The Vivos Europa One complex can withstand nuclear blasts and natural disasters, comes with swimming pools and gyms, and everything you need to hide underground for months on end
An underground survival shelter boasting indoor swimming pools, cinemas and a gyms may just be the ideal location to wait out the coronavirus lockdown.
Hidden under a green landscape in Rothenstein, Germany, the 76-acre Vivos Europa One complex was formerly used by the Soviets during the Cold War as a fortress for military equipment and munitions.
The bunker was transformed into a multi-million pound complex, with fully furnished private accommodation for families to survive any disaster – but you’ll need deep pockets.
The facility is said to be capable of withstanding a ‘close-range nuclear blast, a direct airliner crash, biological and chemical agents, massive shock waves, earthquakes, electro-magnetic pulses, flooding and virtually any armed attack’.
It’s spilt into family spaces, with each providing 5,000 square feet with access to amenities including pools, theatres, gyms, kitchens and bars.
The underground chamber comprises of 34 living quarters, with a private apartment selling for about £1.7m (€2m).
Beneath the ground lies over 23,000 square meters of secured, blast proof living space, as well as above-ground offices, apartments, warehouse buildings and even a train depot.
It can be accessed, or escaped, using up to about three miles of tunnel chambers.
When it was unveiled to the world in 2015, the property was valued at about £640m, with potential buyers having to make it through a screening process before being able to design their underground home to their own specificaitons.
It advertised access to a communal hospital, several restaurants, a bakery, wine cellar, prayer rooms, classrooms, and its own television station.
It said behind its blast-proof doors, survivors will be able to live for a year without leaving, thanks to a self-contained water and power generation system.
Vivos founder and CEO, Robert Vicinio, said the complex can survive a ‘substantial’ close-range nuclear blast or natural disaster.
He told us: “We are proud to bring this epic project forward in these increasingly dangerous times.”
In the event of a global disaster, owners would have to make it to an airport close to the bunker, where they would then be picked up by helicopter.
It’s not the first doomsday bunker constructed by Vivos, which has also created ‘economy class’ versions.
The first, situated in Indiana, US, costs about £22k for adults and £16k for children to use in the event of a disaster.
Vivos said it eventually wants to be able to home 6,000 people during an apocalyptic event, with those wanting to use the shelters being judged and approved according to their skills.
All of the shelters are said to be fully stocked with food and other resources – with survival times ranging from six months to a year.