Underground Town Osowka

Underground Town Osowka, Gluszyca: Hours, Address, Underground Town Osowka Reviews: 4.5/5

Underground Town Osowka
4.5
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Dariusz B
Goch, Germany41 contributions
This is just a part (but still huge) of whole yet undiscovered underground complex, called RIESE. The atmosphere of this place is really unique. You can experience (in the same time) atmosphere of the biggest unfinished projects of nazi Germany and the place of death for thousands of people which worked as a slaves in those mines. Couple technical advises: Take a warm clothes, those undergrounds keeps the same temperature 4-5 cel. degrees all year long. Don't wear fancy bright shoes (they will be covered in mud). If you chose extreme tour version take a good flashlight, preferably with a head mount strap as you need to cross dark part of the tunnel (with narrow walk pads) where you need to have your hands free to avoid a fall down in to cold water :-)
Written September 26, 2015
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BJ_Poz
Poznan, Poland575 contributions
Couples
Osówka is the biggest of the three accessible sites of the Riese Project (= "giant" in German). It has a variety of tours, e.g.: for children, standard, extreme. The extreme tour was the one we chose. It was great fun. Apart from getting to know the history of the place, you have to get through the flooded tunnels in darkness!
Everyone will find something nice for themselves here. :-)

TIP1: take hiking boots with you.
TIP2: there are also above the ground facilities.
Written August 4, 2016
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mma536
MN150 contributions
Friends
Of course we all know the Nazis were crazy evil people, but this place really shows how horrible they were. The tunnels are dug into a solid rock mountain by slave laborers. We are only able to see a fraction of the tunnels on the tour, but they are quite extensive.

The tour is in Polish with an English audio guide available for an extra fee. Our Polish speaking friend opted to translate for us instead. Be aware that it is cool and damp on the tour. You are given a hardhat to wear because you have to duck under a few low ceilings. There were people of all ages on the tour.
Written October 28, 2014
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songtravels
Los Angeles, CA50 contributions
Solo
The address on trip advisor does not quite take you to to the exact site. I used my Garmin with Europe Maps and typed in "Podziemne Miasto Osowka" and it took me directly to the site. The office to buy tickets looks ordinary and the lot has a playground next to it... this had me a bit confused and initially I turned back around thinking this was a park of sorts. You have to pay 4 PLN for a parking spot. And about or less than 15 PLN for entry ticket and another 15 PLN for the English recordings.

I would recommend dressing warm. Temperature drops a bit in there. Wear hiking type shoes; closed-toe for sure. The ground was wet and a bit slick like clay in some areas. There were a few puddles that water seeped through my running shoes a couple times; it had rained the night before.

I agree with some other reviewers that the English recordings don't provide much content compared to what the Polish guides are providing. You'll be standing around for 5-10 mins longer. I would suggest jumping ahead and listening to the other numbered recordings so that you can prime yourself for what's up ahead. Not sure if they have different type of tours, but I never saw some other the things that I heard on the recordings; which left me a bit confused and I realized what I was looking for after seeing other reviewers' pictures. In other words, it's great that they provide an English version as that is not the case for many Polish attractions, but it also can be improved upon. The ticket office has books about the history and details of this attraction if you'd like to learn more.
Written September 15, 2015
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MariaDavidRobinson
Walton-On-Thames, UK173 contributions
Travelled as a solo traveller to here whilst working in Wroclaw. Very easy to find with SatNav or Waze using the co-ordinates N50.66988, E16.41845, although single-lane roads in some places but all tarmaced. Nice cafe at site although main toilet block outside was closed and huge queues for the cafe toilet, so just popped into the woods !

You can only visit on guided tours, mainly on the hour, and to my knowledge only in Polish but you can rent a nice audio guide and each place the guide stops there is a number displayed (not always clear but he will call it out if you ask) and this provides a nice summary of where you are stood, although quite a bit shorter than what he says.

When you come out you can explore in the hills above the complex and can see some amazing structures on ground level, that supported the tunnel complex below. Pretty easy to find as just follow the black route and its prob a 30-40 min loop back to the tunnel entrance.

