Below every city are places rarely seen by the public. Either because people in general doesn’t bother visiting them, or they are off limits for other reasons. I think it’s interesting to see this infrastructure and find out what is beneath the city’s top layer. Here are pictures from two different places under Oslo.
The first place is a large underground shelter facility built during the Cold war. Once capable of hiding 1130 persons from radioactive debris or fallout resulting from a nuclear explosion. There are many such places but many of them are used as parking spaces. That is the case her too, but some rooms and hidden passages reveals the true origin of these large mountain halls. Thick steel doors, air locks, creepy showers and hospital rooms – all made to lock people in to save them. The power is still on and theres water in the showers. We entered through the emergency exit hidden in the bushes and made our way inside through several sets of heavy doors. Interesting place even if it is used as a parking garage now. Not sure if the people using it on a daily basis has thought about it’s history and sees it as interesting as I do.
Pictures from the second place is shows escape routes and emergency exits underneath one of Oslos largest train and metro (T-bane) stations. These are usually quite easy to access and are often open since they are supposed to lead people out if something happens.
Keep your eyes open and next time you see a anonymous door in a parking garage or or mountain side, try it and maybe it will lead you to another world hidden from view.
Underground shelter facility under Oslo:
Emergency escape tunnels from a large metro (t-bane) station in Oslo:
Maintenance and escape tunnels just underneath a large train station in Oslo: