The Cold War Tunnel

The Cold War Tunnel, Gjirokaster

The Cold War Tunnel
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The Cold War Museum (also called the Color War Tunnel) is an underground bunker that served as an emergency shelter in the latter part of Albania’s communist era (1944-1990). This bunker, and the innumerable small bunkers found throughout the country, reflects the paranoia of Albanian’s communist dictator, Enver Hoxha. He feared a foreign invasion, especially after Albania’s breakup with Soviet Union in the early 1960s. Built in secret in the early 1970s, the bunker is 800 m long and has 59 rooms. Unlike Tirana’s bunker museum, Gjirokastër’s bunker has been left in its original state, making it less informative but much more atmospheric and genuine. This bunker was designed to accommodate many different functions in case of a nuclear attack. There are rooms for government ministries, local government, interrogators, and party elite, as well as places for sleeping, power generation, and water storage. Much of original furniture was looted from the site in 1990 but pieces still remain.
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KrisD_pl
Warsaw, Poland6,898 contributions
Bunker under the castle
Aug 2019
Secretly built during the 1960s under Enver Xoxha regime. It has 80 rooms that were to be used by the local authorities during the invasion that Xoxha was afraid of all the time. The tunnels and rooms are deserted and partly destroyed, so it feels bit creepy. it is only accessible on guided tours run from the tourist information booth nearby.
Written July 1, 2020
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Hiking South Albania
Gjirokaster, Albania71 contributions
Summer time
Jul 2019
Interesting place to be visited. A little bit cold and hummid place, so it is better to be visited during summer.
Written December 28, 2019
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wennn
Singapore, Singapore29 contributions
go if you have time
Oct 2019
sounds fancy but really is just one of those huge bunkers in albania. if you went to bunk'art in Tirana this would look a lot less impressive. but nice to visit anyway if you have some time to kill
Written December 25, 2019
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Pim G
Rotterdam, The Netherlands420 contributions
Nice!!
Oct 2019 • Couples
Gives a good impression on how things were during the Cold War. In case of war, the party functionaries and the city counsel, as well as their staff would move there so the state apparatus could remain functioning. The complex is big (though there is a bigger one in Tirana) and even though the rooms are all empty, it is a peculiar experience to enter there. The guide accompanied the two of us and provided us with quit a lot of information. Glad we saw this.
Written October 22, 2019
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0201983
Amsterdam, The Netherlands116 contributions
short tour,, but with entertaining host
Sep 2019
the tour is pretty basic, they didnt do anything to the tunnels since reopening them to the public. This is part of the charm. It was just the 2 of us with our guide, and he spoke reasonable English, and tried to answer all of our questions. Not a must see, but you'll like it if you like history and/or bunkers
Written September 16, 2019
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UniverseExplorer
Bohinjsko Jezero, Slovenia166 contributions
A tunnel???
Jul 2019
It is a short U shaped tunnel with rooms and facilities for party leaders and soldiers.

You can not see much since most rooms are empty and you are making a 5 minute tour through something that maybe was sometime in the past.

The cost for the 5 minutes tour is 2EUR PP.
Written August 3, 2019
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Bjørn Erik L
Oslo, Norway13 contributions
Interesting and different from other attractions in Gjirokaster
Jul 2019 • Couples
We really enjoyed visiting the cold war tunnel. It all seemed very authentic, with lots of old furniture and equipment being left in the bunker.
Written July 13, 2019
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zuzanasugar
Bratislava, Slovakia3 contributions
Cold War tunnel
Jul 2019 • Couples
Me and my partner had a great guided tour in the cold War tunnel. The guide was obviously interested in the topic and told us a lot of stories from the time of the tunnel being built and maintained. Highly recommended!
Written July 11, 2019
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Lorena
Tirana, Albania106 contributions
A special attraction!
Apr 2019 • Couples
For everyone attracted by the Cold War and the history of the dictatorial regime in Albania, the cold war tunnel is a must see attraction. Opened for the turists in Gjirokastra, is a place where you can get in touch with the past and experience a very important place of the history of the stone city.
Written June 30, 2019
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IceFire
Sofia, Bulgaria8 contributions
Amazing underground world with a smiley guide
May 2019 • Friends
Amazing! You can always visit all the museums and old houses, but there is one place that is just Different in the city and that is because you just can’t spot it unless you actually enter in for a tour. A mysterious puzzle of tunnels and secret rooms tells the story of past times. Blerina is a very nice and smiley, friendly guide. A+
Written May 25, 2019
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