Stalag Luft III Prisoner Camp Museum

Stalag Luft III Prisoner Camp Museum

Stalag Luft III Prisoner Camp Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 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 - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 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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  • edit71
    176 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very important story told extremely well.
    Just over a two hour car journey took my brother and I from the city of Wrocław to a truly awe inspiring place. I grew up watching the great escape and so I wanted to see the camp first-hand. Hugely recommend to get a guide to show you round. I sent an email and Marek came almost straight back to me saying how delighted he would be to walk us round the museum and show us where the tunnel Harry had been. We also got to see the memorial to the fifty which is located close to the station. Marek is kind, enthusiastic and extremely knowledgable. I’ve seen the film more times than I can remember, read the book and also seen documentaries but what my brother and I learnt in the 3 hours or so was so much more. So many absorbing details to digest. Marek organises special functions for veterans and families of those men who were actually at the camp and also puts on events for the local children. So important! The story of the great escape needs to be told and Marek and co are the perfect people to do this. One of the most. If not the most interesting times I have ever spent at a museum. An important mention has to be about another daring escape. “The Wooden Horse” where three managed to escape back to Britain also from Stalag Luft and is spoken about at the Museum. A 1950 film well worth watching. Thank you so much to Marek and the team and I can’t wait to return when you have even more displays and information there. I urge young and old to go visit as soon as possible. You will be very glad you did.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 12, 2023
  • Lynandbenji C
    55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing escape stories
    Amazing museum of the amazing story of Stalag Luft 111. Excellent displays, remodelled huts and guard towers. Able to walk the length of escape tunnel "Harry". What an extraordinary experience.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
  • Jacob V
    Savannah, Georgia99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must-See in Zagan
    This museum is a good first stop in Zagan. They will show you a movie (in English, if you prefer) that gives a bit of history on both the town and the camp. The manager was very helpful and gave us many tips on things to look for out in the camp ruins. The main building has bathrooms, but there are none out on the rest of the camp. You will need to do some walking if you want to really get the full experience. You can drive out to the "Harry" tunnel end point and start exploring on foot from there if you want to minimize your walking. The museum staff will tell you how to drive out there, but be aware that the road is rough and you will probably make a wrong turn by going right instead of continuing on the slight left (just turn around in front of the gate, I'm sure people do it all the time). After the Harry tunnel, the road is very rough, so you might just want to park there. From the parking area near the Harry tunnel ending, you can walk south into the woods to explore some more. You can see the ruins of buildings and some of them are marked with signs that give you context. Most are not marked. There is also a site marker for something Napoleon did in the area, but I missed it. If you go further down the road, you can go to the site of the "Pommel Horse" escape attempt, which is a neat story, but there is nothing really to see besides the sign that explains what happened. In front of the museum, there is a replica tunnel that you can crawl through if the weather is nice. Probably fun for kids, but it is a little small for adults to use.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 24, 2024
  • Karen W
    Charlottesville, Virginia177 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stalag Luft 3
    This tour offers an in depth view of a POW Officers Camp. Eric paints a thorough picture of life in the camp and the mechanics of the attempted escape during a tour of the on site museum. It is a powerful lesson about another aspect of WWII. Our driver/guide, Jacob, took us to the remains of the actual camp site and the end of tunnel Harry. He was very knowledgeable as well. This is a tour everyone with an interest in WWII must take
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 17, 2024
  • MarionP1969
    London, United Kingdom82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Never forget
    A small and unique museum with loads of artefacts. The recreation of hut 104 is fantastic. It’s a short walk to the actual prison camp and memorial to the Harry tunnel. It’s huge place and you cannot even imagine how those brave men tunnelled and escaped.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 6, 2024
  • AmandaKNEvans
    Bridgend, United Kingdom5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stalag Luft III - A truly great escape
    We booked a tour with Marek and spent a fantastic 2 hours at the museum. Marek's knowledge and insight were brilliant and made a massive difference to the visit. It is always a joy to listen to someone who is so enthusiastic about a subject, and it added so much to our visit. I would recommend it highly. It made a good visit a fantastic visit. I can't speak highly enough of the place and the people.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 13, 2024
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murrowguy
Houston, TX15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Anyone who enjoyed the movie “The Great Escape” will appreciate this museum, but as a history buff who’s harbored an interest in this subject for decades, I found it fascinating. Marek Lazarz, the man in charge of the museum, leads visitors on tours and enthusiastically offers the sort of insights one would expect to hear from a young history scholar. It’s not essential, but let me suggest reading one of the many books on the escape before visiting the museum; although I’d previously read two books on the subject, reading another book a few days before my visit refreshed my memory and enhanced the experience. Give yourself about 90 minutes to tour the museum and the site of the escape, which are about a mile apart. Visiting this site fulfilled a boyhood dream for me, so perhaps I’m a little biased. But I’ll never forget this place, and I’ll always feel indebted to Marek Lazarz for generously sharing his time and expertise.
Written April 19, 2023
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CCCBris
Bristol, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Business
Came on a visit with a military academy (my views are my own). A small but very informative museum and a place to feel the presence of the POWs and the traces of the camps in the surrounding area. Really well run, the museum’s Director Marek is passionate about his subject and was a wonderful guide. Highly recommended.
Written June 15, 2023
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evieJP
Leek, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
The place is very humbling and full of history lots of interesting artefacts in the reconstructed hut and the museum. The director is very knowledgeable and was able to answer all questions. Highly recommend the walking tour to visit all the sites. It helps you realise the scale of the camps.
Written March 27, 2022
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Jacob V
Savannah, GA99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This museum is a good first stop in Zagan. They will show you a movie (in English, if you prefer) that gives a bit of history on both the town and the camp. The manager was very helpful and gave us many tips on things to look for out in the camp ruins. The main building has bathrooms, but there are none out on the rest of the camp.

