Wroclaw

Żagań

Museum of the Prisoner of War Camps (Muzeum Obozów Jenieckich)

If you’re a fan of the movie “The Great Escape” or even if you are just a fan of WWII history, Żagań will be a real treat. Though for many years there was little to see in Żagań, today - thanks to the work of diehard historians and RAF personnel - the Stalag Luft III POW camp has been partially recreated and houses the rather excellent Museum of the Prisoner of War. The site does a fine job recounting and recreating the camp conditions, paying tribute to the famous March 25th, 1944 escape, and even to the film (despite the fact that their stories differ considerably).

Although situated just a few kilometres outside of the centre of town to the south-west, the lack of signs can make finding it a little bit of a challenge. Follow the road 296 to Iłowa and you’ll find the museum and the remains of the camp on your left about 4km outside the centre.

The museum is set in a socialist era building close to where Stalag Luft III once stood and this should be your first port of call. Head up the stairs where you’ll find a lady selling tickets and souvenirs. She’ll show you a short film on the history of the town and the camp before you can head off on your own. First of peruse the exhibits showing a variety of Stalag Luft III items found in the remains of the camp; service uniforms; plagues and memorials from survivor associations as well as a model showing how the camp looked. From there head outside where you’ll find a number of meticulously constructed reproductions of the camp.

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Open

Open 10:00 - 16:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon.

Price/Additional Info

Admission 5/3zł. Guided tours 30zł per hour (regardless of number of people). Guided tours in English should be booked in advance.

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