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 oriinally 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:

Low season: from 16t November until 31st March

  • Open on 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
  • The Command Bunker Kemmel is exceptionnal closed on Saturday 24th December at 15:00

Peak season: from 1st April until 15th November

  • 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
  • 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

Duration of the visit

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

Closing days:

25 December 2022
26 December 2022
1 January 2023
2 January 2023

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.
Dogs are not allowed in the Command Bunker Kemmel.
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 2022:

6,00 €:
18 years and older

4,00 €:

  • groups from 15 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 6 to 18 years

0,00 €

  • Children under 5 years
  • 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

  • Open

  • From 16 November 2022 tot 31 march 2023
  • Saturday
  • 10:00 until 17:00
  • Sunday
  • 10:00 until 17:00
  • Uitzonderlijk open

  • 24 December 2022
  • 10u00 until 15u00
  • Uitzonderlijk gesloten

  • 2 January 2023
  • 26 December 2022
  • 31 December 2022
  • 1 January 2023
  • 25 December 2022

Prices

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

  • Open

  • From 16 November 2022 tot 31 march 2023
  • Saturday
  • 10:00 until 17:00
  • Sunday
  • 10:00 until 17:00
  • Uitzonderlijk open

  • 24 December 2022
  • 10u00 until 15u00
  • Uitzonderlijk gesloten

  • 2 January 2023
  • 26 December 2022
  • 31 December 2022
  • 1 January 2023
  • 25 December 2022