Where will you go when pandemonium strikes? Super-rich are buying up underground bunkers and installing panic rooms in luxury apartments to protect against revolutions or natural disasters
- Luxurious underground ‘doomsday’ bunkers are selling out
- Experts say numbers of people installing ‘safe rooms’ are increasing
- Chambers form whole underground communities in Germany and the US
- Each room is supplied with food and water to last for one year if necessary
Bespoke hidden chambers in Germany and the US are being snapped up as the world’s wealthiest look to secure a safe spot if crisis strikes, according to their promoters.
And while numbers are difficult to ascertain, experts say more and more of the wealthy are installing ‘safe rooms’ in their apartments – or at least fortifying rooms to hide in should disaster strike.
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While the underground hideaways are designed to withstand the worst natural disasters – they are luxurious above all else.
Customers are encouraged to decorate their ‘chamber’ like they would their yachts, according to owner Vivos CEO Robert Vicino.
‘People are sensing that a global life-changing event is just ahead… Millions of people believe that we are living in the “end times”,’ promotional website Vivos declares.
‘We are clearly living in dangerous and changing times that the uninformed will never understand until the threats are evident. We cannot predict, but we can prepare,’ the company said in a statement to MailOnline.
The biggest facility is in Germany – Europa One – and is ‘one of the most fortified and massive underground survival shelters on Earth, deep below a limestone mountain’ and ‘safely secured from the general public, behind sealed and secured walls, gates and blast doors’.
Journalist Lynn Parramore visited the facility in Indiana, US – and reported the gigantic bunker was like walking into a hotel, describing it as the ‘Ritz Carlton of doomsday shelters’.
The cheapest of the bunkers will set you back $35,000, while the most delux costs up to $3 million.
The state of the art facilities also include a hospital, and armed guards on duty to keep the 99 per cent from breaking into the hideaway.
To avoid a Lord of the Flies scenario, the designers have also implemented a handbook that outlines by laws for the bunkered community.