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“Tells the history of the infamous German V rockets”

The Peenemunde Historical Technical Information Center
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Marrakech, Morocco
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“Tells the history of the infamous German V rockets”
Reviewed June 18, 2012

This museum and grounds really give you an inside look at the development and production of the V& and V2 rockets that rained down on Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands during World War II. It closes for lunch so get there by 10:30 if you want to see it all. Definitely worth a visit if in the area.

Visited June 2012
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“certainly worth a visit, but still a bit disappointed”
Reviewed September 13, 2011

Located at the harbour. A must see museum for everyone, certainly with teenagers who don't have a clue anymore about our history. Site is (still) impressive, entrance is nicely done, museum is nice but too small. We couldn't help getting the impression that they were trying to justify things in the name of aviation evolution. Much more could have been done with the site and the museum. We were disappointed that so little of the buildings can actually be visited. You get a sneek view of the power plant, but you cannot actually go in. The museum only covers a small part of the original historic site. The rest looks rather abandoned and is now taken up by parking places, snack bars, houses etc. We were shocked to see that they are now planning to build "nice family bungalows" on the grounds where thousands of people died. A park would have been much better suited. It lacked a well-thought vision. Shop sells interesting, but German books only. We visited many sights / buildings from the former GDR in the area and always get the idea that it's still a very German-only issue, with a lot of neglect, trying to cover up most of what happened during the war. Close-by there's a large abandoned Russian submarine which can be visited. The price they ask is too high, because there's no explanation provided about what you see. When there are many visitors you are even rushed (pushed?) through the submarine.

Visited August 2011
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Helsinki, Finland
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“Great but small”
Reviewed July 19, 2011

Very good museum for rocket-enthusists, but surpricingly small and narrow collection. They apparently had some planes on site also, but those had been removed before our visit. The old power station was quite a sight in and of itself. The neighbouring museums (submarine, some kind os childrens science center) might add to your visit. The museum is a long way from anywhere, and the roads were a bit crowded and narrow.

The Strange German modesty of their technical achievements in the 1940's also toned down the effect of the museum. I had a feeling they could and should have said a lot more of the technologies developed.

Visited July 2011
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thirsk
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“Living history - don't be put off on arrival”
Reviewed March 28, 2011

The fairly isolated feel along the access road from Karlshagen is amplified by wire net fencing set back in the woods and bogs making it clear by signeage that entry is banned for real life threatening reasons due to un-cleared ammunition left over from East Bloc and Russian live fire excercises. (The airfield was a big base for them) Mysterious concrete lanes regularly lead off the good highway, casual use barred by simple barriers of fallen trees and rubble.

It gives way to a feeling of an abandoned neglected place once actually at the car parks at the gates of the old power station, where accross to the right in my case behind wire fencing a V2 rocket stands perched on a plynth, with a V1 displayed several metres away. Further accross this space is the parked up now renovated site train.

The remains of rail access lies unused, grass poking through and extending into the main area alongside the there unmetalled pay and display car parks - elsewhere well fenced off to avoid un-official entry, all overlooked by the brooding hulk of the disused power station buildings. However the entry road carries on, past a dark sombre building, The Bunker, now serving as the museum reception area. Little, more modern quaint buildings are scattered around offering a souvenier and ice cream shop, and small chapel.

To the immediate left along the road is then a small cafe. Surprise, because inside and un-announced is the most wonderful large toy museum for 6euro entry fee. Worth it. Following this tarmac passed large cleared and soft surface areas like from abandoned demolished building sites one is faced with another surprise. The first developed rocket firing submarine, moored up and a privately run attraction. In good condition too, but I thought 30euro a lot to go around it and didn't. Alongside are shops and lovely cafes leading to the wharfe alongside which are a number of modern tour and fishing boats.

Back to the Bunker. 5euro gives a day ticket to the car parks and the Bunker was just that; the power station could be run from there once upon a time if push came to shove. Stark it may feel, but the reception area is in the control room, and not well appointed either, the souveniers rather tacky although the collection of books on sale seemed adequate enough. However another 6 euro and I was following the entry signs. Free movement within allows a proper suck, see and feel on all the well maintained exhibits, and the site is so big despite quite a few visitors it still felt empty.

Then came the main building. Within is so much documented and photographic history well presented. For RAF buffs there is a Lancaster engine and propeller displayed salvaged from a crash in the lake on the raid 17/18th August 1943, just up from the main site around the tourist circle drive. This Lanc is still being argued over as to which one it is, and the model, but part of the main plane body is still visible in the lake. From my observation of the engine it seems to have been a 'Hercules' rather than 'Merlin' power unit, which should help the aforesaid Buffs.

This circle drive passes through more fenced woodland and sealed off lanes, to the massive airfield perimeter, and by parked old East aircraft, before leading off to the main road to Karshagen once more.

Over all, a very very interesting place where the real feel of recent abandonment, serious modern history, modern presentation and interest come together.

None of the original launch sites are open to the public, which would be a good move, if only to get the atmosphere, but the matter of live ammo lying around again comes into this. I felt a pathway over the grass from the road to the Lancaster site could also be a benefit as I was told remains are still visible if one got close enough to the lakeside, and not just the sticky out bit seeable from the road.

Visited March 2011
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Pruszkow, Poland
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“Not only for fans and pilgrims...”
Reviewed August 25, 2010

Peenemunde is a place of pilgrimages for rocket engineers and military history geeks from all over the world, but it also has some appeal to your regular layperson. It's being actively refurbished and made into a truly modern museum with expanded documentary section. There are both replicas and original parts of V-1 and V-2s, exhibits on the history of the place and its people, and on rocket technology in general, showing the impact of the research here on post-war Soviet, American and British rocket and space programs.
As of July 2010 the planes were no longer on the display, but the Tarantul-class corvette was. There's also an SSG Juliett anchored in the port nearby, which is a completely separate venue - but worth a shot. There's not much left of the original launch sites in the area (the museum in in an old power plant), but you can see a mock-up of that in the museum, and, of course, take a guided tour of the penninsula.
Be advised that Peenemunde is a small village and while you can pay with your credit card in the museum, you'll need cash both for parking fees and to get into the Juliett.

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