Cold War repository for Soviet nuclear warheads reopens to the public

Deep in the Brdy Upland Forests in the Czech Republic hides an old nuclear warhead repository. Between 1968 and 1990 it was completely under the control of the Soviet army and no Czech citizen was allowed to enter.

Now it is open to the public again.

Short-range Scud, Luna and Tocka ballistic missiles were attached to the warheads and were able to be launched in two hours and twenty minutes and reach cities like Munich, Frankfurt and Stuttgart.

The site is one of twenty-four nuclear repositories in Eastern Europe and the only one in the world open to the public.

The director of the Iron Curtain Foundation, Vaclav Vitovec, said it was one of the most secret places in the former Czechoslovakia.

“It was the most guarded and the most hidden place in the former Czechoslovakia, protected by three perimeters where the soldiers fired without warning. Above was a no-fly zone, which was also confirmed by the supersonic pilots who visited this atom museum.

Vitovec managed to secure the bunker for his Iron Curtain Foundation and also opened a Rare Atom Museum. Its main objective is to show people the uselessness of nuclear weapons which can destroy the world.

During the Cold War, the nuclear arsenal of the nine countries with nuclear capabilities was able to destroy the planet 18 times.

Soviet forces that invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968 withdrew after the fall of communism in 1990-1991, including special units deployed to the three nuclear depots.

Since then, the Misov bunker has been used to store tons of Czechoslovak banknotes that were withdrawn from circulation during the country’s break-up in 1992, and as a storage place for the remains of 4,000 German soldiers from the Second World War.

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