Anyone with big plans to invade a country better stay the hell out of Switzerland, because they are not having it.
If the dead ever rise and attack us or aliens try to invade the planet, Switzerland has it made.
In fact, they’ve rigged their entire, breathtakingly beautiful country to self-destruct just in case that happens.
On top of that, they went the extra mile to make sure that whatever blows up can’t be fixed.
Switzerland is basically designed to “seal itself into a kind of self-protective oblivion, hiding out in artificially expanded rocky passes and concrete super-basements as all roads and bridges into and out of the country are instantly transformed into landslides and dust,” according to BLDGBLOG’s Geoff Manaugh and his explanation of John McPhee’s book about the Swiss military.
Don’t let these stunning pictures fool you; there’s dynamite in them tharr hills… to say the very least.
More on how this all came to be after the jump!
The country began a comprehensive civil defense program in 1963 that required every Swiss household to build and stock its own shelter. At least 3,000 points of demolition are hidden throughout the country.
Here’s a breakdown of how excessively prepared the Swiss are for invasion, apocalypse, and/or nuclear disaster:
- There are hidden bomb shelters everywhere. Beneath quiet towns rest underground parking garages in which each and every resident could fit inside.
- Their bridges are wired to blow. Segments of highway bridges that cross over railroads are programmed to collapse onto the tracks, which are surrounded by hidden artillery so that anyone who tries to repair the damage will be obliterated.
- Man-made rockslides are rigged into the hills.
- While weapons are stashed away under barns, cannons hide inside pretty houses.
But the craziest of all are the secrets that live inside the Alps. Many of the mountains are hollowed out to make room for endless networks of tunnels, caverns, and bunkers.
One mountain reportedly holds a hydroelectric power station inside that’s only accessible by ladders and stairs. If they had to, soldiers could climb the entire mountain from within.
Clearly, the Swiss Army is devoted to defending the country at any cost. We shouldn’t be surprised, though – the amount of tools they can cram into one little pocket knife gave away their comprehensive mastery a long time ago.