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“Valkyrie Thwarted - Unlucky.” 4 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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“Valkyrie Thwarted - Unlucky.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2013

An eerie complex, created in an isolated piece of Polish forest, and quite well preserved and accessible to most of the public (despite the transport facilities being a bit awkward to negotiate). Very impressed by the tour guide's knowledge and ability to convey messages to a variety of languages. They were most helpful and willing to spend a little time explaining things. Should be high on a 'must do' list for any travellers to Poland, as the surrounding countryside is also spectacular, making the journey even more worthwhile. We stayed at a beautiful little hotel a short drive away - Zajad Bialy Mlyn, Ryn, which had excellent facilities, food, and hospitality. It worked well with Wolf's Lair, as opening hours were from 10 - 4pm, and we were able to visit lost/found relatives beforehand.
Wolf's Lair had a good food menu, and good service, even though they were very busy. My son had a ride on a restored German side-car too, which was a thrill.

Visited August 2013
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“Side trip from Warsaw by train & bus”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

I went to Wolf's Lair on an overnight side trip from Warsaw, catching the train from Warsaw to Ketrzyn (3.5 hours) and then a local bus from Ketrzyn to Gierloz (50 minute wait then 20 minute ride). The bus service is run by Veolia, and the bus station is in an office at the end of the railway station (go in and ask which bus stand to wait at).

At Wolf’s Lair there are guides waiting on site but I bought a guide book and that was all I needed. As well as the main ruin site inside the entrance gate there are more ruins across the road that few people go to (the group tours skip it). One of the bunkers on the other side has a ladder that you can climb to the top, but obviously take care and do so at your own risk.

The accommodation at the hotel is basic but for 80 zloty a single room (ie less than $30) it is perfectly acceptable. The room tariff even includes breakfast. Because I stayed overnight I was able to visit the ruins again early the next morning and I had the whole site to myself.

I loved the food in the restaurant attached to the hotel. It was authentic, well prepared and cheap. Be aware that the restaurant closed at 5pm when I stayed so it was available for a late lunch but not dinner.

The return journey to Warsaw took longer because of the train timetable, allow an extra few hours.

Visited September 2013
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“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
2 Thank Minna J
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