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“One of the big WW2 relics to visit.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Wolfsschanze, Wolf's Lair

Wolfsschanze, Wolf's Lair
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Wolf's Lair - Adolf Hitler's World War II Headquarters
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Gierloz
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Previously East-Prussia; Former Military complex of the Third Reich. Military Commanding Center of the Eastern Front in WWII. Site of the 1944 assassination attempt on Hitler, by Claus von Stauffenberg. Story told in the 2008 film Valkirye.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“One of the big WW2 relics to visit.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013

I have visited a lot of WW2 sites over the years. All very interesting and amazing to see.
This one had always been at the bottom of the list due to its location. Eventually made it there and well worth the wait. To think I was walking in the footsteps of a mad man - how different the world would be today if the bomb plot had worked !!! Well worth a visit.

It cost 15 zloty to get in and 10 to park the car.

We were approached by a woman as we exited the car offering tours. Took her up on the offer - 60 zloty ( about £12 ) for a one hour tour - she spoke English however I don't think every tour guide does.

One thing to note - Drove from Gdansk to the Wolfs Lair. It took about 3hours 15 mins. Used a sat nav with fastest route setting . Gdansk has good roads and so does Ketrzyn - but inbetween its about 80 km of twisting turning country roads.

Visited September 2013
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“Dark but fascinating chapter of history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2013

Somehow a haunting site given that Adolf Hitler walked these same grounds. He lived here for 3 years during the ill-fated invasion of Russia. It is not easy to get here but I found it compelling viewing. The bunkers are enormous and were constructed to withstand direct hits from bombs. However, these massive edifices disappear in the dark forest and one has to almost stumble into a bunker to see it. It is quite unrestored and it's important to step carefully if you go inside the collapsed bunkers (which we did) but it gives you a sense of what it might have been like to go inside during an air raid. If you are in Northeastern Poland, this a place you shouldn't miss.

Visited September 2013
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“Worth to see”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you are in northern Poland and like history this place is the must. It is a living history.
It is not so good condition because russians bombed it, but it is interesting to see how powerfull these bombs were.
Easy to find and good parking place.
Good information of walking route.
A little gift shop and some kind of restaurant. And ATM!

If you want to see unbroken bunkers, you can go to Mamerki, where bunkers are not bombed. It is about 30 km north of Wolf's Lair. Easy to find but check from map.

Visited July 2013
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“Hitler's Wolf's Lair, East Prussia ... somewhere near the Russian border”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

Seen this depicted so many times at the beginning of films that I just couldn't believe I was actually walking round it.
Totally mad, eerie, thrilling and fascinating
Despite the mosquitos and the fact it's a ruin, it's facinating - in much less dense forest than I'd always thought - and worth travelling to the North Eastern corner of Poland to visit.

Clearly the woners are trying to keep things in the best possible taste - but a coffee or tea room would have been nice

Visited May 2013
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“Not upto expectations”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

Having visited various similar sites in other locations, my description of of the Wolf's Lair can only be disappointing. Disappointing that an important historical site is left in such disrepair and unkempt condition and disappointing for the visitors who take the trouble to travel to Lair and experience a poorly organised location.

Admission costs were not cheap, especially considering there is very little evidence of any maintenance or renovations to the site.

We visited on a Monday, presumably quieter than a weekend. Yet the car parking was very poorly organised. There are two poorly equipped souvenir shops, both with indifferent staff. Tour guides are available, but it is possible to walk round the site, following old red and white arrows, painted onto trees. There is no identification/details on any of the buildings or ruins.

Nobody in our group had any inclination, other than to leave the site, after our walk round. The refreshment facilities providing the same atmosphere as the site in general.

Visited July 2013
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