Wolf's Lair - Hitler's command centre in Gierłoż

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Did you know that one of Hitler's command centres during the war was situated in North-Eastern Poland? If you're interested in modern history then it's a must to visit Wolf's Lair (Wolfsschanze - Wilczy Szaniec).

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In the heart of Mazury one can find overwhelming concrete ruins. This is what's left after Adolf Hitler's headquarters. It was once developed to the size of a small village. It consisted of more than 200 buildings: shelters, barracks, two airports, a power station, a railway station, a heating plant and much more. Today they're just empty facilities but in 1944 almost 2000 people lived here! In this a place where the most significant  and binding decisions were taken. They concerned eg. war captives and German weapon industry. It was also here where Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg unsuccessfully tried to murder Hitler.

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Apart from Adolf Hitler it was a big group of Nazi leaders that lived and worked here: Hermann Göring, Heinrich Himmler, Martin Bormann, Wilhelm Keitel, Joseph Goebbels, dr Fritz Todt and Albert Speer.

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Polish government has kept the Wolf's Lair ruins as an open air musuem, located about 8 km from Kętrzyn. It's possible to visit this place all year round from 8 am untill dusk.

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Paying a visit in here will help you realise how immense German war industry once was and, in a wider aspect, what well organized madness might lead to.

Here you can have a look at a film from the Wolf's Lair:

How do you get to the Wolf's Lair in the Great Masurian Lakes? It's as easy as pie: take the plane to Gdańsk or Warsaw and rent a car at the airport. You can, of course, take your own car and travel with the ferry to the continent. Book accommodation directly in the lakeland. Don't forget to take care of your travel insurance!

Region: Warmińsko-Mazurskie.

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