Stalag Luft III Prisoner Camp Museum

Stalag Luft III Prisoner Camp Museum, Zagan

Stalag Luft III Prisoner Camp Museum

Stalag Luft III Prisoner Camp Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
POW Camps Museum was built in 1971. It commemorates POW camps set up in Zagan (German Sagan) during WW2. One of them was infamous Stalag Luft 3 for allied airmen known from the mass breakout of 76 prisoners in 1944. The event was immortalized in the 1963 film “The Great Escape”.
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Anglesey, UK174 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
We visited late October 2020 and this was a fantastic guided tour lasting about 2 hours . Marek the Director of the Museum could not do enough to explain the history and the outcomes of the great escape. I recommend this visit entirely. Thank you Marek for a very interesting day.
Wyn and Jenny
Written October 25, 2020
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FairCityFrasie
Perth, UK2,091 contributions
Nov 2019
Fired by the "re-enactment" by Attenborough, McQueen, Bronson, Garner, Coburn, Pleasance, McCallum, Jackson and, of course, wee Angus Lennie in the 1963 film "The Great Escape", we were fortunate to visit where it all really happened (the real escape in March 1944) at Stalag Luft III. I am merely backing-up the comments of colleague the CityDetective whose views I share. Informative and detailed guided tour by Marek set the scene and filled us in with things we did not already know or understand was followed by visits to the sites of Hut 104, Tunnel Harry, the Guard Tower, the site of "the Cooler" (where Stevie-boy pitched his baseball), the Camp Hospital, the old Zagan Railway Station, the Memorial to the 50, the Mass Grave of Stalag VIIIC and more besides (make sure you visit the statue of Captain Virgil Hilts' escape motorbike immortalised in the main square in Zagan). Fascinating historical site to witness. We had a lot of fun too, re-enacting the run from the end of Harry to the forest beyond, with aid of a pull-rope. Only disappointment was that the model tunnel built a few years ago at the museum, allowing you into and through the perspex-covered tunnel with its trolley and track, is permanently shut so the ultimate experienced is presently denied.
Written November 8, 2019
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citydetective
Perth, UK122 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
Along with the good friends who are also interested in the history of WWII we visited Stalag Luft III as part of our mini tour of Poland.
We drove there from Wroclaw airport and with the use of Sat Nav we found the Museum and the camp easily.
We booked the Museum tour from Scotland, so Marik was waiting for us.
The tour is great value for money and Marik's knowledge and oratory was well appreciated by us all.
We visited the actual camp the next day as were residing overnight in Zagan.
At the ruins of the camp you can walk over the area and with a map and identify the cooler, hospital etc.
You also see the preserved Harry tunnel which in itself was a feat of engineering.
There are also a number of memorials to those who dies in the camp, including the Fifty.
If you are interested in the history of WWII this is a must and a lot cheaper to do it under your own steam and pace.
Written November 7, 2019
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itsachore
Toronto, Canada18 contributions
Oct 2019
Stalag Luft 3 museum is well worth the visit even if it is a beat off the beaten track. We had an amazing visit with Mirek. He is beyond exceptionally knowledgeable and passionate about the camp and it's history. The experience was very moving. I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Poland.
Written October 26, 2019
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Martin G
St Ives, UK2,501 contributions
Oct 2019
Visited Stalag Luft III at Zagan in Southwest Poland the very next day after visiting Colditz Castle.

Although everyone knows the story of The Great Escape through the film, the visit to Zagan is an entirely different thing. To see what the prisoners went through to escape, even by digging multiple tunnels; the most famous three being, Tom, Dick and Harry.

See all of the photos supplied with one of the biggest surprises was to see the remains of the brick built theatre.

The length of the tunnel for the prisoners to escape through was amazing, what a pity it proved to be some 30 feet too short. A bonus on the trip is that we were able to visit the nearby railway station, some 2 kms from the camp.

This is well worth a visit, you must do it before it is lost for ever, once nature fully takes over.
Written October 26, 2019
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CaptAndyK
London, UK110 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
Fascinating visit to the scene of The Great Escape. Incredible stories to be heard. Great artefacts. Moving memorials. Great tour given by Marek. Well worth a visit. Staying in Wroclaw and arranged tour through Wroclaw Tours
Written October 26, 2019
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si_a_robinson
23 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
As I child I must have watched 'The Great Escape' hundreds of times. However the real Great Escape is much more intresting. This is a must visit along with 'Harry' not five mins away and the Memorial to the 50. Very Moving
Written October 19, 2019
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Sam C
Fort Hood, TX8 contributions
Sep 2019 • Solo
Recommend spending maybe 1.5 hours here. Make sure you go back to see the memorials for the officers executed during the Great Escape, it’s a little further back and out of sight of the main museum.
Written September 28, 2019
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kiwi262016
Brisbane, Australia191 contributions
Jun 2019
We organised a day trip and we were picked up from Cottbus and driven to the site.We had attempted this ourselves by car months before, but the locals were not exactly helpful on directions.
This was the better option and it didn’t disappoint.This is definitely a must do,to be able to stand in the area where the camp was to look around at where you are,and think these brave men attempted to escape from this camp.
The tunnel it’s self was not wide and that too was unreal to see, also to read the names of fellow countrymen so far from home is quite touching.I am glad we made the effort to go it was a great tour something I can recommend.
Written September 25, 2019
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jane s
Brighton, UK59 contributions
Sep 2019
We went today and i would say if you are intereseted in history this is definately a must visit. We went with a company called Wroclaw sightseeing tours and enjoyed every minute. You dont feel rushed and we visited the museum, Tom Dick Harry & George tunnels, then the memorial to the 50 who died in the great escape followed by a visit to the train station
Written September 24, 2019
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