Miedzyrzecki Fortified Region, Museum of Fortifications and Bats

Miedzyrzecki Fortified Region, Museum of Fortifications and Bats

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Magda
Prague, Czech Republic26 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
We did not have any expectations as this was an extra day we did not plan for and got the tip to come and see.
There was young lady who spoke English in the cash desk who explained the basics. There were shortest tours with the guide that started every 15 minutes and we got one right away (no waiting). As I understand, there are also ones in German that are fairly frequently, even though not as often as our Polish one. Also there is option for English, but call ahead so you don't end up waiting for hours, I got the impression that there were only few of them.
The shortest tour leads you to the bunker and then down, long hallway to the next bunker where you go back up. We had the option to go back by military transporter for extra 10Zl/person/payed on place and it was great experience.
If you travel during Corona time, don't forget your mask, you'll need it underground.
The tunnels were amazing as was the history and system of it all (we understand just a bit Polish so I can't go to more details).
Written July 31, 2020
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Tore L
Oslo, Norway29 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
I visited the “Festungsfront Oder-Warthe-Bogen” on July 30, 2019. I attended a group with an excellent English-speaking guide, but I learned afterwards that the group got him more based on a private initiative and not by the museum. The lady in the ticket office could not speak English (or didn’t want to) - only Polish. She was not very helpful. Is this the way to sell this very interesting site?

Anyhow, I got a splendid two hours round trip in bunkers no 717 and 718 40 meters underground and walked through the long impressive tunnels, which really reminded me of my visit to the Maginot line in 2015. If you are interested in history, go there despite the low service-mindedness from the museum
Written July 30, 2019
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tonyrad
Bourne End, UK111 contributions
Apr 2022
We spent 5 nights seeing every bit of concrete with the man that wrote all of the books, Not only tunnels.
Written April 15, 2022
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Rafal W
Skoki, Poland1,391 contributions
Jul 2020
Being in Miedzyrzecz and not visiting MRU (Fortified Region Miedzyrzecz) is like visiting Cracow and not seeing Royal Castle. I've heard many stories about this very area, therefore, once we were in Miedzyrzecz I thought, that it would be good idea to go there and look around. Actually, MRU it is a system of fortifications built between 1934-44 by Nazi Germany (have to remember that this area was under Prussia, and then later on under Germany rule after partition of Poland) that is stretched between Odra and Warta rivers, in order to protect shortest route from East towards Berlin. Miles, and miles of bunkers, underground tunnels, anti - tank obstacles and shelters that runs from north to south were divided into thirteen fortified groups of which most is inaccessible to tourists. Those most often visited by tourists can be found to the south of Miedzyrzecz in Pniewo and Boryszyn villages. In Pniewo was such a huge queue that we drove further to the south were Boryszyn Loop can be found. Still, we had to wait for a guide before we could even put our foot there. Grumpy mood kicked in after checking the prices, but once we were there, was no point to go somewhere else. We'd bought coffee and cheese cake and waited enjoying fair weather and quietness of the place. After arrival of the guide we have had short course about health and safety rules of the underground labyrinth, were handed out torches and we were ready to dive in to cold and darkness. There were very few bunkers visible on the surface of the earth. After short walk uphill we found concrete construction with protruding rusty rods. In the middle of it was entrance in to the world of Boryszyn Loop. On the first level are located rooms for garrison, underneath, after long way downstairs we found ourselves in underground world of tunnels and corridors. Did I mention that's pretty cold there? Believe me, it is. Body warmer it's a must down there. Dusty, cold and dark underground corridors runs for miles. One have to be careful and make sure that not stepping aside of the trodden route. In poorly lit labyrinth of tunnels is easy to fall in to some forgotten, poorly secured shaft or pit. Tourists there moves only in groups with a guide on the front and rear guard on the end of the group, who makes sure that nobody stays behind. I volunteered for this latter position. In one of the side tunnels was exhibition about fate of the Poles during WW2. Deportations, executions, concentration camps, round-ups, forced labour, terrifying stories of eyewitnesses... Our guide in underground world was a funny guy who knew a lot of stories and anecdotes. The atmosphere of the place was spoiled by tags and graffiti left by earlier visitors, visitors from the times before Boroszyn Loop was turned into museum of MRU. Tickets, after all, weren't that expensive. Around five quid, and it is possible to buy a ticket for only one object. We were there on afternoon, and I can say that few hours is not enough time to see all of the objects that can be found in area between Pniewo and Boryszyn villages. At the beginning I was a bit disappointed, but now, from perspective of time, I think that our little escapade was okay. Next time we'll have to go there early in the morning so we'll have enough time to see all what we can find there.
Written January 31, 2021
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Michel L
418 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
If you want to go there make sure you have a prearrange tour with a guide or you know the tours schedule. You cant go in without a guide. Most of the guided tours are in polish and last ninety minutes. If you want an english guide you have to pay for him.
Written September 6, 2018
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SurfCbad
Carlsbad, CA55 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
It was truly amazing to see how large and complex of a compound that the Germans in 1930 had completed here. Be ready to walk a good distance and go up and down stairs. You may also want to bring a jacket because it is much cooler in the bunkers than it is above ground. You will see some bats, who are the present day inhabitants while you are down there. All in all, it was a very informative and pleasant experience. You can take a ride in the personnel carrier on the way back. I highly recommend this as you would have already walked many kilometers by the end of the tour. The only reason it did not get five stars was because there was not any guide that was in English. My Polish is almost nonexistent, but I was able to pick up on the main points.
Written August 14, 2018
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Ron W
Hertford, UK89 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
This site shows the ability and skills of the Germans during WWII. The depth of the tunnels seems extraordinary for the time and they are still in very good condition. The purpose and eventual use of the fortifications is also very interesting. There are also protected Bats living within the tunnels. If you do not speak Polish check in advance for audio/translators.
Written September 23, 2016
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John J
London, UK45 contributions
Went here on the off chance. This bunker system is intact and gives a you a real feel for the era. Take a torch and something warm because it gets cold down below. Take a guided tour if your Polish. Used the English translation using numbered sites which was okay and gave an adequate picture. Not for the faint hearted. Lots of steps and walking but so worth it.
Written May 25, 2015
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BaukjeZH
Leiden, The Netherlands292 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
You cannot go in without a guide, book in advance!
Our tour guide promised he would do a German tour for us, turned out he had polish group and over the course of 2 hours he spoke 3 German sentences to us, disgraceful. Unfortunately you cannot go in by yourself which is a shame because there is some (not much, but more than 3 sentences worth) information inside in English and German and from that you can gather some information. To have a look around and be down 30 meters is very educational by itself. Shame we had to sit through 45 mins of Polish monologue before we could get inside though.
Written August 9, 2021
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George S
1 contribution
May 2021 • Couples
What a wonderful and interesting tour. Our guide Robert was great. He speaks very good English and he has a wealth of knowledge. This tour was worth the time and the modest cost.
Written May 22, 2021
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