Excursions - Run by the Wolsztyn Experience
Whilst these are for Wolsztyn Experience members on their free days we are happy to run these for other tourists staying in Wolsztyn or the surrounding area on payment of a reduced membership fee of £5, this would also entitle them to purchase members’ books and souvenirs.
Booking should be on arrival for course participants and for other tourists through the Wolsztyn Office in the UK or calling at the house in Wolsztyn UL Gajewskich 4A 64-200 Wolsztyn, Poland
Tel/Fax 0048 6838 42543. <61b7b8/span>
German Defensive Underground Bunkers and the 14th century castle at Lagow.
The Międzyrzecz Fortification Region Oder-Warthe Bogen', is a fortified military defence line in Western Poland, between the Oder and Warta rivers. Built between 1934-1938, it was the most technologically advanced fortification system of Nazi Germany and remains one of the largest and the most interesting systems of this type in the world today. It consists of around 100 concrete defence structures partially interconnected by a network of underground tunnels. Some of the forts and tunnels are available for visiting.
The most interesting part is the central section, which begins in the south with the so- called Boryszyn Loop near the village of Boryszyn and extends about 12 km to the north. In the central section the bunkers are interconnected with an underground system of tunnels, 32 kilometres long and up to 40 metres deep. In the underground system there are also railway stations, work shops, engine rooms and barracks.
It is also the largest European underground refuge for bats, giving shelter to some 32,000 bats of 12 species in the wintertime.
The design works of the fortified defence line started in Germany in 1932. The first stage, until 1935, included constructing of water obstacles and 12 light bunkers. Adolf Hitler visited the construction site in the end of 1935. The end of works was scheduled for 1951.
When the Soviet army reached the defence line in the course of the Vistula–Oder Offensive in January, 1945, its advance was so rapid that the Germans did not have enough time to man the line adequately. It took only 3 days for it to be broken.
After visiting the fortifications we journey the short distance to Lagow for lunch to be enjoyed in the covered courtyard of the castle; this was built by the Joannici order in XIV century, on the hill surrounded by a park where two lakes join. The present structure of the castle, which has not been changed since XVII century, consists of four two-storey wings, which form a renaissance courtyard. The highest point of the castle is the tower, from which one can see a beautiful view of the area. The lakes are crystal clear and stocked with perch, amongst other species; they are ideal for a swim in the summer months.
PRICES - The cost for 2 persons 240 PLN per person 3 or more 165 PLN per person; it includes a car driver, guide, entrance fees and an a la carte lunch at the castle
Zagan (Great Escape Camp)
We provide a car with driver and guide to take you to this famous prison camp site. During 2008 the RAF rebuilt a replica hut and replica tunnel covered with glass complete with wooden rails and trolley which you can try out. In the forest nearby is a plaque marking the exit of the original tunnel.
PRICES - The cost includes entrance to the museum and lunch in a restaurant nr Babimost 2 Persons 240 PLN per person, 3 or more 135 PLN
Folk Museum and Museum of Houses, Wolsztyn - Rakoniewice Fire Engine Museum & a Traditional Farm
The folk museum is a collection of historic timber buildings from the area have been re- assembled on the site including farm buildings, domestic dwellings and a blacksmiths, where demonstrations are given on certain dates.
Rakoniewice Fire Engine Museum
Rakoniewice dates from 1252 and during the 19th century made its money from the leech trade, selling them from Southern Russia to France and England. It is now mainly an agricultural area specialising in mushrooms and peaches. The fire fighting museum is exhibited in 3 buildings, one being the Evangilica meeting house, an old timber framed building with 2 additional buildings constructed behind it. The oldest fire engine dates from 1786 and the museum houses 4000 exhibits with classic motorised vehicles, 2 Chevrolets from 1927 -1929 & a Bedford ladder, 1954. In the square at Rakoniewice is a fountain memorial to firemen and women.
Visit a smallholding, typical of the 1950’s in Britain where pigs, chickens, cows and rabbits are raised as well as a small agricultural area.
PRICES - The cost includes guide, transport, entrance fees and refreshments of soup & beer, or soft drinks are included.
2 persons 120 PLN per person.
3 or more 100 PLN per person.
Clients can choose from the following:- The Palmeria plant botanic gardens, the old town hall dating from 1536, with its famous clock which has goats butting at noon and the old square which surrounds it. Much of it was rebuilt after war damage mainly to the original construction.
The castle was built by Keiser Wilhelm from 1905 –1910. The name of this structure is misleading as it is a palace rather than a castle. Poznan Cathedral dominates the island of Osrow Tunski; this is the oldest part of Poznan dating back to the 10th century. The Cathedral has been rebuilt in different styles and restored after the war to its earlier Gothic form.
Vestiges of the pre- Romanesque and Romanesque period can be seen in the crypt. The church of St Mary Magdalene and St Stanislaw was created by the Jesuits in the 17th century. There are several other notable churches including Corpus Christi church (the second biggest Gothic building after the Cathedral), the Dominican church from the 13th century and the Franciscan church of St Anthony of Padua’s,1674 –1728.
There are many museums in Poznan including the army museum at the citadel where the dead from the great escape are buried. There are also the museum of applied arts, the archaeological museum, historical museum, motoring museum and the musical implements museum.
To visit all these attractions could take at least 2 –3 days so clients should choose a selection to satisfy their interests,
PRICES - Poznan by train with guide 120PLN per day plus 28 PLN train fare per person. Entrance fees as appropriate.