Atomkeller Haigerloch

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Juhani P
Helsinki, Finland344 contributions
Interesting piece of history of nuclear physics
Sep 2019 • Couples
We booked a room in a romantic castle hotel on top of a remote hill in Schwabien. To our great surprise we found an Atomkellermuseum or ”Atom Cellar Museum”.

It is a former bier cellar carved into a rock. After heavy bombing of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut für Fysik in Berlin-Dahlem the German Nuclear Research team led by Werner Heisenberg moved its operations in 1944 to a small village of Haigerloch.

Both my wife and I are Physics majors, so we had a common interest in visiting this small special museum with connections to the history of science and the Second World War.

Note: all posters and all written and film material is only in German. And the 20 minute presentation by the museum guide was in German. As all the other 20+ people in the audience were Germans, I did not ask if the guide spoke English.

Written 1 September 2019
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Joachim S
Gothenburg, Sweden50 contributions
Interesting for German-speaking history geeks
Jul 2018 • Family
First, this is a very small place. Actually, you pretty much see it all in the photos in the description. And you have to be able to read German. But otherwise, it is fascinating to learn about Germanys attempts to create an atomic bomb during WWII. I had read about it before, so as we arrived 15 minutes before lunch-closing (12-14), it was possible to grasp most of it anyway. The lady at the entrance let us in for free due to the short time. Thank you. But we would probably not stay more than 30-40 minutes anyway, and in that time you would be able to read and see it all - if you read German. But it was nice to have been here for a German-reading technology-history geek like me.
Written 11 July 2018
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gerard g
Manchester, UK21 contributions
Nuclear Power
Jul 2018 • Solo
A small museum in a cave cut into a large rock on the top of which is a castle [now a hotel]. In 1944 a nuclear research facility was moved here from Berlin to escape the bombing. Scientists built a small prototype reactor, effectively the start of the age of nuclear energy.

The museum has reconstructed the reactor while, alongside a few other exhibits, the history of German physics under the Third Reich is sketched out. There is also material on modern nuclear power. This is all in German apart from a short English film.

If you don't know some of this already it will be a bit of a challenge. If you do, the fascination lies in the birth of this technology in a peaceful little village.

Haigerloch has much else to recommend it though - a pretty place alongside a small river overlooked by steep wooded hills. The bus trip from Horb - there is no train - is a delight in itself. Horb itself on the Neckar is a 45 minute train journey from Stuttgart.

Other museums are a hotel devoted to life-size puppets, a small art gallery and a commemoration of Jewish life in the village and its extinction.

Admission to the atom keller is just 3 euros - and that gets you in the art gallery too.
Written 9 July 2018
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robbly
London345 contributions
Worth a look if your in the area
Jun 2018 • Solo
I recently visited this venue on my way through Germany to the Berchtesgarden, it was pouring with rain but easy enough to find with sat nav, there is a car park almost opposite so no problem there, Haigerloch is a very small village and it was out of the tourist season so not too sure what parking would be like when its busy.
The museum itself is smaller than l thought but very interesting all the same, definately worth the effort to get there, as others have pointed out, all the signage inside is in German, l can read a bit so didnt find it too hard to follow. There is a tv woth headphones where you can watch and listen to a documentary by some american officers who were there when the keller was found.
Written 16 June 2018
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Shaun M
Eugene, OR187 contributions
History off the beaten track in a cave
Apr 2017
We visited friends who live outside Stuttgart. One Sunday we took a road trip and stopped at the Atomkeller. I never would have made it here without someone driving me. Haigeloch is a small unassuming village. The museum nestles in a cave. I was entranced by the video and audio information given over headphones inside the small room of the cave. It was cold inside and you know you are inside a cave. Here, during World War II, German scientists were attempting to create a nuclear reaction by dipping chunks of uranium into water (kind of like dunking tea bags). The site was discovered and bombed by the allies (not necessarily in that order — I didn't get to finish listening to audio because my companions wanted to move on) and what you see in this photo is a recreation of what the attempted reactor looked like but there are plenty of artifacts preserved (including parts of the original) to view and the historical significance alone makes this a worthy stop if you find yourself near Haigerloch.
Written 15 May 2017
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Dominique C
408 contributions
the atomic era begins here
Sep 2015 • Solo
small but simple and clear explanation about the beginning of the atomic era starting with the american and german race about nuclear bombs
do not forget to visit the other two art musea (included in your ticket price) like the karl hurm retrospective.
Written 10 September 2015
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Johnny_Gault
Bavaria, Germany53 contributions
Very small display, only for the really interested
May 2015 • Solo
Honestly, I found this museum to be a waste of time - I'm glad I only drove 4km off my route to see it. The whole museum is tiny, with very little to see except the original hole where they were trying to build an atomic pile. Unless one is very interested in the development of atomic power or the possibility of a Nazi atomic bomb, this museum will probably be a let-down.
Written 26 May 2015
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Fionnualasmum
Ossipee, NH6 contributions
Interesting bit of history - makes you think what if?
May 2015 • Couples
My German brought me here, he loves to share interesting things when I visit.
We had no clue what the glass case with the objects in it was. It was only by chance and curiosity that we figured out what it was and how to make it work. A bit of instruction would have been great.
My friend was able to translate much of what was there for me, some I knew just from the names. I did feel like there were bits missing of the story and would have liked more.
It's presumptuous to assume that there should be an "English version" of everything, but I believe having one here would be beneficial.
It's closed between 12-2; our 1:00 arrival gave us some time to kill. We went up to the castle but found no directions on how/where to visit/go in, but the exterior and the view are lovely.
We had excellent cake and coffee at the cafe, but there's not much else to see or do there. Plan it as an adjunct to a day trip, but as a solo destination it would be disappointing.
Written 7 May 2015
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YorkshireGypsygirl
Yorkshire116 contributions
Fascinating bit of history
Aug 2014 • Couples
This is the place that could have changed history - come and see where the Nazis hoped to develop the atomic bomb - but luckily failed. Small place - could do with more of the exhibits and films being presented in English and French as well as German.
Written 15 September 2014
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Kbochick
Hagerstown, MD584 contributions
Cool History
Jun 2012 • Family
The Atomkeller is where experiments in nuclear fission were done by the Germans towards the end of WWII. They were all the way down here because it was considered relatively safe. This area had been spared heavy bombing, and it was felt that the Soviets wouldn't come this far. As luck would have it, there was an old beer cellar cut into the rock cliff under the church, and it was available for rent. To be honest, I don't really understand what all went on here. I bought the book so I could learn (available in English for a few euro), since all the signs are only in German. I looked at the book, but I still don't exactly understand. I do know that the Americans dismantled it, but that it has been restored. (With fake uranium, or course). It's a bit tricky to find, but as long as you remember that it is in the cliff under the church, you can find it. It's pretty small, so I would recommend doing it on the way to something else. There's not a whole lot to do in Haigerloch.
Written 28 May 2013
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