A Complete WW2 Fortress Museum with Access to the Bunkers (in season tour)
Experience what it would have been like to be a serving soldier, as you walk amongst the 3. 5 km. of original trenches connecting most of the bunkers on this compact, fortification complex.
With at least one example of the types of bunker used on the 'Atlantic Wall', 10 Battery at Hirtshals is a complete, well-preserved, WW2 German defence installation. 54 bunkers, gun emplacements and radar/searchlight installations have been fully excavated, some restored to their original state.
Bangsbo Fort was another part of the 'Atlantic Wall', the last line of defence to the Baltic between the mainland and læsø. It was also used to protect the port of Frederikshavn. Although now owned by the Danish Navy, most of the bunkers are open to the public.
The bunkers on this site are spread much further apart. Four bunkers however, are of special interest having been fully restored: the command and interrogation bunkers, a two tier observation/plotting bunker and a gun bunker complete with its original 15 cm. (6") gun.
We start by driving to the north coast to what is probably Denmark's best example of the 'Atlantic Wall'. Via the original trenches, we have time to explore this warren of bunkers, some of which have been restored to their original condition and use.
At the Bunker Museum we will get a glimpse of daily life in and around them as well as learn about their construction and camouflage. For those with a head for heights, views from the top of the lighthouse provide a bird's eye view of the complex.
Next we drive to the east coast, to the heavily fortified stronghold known as Bangsbo Fort. The 80 plus bunker complex was constructed 84 m. (275 ft) high on the top of the steep cliffs overlooking Frederikshavn. Here we will have the opportunity to visit a series of bunkers restored to their former use.
From the observation/plotting bunker and the complete 15 cm. covered gun emplacement, are wonderful panoramic views over Frederikshavn and the Kattegat Sea. Sadly, all to soon it's time to return to base and 2017.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Meeting location: We meet at a central location before moving onwards to the car hire depot. (location map to be included in the confirmation documentation).
End location: End location: At the hire car depot or at a suitable spot of your choice.
Duration: 5 hours
Modern, comfortable, private hire car or minibuses driven by the guide, will be used between the sites to be visited. Walking from car parks to the sites is on grassed, gravel, cobblestoned or uneven surfaces. Access to the bunkers can be via wet, slippy and uneven steps and surfaces, good, solid footwear and care is therefore essential.
My services as your private planner, organiser and driver/guide for the tour as described.
Hand torch loan, for exploring inside the bunkers.
- car hire, all taxes, unlimited mileage, all insurance (incl. excess liability). fuel, etc.
- entrance to Hirtshals and Bangsbo Bunker Museums
Note... the tour described (4 adults + guide) will use a family size, private hire car (guide driver) for all transportation. For other size groups, please ask for a quote.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
200 Danish Kroner - for personal expenses (snack/beverage, souvenirs, shopping, etc.)
Note… currencies other than Danish Kroner are not normally accepted. Visa and MasterCard credit cards however, are widely accepted in shops, restaurants, taxis, etc.
Note... bunker exploration can involve cool, wet and dirty areas, please come dressed appropriately, e.g. stout shoes, ordinary clothes.
A stop for refreshments, at your own cost, will be made at an appropriate time.
Group of 2-3 persons: please enquire for a tour price to include - a private hire compact car, including all expenses, a guide driver and tour entrance fees as above.
Group of 5-8 persons: please enquire for a tour price to include - a private hire minibus, including all expenses, a guide driver and tour entrance fees as above.
I can also cater for parties of 18 to 50, using luxury coaches with driver and myself as guide - please enquire for details.
Due to legal restrictions in Denmark I cannot hire a vehicle for you. However, I am able to make a reservation on your behalf for you to complete prior to the start of the tour and for me to pay all the hire charges and act as your driver/guide.