Hitler’s headquarters at Gierłoż, known as Wolf’s Lair, is one of the most sinister places in the region, but it attracts many tourists because of its recent historical associations. The fortress is composed of 80 buildings built 1940-42, 50 of them are bunkers. The headquarters had its own electric power generator, railway station and an air-strip. Quarters for top Nazi officials as well as a casino and cinema were located in the central part of the compound. The whole area was camouflaged, protected by barbed wire and mine fields. In 1945, the retreating Germans blew up the fortress. Its ruins are open to visitors.

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