Command Bunker Kemmel

Relive the Cold War!

The Kemmelberg bunker is built in the beginning of the fifties, as a command centre for the air defence of five countries (Belgium, Great Britain, Luxemburg and the Netherlands). Due to the creation of an integrated air defence system by the North-Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) the building would never be used for its intended purpose.

In the sixties the bunker was transformed into the headquarters of the Belgian Armed Forces in case of conflict. After the Cold War the bunker lost its military value. This "top-secret" site, in its original state and perfectly preserved, testifies to half a century of tension between the East and the West. Through pictures, movies, objects, uniforms and equipent the present-day visitor can relive the Cold War.

Access

  • From February 15 till November 15: Tuesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. (last entrance at 4 p.m.)
  • From November 16 till February 14: Saturday from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. (last entrance at 4 p.m.)   
  • Open on Sunday from 10:30 am till 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm till 5 p.m. (last entrance at 4 p.m.)
  • Opening possible on Thursday for schools upon appointment only, from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.  
  • Closed from December 25 till January  1
  • Closed from January 8 till 22, 2019

Reservation

VVV Heuvelland
Sint-Laurentiusplein, 1
B-8950 Heuvelland Kemmel
T: +32(0)57 450 455
F: +32(0)57448 999
E: toerisme@heuvelland.be - www.heuvelland.be

Address

Lettingstraat 64 8950 Heuvelland Dranouter

Fees till December 24, 2018  (a maximum of 49 people in the bunker simultaneously)

  • Individual visitors: 4 €/ pers.
  • Groups (booking and guide mandatory / min 20 vis. - max. 25 vis.):  2,5 €/pers.
  • Youngsters (aged 8 - < 26): 1,50 €/ pers.  
  • Children (under age 8): free

Reduced fees upon presentation of a valid member card 

  • Teachers: free
  • Tourist guides: free
  • Passport 365 and accompanying person: free
  • Westhoek Voordeelpas (2 visitors per coupon): - 1€/pers. 
  • Vakantieparticipatie Toerisme West-Vlaanderen: - 1€/pers.
  • Members International Council of Museums: free
  • Personnel City of Heuvelland: free
  • Personnel Belgian Defence in active service: free
  • Personal Royal Military Museum: free
  • Members societies Royal Military Museum: free

 

New rates since January 1, 2019 

 

Price (EUR)

Rate

Public

4,00  

Regular

19 and older

2,50

Reduced

Upon presentation of the concerned card

Youngsters aged 8 to18 

Students

Youth movements

Teachers

Members of Belgian Defence

Veterans

Members of foreign armed forces

Groups (from 15 visitors + max 2 accompanying adults)

Members WHI societies 

VIPO

 

 2,50

 

1,50 

Reduced

 

Group Rate 

Group rate youths aged 8 to 18

 

 

0,00

Free

 

 

Children under 8

 

 

Free

Personnel WHI + 1 

Card 365

ICOM

Holders of a statute of national acknowledgment 

Press

Chairperson and Board members of WHI societies  + active staff + active volunteers (based upon an annual list  supplied by the chairpersons) 

Handicapped + buddy

Members of the WHI Board 

Members of the WHI Scientific Council  

Members of the WHI Heritage Council