Hamburg to turn Nazi-era bunker into luxury hotel

A huge Nazi-era bunker in Hamburg that was built by forced labour is to be turned into a luxury 136-room hotel with a rooftop garden.

The plans to redevelop the St Pauli Bunker have been unveiled by The NH Hotel Group, who will also house a memorial to the victims of the Nazi regime inside the building.

The air raid bunker was built in 1942 with the 3.5m thick wall too difficult to demolish after World War II. Today it serves as a live music venue, nightclub, music store, and a space for artists and musicians.

The developers have promised “fantastic panoramic views of Hamburg, in the line of sight of the Elbphilharmonie, and a leafy and meandering green walkway that will surround the bunker”.

The hotel is set to open in mid-2021.