This Is What A Billionaire's Apocalypse Shelter Looks Like

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Back in June we presented the latest (and only) product from Vivos: a company which specializes in creating the ultimate in luxurious Doomsday bunkers - both in the US (Indiana) and Europe (Germany) - which, however, are not only for the world's wealthiest (read billionaires only need apply) but also for those who Vivos founder, California entrepreneur Robert Vicino, deems worthy: anyone can apply for a spot in the post-apocalypse world but only a select few will be admitted.

So to all those who did not make the list and are terrified that once the Fed and its central bank peers finally lose control and the apocalypse begins to unfold, they will burn with the mere peasants in the resulting mushroom clouds, we have good news: there is a backup option.

As Forbes reports, in a quiet valley in the Czech Republic, stand a complex surrounded by high walls, which is not visible at ground level and from the air appears to be nothing more than a boring administration center.

This is The Oppidum, a massive 323,000 square foot property. Construction on the secret facility began in 1984, at the height of the Cold War, as a classified joint venture between the governments of what were then Czechoslovakia and The Soviet Union. It was built between 1984 and 1994, at a time when global instability and the possibility of weapons of mass destruction were entirely real, just as they are again today.

Because the construction of the facility occurred at a time of heightened world tension, the enormous level of resources used to develop it would be all but impossible to match today. It is extremely unlikely that any government would approve a non-military structure of this size to be built today.

Aerial rendering of The Oppidum Complex

What lies hidden beneath, carved deep in the mountain is the largest residential doomsday shelter in the world.

Just like Vivos Europa One, the Oppidum will be more than an underground bunker for dangerous times. It provides an above-ground residential estate in which the owners can maintain a high standard of living in a secluded area above ground during times of potential danger.

Terrain cut rendering of the Bunker below the estate

Again, just like Vivos' products, the entrance is hidden so that only billionaires who know the secret handshake can go back to their post-apocalyptic 5-star hotel. No zombies allowed:

The residents can enter the shelter by descending through a secret corridor to the bunker, sealing it with a blast door in less than a minute. It enables inhabitants to return quickly to the above-ground residence once the threat has passed.


The below-ground Bunker of The Oppidum will be the area in which inhabitants can be isolated and protected from the threat of war, disease, natural disasters, or personal threats ranging from terrorists to zombies.

Did we mention that billionaire will live here? That means that while it may be 6,000 degrees Kelvin outside, the inside better be draped in luxury.

And it will be: the planned luxurious underground compound on two levels includes a total space of 77,500 sf with 13 foot high ceilings. The layout features one large 6,750 sf apartment  and six 1,720 sf apartments.

Among the luxury features are an underground garden with simulated natural light, as well as a spa, swimming pool, cinema, library, and other leisure facilities. There will be offices and a conference room as well as medical and surgical facilities and supplies. Custom private vaults will also be designed to store valuables and personal art collections.

The Oppidum complex will provide its owner with a safe haven for family, friends, business partners, other professionals, and staff in an above-ground residential estate before disaster strikes.

Interior bedroom of bunker

Bunker swimming pool and garden using artificial lighting

Underground bunker wine cellar

As Forbes adds, the location of The Oppidum is the foundation of its security. The Czech Republic is in central Europe and is surrounded by mountains. "The country is not a target of aggression by any other countries or organizations." Well maybe not right this moment, but there is a funny story about what happened in 1939...

In any event, the hopes is that any potential conflict in the world is likely to avoid the Czech Republic or, at the very least, reach it at a later stage, which would enable the owners of The Oppidum to arrive at the compound and make preparations.

First floor of the underground shelter

Second floor of the underground shelter

The entire Oppidum complex can be operated from an underground control center, with exclusive access to communications networks internally and to the outside world.

Then again why bother: if the world truly suffers an apocalyptic event, there won't be an "outside world."

So what's the point?

