Luxury villa or nuclear silo? The best bunkers for riding out the Mayan ‘apocalypse’
Villa Vals - Vals, Switzerland
This luxurious villa is buried deep in the Swiss mountainside and comes complete with all the mod cons one would need for riding out the Mayan apocalypse. The underground villa has enough room for ten people and boasts luxuries and distractions such as king-sized beds, a fully equipped library and a TV room. The bunker runs on hydroelectric power generated by the Zerveila reservoir. The bunker was selected by Flavorwire as one of the best places to be should the world actually come to an end on December 21.
The Adirondack Missile Silo - upstate New York
Hidden beneath a cozy log cabin in the Adirondacks, this former Cold War missile silo could provide those seeking a safe place for the end of the world with everything needed to survive past December 21. The underground former missile silo boasts a 2,000 pound steel blast door, a re-furbished multi-storey living space and enormously thick concrete walls and a recently fitted bathroom, should things get a little hairy there is even an escape hatch. The bunker was chosen by The Daily Mail as one of the best bunkers for surviving doomsday.
Pionen high-security computer storage - Stockholm, Sweden
This former Cold War bunker turned computer storage facility and home of Wikileaks servers is buried under 100 feet of solid Swiss granite and includes designer furniture, solar lighting and even a waterfall. Though gaining access to the highly secure nuclear shelter could prove rather difficult, it is perhaps the perfect place to put your feet up while the world comes to an end. The facility was named on the abovetopsecret forum as one of the top places to ride out a doomsday scenario.
The Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler bunker - Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany
This vast bunker complex in Germany was designed to protect the country's government in the event of a nuclear war and could support up to 3,000 people for around 30 days. The bunker was recently partially restored to some of its former glory and has dedicated areas for hospitals and radiation decontamination rooms. The former Cold War bolthole was named as one of the best bunkers for December 21 by Viola.bz.
Greenbrier bunker, West Virginia, USA
This Eisenhower-era bunker was only declassified in 1992 and has since been renovated and used for data storage. Currently visitors can tour only a small part of the nuclear hideout, though in the event of an apocalypse touring restrictions are unlikely to take priority. The shelter is designed to hold over 1,100 people, features decontamination chambers and space for a clinic. In its heyday it even boasted a cafeteria, a laboratory and its own power supply. The bunker was chosen as one of the best places to survive the apocalypse by apocalypse-centric site doomsdayjesters.com.
Beijing Underground City, Beijing, China
Also known as Dixia Cheng, this complex network of tunnels stretches beneath the Chinese capital and was built during the 1970s in anticipation of a nuclear war. In total the tunnels that form Beijing's underground city cover around 85km and at one point were accessible via over 90 entrances hidden in shops around the city. At the height of tensions, the complex boasted restaurants, clinics, schools, theaters and even an ice skating rink. The enormous scale of the development makes it ideal for waiting out the end of the world in what could essentially be an underground functioning city. The site was chosen by survivalist website Urbanprepping.com as one of the best places for waiting out the end of the world.