The Cold War Tunnel
The Cold War Tunnel
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The Cold War Museum (also called the Color War Tunnel) is an underground bunker that served as an emergency shelter in the latter part of Albania’s communist era (1944-1990). This bunker, and the innumerable small bunkers found throughout the country, reflects the paranoia of Albanian’s communist dictator, Enver Hoxha. He feared a foreign invasion, especially after Albania’s breakup with Soviet Union in the early 1960s. Built in secret in the early 1970s, the bunker is 800 m long and has 59 rooms. Unlike Tirana’s bunker museum, Gjirokastër’s bunker has been left in its original state, making it less informative but much more atmospheric and genuine. This bunker was designed to accommodate many different functions in case of a nuclear attack. There are rooms for government ministries, local government, interrogators, and party elite, as well as places for sleeping, power generation, and water storage. Much of original furniture was looted from the site in 1990 but pieces still remain.
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Annie L
Edmonton, Canada21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
For 200 lek a person this tour was a nice 30 min info session with a guide that tells you things you wouldn't otherwise know. we had read some people saying it wasn't worth it, but we thought it was perfect. I recommend this is tour if you like history.
Written 18 June 2024
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Tomas O
Dubai, United Arab Emirates9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Tour took 7 mins from start to finish. We were basically walked through and told “this is an important room”, “this is the kitchen” etc with no context or information. The building itself is very cool to see but the tour left a lot to be desired.
Written 16 July 2023
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Jennifer B
50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
Well worth going to see if you’re in gjirokaster. 200 leke per adult, and our 4 and 1 year old were free. Tour took about 20-25 minutes, and tour guide was informative. Also very cool in there compared to mid-day sun!!
Written 12 July 2024
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Cesar D
26 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
The bunker is so interesting but the guide makes that the visit doesn't worth. A guy that explain in 10 second, walk fast, doesn't give time to explore or takes pictures, just walk faster and faster to the exit. The bunker has a lot of possibilities, but not in this way
Written 12 July 2022
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Ellen M
Hong Kong, China27 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
If Besian is the same person, that’s very weird !!!
I go by myself with the guide, claimed Besian at 16:35, come out at 16:44.
He reads the names of room, starts to tell me not taking many photos when I just take the first one, unwilling to answer questions or just gives very short answer, shows no incentive to guide but runs, basically, throughout. He is in a rush of what??? I read several people comment him very well. But to me, travel through 52 countries and follow many local tour before, I have never experienced such thing before. I even asked him if I could slowly walk inside which obviously indicate his impatience.....
I am very disappointed. If there is a choice, I prefer to pay 500-800 lev to have a 30 minutes clear explanation and free asking tour.
Recall I did 5 hours local tour in Serbia and Bossina, both are very professional young guys with enthusiasm, everyone (I guess) give great tips.
I show happy face all the way, why this guide behaves this way?
Written 23 July 2018
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Lorena
Tirana, Albania120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
For everyone attracted by the Cold War and the history of the dictatorial regime in Albania, the cold war tunnel is a must see attraction. Opened for the turists in Gjirokastra, is a place where you can get in touch with the past and experience a very important place of the history of the stone city.
Written 30 June 2019
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Pontus H
Lund, Sweden33 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
We had guide that knew a lot about the tunnel and it's purpose but he was quite bored. When entering he asked if we had lights in our phones due to lack of working light in the tunnel. It was only broken light bulbs so it seems that the don't care about the tunnel. The guide didn't have any light. It felt quite poor in presentation eve if he knew when you asked.
Written 23 July 2018
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wennn
Singapore, Singapore29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
sounds fancy but really is just one of those huge bunkers in albania. if you went to bunk'art in Tirana this would look a lot less impressive. but nice to visit anyway if you have some time to kill
Written 25 December 2019
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UniverseExplorer
Bohinjsko Jezero, Slovenia252 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
It is a short U shaped tunnel with rooms and facilities for party leaders and soldiers.

You can not see much since most rooms are empty and you are making a 5 minute tour through something that maybe was sometime in the past.

The cost for the 5 minutes tour is 2EUR PP.
Written 3 August 2019
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Michel B
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
We were guided thru the tunnels by a young lady volunteer historian student. So happy to have her commentary as she added so much to the visit. The electric lights were not working, a proper flashlight would have made me feel more comfortable. We only had the lights on our cellphones.
Deep in the tunnels it is somewhat claustrophobic.
So interesting! A must do while visiting.
Written 7 May 2019
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