a road trip and stopped at the Atomkeller. I never would have made it here without someone driving me. Haigeloch is a small unassuming village. The museum nestles in a cave. I was entranced by the video and audio information given over headphones inside the small room of the cave. It was cold inside and you know you are inside a cave. Here, during World War II, German scientists were attempting to create a nuclear reaction by dipping chunks of uranium into water (kind of like dunking tea bags). The site was discovered and bombed by the allies (not necessarily in that order — I didn't get to finish listening to audio because my companions wanted to move on) and what you see in this photo is a recreation of what the attempted reactor looked like but there are plenty of artifacts preserved (including parts of the original) to view and the historical significance alone makes this a worthy stop if you find yourself near Haigerloch.
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Date of experience: April 2017
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