Tag - WWII

OŚWIĘCIM

Oświęcim (Auschwitz) is located in southern Poland, it lies at the confluence of the Vistula and Soła rivers. Oświęcim began in the 12th century and received municipal rights in the 13th century. It served as the capital of a sovereign duchy that in 1307 swore allegiance to Bohemia...

MAJDANEK

Another sad stop we made just southeast of Lublin in the infamous Majdanek (parking 15 PLN), the second-largest Nazi concentration camp in Europe, where some 360,000 people died during World War II. In October 1941 it received its first prisoners, mainly Soviet prisoners of war, virtually...

TREBLINKA

Today, we spent the afternoon and overnight at a terrifying and tragic place – Treblinka. It was a major Nazi German concentration camp and extermination camp, located 80 kilometers northeast of Warsaw on the main Warsaw-Bialystok railway line. There were actually two camps. The Nazis...

WOLFSSCHANZE

Our second stop today was a famous complex of bunkers from WWII (entrance 15 PLN, parking 10 PLN) in the Forest of Gierloz. The Wolfsschanze (Wolf’s Lair) was Adolf Hitler’s first Eastern Front military headquarters in World War II. The complex, which became one of several...

BANSKÁ BYSTRICA

We got a sunny gap in bad weather during the visit to Banska Bystrica. The city lies in the Hron River valley, surrounded by mountains. It was an important mining center founded in the 13th century. There are some Gothic and 19th-century Renaissance-style buildings, including burghers’...

VALASTE JUGA & NARVA

Today we got the worst weather in the last three months. Anyway, we made a short wet stop at Valaste Waterfall, located on the Ontika limestone cliff. It is more than 30 meters high, making it the highest waterfall in Estonia. Currently, the waterfall can be admired in spring and winter...

FJELL FORTRESS

We made an early morning visit to the Fjell Fortress. It is an impressive underground military base, with a labyrinth of around a kilometer of roads, 10 meters under Fjedla Mountain. The German military established the underground complex around its main artillery – the enormous...