Dozens of ventilation pipes protrude from the earth in the immediate vicinity of the lighthouses. The history of the bunkers on Kap Arkona is long and rich and it begins in 1915 with the construction of the first bunker, which has since been renovated and is currently not open to the public for safety reasons. The other two bunkers can be visited.

Currently, there are guided tours is offered everyday at 12:00 noon all year round.

(possible additional guided tours at every full hour at 11:00 am/1:00 pm/2:00 pm/3:00 pm)


Bunker Cape Arkona

The smaller bunker originates from the Wehrmacht and was converted in GDR times to an office of the 6th Border Brigade Coast. It is known as the “Arkona Bunker”.  



Naval command bunker

The larger bunker was built from 1979 to 1986. Starting from a main central corridor with two accesses, there are several independent individual bunkers with a total area of 2000 square meters. It served as a command post for the 6th Flotilla of the People’s Navy and the United Baltic Fleet (VOF) stationed on the bow. The composite prefabricated bunkers (FB) were made up of parts of three large bunkers (type FB-75) and ten small ones (type FB-3). The bunkers would never have withstood a bomb attack. They served as so-called “protected command posts” and were intended to protect against toxic gases and radioactive radiation in the event of war. The type FB-75 has a mezzanine floor, where the sleeping berths were located, and an emergency exit. Each individual bunker has one or two airlocks to the main corridor. Today, the second large tube houses a model ship exhibit as well as old navigation equipment. From 1986 on, 50 to 70 soldiers of the People’s Navy were on duty here three to four times a year for two to three days as part of fleet maneuvers. The standard complement was six men. On the day of German reunification, October 3, 1990, the facility was decommissioned.


In 1985, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the National People’s Army (NVA), an aerial photograph of Cape Arkona with the bunker construction site in the background was published in the illustrated book “Soldiers of the People” and the bunker was thus unmasked (unmasked means that the location of the bunker was made known, which would have resulted in its destruction in the event of war). It is unclear how the illustration got into the illustrated book. It was withdrawn from circulation three days after publication. A later new edition of the illustrated book no longer contained the aerial photograph. Today, the original illustrated book is a sought-after collector’s item.