The Thyborøn Fortress

On the 9th of April 1940 the German army crossed the Danish border and on the 10th of April, they set foot in Thyborøn. It was no coincidence that the Germans arrived so swiftly to this small fishing village. The small village placed at the end of a 10 km isthmus was easy to protect and secured a good vantage point from where they could keep an eye on the English. The villages strategic position also allowed for an easy defense of Limfjorden.

Even though the German army is long gone from Danish territory their footprint can still be seen today. Most conspicuous are the concrete bunkers. 106 bunkers were built in Thyborøn and many can still be seen today. They served many different purposes as everything from surveillance to barracks to storage. Thyborøn thus became a fortress. 

Like Thyborøn the bunkers placed here are unique. They are what is known as camouflage bunkers, however somewhat untraditional camouflage.

Normally when you think of camouflage you think camouflaged as nature. However, the bunkers in Thyborøn are camouflaged as Thyborøn. They were built in such a fashion that they looked like the farms, barns, industry, and summerhouses already found in the area. KYSTCENTRET is proud to be able to showcase the only fully restored camouflaged bunker, a R621, and thereby give all our guest the possibility of a unique look into an authentic bunker.

The story about the unique bunkers does not end at their construction. The story of the architect behind the bunkers, Poul Morell Nielsen, aka the turtle spy, is a story about world-class spy work, courage, and altruism in a time where everything looked dim. At Kystcentret we tell the whole story about this national and local hero.