Poland to put Hitler's forest lair on tourist trail

Discussion in 'WW2 General' started by Thorlifter, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. Thorlifter

    Thorlifter Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2004
    Messages:
    7,911
    Likes Received:
    189
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    IT Nerd
    Location:
    Dallas, Tx Jubail, Saudi Arabia
    WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland is looking for an investor to turn the "Wolf's Lair" of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler into a tourist attraction.

    The ruins of Hitler's fortress complex deep in the woodlands of northeastern Poland is famed as the site of an assassination attempt on Hitler by Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg and popularized by a 2008 film starring Tom Cruise.

    The Wolf's Lair served as one of Hitler's military headquarters during World War Two and was destroyed by the Nazi forces as they retreated in early 1945.

    The site -- whose name refers to Hitler's nickname, "Mr. Wolf" -- consisted of 80 buildings at its peak and is owned by the local forestry authority.

    "We are waiting for offers, but so far we have none," local forestry official Zenon Piotrowicz said.

    "The requirements are quite high because we want a new leaseholder to invest a lot, particularly in a museum with an exhibition that could be open all year long."

    The remaining ruins are open to the public, but do not attract many visitors because they are hidden deep in a forest and accessible only by treacherous dirt roads.

    The fortress near the Russian border was built in 1940 and 1941 to protect Hitler and other top Nazi officials from air bombardment during Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union. It had its own power plant and a railway station.

    The complex was heavily camouflaged deep inside a forest and surrounded by a minefield, which took 10 years to clear after the war.
     
  2. DerAdlerIstGelandet

    DerAdlerIstGelandet Der Crew Chief
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2004
    Messages:
    41,771
    Likes Received:
    687
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    A&P - Aircraft Technician
    Location:
    USA/Germany
    I would buy it, if I had the money...;)

    I think I know where I am going to take a small vacation to though. I have to see this before I leave Europe again.
     
  3. vikingBerserker

    vikingBerserker Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2009
    Messages:
    24,093
    Likes Received:
    656
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Korporate Kontrolleur
    Location:
    South Carolina
    I'm surprised nothing has been done with it yet.
     
  4. mikewint

    mikewint Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2010
    Messages:
    5,687
    Likes Received:
    432
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired and living on the dole
    Location:
    Lakeview, AR
    I always thought that the Wolf's Lair was in Bavaria, not Poland. After all this time the investment required would be massive and not even a road!
     
  5. tyrodtom

    tyrodtom Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2010
    Messages:
    2,484
    Likes Received:
    110
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    auto body repair
    Location:
    pound va
    #5 tyrodtom, Jan 19, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2012
    It was his private resort near Obersalzberg, I think that's either still in Bavaria, or on the Bavarian/ Austrian border. The highest building was called the Eagles Nest. The Nazis loved their animals of prey.
     
  6. DerAdlerIstGelandet

    DerAdlerIstGelandet Der Crew Chief
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2004
    Messages:
    41,771
    Likes Received:
    687
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    A&P - Aircraft Technician
    Location:
    USA/Germany
    #6 DerAdlerIstGelandet, Jan 20, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2012
    Yes the Eagles Nest is in Obersalzburg on the Austrian border. There is also a Bunker complex under the grounds of the old General Walker Hotel there. I have been to it many times and used to stay in the General Walker Hotel when it was a US Military Hotel.

    Here are some pics that I took from the last time I was at the Eagles Nest.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    And the bunker system below the former General Walker...

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  7. marshall

    marshall Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2006
    Messages:
    308
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
  8. stona

    stona Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2009
    Messages:
    7,535
    Likes Received:
    948
    Trophy Points:
    113
    The problem for me is that there isn't much left to see!
    Steve
     
  9. Messy1

    Messy1 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2007
    Messages:
    2,708
    Likes Received:
    29
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Occupation:
    Sales for Karl Performance
    Location:
    Ankeny, Iowa
    Home Page:
  10. mikewint

    mikewint Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2010
    Messages:
    5,687
    Likes Received:
    432
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired and living on the dole
    Location:
    Lakeview, AR
    very cool everyone, thanks for posting the pics. Another item on the bucket list
     
  11. v2

    v2 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2005
    Messages:
    5,943
    Likes Received:
    626
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Cracow
  12. Messy1

    Messy1 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2007
    Messages:
    2,708
    Likes Received:
    29
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Occupation:
    Sales for Karl Performance
    Location:
    Ankeny, Iowa
    Home Page:
    The map using google earth on the website link is cool to play with. You do get a few glimpses of the area, and you can see a few buildings.
     
Loading...

Share This Page