Here’s an interesting one: a bathroom inside a Berlin nuclear bunker built during the Cold War.
It can hold 3,600 people for around 2 weeks, which is around how long they thought it’d take for radioactive fallout to settle should there have been an attack on the city. There were 4 bathrooms built within the complex, each consisting of 14 urinals & 16 toilets. There were no toilet doors on the stalls – only curtains – to prevent anyone from locking themselves inside and potentially committing suicide. Neither are there any mirrors in the bathrooms – a further safety measure to prevent the use of glass shards as a weapon. If the city water supply or built-in filtration system was to fail, there was enough water storage for 2.5 litres per person per day.
Thankfully, the bunker has never been used for its intended purpose and it’s currently part of the fascinating Story Of Berlin museum tour. Let’s hope it stays that way.
I went to the Story Of Berlin museum which offers a fascinating insight into the city over centuries gone by. Half way through I stopped by this restroom which had the highest toilet I think I’ve ever seen. Any normal-sized guy would be left with their feet dangling in the air while sitting on this one.