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Tube bunker on Tarpenbekstraße

Explanatory plaque on the 'Substage' tube bunker.
Entrance to the former tube bunker Tarpenbekstraße.
Explanatory plaque on the 'Substage' tube bunker.

The tube bunker (Röhrenbunker) on Tarpenbekstraße was built in 1940. It consists of two underground concrete tubes, each around 15 metres long, which could accommodate 100 people to protect them from shrapnel, fire bombs and gas attacks.

After the war, the bunker remained closed until the 1990s, when the artists Michael Batz (born 1951) and Gerd Stange (born 1954) turned it into a monument to the victims of National Socialism. In May 1995, the bunker was temporarily transformed into a stage as part of the ‘Subbühne’ (Substage) project. A number of events were held to commemorate the writer Wolfgang Borchert, who died in 1947 from the effects of his imprisonment and experiences during the war. Borchert’s former home lies within sight of the bunker. In 1996, the two artists created the ‘Rhythmische Babylonische Wasserskulptur’ (Rhythmic Babylonian Water Sculpture), a watercourse that symbolises the flow of memories.

Today the bunker is maintained by the Stadtteilarchiv Eppendorf, a local history association which has extensively renovated the bunker and offers tours by arrangement.

Tube bunker on Tarpenbekstraße
Tarpenbekstraße 68


Geschichtswerkstatt Eppendorf

Julius-Reincke-Stieg 13a
20251 Hamburg
Phone: 040-780504030

Opening hours:
Monday 2pm to 6pm and after agreement.

Memorial plaque
Groups of victims