Well, assuming a "less than global extinction event", i.e., a less catastrophic situation, the bunker will allow the inhabitants to survive natural or man-made disasters, or long-term power outages. The bunker will also be able to provide long-term accommodation for residents – up to 10 years if necessary – without the need for external supplies. This would involve large-scale stocks of non-perishable food and water, along with water purification equipment, medical supplies, surgical facilities, and communication networks with the outside world.

Even so, a question emerges: is it really necessary? Furthermore, the entire complex is still incomplete and needs an (even bigger billionaire) buyer:

"the underground levels of The Oppidum are in a newly reconstructed shell-and-core state.  Communication and other technologies are not yet in place.  They will be incorporated during the customization process.


The above-ground section of The Oppidum is in its original condition, also ready to be customized to the buyer’s wishes. The buyer will be able to choose whether to commission The Oppidum project team to customize the facility or to do the customization of some or all of it independently."

Still, with the amount of discretionary funds held by the world's 0.01%, we are confident someone will step up and purchase the "boutique post-apocalyptic hotel."

Who is the seller of the Oppidium concept?

A Czech entrepreneur Jakub Zamrazil, with a successful track record in real estate development, sales and marketing. When Mr Zamrazil first toured the unique former military facility, he was impressed by its massive scale. He saw its potential to be transformed into the ultimate life-assurance solution and named it The Oppidum, from the Latin word meaning the main settlement in an administrative area of ancient Rome. The word was derived from the earlier Latin op-pedum, an “enclosed space”, used to describe fortresses that were constructed in Europe as early as the Iron Age.

Mr Zamrazil joined forces with top professionals in the fields of security and luxury development to put together the concept of the ultimate life-assurance solution for the modern age. General Andor Šándor (Retired) is the security director and guarantor of the Oppidum project. He is a former Chief of the Military Intelligence Service of the Czech Republic, with the rank of Brigadier General.


According to General Šándor, “The uniqueness of the bunker lies in the fact that it combines state of the art security with luxury and comfort. It is the largest known such facility on earth.”

Why concept? Because while billionaires may or may not have a luxurious transition into the post-apocalyptic world, what they are really needed for right now is their money. Because as of this moment the Oppidium is nothing more than a largely useless Cold War structure, with a few potential floorplans and 3D room designs.

Then again, the true believers of a graceful transition into the "post-apocalypse" will have no qualms about being fleeced. After all, if the end of the world is really coming, nothing will be more worthless than fiat paper: one may as well spend it now.

Plus, don't forget - priorities...


The full promotional video of the Oppidium is below:

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nmewn's picture

They're gonna need more guards.

ZippyBananaPants's picture


Maybe just bring Genevieve with you, and you would be comfortable in a cardboard box.

WayBehind's picture

Looks OK until I noticed the palm trees. It's freezing weather over there in the winter so this whole bunker is not the real thing but just a marketing membership ponzi bullshit. After all, I prefer something that I only know of and I don't need any neighbours. 

Dick Buttkiss's picture

A real prepper never identifies his location, much less makes an online brochure about it.

I know nothing and live nowhere.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Dick Buttkiss Nov 16, 2015 8:39 PM

Nice!  Created a LOT of jobs building that.  Hopefully not all illegal alien jobs.

Pure Evil's picture

If the movie A Boy and His Dog is any indication then being a hot chick like Genevieve is not always a guarantee of survival.


"In the final shot, Vic and Blood are putting out a campfire near the steel dome. Having eaten, Blood feels better and he and Vic walk away from their campfire into the sunrise of dawn. Quilla is nowhere to be seen, but pieces of her wedding gown are seen strewn around the dying campfire. Vic and Blood talk about how Vic was touched by the fact that Quilla June picked him to be with instead of the dictatorship committee of Topeka. Blood remarks, "She had marvelous judgement... if not a particularly good taste (!)" The boy and his dog laugh at the pun and they both walk away "over the hill" toward paradise."

bbq on whitehouse lawn's picture

You missed a critical point Vic could only save Quilla or Blood.

gladius17's picture

"As Forbes reports, in a quiet valley in the Czech Republic, stand a complex surrounded by high walls, which is not visible at ground level and from the air appears to be nothing more than a boring administration center."

