Command Bunker Kemmel

Make your way down into the ultra-secret Command Bunker of the Belgian armed forces, the nerve centre of the supreme command during the Cold War.
The bunker, built in the early fifties, was originally designed to be the command post of an international air defence system. However, the bunker would never play this role. In the early sixties, the supreme command of the Belgian armed forces decided to equip the bunker as a command post in case of exercices, crisis or conflict. After the Cold War, the bunker stood empty. The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History in Brussels was entrusted with the task of preserving this unique piece of military heritage and making it accessible to the public, in collaboration with the Ypres CCMP (Centre for Competence in Support Material and Products).

Discover the Command Bunker Kemmel also on this portal of the Cold War:
http://www.berlinerkolleg.com/en/portal#zoom=7&lat=49.25592&lon=4.30664&layers=BTT

At the moment there is a temporary exhibition in the Command Bunker:
‘The Berlin Wall: symbol of Cold War’

Opening days and hours:

Peak season: from 15th February until 15th November

The Command Bunker Kemmel is closed at the moment  because of the measures of the Coronavirus. Up to now, we don't have any further information about a date for reopening.
Thank you for understanding!

Open on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM until 17:00 PM (individual and group visits).
A guided visit is obligated for group visits.
Visitor times groups: 10:00 AM, 11:45 AM, 13:30 PM and 15:15 PM

Low season: from 16th November until 14th February

By appointment only, possible opening on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:30 AM to 17:00 PM for guided visits of school groups accompanied by a teacher and groups accompanied by a responsable.
Visitor times groups: 10:00 AM, 11:45 AM, 13:30 PM and 15:15 PM

From 01/12/2020 until 03/01/2021
Open on Sunday from 10:00 AM until 17:00 PM (individual and group visits).
A guided visit is obligated for group visits.
Visitor times groups: 10:00 AM, 11:45 AM, 13:30 PM and 15:15 PM
Closed from 25th December 2020 until 3rd January 2021.

Exceptional Closing days

Duration of the visit

Duration of the visit: max. 1h30, average 1 hour.

Additional information

The number of persons (guide not included) present at the same time in the bunker is, because of security reasons, limited to 49 persons!
Visitors guide (€1) available when purchasing tickets.
The bunker is not wheelchair accessible. There is no elevator. To visit the bunker, you have to take 80 stairs down.
Are you with a larger group? Combine your visit tot he Command Bunker Kemmel with an other activity in the near. For suggestions contact Tourism Heuvelland.

Prices:

4,00 €:
26 year and older

2,50 €:

  • groups from 20 persons
  • upon presentation of the concerned card:
    • Teachers
    • Members of Belgian Defence
    • Members of foreign armed forces
    • Veterans
    • Persons with WIGW-status
    • Holiday participation for less fortunate
    • Members WHI societies

1,50 €

Youths aged 7 to 25

0,00 €

  • Children under 8 year
  • Upon presentation of the concerned card:
    • Press
    • Card 365
    • International Council of Museums (ICOM)
    • Holders of a statute of national acknowledgment
    • Persons with disabilities + accompanying person
    • War Heritage Institute (WHI)
    • Staf WHI + accompanying person
    • Members of the WHI Board
    • Members of the WHI Scientific Council
    • Members of the WHI Heritage Council
    • Active staff and volunteers connected to WHI

Tickets for sale at:


Tourism Heuvelland
Visitor Centre Heuvelland
Sint-Laurentiusplein, 1
8950 Heuvelland – Kemmel.

At the entrance of the site
Command Bunker Kemmel
Lettingstraat, 64
8950 Heuvelland – Dranouter.

Reservations for groups:

Tourism Heuvelland
Visitor Centre Heuvelland
Sint-Laurentiusplein 1,
8950 Heuvelland - Kemmel.
toerisme@heuvelland.be
+32 57 45 04 55

Prices

Standard € 4,00
Extra information Price of guided tour: € 70 per guide (max. 25 people per guide)

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