German bunker discovered in Nieuwpoort

4th February 2014, Comments 0 comments

A bunker has been unearthed in the coastal resort of Nieuwpoort, close to the monument for the former Belgian king Albert I, during construction works for a new visitor centre about the Great War.

The Alderman for Municipal Buildings Kris Vandecasteele explains: "It's an unknown German bunker from the Second World War which is still in a very good state."

The discovery came as a complete surprise.

"Apparently, the bunker was not indicated on any map, not that I know of anyway," said Mr Vandecasteele.

The bunker will be restored and integrated in the area around the royal monument.

It is not yet clear whether visitors will be allowed inside at a later stage.

This will depend on how solid the construction still is.

It is not believed possible that other bunkers could be present in the area.

The works for the new visitor centre will not be affected by the discovery. / Expatica

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