On the coast of Brittany, tourists can now experience a truly extraordinary night. The bunker, built by the Nazis in northern France during World War II, was renovated and became a guest house. For one-day accommodation for six people, those interested will pay $ 375 (over eight thousand crowns).
A Frenchman converted a military bunker into a hotel apartment Video: Reuters
The northern coast of France is literally littered with concrete bunkers. The fortification system went down in history as the so-called Atlantic Wall, and the German army built it there during World War II to defend against Allied troops. However, none of the bunkers has yet found a similar use as that in the Brittany village of Saint-Pabu.
Even there, tourists will find several bunkers. They look inconspicuous because the Nazis foresightly hid them in the sandy beaches. Serge Colliou looked for one of them, bought it with the surrounding land and gradually turned it into a guest house, which can now accommodate up to eight guests. The agency informed about it Reuters.
The work took the Frenchman a whole year and a half. He had to convert the cold underground spaces with an area of 400 square meters into a comfortable background, which includes a bar and a common room. “I wanted the building to start a new life, but at the same time it did not lose any of its former atmosphere,” Colliou said.
In the bunker, which bore the designation L479 during the war, visitors will find military helmets and reproductions of weapons. The walls are then decorated with, for example, war badges. “I kept some historical aspects so that people know where they are. But I didn’t want to turn the bunker into a museum,” the Frenchman added.
He opened a non-traditional guest house a year ago and since then both his compatriots and tourists from Germany have slept in it. The mayors of some villages on the French coast are trying to remove the bunkers because, according to them, they endanger swimmers. Municipalities in Saint-Nazaire, La Rochelle or Brest, on the other hand, try to preserve the fortifications as historical monuments.