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“Adventure in the woods!!”

Stalag Luft III Prisoner Camp Museum
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Zagan
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Stevenage, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Adventure in the woods!!”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

We were driving to Poland to visit Auschwitz and whilst researching managed to also find the location for Stalag Luft III. This had to be worth a visit?? We arrived around 18:00 after a 13hour drive. The museum was closed but we were able to have a good enough look around at the replica hut and information boards etc. We decided to move on to find "Harry"......... About 1km up the road from the museum on the right we found a sign pointing to Stalag Luft III. Just up the farm track there was an old railway line with platform and from on top of the platform the position of huts could be seen marked out in tyres. As we moved on we came across Harry. It was so exciting to find such a piece of history and as we explored the woods we found more and more. It was hard to take in just how close they were to both the woods and the fence but as it started getting dark and with the sounds of voices and dogs the other side of the woods we almost felt we were there!! We left Stalag Luft III almost feeling it was the main reason we had come to Poland and continued on our journey with big smiles feeling very lucky we had experienced "The Great Escape"..........

Visited April 2014
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Wilton, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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“Superb”
Reviewed 17 March 2014 via mobile

Visit this its a must how the hero's did all this is un real go to museum firstly then drive about 400mtr to sign saying harry up track then your see it all and be amazed at the scale of camp

Visited March 2014
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Tahoe City, California
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“Walk through history...”
Reviewed 17 January 2014

The museum curators live and breathe this museum. Their passion to recreate the Great Escape is evident. We visited with my father-in-law who had been held at the camp for 25 months and was involved in digging the Great Escape tunnels. The two men who run the museum were able to locate documentation of his time there. They walked us through the replica of barracks and listened intently as my FIL relived his experience. The barracks were accurately recreated to the point my father-in-law almost thought it was the original. The curators were able to tell us exactly where my FIL slept...as we got close to the location, he walked right to it.

The museum includes pictures of former POW's, artifacts found on the grounds, maps, and videos of the experience. This museum is a work in progress...new information is constantly being generated through visitors with connections to that time period. Can't wait to go back!

Visited October 2013
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28 reviews
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“A great effort to preserve what remains”
Reviewed 11 December 2013

My major interest in visiting Zagan/Stalag Luft III was seeing the site of the Wooden Horse Escape. So the photos I took relate to that.

Getting there (without a car)

Zagan train station is a dilapidated shadow of its former self. Once a major junction point, it is now a backwater with only a few services in and out per day. Although out of town it is of course very close to camp - one reason the camp is there was the ease of shipping in prisoners from all over Germany.

The Museum itself is located at the other end of the camp from the station just off route 296 running into Zagan, There is a cheap bus from the nearby larger town Zary (which has some express train connections to and from Berlin and Wroclaw)

Maybe the bus driver would let you off at the turn off if you asked - just say "Stalag". If not get out at the first stop you can in Zagan and walk back. You could then start at the museum, walk through and around the camp, then end up at the station. There are not a lot of trains back out so check timetables carefully.

As others have noted, the museum guide Mirek is an absolute treasure. Totally enthusiastic and extremely well informed. Much as the execution of 52 of the "Great Escapers "was a war crime worth punishing, the murder of 12,000 soviet soldiers in Stalag VII next door came as quite a surprise to me.

I was the only visitor yesterday, and he personally showed me around the museum and also the replica hut. Very impressive.

If you have an interest in the history of this place, it is well worth a visit. Part of what makes it interesting is that such a massive place housing over 10,000 men could decay to the point of near invisibility as a Silesian forest regrows all around it.

Visited December 2013
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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“The Great Escape”
Reviewed 20 October 2013

This is about a place, when a mass escape, later screened under the same title as this review, has happened. The place is not easy to find - you got to follow the road south from Żagań, and after about 1 km you'll see the signs for the museum. The main feature is after war building, since 2012 joined by the reconstruction (made by English and US pilots) of one of prisons wooden huts. There's also very stirring monument there, and the latest thing - a copy of the "Harry" tunnel, where you can check the conditions they had during the escape in march 1944. The museum groups all the basic knowledge you need about the war times, but then you got to use your sense of direction to find the genuine prison remnants being repossessed by the nature fast. There's an excellent map of the former prison on sale in the museum. The track of the "Harry" tunnel can be found just north from the museum, in thick forest. monuments are placed at both ends of the tunnel and between them there's a line of concrete blocks with names of the escaped prisoners. There's also many traces of all sorts of prison buildings hidden in that forest. Slightly closer to the Żagań there's set of two war time cemeteries (English and Russian).

Visited August 2013
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