Dělostřelecká tvrz Bouda

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Bouda, Czech Republic

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Artillery fortification Bouda Sep 29, 2006
The artillery fortification is open to public and it is a part of the system of Czechoslovak border fortifications from the years 1935-38. It lies at a hill with the same name, Bouda, meaning something like booth or barrack. The hill is 845 meters high and you can reach it from different points as quite a few marked tourist tracks lead to it. It is the biggest museum of the Czechoslovak fortification. It consist of five huge concrete-steel objects (three infantry blocks, the object for the retractable gun turret, the entrance block), their walls and ceiling reach on certain points the thickness of 350 cm. The fortification was able in its time to stand up to every known weapons. The blocks are connected by deep underground system of connecting galleries and halls. In the galleries you see the yard for wagons of a narrow-gauge railway, which were carting the material and ammunition into the whole territory. In the halls you can see the big technical foul territory including a hospital, a kitchen, an energy centre, stores and quarters for 316 men. The fort could withstand even a several-weeks siege.

The sight-seeing with the guide starts in the entrance block, the biggest object of the whole fort. You will see the power plant, main ammunition dump and barracks, further the emergency hatchway, the command hall, the monumental shaft prepared for the 420 tons heavy gun turret etc. It depends on which type of the sight-seeing tour you choose, they have usually three, but when we were there they had even above standard tour, so we saw things that not many people could see before us, as this was the second time they did something like that.
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