Rijeka Tunnel


In central Rijeka there is an approximately 330 meter long tunnel with a depth down to about ten meters which during the second world war served as a shelter for civilians in the event of airstrikes. The tunnel itself began to be built in the early thirties as part of the line of defense (Vallo Alpino) between fascist Italy and the Yugoslav kingdom. Rijeka belonged to Italy at the time but was more or less bordered by Yugoslavia. Between 1939 and 1942, the tunnel was gradually extended. The shelter came to be used in late 1944 and early 1945 when Rijeka was attacked by allied aircraft.

Current status: Preserved with museum (2023).

Location: 45°19'39.84" N, 14°26'39.09" E

Get there: Walk from central Rijeka

My comment:

Hardly any of Rijeka’s major sights, but for those interested in the second world war, you can always visit the tunnel, if not just to cool off on a hot summer day.

Follow up in books: Pavlowitch, Steven: Hitler’s New Disorder: The Second World War in Yugoslavia (2008).