|Location:||Monsheim, access through Grabenstraße 20.|
|Open:||All year daily. |
|Fee:||Single EUR 47, Double EUR 33, Holiday Home (4+2) EUR 85. |
|Classification:||Cellar World War II Bunker|
|Address:||Gästehaus Villa Fliedner, Owners: Andrea and Benedikt West, Bornstraße 3, 67590 Monsheim, Tel: +49-6243-907782, Fax: +49-6243-907788. E-mail:|
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|18. Jh||cellar built.|
|1898||Villa Fliedner built above the cellar by the country doctor Dr. Carl Fliedner (1853-1930).|
|1900||Villa completed, family moves in.|
|1944/45||cellar transformed into air raid shelter.|
The cellars at Monsheim were built during the 18th century. Much later the Villa Fliedner was built on top by the country doctor Dr. Carl Fliedner (1853-1930).
Again much later, after the death of the doctor, the cellars were transformed into air raid shelters. In the years 1944 and 1945 many citizens of Monsheim were safed by this shelter. For some time it was too difficult for paras and women in childbed to reach a shelter, so it was too dangerous to stay outside. The were relocated to the shelter for some time. There were two little rooms, the first was used as maternity room, the second for the women in childbed and their babies. They had to stay for eight days after birth. The children born underground were called Kellerkinder (cellar children).
Today the villa is transformed into a guesthouse. Its possible to visit the cellars, the walls of all rooms are covered with pictures and the stories of the people who stayed here during the war. Obviously, the former children's medical unit is full of reports by mothers who gave birth to their children underground.