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Wolfsschanze, Wolf's Liar

Remote Forest Location of Gierloz and Ketrzyn, Gierloz, Poland
+48 (89) 752 4429
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Gierloz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Previously East-Prussia; Former Military complex of the Third Reich. Military Commanding Center of the Eastern Front in WWII. Site of the 1944... more » Owner description: Previously East-Prussia; Former Military complex of the Third Reich. Military Commanding Center of the Eastern Front in WWII. Site of the 1944 assassination attempt on Hitler, by Claus von Stauffenberg. Story told in the 2008 film Valkirye. « less
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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26 reviews 26 reviews
24 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I would certainly not like to give the impression that this is an experience for enjoyment , rather for the Historical fascination to see the buildings and the place that was important. It is interesting to see the huge bunker buildings, to be able to walk around and in some of them where it is safe to do so. The... More

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Feilding, New Zealand
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Hitler spent a huge part of the war at Wolf's Lair and supposedly the Nazi regime went unnoticed!the bunkers were amazing with the huge thickness of the concrete. The whole place felt really weird with an eerie chill even though it was a very hot day when we visited. Would recommend if you are fortunate enough to get that far... More

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Australia
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126 reviews 126 reviews
23 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

While the Germans did their best to destroy this facility as the Russians approached, there are still plenty of structures to see, and even the ones that were hit with TNT are, due to their size and construction, largely intact and can sometimes be walked through. We met a guide in the carpark (rather than front gate) who for 60... More

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Bayern
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

I did a lot of research before we visited, and the site delivered everything I expected. I guess the negative reviews were written by folks who either did not research the site beforehand, or had been somehow misled on what to expect. It was just as I had imagined it would be, only more impressive. There are good guide books... More

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Burpengary, Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

An eerie complex, created in an isolated piece of Polish forest, and quite well preserved and accessible to most of the public (despite the transport facilities being a bit awkward to negotiate). Very impressed by the tour guide's knowledge and ability to convey messages to a variety of languages. They were most helpful and willing to spend a little time... More

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Australia
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66 attraction reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I went to Wolf's Lair on an overnight side trip from Warsaw, catching the train from Warsaw to Ketrzyn (3.5 hours) and then a local bus from Ketrzyn to Gierloz (50 minute wait then 20 minute ride). The bus service is run by Veolia, and the bus station is in an office at the end of the railway station (go... More

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scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

I have visited a lot of WW2 sites over the years. All very interesting and amazing to see. This one had always been at the bottom of the list due to its location. Eventually made it there and well worth the wait. To think I was walking in the footsteps of a mad man - how different the world would... More

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Iowa City, Iowa
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15 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Somehow a haunting site given that Adolf Hitler walked these same grounds. He lived here for 3 years during the ill-fated invasion of Russia. It is not easy to get here but I found it compelling viewing. The bunkers are enormous and were constructed to withstand direct hits from bombs. However, these massive edifices disappear in the dark forest and... More

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Pukkila
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you are in northern Poland and like history this place is the must. It is a living history. It is not so good condition because russians bombed it, but it is interesting to see how powerfull these bombs were. Easy to find and good parking place. Good information of walking route. A little gift shop and some kind of... More

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London
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Seen this depicted so many times at the beginning of films that I just couldn't believe I was actually walking round it. Totally mad, eerie, thrilling and fascinating Despite the mosquitos and the fact it's a ruin, it's facinating - in much less dense forest than I'd always thought - and worth travelling to the North Eastern corner of Poland... More

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