They've obviously taken great pains to keep the place concealed. Nobody will ever find it....unless of course they foolishly post pictures all over the internet along with aerial snapshots so that everyone knows exactly where it is and what's inside of it.

BLOTTO's picture

What kind of life is it spending the rest of your days sub terrain like worms and crickets?


No matter how big or elaborate the structure is, i would still feel suffocated.


Rusty Shorts's picture

La Catedral was a prison overlooking the city of Medellín in Colombia. The prison was built to specifications ordered by Medellín Cartel leader Pablo Escobar

Fish Gone Bad's picture

The guy who builds these luxurious complexes has kept the access codes/back door codes.  In case of shit-breaking-loose, the guy and his family will absolutely kick out the occupants.  Seriously, what are the occupants going to do, call the police?

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Anonymous User (not verified) Fish Gone Bad Nov 17, 2015 2:15 AM

BTW, where is the dungeon layout?

Is it populated yet?


The Navigator's picture

Honest Ann (my hero) doesn't stop by much, but you should all ask what she she done in prepping.

IMHO she's got it figured out.

Fortet about the billionaires - worry about what YOU and how your limited budget can get from here to there - $20k for 20 acres in E. WA state, not the best place but it's 20 acres to grow food and raise animals.

What you'll need is water, food, and shelter - after that, au, ag, & pb, good luck.

Plan C is see you all Micronesia or somewhere in the southern hemisphere.

You did print the maps to pdf's, right????

Isy's picture

They are preparing, how about you?

Salah's picture

great movie.  get a TENS unit for your cock & balls, you'll have his sensation 

Mr. Magoo's picture

There will be no escape for the wicked


AMOS 9:2

“Strike the tops of the pillars

so that the thresholds shake.

Bring them down on the heads of all the people;

those who are left I will kill with the sword.

Not one will get away,

none will escape.

2Though they dig down to the depths below,

from there my hand will take them.

Though they climb up to the heavens above,

from there I will bring them down.

3Though they hide themselves on the top of Carmel,

there I will hunt them down and seize them.

Though they hide from my eyes at the bottom of the sea,

there I will command the serpent to bite them.

4Though they are driven into exile by their enemies,

there I will command the sword to slay them.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

"They're gonna need more guards."

And maids. You don't expect the billionaire to clean his or her own you?

My latest on TwoIceFloes. com - Seeking Calm in the Middle of Chaos


All I need to do to flush them out, is take a big shit down their air vent.

Game over, money boys scatter for skeet shooting practice, I move in and service all of their bitches while they cook me bacon and eggs for breakfast.

All in a day's hard work.

Life will be good rewarding those who deserve the good afterlife.

lostintheflood's picture

All I need to do to flush them out, is take a big shit down their air vent.

i was gonna say, everybody has got to air under there...huge vulnerability...


r00t61's picture

I said it before on a different richprepper thread.

They're going to need guards, maids, chefs, nannies, sysadmins, the whole enchilada.  These people do not cook their own meals, or make their own beds, or figure out why their fancy tablets say "Network Not Found." They expect other people to do the menial work for them.

And co-locating a bunch of these sociopaths together in the same complex is like putting a bunch of hand grenades next to a vat of gasoline.


juangrande's picture

"A better use for the "bunker buster" armament, I know not of "  Yoda

jeff montanye's picture

regarding air vents: six liters of algae water provide enough oxygen production and carbon dioxide absorbtion for the survival of one human.

Conax's picture

"hand grenades next to a vat of gasoline"

Grenades and gas, the recipe for the immolation of all those German officers in "The Dirty Dozen".

A cave becomes a grave once you have its position.

agent default's picture

And once all hell breaks loose on the surface and once any notion of law and order is extinguished on the world above, all those maids, nannies and armed guards down bellow, will not take matters in their own hands but keep serving the brats.  The subtle point that they will be dead broke when it all comes crashing down is lost to them.These people are truly clueless the realities of a total breakdown.

freewolf7's picture

It's consoling that they live in that much fear.

