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 - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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  • murrowguy
    Houston, Texas14 contributions
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    Where "The Great Escape" really happened
    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.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 19, 2023
  • Bountiful-IA
    Iowa City, Iowa610 contributions
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    History at it's best!
    Without a doubt worth the time and effort to visit! We had a first class tour given to us by Marek his enthusiasm and knowledge about the camp and the escape come through loud and clear during his presentation. Take your time when you visit the museum there is a huge amount of information available and very well presented.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 3, 2023
  • CCCBris
    Bristol, United Kingdom22 contributions
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    Excellent museum and memorial
    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.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written June 15, 2023
  • John R
    Northampton, United Kingdom32 contributions
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    A step into history
    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. Couldn't get photos to up load
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 3, 2023
  • PT5164
    Hook, United Kingdom12 contributions
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    The Great Escape brought to life!
    The three of us visited this museum in mid June 2023 and had a fantastic tour of the entire camp and surrounds from Marek, the museum director. The maintenance and development of the museum and camp is a passion of Marek's and his enthusiasm and knowledge is outstanding. Although we thought we already knew quite a bit about the 'Great Escape' from this camp in 1944, we learnt so much more from Marek. If you are interested in this period of history then a visit to the camp and museum is highly recommended. Thank you again Marek we hope that the 80th anniversary of the Great Escape next year is a success.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • edit71
    165 contributions
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    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
    16 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
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murrowguy
Houston, TX14 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, UK22 contributions
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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, UK40 contributions
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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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edit71
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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, UK32 contributions
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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, Canada290 contributions
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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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Lynandbenji C
16 contributions
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Sep 2023 • Couples
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.
Written September 30, 2023
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hbshbs
Reading16 contributions
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Ever since I saw the movie, I wished to visit the location. However, there is very little information on the internet on how to find Stalag Luft 3. Nevertheless, I urge you to make the effort to see this piece of history before it crumbles away into the woods. The location of the camp is just southwest of Zagan in some woods to the east of the A296. It is close to a museum dedicated to pow's but the museum was closed when I visited - I think that the place gets very few visitors.
You turn off the main road down a farm track and cross a railway line. After about half a mile you come to what looks like a gravestone but which is where the tunnel "Harry" emerged. From here you can wander into the woods and find other parts of the camp. There are some signs but it is clear that few people make the effort to visit so it cannot be economical to look after the place. I had the whole site to myself.
I found it all very moving - 50 of the escapees were murdered in punishment killings and these were all guys in their 20's. The escapees included Brits, Poles, Canadians, Kiwis, Aussies, South Africans, French, Norweigians, and Dutch. They deliberately gave priority to those who could pass themselves off as foreign workeers as they would have thee best cahnce of success.
I think that in a few years what little that is left will be gone. I am really glad I made the effort. If you feel like doing the same I am happy for you to contact me for advice/directions/etc.
I drove from Germany, but Zagan also has a train station.
Written December 4, 2009
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Lisa T
Kalaheo, HI121 contributions
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Oct 2013 • Family
The museum curators live and breathe this museum. Their passion to recreate the Great Escape is evident. We visited with my father-in-law who had been held at the camp for 25 months and was involved in digging the Great Escape tunnels. The two men who run the museum were able to locate documentation of his time there. They walked us through the replica of barracks and listened intently as my FIL relived his experience. The barracks were accurately recreated to the point my father-in-law almost thought it was the original. The curators were able to tell us exactly where my FIL slept...as we got close to the location, he walked right to it.

The museum includes pictures of former POW's, artifacts found on the grounds, maps, and videos of the experience. This museum is a work in progress...new information is constantly being generated through visitors with connections to that time period. Can't wait to go back!
Written January 17, 2014
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