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“Let your imagination run wild.”

Stalag Luft III Prisoner Camp Museum
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Zagan
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United Kingdom
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17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Let your imagination run wild.”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Went there as part of a large group, the actual museum was closed although it was opening time, but your can wonder around at your leisure the main camp area and imagine what it was like when the buildings where standing and it was not a thickly wooded area,be aware of the main road in, a bit bumpy when you cross into Poland.

Visited October 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Once on a lifetime!”
Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

We went to Żagań purely for Stalag Luft III, and although there is virtually nothing to do in the town at all, just going for this piece of history is well worth it. The trouble is, you have to use a bit of imagination. Contrary to previous comments, it really is easy to find. there's a big metal map outside the station that Stalag Luft III is shown on, or it's five minutes in a taxi.

None of the wooden huts remain and only the chimneys and concrete bases and brick chimneys are there, with a forest that is reclaiming the whole area. But we followed a chart of the camp, through Stalag VIIIC, through the American compound and into the British compound. It's very easy to follow. There are beaten paths and information boards at all the places of interest and the route of the tunnel "Harry" is there to see. We found the 'cooler', fire well, theatre, showers and the huts from where 'Tom' and 'Dick' were buried. All so easy to follow. And take 'The Real Great Escape' by Guy Walters with you. Such an eye opener and with a good diagram which easily enables you to know exactly where you are.

Go to the memorial to the 50 shot at a graveyard just north of the camp, have your photo taken at the 'Stalag Luft III, 1 kilometre' sign, and go to the small museum on the site of Stalag VIIIC, though it's closed on Mondays. Stalag VIIIC was a soldiers camp right next to Stalag Luft III, but the film doesn't mention this, the American compound nor the absolute folly of the escape. But a brilliant, brilliant visit, absolutely well worth it! Oh, and when you leave, go along the length of Harry and walk through the woods to Żagań station, just as the escapers did. If you find a wire fence, turn right along it, then left, and you'll soon find the huge water tower. Next is the underpass to the station that so many of the escapers took. Just before you get to it, literally a stone's throw, is the air raid shelter that Walters mentions in his book. All in all one of the best historical visits I ever made. Krakow, Salt Mine, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Opole, Żagań, and Wroclaw in one week is easy!

Nick

Visited August 2013
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Paignton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 282 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit!”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

Heading towards Zagan on route 296 the museum is on your right, about 3 miles before reaching the town. You can easily miss the turn into the driveway, as we did, but if you do, there is a lay-by next to it where you can turn around. The curator is English-speaking, very enthusiastic and very knowledgeable and informative.
The museum is actually on the site of Stalag Luft VIII. The exhibits are not vast but there is a sufficient range of drawings, photos and personal POW items plus a scale model of the camp to give you some sense of the atmosphere of the time. The sentry tower, the barbed wire and the re-constructed camp hut all add to the sense of history. There is also a tribute to the Wooden Horse escapers plus a re-construction of a section of the Great Escape tunnel with the track and trolley. The nearby memorial to all victims of Nazi persecution is very poignant.
The site of Stalag Luft III is about 1 km further along the road towards Zagan. Again it is poorly sign posted and on the right-hand side of the road. There is a wide track leading into the forest, accessible by car and after about 1km there is a memorial on the left-hand side. The line of the "Harry" tunnel is marked out on the opposite side of this track with the names of the Great Escapers inscribed and the entrance to the tunnel clearly marked. The actual site is now covered with pine trees but the corners of some of the huts are marked and there are a few information boards. Thankfully, the site has not been commercialised in any way and the isolation of the forest and the now peaceful atmosphere adds to the sense of history to those tragic times.

Visited June 2013
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Difficult to find, need better signs.”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

This was an amazing place, there is the forest land where there is a memorial, cemetery and newly found the tunnel Harry. The museum is fairly basic but this was made up for by the very knowable young English speaking guide who was charming and couldn't help you enough.

Visited May 2013
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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“wow”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

really big wow.
First time was here, for sure come again with family.
Big impression!
great service.
such a big history just in Zagan.
incredible

Visited April 2013
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