Wilczy Szaniec

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Wilczy Szaniec
4.5
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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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ZyjeSieRaz
Wroclaw, Poland34 contributions
never-to-be-forgotten
Aug 2021
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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Evelina M
Vilnius, Lithuania19 contributions
History-lovers, please, visit!
Aug 2021
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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Marek_ZG
Zielona Gora, Poland1,417 contributions
A gloomy site of the Third Reich's heart, yet fascinating in its own way
Aug 2021
One thing is to study WWII from course books but a different one and far more enjoyable is to walk around Die Wolfsschanze… or the Wolf’s Lair and learn in detail that this used to be Hitler's top-secret and high-security headquarters between 1941 and 1944
Written August 16, 2021
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Barbara S
Krakow, Poland849 contributions
a must see
May 2021
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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daesquiv
Gdansk, Poland635 contributions
Historic Place
May 2020
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, UK287 contributions
Well Worth Day Trip From Warsaw
Feb 2020
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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siomikas
Palanga, Lithuania916 contributions
Wirth a visit
May 2019 • Couples
Historical site, which amazes about the power of Third Reich and how it was built. Very interesting to see ir and explore it.
The best thing, that if you are with campervan, you can stay for night here, and the price is included in the ticket price of visiting the museum and moreover you can use al the facilities, like shower and etc.
Written October 20, 2019
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irlantilainen
34 contributions
Worth a Journey.
Sep 2019
Solemn remains, a reminder of mankind's mad futility. And no end in sight..

But move on, if you have a rental car, to the lovely and peaceful Masurian Lakes, to reflect on the beauty of Nature, and the kind, welcoming people of Poland.
Written October 12, 2019
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GinDub
Quebec City, Canada639 contributions
a n History course
Sep 2019
Those bunker it is something to see and to walk in this path where the monster live it is something that should never b e forgotten that part of History is so sad
Written October 2, 2019
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CJTravelerTexas
Texas8,299 contributions
Significant Part of World War II History
Sep 2019
As part of a week long program prepared for us by our Polish hosts, we were able to visit Wilczy Szaniec, also know as Wolf’s Lair (English) and Wolfsschanze (German), Adolf Hitler’s first Eastern Front military headquarters in World War II. Our English-speaking guide during our visit was Czeslaw Puciato, who did a fantastic job of communicating the significance of this military fortress and about the assignation attempt on Hitler’s life. Czesław identified each structure in the compound and provided information as to its role. The time and resources it took to build this fortress campus, and others, is unfathomable. While on the tour cats would come up to Czesław and he would feed them cat food he had in his jacket pocket.

At the conclusion of our tour, we stopped at a shop where souvenirs and publications were being sold. It was there that we learned that Czesław was the author of a guidebook to this former German military facility. We all purchased a copy for 20 złotys (approximately $5.00), which he autographed for us.

The small restaurant at this historic site produces some very good food. I had goulash soup, which was very good.

If one is in the northeastern part of Poland, a visit to this historic site is a must. A guide is recommended.
Written September 27, 2019
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