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Backpacking in Bosnia – A Visit to Tito’s Bunker

“A monument to remind us of our futuristic past”

In a small town in the middle of what now is the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina. There is a relic of Yugoslavia which is located secretly under a normal looking house. Known as ARK D-0, it is a truly fascinating experience and an insight into the constant fear of nuclear annihilation.

Getting to Konjic, Bosnia

This place is located in the town of Konjic. It is quite easy to get to from either Sarajevo or Mostar. You can take the train which is an experience in itself which stops at Konjic. However, the trains are infrequent, so it might be a good idea to stay in Konjic. Especially if you’re relying on public transport. I stayed in a cheap place which had a balcony with great views of the town. Kamena Ćuprija was the name of the place and it has decent prices.

Finding ARK D-0

At first, it was tricky finding this place as the location on Google Maps isn’t actually where it is. You need to find a tour agent office in the town and say you’re going to the “Tito Bunker” you pay them about £8 in BAM for your admission and will be given on a piece of paper to show the tour guide on entry. You need to get there either by car or taxi, this is because it is on an area of land which the Bosnian army owns.

A plaque with a powerful statement outside of the bunker

The Bunker’s Fascinating Story

You also have to have a guide show you around the bunker. Though this sounds like a downside, it was actually quite interesting. The guide was able to tell the full story of the place and was very knowledgable on the full history. During Tito’s rule, he ordered the construction of this place. The Yugoslavian government built this place between 1953 and 1979.

Its purpose was to be a nuclear bunker for Tito and those high up in the Yugoslav government. The government kept this place as a secret from the everyday people of Yugoslavia. The bunker itself has a number of bedrooms, a conference room and a water supply. Despite this, this place looks far from anything you see in Fallout.

When the Yugoslav wars broke out, the soldiers guarding it were ordered to destroy it, however they instead surrendered it to the Bosnian army and thanks to their actions, the bunker has survived to this day. Preserved as a place which you can now visit, the bunker is also a place in which art is displayed by Bosnian artists.

I have to say, I am very impressed with how well the Bosnians have preserved this place is and I struggle to imagine what escaping here during a nuclear war would be like. Furthermore there is a plaque which states: “a monument to our futuristic past” really captures the modern purpose of the bunker.

If you enjoyed reading this, you should look at some of my other posts:

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