Pure Evil's picture

The only real problem is the fact that billionaires are hyper-competitive.

They can barely stand each other and as the Ackman/Icahn dispute shows the extreme animosity would probably break out into a shooting war if they didn't use their money to try and destroy each other.

agent default's picture

The billionaires are clueless. I could write a whole article over how these luxury bunkers will turn into certain death traps for those who think they will be safe.

WhackoWarner's picture



TMZ reports that Buffet was the buyer. gonna put obamy into the servant's quarters. Him and Michy can do the toilets.

Normalcy Bias's picture

...and how long would it take before the assholes inside the bunker turn on one another? lol

Pure Evil's picture

Probably while they're all scrambling to get inside.

First come, first serve, everyone else gets treated as zombies.

NoPension's picture

The guys ( real men) who built it, have a plan. Bet on it.

agent default's picture

Soon after an asshole like me on the surface welds the doors shut.

New_Meat's picture

Hi nmewn:

"They're gonna need more guards."

Old adage to break in: "blind'em, burn'em, blast'em."  They you are into the soft tasty goodness inside.

- Ned

ebworthen's picture

nmewn said:  "They're gonna need more guards."

Precisely.  And if the billionaires never make it to their shelters it won't matter ;-)

villainvomit's picture

yep.....and even if they make it long enough to come to the surface there will be


Common Man........think about it....


No one gets out alive and karma is a bitch.

sam i am's picture



No. Russian ATBIP (Aviation Thermobaric Bomb of Increased Power) will take care of them

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DaveA's picture

And what if bandits kidnap the family of one of those guards and threaten to kill them if he doesn't leave your northeast gate unlocked next Tuesday night?

You need something like a feudal manor, where all your vassals and peasants (formerly known as "guards" and "staff"), along with their families, live together in one big self-sufficient estate, with a priest telling them they'll go to Hell if they try to kick you out.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

You need a self-sufficient village of several hundred people, spanning a wid range of skills and knowledge, because...

ultimate survival goes to those who REBUILD the fastest and biggest.

DaveA's picture

Not just skills, you need people you can trust, and who will trust you. Also known as "assabiya" or "social capital", and it's not something you can buy in a store or learn in school.

yogibear's picture

Enjoy that wine while you can billionaires. 

Because your killing body guards become your killer.

It's a choice and your money doesn't matter once the nukes start detonating.

Your money becomes worthless at that point.

All about survival. 

They shoot you, pompous billionaire, and they can survive 2x as long. 

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

Where is the 10m reinforced concrete perimeter wall with barbed wire and automated machine gun sentries. All well and good being in a bunker but what happens when the mob overruns the compound and starts lobbing things down the air vents.

BramsMountainFortress's picture

Quite seriously, these elites need to know beforehand that, if they are seen to have caused any kind of limited nuclear war or overly precipitous dollar crash, they will be held accountable. They will be dug up. It's their job now to see to it that there is no superpower war and, if the dollar has to crash, they do it in stages such as a 40% reduction in value, etc. Obviously, since they have a lot of hard assets, they already know they'd be in trouble with the American people even with a 40% dollar crash. They are not trying to preserve their wealth with all these petrodollar wars, they are trying to preserve their own lives probably.

ZippyBananaPants's picture

I would rather be topside fighting zombies

Amish FinEng's picture

Stock up on barbeque sauce. Hot and spicy will make the sub-humans taste good. Don't forget your vegetables and dairy. Breast milk will work.

NoDebt's picture

Whew!  Thank goodness for ketchup.

(Old Far Side cartoon with buzzards talking to eachother, picking at a carcass baking in the sun for some time.)

Hulk's picture

Thats all well and good, but what are they going to do when the chairs break ???

Pure Evil's picture

Probaly order up some Mexicans for $15/Hr to come in and fix it.


Mexican zombies.....doing the jobs American zombies don't want to do.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

I can see it now, Mexican zombies doing yard work in a post apocalyptic world.

SWRichmond's picture

10 years underground with a sociopath you've got to be fucking shitting me