Wilczy Szaniec
Wilczy Szaniec
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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.
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daesquiv
San Jose, Costa Rica646 contributions
This is the place where Hitler and his closest collaborators spent over 800 days during the WWII coordinating strategies. This is also the place where there was the most famous attempt on his life by von Stauffenberg in operation Valkyrie in 1944.

If you are into history then you must come here. There are a number of bunkers here that will show you the magnitude of these constructions where in some cases are up to 7 meters thick of pure concrete. You can see Hitler's bunker (building number 13) as a massive structure; there are signs that say you should not enter but nobody is really controlling this and everybody is going in.

They can definitely do much with the place, there are no signs on each building (except building number) that can tell you much about it although there is a map at the entrance that you can take a picture of and will tell you which building it is you are looking at.

They offer guides (german and polish only...no english) but it is still very much worth the visit.
Entrance fee is 15pln but we paid only 45pln for 4 of us since there was some kind of offer.
Written June 2, 2020
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Lizand30
Leyland, UK295 contributions
This is a site I have wanted to visit for many years due to WWII interest. After researching organised day trips which average price is £150 each my wife and I rented a car in Warsaw and drove there ourselves. Firstly, the cost of car (Avis)/fuel/entry to site was only £90 and secondly we were able to spend over 3 hours there at our personal leisure. Due to time of year we only saw about 20 other people and therefore allowed us to spend plenty of time looking at the various bunkers etc. It is definitely worth the day to visit as it contains so much detail of where the 'Great Nazis' hid during the war when their people were being pounded at home and on the battlefields. The restaurant on site after our visit was very good also and the food prepared freshly to order. Definitely one NOT to miss.
Written February 16, 2020
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Evelina M
Vilnius, Lithuania21 contributions
I loved visiting this place. This place was a highlight of the day. Open air museum is great for history lovers and, especially, who is interested in history of WORLD WAR II . The area as well as information near ruins is interesting. However, the most interesting information was gathered in a room, in which were showed the assassination scene.
Written August 23, 2021
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Jana C
Prague, Czech Republic4,619 contributions
I had put a review under Wolf's Lair as so much easier to remember that to this name. But here we are...my husband wanted to come here but I wasn't bothered at all. You definitely need a car to get here as it is pretty remote. When we visited in March there was hardly anyone around. The huge parking had very few cars there. The restaurant was open, we only had drinks but I am pretty sure they served food also. We walked around and saw many old bunkers in disrepair. It was interesting as there were boards with info by some of them. There was also a small centre where you could sit and watch a video about the Nazis. Overal a good visit and definitely would recommend to anyone interested in WWII.
Written July 26, 2022
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MJK
Coventry1,072 contributions
Most of people who are interested in IIWW history heard about this place and 20 July plot and following operation Valkyrie (especially after the film with Tom Cruise was released).

However visiting the place, where the whole thing happened is a different thing and it is the touch of real history. I heard about the attempts to blow-up the constructions after the war and tens of thousands of TNT used for this purpose, so I was genuinely surprised how well preserved most of the bunkers and other facilities are. The whole area is also well arranged and most of places is properly described, so you can see not only the remains of bunkers and other objects but also learn a lot during the visit.

It was also interesting visit from a technical point of view - as a civil engineer I was genuinely impressed with the massive bunkers and the way they were camouflaged. I believe that these hills of reinforced concrete will remain fairly unchanged even in 200 or 300 years!
Written August 14, 2022
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ZyjeSieRaz
Wroclaw, Poland34 contributions
Unique and breathtaking place. We were fascinated by its history told by an elderly man (who looked so old that he could see it with his own eyes). There was only silence and deep green around us and the story wich seemed so real that we were shivering. Unforgettable experience.
Written August 31, 2021
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Barbara S
Krakow, Poland1,615 contributions
It's a must see for everyone to understand better the context and everything that happend during the war. Most of the time you walk around the ruins left, but can see how massive all the complex was. Now the room where the attack's attempt took place has been restored.
Written June 1, 2021
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Anna G
Lodz, Poland688 contributions
Couples
This palce has changed a lot since my last visit in 2007. There is now a proper parking place and ticket booth. There is also a paved path which I don't like but believe was made 5o benefit people with disabilities.

It is a sad place but important to visit.
Written November 16, 2021
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Mike L
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As a history tragic this visit was on my bucket list. Marcin was our guide/ driver . He was an excellent, knowledgeable and generally a nice guy. Amazing to think that this was where Hitler conducted his fatal Russian campaign. A long day and you will have to pay a few dollars…..Money well spent.
Written August 4, 2022
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John-yyz423
Toronto, Canada11 contributions
Solo
I had been wanting to visit the Wolf's Lair for many years, but the remote location in the north of Poland made it difficult.
Recently I was in Warsaw on business and had a free day. A wonderful company called IntoPoland arranged a one day trip for me to visit this historic site. It took about 3 1/2 hours to reach the ruins of the Wolf's Lair, located near the town of Ketrzyn. When I arrived, I was met by my English-speaking guide Jadwiga, who did an excellent job of explaining the site, each building, and what life was like here during WW2. She also had many period photos - I love before and after photos!
I had read about Von Stauffenberg and the 1944 bomb plot, and had seen the film "Valkyrie" a few times. To be at the actual location where this historic event took place was fascinating and somewhat eerie. While the building itself is in ruins (the roof has collapsed and is now almost on ground level), it was incredible to be standing where history might have been altered had the plot succeeded. There is a historic plaque, as well as a well-made history board describing the assassination attempt on Hitler. You can also visit many other ruins such as Goering's house and bunker, guest quarters, Hitler's bunker and other bunkers, where you can go inside (not for the claustrophobic). Not much left, but there are some original floor tiles, remnants of door frames, electrical wires etc.
Anyone interested in WW2 history, and in particular in the assassination attempt on Hitler that took place here would not be disappointed. Suggest seeing the film "Valkyrie' or the documentary "Operation Valkyrie" before visiting.
There is a good restaurant on the site, and basic hotel accommodation if doing a self-drive. More accommodation choices in the nearby town of Ketrzyn.
Written April 5, 2012
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