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Vondelbunker – The most secret nuclear shelter

The Vondelbunker is actually the most hidden spot (my claim) in Amsterdam. Even more hidden because its location is right there in the middle of everything. There where many, many tourists would pass by: right in the Vondelpark, right under the bridge. Let’s say, you are coming from the West, heading towards the bridge crossing the Vondelpark. Take the first stairs down on the left hand side, then turn back (left). There in the foundation of the bridge is a little door. That’s it. When it’s open, you are lucky, give it a try.

What you can find here is a basement concert of young underground bands. Or an art event. An exhibition… If the Vondelbunker is open just check in if you happen to walk by – entry is always free, that’s the policy of foundation Schijnheilig who runs the bunker.

The bunker has a long history in the Amsterdam alternative scene. In 1968 it opened its doors as “Beatkelder lijn3” to the International hippie community who had claimed Amsterdam’s Vondelpark as one of their favorite spots. A center for music, hippie culture, creativity and activism it was back then, as it will be again in a contemporary form now. Not so much hippies though, still activism, still alternative culture.

For information on events.

There are more events but information is sparse. The only (almost) regular event is Thursdays the Kontra Bar: always with a touch of anarchism and activism.

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Vondelpark 8, Amsterdam

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)