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Local time: 03:31:35, Address: Gierłoż, Poland, Tel.: +48 89 752 44 29, Official WWW website:

The Wolf´s Lair is considered as one of the most horrifying monuments in Poland . It is located in a dense forest some 8 kilometres to the east from the city of Kętrzyn . It occupies 18 hectares with ingrown concrete bunkers.

History of the Wolf´s Lair

During the Second World War the Wolf´s Lair was the chief Hitler´s Wolfschanze Headquarters. The locality of the headquarters was purposefully chosen in this remote area because of the then planned attack of Nazi Armies eastwards. The construction work was commenced in 1940. There were over 3 000 building workers and all materials needed for the Wolf´s Lair were transported from Germany. There were some 200 buildings and 7 robust bunkers for the most important personalities of the Nazi government, for example, Hitler´s assistant M. Bormann, Prime Minister and Air Force Chief Commander H. Göring, H. Himmler, etc. The bunker walls and ceilings were 8 metres thick. The whole premises were surrounded with prickly wires and sophisticated mine fields; some 5 kilometres from this base a little airport was established. The Wolf´s Lair premises were masked with trees and bushes, and also with tene canvas covered with vegetable motives that were changed by the season. Adolf Hitler stayed there from 1941 and he did not leave the Wolf´s Lair for more than 4 months. It was in 1942 when he set out to Wehrmacht to monitor the advancement of the German front. Germans blew up the headquarters on 24th January 1945 in order not to allow the enemy to seize this strategic point, and then they retreated. Three days later Russians arrived but the premises were protected with dense mine fields. The Wolf´s Lair was heavily loaded with dangerous mines -it took 10 years to disable them. Over 55 000 mines were revealed.


Today´s Wolf´s Lair is extremely attractive for tourists. The premises are now masked with natural vegetable stand and there is a large car park. At the entrance point you can study a map of the area of the Wolf´s Lair. There is a marked trail (red) to take you around the site. You can visit bunkers marked on the map and provided with explanatory signs. There is a memorial plaque installed in 1990 to mark the place where in 1944 Claus von Stauffenberg attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler. In the exhibition lounge you can see a model of the whole complex in its original shape. The Wolf´s Lair is open around the year, from 8 a.m. until sunset.

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GPS: 54.0799, 21.493
Altitude: 139 m
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Last update: Oct 19, 2012 7:39:31 PM

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