Friday, 6 June 2008

The Bunker Hospital

Today was the last day in Budapest for the exchange students from Augsburg. They began their day with my presentation on the United States of America, afterwhich I accompanied them to the recently opened Bunker Hospital. The castle hill in Budapest is criss-crossed with several kilometres of tunnels that have served different purposes over one thousand years. In the war torn twentieth century, one section of the tunnels was turned into a bunker and shelter, part of which served as a hospital. During the Cold War it was also prepared for the possibility of atomic attack. Part of these facilities have been opened to visitors this year. I also visited for the first time and I can decidedly say its well worth the visit. The students found it fascinating. Afterwards we bid goodbye to each other and they left by train to Munich.

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