The Cold War Museum, fallout shelter in Jalta Hotel

premises of a former top-secret nuclear bunker

Saturday 10.00 a.m.–6.00 p.m., Sunday 10.00 a.m.–1.00 p.m.

Photos: archiv budovy, Tomáš Sysel

Transport: metro (Muzeum / Můstek), tram (Václavské náměstí)
Visiting Method: group tours of a limited size (10 persons per tour)

Address: Václavské náměstí 818/45, Praha 1-Nové Město
Year: 1954–1958 (building); 2013 (Museum opened)
Architects: Antonín Tenzer

In the 1950s, Antonín Zápotocký, communist president of Czechoslovakia, wished to have the luxurious Jalta Hotel constructed in Wenceslas Square. Although it was built in the spirit of the so-called “Stalin’s Baroque”, it is one of the finest constructions of that period. But little did the public or the staff of the hotel know that there was a top-secret fallout shelter located in the basement. This shelter was used by the secret police to monitor the conversations of foreign guests from the West. Today, the space houses the Cold War Museum, where you can learn interesting information about the Iron Curtain, the life of the border guards, and the practices of the police. What is more, you can also take a look inside the emergency operating room, as well as the room where the police did the monitoring, or the interrogation room!