Winkelturm tower – the secret of the “concrete cigars”

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The characteristic pointed towers on the grounds of the book and bunker town of Wünsdorf are air raid shelters that are named after their constructor, Leo Winkel. Locals refer to them as “concrete cigars”, “sugar loafs” or the “Winkel towers”. With its pointed roof, this new type of elevated bunker was intended to offer bombs as small a surface as possible for impact, causing them to slide off without exploding. Depending on the version, there was room for up to 600 people in one of the bunkers on up to nine floors. Zossen was home to 19 of these distinctive elevated bunkers. As part of the disarmament agreements after 1945, 12 of the towers were blown up. The remaining seven “Winkel towers” and the remains of the blown-up bunkers are now under monument preservation.
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  • Winkelturm in Wünsdorf, Foto: J. Marzecki
  • Ehemalige Pferdeställe mit Spitzbunker, Foto: J. Marzecki
  • Ausstellung im Spitzbunker, Foto: J. Marzecki
Today, one of the towers houses a museum that is open during the opening hours of the Garrison Museum opposite. In addition to showing the detailed history and construction of this type of bunker, it also has a display of original equipment from the bunker. This gives some impression of what it was like to spend time and work in a bunker.
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The characteristic pointed towers on the grounds of the book and bunker town of Wünsdorf are air raid shelters that are named after their constructor, Leo Winkel. Locals refer to them as “concrete cigars”, “sugar loafs” or the “Winkel towers”. With its pointed roof, this new type of elevated bunker was intended to offer bombs as small a surface as possible for impact, causing them to slide off without exploding. Depending on the version, there was room for up to 600 people in one of the bunkers on up to nine floors. Zossen was home to 19 of these distinctive elevated bunkers. As part of the disarmament agreements after 1945, 12 of the towers were blown up. The remaining seven “Winkel towers” and the remains of the blown-up bunkers are now under monument preservation.
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  • Winkelturm in Wünsdorf, Foto: J. Marzecki
  • Ehemalige Pferdeställe mit Spitzbunker, Foto: J. Marzecki
  • Ausstellung im Spitzbunker, Foto: J. Marzecki
Today, one of the towers houses a museum that is open during the opening hours of the Garrison Museum opposite. In addition to showing the detailed history and construction of this type of bunker, it also has a display of original equipment from the bunker. This gives some impression of what it was like to spend time and work in a bunker.
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Zehrensdorfer Str. 12

15806 Zossen OT Wünsdorf-Waldstadt

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