Tunnels Under Old Kranj, Kranj

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Hidden under the historic town center, Tunnels Under Old Kranj were built in World War II and served as a shelter for the local population. Today, the tunnels provide a space for various social events and offer home to cave orbweavers and cave crickets. Permanent exhibits offer a chance to see fossils and minerals, as well as a reconstruction of a bunker from the second world war. Put Tunnels Under Old Kranj on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Kranj online visit planner.
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  • Kranj is definitely worth a day trip or a stop along the road between Ljubljana and Bled. The bomb shelter tunnel system under the old town is massive, big enough to shelter at least 5,000 people...  more »
  • We came by train from Ljubljana, which took less than an hour. I don't think there are many things to do in Kranj(enjoying the food and the view definitely), but the tunnels were a nice surprise. The....  more »
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  • Awesome experience full of history
  • So-called catacombs were ordered and the building itself was managed by a German officer named Sitler (he was as far as my info goes, the chief of the railway station). Probably he got his way because of similarity to Hitler's surname... Anyway, he wanted to build a shelter for the workers of the railway station so they hired local constructor workers and they worked on the tunnels all to the capitulation of Germany. After the war works continued but it can be seen where German work has ended and more sloppy work was done after the war. These tunnels were closed and forgotten for a long time, somebody once even wanted to grow mushrooms inside, so only recently have they been re-opened for public. Sadly, much about this place is forgotten. I know a few bits about it because my grandfather was one of the workers in there ...

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