Highly recommend. I did a few of the various tunnel complexes in the area and this was by far the best.
Written November 24, 2019
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INEVERUSETHIS
New Smyrna Beach, FL207 contributions
Couples
This was worth the hour and a half drive from our Wroclaw hotel. The tour was an hour long with a guide who only spoke polish BUT they have audio guides in various languages. The 10 stations are clearly marked 1-10. Mind you that this place in is the side of a mountain in the middle of no where and was very educational. It seems that the tours only for individuals are on the hour. I cant say enough how Kool is was because the hour tour went by so fast.
Written November 18, 2019
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Grizwold13
Perth, Australia241 contributions
It takes some effort to go off course from your itinerary to get to this part of the world. The tunnels themselves are still a work in progress and in speaking to people who saw it last year it seems like it is getting better each year. With that in mind it may pay to wait a couple more years. There is a very basic cafe at the site and it may be worth going in the warmer months so you can enjoy a hike in the area. Make sure you have warm clothes for the tunnel tour as it is eight degrees underground all year round. Ie a warm jacket, pants and a scarf at a minimum. They give you a met that you just wear so that gives some warmth.
Written October 5, 2019
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Pálfi Bence
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Friends
It was not the same I expected, a nazi bunker sounds really interesting, but it just a big hole, after all, and by comparison expensive.

Besides that, there was a couple of mistakes in the organizing. We registered for an "extreme tour" (contain an underground boat trip), the reply e-mail was in Polish, despite we used English in letter. They wrote, the beginning is at 16:15. We arrived at 16:17, a bit late because the closures on roads. The cashier imparted, it's too late, the group is already underground, we should have arrived 20 minutes before that time... So needed to wait almost an hour for a basic tour.

In addition, on the website you can read, they don't accept card, nonetheless I saw a card terminal at the cash register... It was unpleasant because we forced to hunt for an exchange to buy złotys.

So finally got inside, at first time it's seems cool, but after 20 minutes eventually you don't see any interesting. Concrete and stone walls, dark and wet cavities. There are just a few exhibition items, although the bunker was despoiled before, I think they could put there more things to see.

So, if you decided to visit it, prepare the follow things:

Darkness: the lighting is not the best, for about the one third of the lamps are not working, more times I forced to light with my phone.

Difficult terrain: there are many bumps and pits, in addition darkness, so it could be dangerous. I nearly broke my footfinger because an unmarked sill..

Cold and wet: It's suggestable to wear waterproof shoes and warm clothes, even it's summer on ground.

Ps.: parking is not free, the lounge is expensive, and the hole is for about 200 m from visitor center via a dirt road, the but the nearby forest is beautiful.
Written May 4, 2019
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Dear tourists from abroad you are very welcome to visit our amazing place: Underground city of Osowka. You will hear incredible history and you will see greatness of undergrounds made by human hands during World War II. For your trip to go well you need to rent an audio guide or ask for guide how speaks your language, for example Czech or English. You don't need to have cash, we accept cards. Undergrounds are bright enough and all lights work properly. You need to know that undergrounds are very specific to visit, sometimes it can be wet, cold, some surfaces are uneven so you need to be very careful. Because of that our attraction is unique. We invite all tourists from abroad to visit our incredible Osowka complex.If you follow our instructions and prepare for specific conditions that we have in our undergrounds, along with your friends you will remember your stay in Lower Silesia for a very long time
Written May 8, 2019
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Sjw1999
Wokingham, UK73 contributions
Couples
Enjoyed a visit to this huge underground site today, it was well worth the effort of driving there despite the slightly remote location. What was to be an underground city, had the Russians not intervened. When you view the scale of the site you can't help but think about how many forced labourers died during it's construction. Access to the site is good via a signed road from the south side of the small town of Gluszyca. Non-Polish-speaking drivers need to be careful not to miss the next left turn towards the site, a few kilometers after leaving the main road junction there is a small sign to the left "Podziemne Miasto Osowka". The site has a good car park, tickets are on sale in the cafe building, the staff member was helpful and English-speaking. Tours in the summer season are hourly, less frequently in winter. An English audio guide was provided, essential for us as the tour guide spoke only Polish. The only minor gripe was that the audio guide seemed to be giving us much less detail than the verbal information, but it covered the basics. An interesting visit overall.
Written September 23, 2014
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Anna G
Lodz, Poland688 contributions
The tour is well prepared,.
Make sure to wear warm clothes as there is only 6 to 10 C inside all year round.
There is a free parking, toilets and the restaurant.
Written September 28, 2020
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