Command Bunker Kemmel

2020-03-13 ... 2020-04-19

Updated on March 30

On Thursday 12 March the National Security Council and the federal government took additional measures in an effort to curb the corona virus pandemic (COVID-19) in our country. Among other measures, and as a sanitary precaution, gatherings in confined spaces are forbidden and “social distance” is recommended.

The War Heritage Institute will therefore be closed to visitors through April 19. This decision with immediate effect is applied to our six sites (i.e.: Royal Military Museum...

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.


  • 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


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


Lettingstraat 64 8950 Heuvelland Dranouter


Price (EUR)





26 and older



Upon presentation of the concerned card


Members of Belgian Defence


Members of foreign armed forces

Groups (from 20 visitors + max 2 accompanying adults)

Members WHI societies


Vakantieparticipatie (touristic visits for the financially challenged)




Reduced Group Rate




Youths aged 7 to 25







Children under 8




Upon presentation of the concerned card

Personnel WHI + 1 

Card 365


Holders of a statute of national acknowledgment 


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