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“A very good attraction”

Stalag Luft III Prisoner Camp Museum
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Zagan
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

15th August, on a Great Escapes Battlefield tour with the War Research Society. Having seen the film on many occasions the chance to visit the site was amazing. The museum encompasses not just Stalag Luft III but also Stalag VIII so the area contained is vast, the land is owned by the National Forestry Commission and also the 11th Armoured Tank Division (Polands largest) so there are trenches and berms etc so be careful walking round. Also beware of the mosquitos and midges in the summer. The museum itself is small, though with a recent build, by UK RAF and Army volunteers, of a approximate half size barrack hut. I especially liked the replica of "Harry" tunnel that you can crawl along, it's actual size though only 10m in length, you crawl under a small barbed wire fence and a watchtower, just a small taste of the Escaping experience. The local guide was enthusiastic, very knowledgeable and very helpful, he has been clearing the ground to expose the huts and building of the camp, a lot of work but finacial limits aren't helping. Well worth a visit

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Reviewed August 23, 2012

The museum itself is quite a modest affair, though the exhibits are very interesting. None of the actual huts have survived but replica huts and a watchtower have been constructed. What most people will not be aware of is just how large an area the prisoner of war camp occupied. The museum isn't at Stalag Luft 3 at all, what remains of that is a mile or so away. All that remains are some foundations to the huts and representations of where the three tunnels were. What the site lacks in substance it more than makes up for in atmosphere. It oozes nostalgia. Take a trip to the railway station at Zagan, all of the escapers came to the site through it and many made their escape via it. It's like a time-warp, I could actually believe that how it is now is how it was then. It's incredibly cheap to visit but, due to woeful underfunding, there is little there in the way of facilities.

3  Thank Supernige
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

June 2012 - Took the E36 (A18) into Poland, then on to the 296 heading north towards Zagan. Museum is on your right along the 296 it is not well sign posted, therefore as you are approx 4/5k away after turning off to Zagan you must start to look for the museum sign. Once there we found it extremely informative, the staff could not have been more helpful. They really seemed so pleased to have us visit, one member of staff spoke very good English and was very knowledgeable about the British interest. We spent a bit of time here it was so peaceful, we were the only visitors at that time. The museum is actually on the site of Stalag Luft 8. We then went to the site of Stalag Luft 3 (the museum staff gave us first class directions) it is not well sign posted, you turn right out of the museum and travel approx 1k towards Zagan. There is only one small sign (see photo). You follow a forest track, over a railway line, the memorial and tunnel exit (Harry) are approx 1k along the track. Once there you can explore through the woods. Remains of the huts and other camp amenities can be seen, there are various information boards as you walk about. It's a very strange and emotive experience to walk in the footsteps of POWs. At the time we visited there was no one else there, it was a beautiful sunny warm day we had our lunch sitting by the tunnel. It's such a shame there is not more being done to preserve & promote the site. From there we went to the memorial to the 50 escapers who had been murdered on Hitler's orders (just outside Zagan) again very poorly sign posted it was behind a supermarket about 1k from Stalag Luft 3. A very sobering place kept beautiful by the Polish staff. Finally whilst in Zagan you must visit the railway station, it appears not to have changed since WW2 the booking hall, platforms are in a time warp. Overall this is a must see location for enthusiasts or just visitors to this part of Poland.

6  Thank JacR56
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

Take time to visit this place, good museum very enthusiastic guide, make sure you visit Harry - Tunnel down the road brilliant

6  Thank Woody039
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

I travelled to this place from London whilst in Berlin with my father. We flew into Berlin Schonefeld (easyjet £50 rtn) and rented a car, driving all the way to Zagan. What a ride. We headed South East in a VW Polo on the E36/13 in the direction of Cottbus and in the torrential rain. Once you get over the Polish border, it appears the roads haven't changed since the original autobahns were built in 1936 (the borders actually moved slightly West post-war so that would have been Germany initially) so be prepared for a bumpy ride.

The town is very easy to find. The signposts for Zagan on the motorway are very clear and it is then about 5 kms, left (north) from the motorway. The camp and all that goes with it, you will see prior to entering the town on your right hand side. There is a large signpost saying Stalag Luft III which will point you down a track (past the left of the museum) and from there it is about a 500m down. You will see a memorial on the left side which is the start of the tunnel Harry, going across the track to your right. The place is enormous. There were apparently 56,000 POWs staying here at one point so be prepared to have a march around (walking boots are a good idea) looking at all the different areas which have information points detailing what was what etc. I would also advise strong insect repellent. We got bitten to smithereens but that is a small cost to pay for such a deeply moving and unforgettable experience.

The museum dedicated to the POWs and their experience was closed when we went there but we had a quick look and you can gain access to the mock prison huts they have constructed with a few exhibits inside. I would also advise going into Zagan and getting a local bar experience - one keg of beer on tap and 5 bottles of vodka on the shelf - what more could you need?!

14  Thank Scaramangar
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