Although the world is relatively peaceful these days, it’s easy to see how violent the last few centuries have been. Even in North America you can find government bunkers and abandoned missile silos that were constructed during World War II. In Europe, the number of underground bunkers is hard to imagine. From Switzerland to Paris, the entire continent is filled with the remains of war. These are 25 Unbelievable Abandoned Missile Silos And Nuclear Bunkers.
Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex, North Dakota
You probably didn’t know there was a huge pyramid in the middle of North Dakota, did you? This enormous structure used to be part of a missile defense system called “Safeguard.”
Maginot Line, France
Built along the border with Germany, the Maginot Line was supposed to protect France from Germany (it failed). Today, its name has become synonymous with expensive efforts that give a false sense of security.
What had once been a lively town was bought by the US government and turned into a munitions factory during World War II. The plan wasn’t exactly a success, but a lot of the infrastructure had already been built so it was left as is. Today, you can fill your abandoned-bunker-appetite here!
Flak Towers, Germany and Austria
These massive anti-aircraft structures were built by the Nazis. Today, some of them sit right where they were built as city residents go about their day on the surrounding streets.
Gare de l'Est, Paris
Deep under Gare de l’Est (one of France’s busiest rail stations) is an abandoned bunker that was originally designed by the French to be an air raid shelter. It was then used by the Germans, but its exact purpose has never been discovered.