Last Saturday was Bunkerdag, a day I had been waiting a loooong time for. It's a day when, all the bunkers in the Netherlands (Not cemented in), left over from the Nazi, are open to the public. There were thousands made to serve as the 'Atlantic Wall'. You're allowed to go inside and explore, some with a guide to tell you all about them.
Take good walking shoes, a flashlight, and check for ticks when you're done.
Lots of them are in the dunes and covered with sand, as well as have several species of bats using them as a royal palace and breeding ground. They're cleared and the bats protected from the visitors during bunkerdag. We had many bunkers to choose from, and boy was it hard! We decided on Wassenaar, with the naivety that we'd make it to more. We visited 2 compounds in Wassenaar that day, and it was enough. So cool, but already a long day.
The first was a compound in the forest, made up of a series of smaller under and above ground bunkers. There, there was an infirmary, sleeping quarters, kitchen, showers, and many outposts. They were all scattered about the area, and one had to walk above ground to get to the next building. They've long since been gutted, but the cold, damp temperature inside was a stark reminder of their chilling past.
The second bunker compound we headed to was in the dunes. This one is now a home to 5 species of bats, making up a camp of over 300 bats. Their fly holes had been safely sealed so visitors won't disturb them. This bunker was all underground, you needed flashlight as it's pitch black, and big. BIG, big. Like, you could no doubt get lost in this WWII cave system. It's wild! We got to climb into the lookout tower and see the ocean - looking for ghost ships of the past.
I highly recommend picking a couple locations and checking it out next year! It's great for all ages!
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