The biggest bunker museum in Denmark
Visit Museumscenter Hanstholm to see the largest Second World War fortifications in northern Europe for yourself. The museum complex features Hanstholm’s remarkable 2,500 m2 museum bunker, where several of the rooms have been returned to their original appearance to give an idea of how the soldiers lived and carried out their duties. The bunker also houses a range of fascinating special exhibitions.
The battery was built in 1941 to operate in tandem with a corresponding installation near Kristiansand in Norway and prevent the British fleet from entering Skagerrak – the stretch of water between Denmark and Norway. The battery consisted of four giant 38 cm guns, whose barrels each weighed 110 tonnes, with a maximum range of 55 km – i.e. almost half the distance to Norway.
The documentation centre on top of the bunker is home to a completely the exhibition entitled Fjende & Nabo – Hanstholm besat! (Enemy & Neighbour – Hanstholm Occupied!), which focuses on life in and around the most heavily built Second World War fortifications in Denmark. Taking as its starting point the people who were there at the time, the exhibition relates how both German troops and the civilian population lived and worked in the shadow of the giant fortifications, and explains how occupier and the occupied lived side by side.
The museum is located in some of the most beautiful countryside in Denmark, right next to the North Sea and Thy National Park.
The old ammunition train runs through some of the large bunkers within the battery every day during the summer, in week 42, and by arrangement.
February – November 10.00–16.00
June, July, August 10.00–17.00
The ticket office shuts 30 minutes before closing time
Guided tours – see our website for details
- Bunker walks during the season
- Book your own guide
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Activities for children
Packed lunch permitted
Museum shop/News stand