Fort Stachelberg

Fort Stachelberg, Trutnov: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Fort Stachelberg Reviews: 4.5/5

Fort Stachelberg
4.5
Military Museums • Lookouts • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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4.5
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Mili S
Prague, Czech Republic342 contributions
Great impression
Jul 2021 • Couples
The history of 1938 of Czechoslovakia, building of fortification line against Hitler's Germany, the heroism and enthusiasm of those Czechoslovak builders and solders..remains highly admirably . And the technical qualities, invention, size... really venerable! One feels that eventful atmosphere and must be proud and angry...even after so many years!
Written July 12, 2021
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ZuziSt_Louis
Florence, Italy438 contributions
History buffs gold mine
May 2018 • Family
Anyone who is interested history especially WWII you will love this place. The area has many bunkers in different conditions the largest is Fortress Stachelberg. Stachelberg was part of the border fortification against Hitler's Germany. It was unveiled in October 1937 as the largest Czechoslovakian artillery fortress and one of the largest fortresses of its kind in the world. Its construction was stopped because of the Munich Agreement and the elimination of the German border in October 1938. The fortress is open for tours but I wouldn't recommend it to any one who is claustrophobic. The tour lasts over one hour and costs less then $6, well worth the price. We happen to be there when there was a display of WWII military vehicles. I highly recommend this tour.
Written June 15, 2018
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Thank you for nice review!
Written June 17, 2018
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Mike U
Minneapolis1 contribution
A labor of love, and it shows
Oct 2017 • Solo
While visiting Prague for work, I added a couple days to the end of my trip to visit areas outside the city. Having a great interest in fortifications, this was top of my list, but I found that they were only open on weekends in September and beyond - I was looking to go Tuesday. Taking a chance, I emailed a couple of the contacts available on the website, asking if I would at least be able to come and look around, and if that would be worth the trip.

Instead, what I got was a response from Tomáš, one of the proprietors, offering to give me a tour. When I mentioned I was taking the train, he said he could pick me up from the train station, saving me a bus ride.

He took me into the main bunker, where they have exhibits about the (incomplete) Czech fortification system from the late 1930s, exhibits on Czech and German armies, weapons, and people, and details about this particular complex itself. Warning - the exhibits are in Czech. However, the text is clear enough that using a camera-based translation app should work.

He then took me on the tour route, which goes deep (30-40+ meters) into the ground, showing me the tunnels that were completed prior to the Munich agreement, and explaining what each was to be used for. In some tunnels/halls, they had built up exhibits with mannequins showing what the room was to be used for.

He also showed me some off-tour items, and explained future plans they have for the location. He then was gracious enough to take me into the countryside a bit more, and showed me some of the first line of defense bunkers. He was also very happy to answer all of my questions about the area, Czech involvement in the war, Czech/German relations (past and present), and so-on.

The owners of the bunker got started as a hobby. They are constantly expanding the tour, and recreating and expanding the tunnels to show how the fortress was planned to look. It is a labor of love that is now in its second generation. They are funded through admission prices, donations from patrons and government/heritage organizations, and largely from their own pockets.

If you have any interest in 20th century fortifications, this is a must-see. At the time, it was planned to be one of the best fortifications in Europe - on par with Maginot. It comes with an extra bonus of learning about the rich history of the area as it relates to WWII (something that you are not likely to come across unless you seek it), and some great hospitality.
Written October 4, 2017
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Thank you for nice review. We will do our best to keep high standard for all our visitors.
Written October 6, 2017
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Martin O
Ostrava, Czech Republic15 contributions
Great visit
Jul 2017 • Family
It was amazing. Country around is interesting as well. There are different smaller bunkers around. During tours they keep you 60m underground which is really very interesting.
Written July 25, 2017
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Pavel H
Dvur Kralove nad Labem, Czech Republic3 contributions
Why visit Stachelberg?
May 2017 • Family
The Stachelberg fortress was built for the defense of the republic in 1937-1938. It has never been completed and today visitors can admire both the strength of the building and the course of the building.
Written June 8, 2017
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Fort Stachelberg is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM