By Daisy Luther
Facing the zombie apocalypse as a super-wealthy person sure is different than it is for the rest of us mere mortals. While most of us would be ecstatically happy with a homemade bunker on the back 40 of our property, these luxury bunker apartments in a little village in Germany take survival retreats to a whole new level.
Originally, the 76 acre facility was built by the Soviets during the Cold War, for use as a military equipment storage facility, but due to regulations about the storage of ammunition, they were unable to continue with their plans. It was auctioned off by the German government and purchased by an investor.
California entrepreneur Robert Vicinio turned it into a facility called Vivos One, complete with 227,904 square feet of blast-proof luxury living space and more than 3 miles of tunnels. 34 “high net worth” families will be able to purchase one of the 2500 square foot residences where they can ride out the apocalypse in style.
Here’s a little tour.
The plan is for the residents of the bunker to make their ways to Rothenstein, Germany when a crisis is imminent. They will fly to nearby airports and will then be brought to the facility by either helicopter or train. (It has its own helicopter and railway services.)
It has been hardened to withstand any of the following epic disasters:
- A close range nuclear blast
- A direct airplane crash
- Biological or chemical events
- Shock waves
- Electro-magnetic pulses
- Armed attacks
Applicants must have special skills
Not just any rich person can get in. To purchase one of the 2500 square foot apartments, not only must you be able to afford the hefty price tag, but you have to bring some kind of skill to the table. The application asks about your areas of expertise, and also has an essay section for applicants to explain why they’d be an asset to the community.
Practically speaking, the facility is very well equipped with the essentials for survival, and that’s before you even get to the luxury add-ons. If your application is accepted and you can afford the undisclosed but presumably hefty price tag, here are some of the features you can enjoy in the 1.1 billion dollar complex:
- Power plant with 3 diesel generators
- Water treatment facility and deep water wells
- Air filtration and cooling systems
- A swimming pool
- A theater
- A state of the art gym
- A collection of zoological species
- An artifact and treasure archive
- A DNA vault
- Religious areas such as prayer rooms and chapels
- Playrooms for rich survivalist children
- A bakery
- A brewery pub
- A wine cellar
- Community meeting rooms
- A private communication center complete with a television and radio station
- A detention center for ill-behaved residents
- Helicopter landing pad
- Private railway system
- Heirloom seed bank
- Hair salon
- Food…lots of food
- Hydroponic gardens
As you can see, there’s everything you need to survive the end of the world in the style to which you’re accustomed.
If this is out of your price range, Vivos offers other, lower ticket apocalypse accommodations. Click here to explore the website.
Survival for the rest of us
Of course, there are some practical concerns here. First of all, we don’t know when disaster will strike. While there are always warning signs, getting across the globe to a little village in Germany before the world blows up could be a difficult trip, even for people with a private plane.
Then there’s the price tag, which puts even Vivos’ most moderately priced retreat far out of our range. This doesn’t mean that you can’t survive the apocalypse unscathed. I figure those of us who live a prepared lifestyle on a day-to-day basis are practicing the skills we need to get through all but the most devastating disasters.
While a state of the art facility that someone else set up might be nice, for the practical, non-rich folks among us, the rest of us must look at options that are a bit more down to earth. This might include turning your home into your retreat or putting a self-designed shelter on some nearby property.
These books provide some realistic options for creating a retreat on an ordinary budget – that you can put in a location you can actually get to should disaster strike. It’s very important to remember that you can hunker down in your own home through many different types of scenarios.
- Survival Retreats: A Practical Guide to Creating a Sustainable, Defendable Refuge
- The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster
- Prepper Bugout Retreats: 5 Awesome Bugout Locations In The US For Preppers
- The Survival Retreat: A Total Plan For Retreat Defense
- Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide: Food, Shelter, Security, Off-the-Grid Power and More Life-Saving Strategies for Self-Sufficient Living
While a state of the art facility is fun to look at and daydream about, a place you can actually get to for shelter is going to beat something on the other side of the world every time.