You will need to do some walking if you want to really get the full experience. You can drive out to the "Harry" tunnel end point and start exploring on foot from there if you want to minimize your walking. The museum staff will tell you how to drive out there, but be aware that the road is rough and you will probably make a wrong turn by going right instead of continuing on the slight left (just turn around in front of the gate, I'm sure people do it all the time). After the Harry tunnel, the road is very rough, so you might just want to park there.

From the parking area near the Harry tunnel ending, you can walk south into the woods to explore some more. You can see the ruins of buildings and some of them are marked with signs that give you context. Most are not marked. There is also a site marker for something Napoleon did in the area, but I missed it.

If you go further down the road, you can go to the site of the "Pommel Horse" escape attempt, which is a neat story, but there is nothing really to see besides the sign that explains what happened.

In front of the museum, there is a replica tunnel that you can crawl through if the weather is nice. Probably fun for kids, but it is a little small for adults to use.
Written March 24, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Karen W
Charlottesville, VA177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This tour offers an in depth view of a POW Officers Camp. Eric paints a thorough picture of life in the camp and the mechanics of the attempted escape during a tour of the on site museum. It is a powerful lesson about another aspect of WWII. Our driver/guide, Jacob, took us to the remains of the actual camp site and the end of tunnel Harry. He was very knowledgeable as well. This is a tour everyone with an interest in WWII must take
Written April 18, 2024
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edit71
edit 71176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
Just over a two hour car journey took my brother and I from the city of Wrocław to a truly awe inspiring place. I grew up watching the great escape and so I wanted to see the camp first-hand. Hugely recommend to get a guide to show you round. I sent an email and Marek came almost straight back to me saying how delighted he would be to walk us round the museum and show us where the tunnel Harry had been. We also got to see the memorial to the fifty which is located close to the station. Marek is kind, enthusiastic and extremely knowledgable. I’ve seen the film more times than I can remember, read the book and also seen documentaries but what my brother and I learnt in the 3 hours or so was so much more. So many absorbing details to digest. Marek organises special functions for veterans and families of those men who were actually at the camp and also puts on events for the local children. So important! The story of the great escape needs to be told and Marek and co are the perfect people to do this. One of the most. If not the most interesting times I have ever spent at a museum. An important mention has to be about another daring escape. “The Wooden Horse” where three managed to escape back to Britain also from Stalag Luft and is spoken about at the Museum. A 1950 film well worth watching. Thank you so much to Marek and the team and I can’t wait to return when you have even more displays and information there. I urge young and old to go visit as soon as possible. You will be very glad you did.
Written September 12, 2023
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John R
Northampton, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
The museum is informative with some exhibits and a reconstruction of one of the prisoners huts. A lot of info re the 50 prisoners shot for trying to escape. Small entrance fee.
The Stalag luftt3 experiance is split into three separate entity's
1. The museum, as described.
2. The site of the camp that is actually a couple of miles away. Overgrown with vegetation and trees but tunnel Harry still marked out and information boards displayed. A lot of the foundations of the huts, solitary, swimming pool and theatre remain and you get a good perspective of the size of the camp. What was apparent was the exit point of tunnel Harry and its proximity to a lookout tower. As depicted in The Great Escape the tunnel was about seven meters short.
Well worth the visit. Although not at this camp my late father was a POW for most of the war in Stalg XXB Midland Group at one stage.
3 There is a memorial to the prisoners who died at Stalg lufft3. This is at anther location about 1.5 miles away. Worth a visit to pay your respects.
We stayed in Zagen and had a taxi out to the museum. We then walked to Harry and the memorial and back to Zagen. Total walk 8 miles in a very warm day. But it was worth it.
You will need local currency for the museum entrance.
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Written July 3, 2023
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Neil W
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We were able to camp up for the night in our campervan and to be alone in such a place doesn't make for a great nights sleep! However, the next morning we met Mirek the museum guide and what a guy. His knowledge is superb and his passion for history is wonderful to see.

We wandered around the whole site taking our time to explore the area not seeing a sole. With snow on the ground and the skies grey it made for an atmospheric visit and to honour those brave souls that were here in WW2.
Written February 1, 2023
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mike e
Toronto, Canada273 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Okay, now I have to qualify this rating. My wife and I stopped by on our way to Krakow and we went because of my interest in WW2 and as we have visited many such places...the place was great especially the tunnel markings of Harry both the entrance and the exit which came up short...we looked around the forest as well as the monuments around the camp. Back in 1986 when we lived in Germany we visited many places with WW2 significance and we found then that we were the only people there, he we are in 2022 and at Zagan we again were the only two people walking around the site...it was great to be there and to know what those guys went through and sadly the 50 who were shot in cold blood for there efforts.
Written November 30, 2022
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MarionP1969
London, UK82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A small and unique museum with loads of artefacts. The recreation of hut 104 is fantastic. It’s a short walk to the actual prison camp and memorial to the Harry tunnel. It’s huge place and you cannot even imagine how those brave men tunnelled and escaped.
Written May 6, 2024
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