How to visit Wolf's Lair from Warsaw
Visit the ruins of Hitler's Headquarters in Wolf's Lair. Plan your tour from Warsaw and see more. Combine your tour with a visit to Mamerki, a complex of undamaged Nazi bunkers and see also the sanctuary in Swieta Lipka.
Wolf's Lair, the place where Adolf Hitler spent over 800 days
Hiding in the forest and planning
Top secret and high-security site in the Masurian woods
Located about 8 km (5.0 mi) east of the small East Prussian town of Rastenburg
(Rastenburg in East Prussia - Now Kętrzyn city, Poland).
I am going to explain how to Plan a Visit to Wolf's Lair from Warsaw
Names: Wilczy Szaniec - Hitler called it "Wolfsschanze", which in English means Wolf’s Lair
How to visit Wolf's Lair From Warsaw
Worth to visit Wolf's Lair?
Certainly, it is not an easy task to visit Wolf's Lair from Warsaw as it is located in a remote location in a forest. There are no direct trains to the place and is around 284KM from Warsaw.
This doesn't mean that is impossible, but we will refer to this later on.
First of all, it is fascinating to visit this place, only knowing what happened there. It is also a very beautiful area and some more worth to see can be combined.
For those interested in second world war history, and also in the failed assassination attempt on Hitler that took place in Wolf's Lair on 20th of July in 1944.
It is highly reccommended to see the film "Valkyrie' or the documentary "Operation Valkyrie" before you visit the Wolf's Lair. Valkyrie, the Plot to Kill Hitler.
Taking an English speaking guide to the place is a must. The guides are very knowledgable and they do excellent job.
They explain the site, each building, and how life was during WW2.
Finally, a guide will show you amazing before and after photos that will make you understand the place much better.
Wolf's Lair is the command center for Hitler from 1941 to 1944. It is an eerie place. The best idea is given by historical books of what once happened in these ruins.
The complex has consisted of 80 buildings that were built in 1941. There are also around 50 well-camouflaged bunkers. Some of them have around 6 meters thick walls.
In January 1944, the place was blown up by the Germans and a few months earlier Hitler left the Wolf’s Lair, just before the Red Army arrives.
There are also a few other worths to see in the surroundings. You visit Wolf's lair can be combined with important places which are close enough.
One of the best-preserved complex of German bunkers from World War II. Over 1000 m2 of the exhibition is located at this site.
See the world's largest model of the Battle of Kursk 24 sq m. Mock-up of the Battle of Stalingrad 16 m2.
The last place of interest is the Reszel for its castle. If you are going to this place with a guide, you will listen to some very interesting stories from the past.
A Book of Interest
There is a great book to read to better understand the place. The book is called: The Wolf's Lair: Inside Hitler's Germany and is an easy read.
Book a Private tour from Warsaw to Wolf's Lair and Mamerki Bunkers
Private transportation from Warsaw in comfortable car with Wi-Fi (1-5 people) - English Speaking Driver
Hotel Pickup and drop off (Warsaw)
Local English speaking guide at Wolf's Lair
Entrance fees (Mamerki and Wolf's Lair)
This Private Tour is around 15 Hours - Only for your Group
Start from and Finish in your Hotel in Warsaw
Prices below are for Group of People
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Ability to be accompanied from Warsaw with a Private Professional Guide for the whole trip (+ €300)
This can be booked alone as well if you have a car Rental
The most important decisions for the Wehrmacht Army during World War II were taken in Mamerki.
Also from Mamerki, the historical order to put down the Warsaw Uprising was given.
Location: Masuria, on the Masurian Canal, 8 km from Węgorzewo, 22 km from Giżycko, 25 km from Kętrzyn, 18 km from Gierłoż.
Mamerki is one of the best-preserved complexes of German bunkers from World War II.
In the years 1940-1944, for the needs of 40 highest generals and field marshals, 1.500 officers and Wehrmacht soldiers, about 250 objects were built.
Including 30 reinforced concrete shelters that have survived to our times.
The Germans did not manage to blow up the shelters. They were abandoned without even a fight by the Wehrmacht army in January of 1945.
The Ticket to the museum is only 17 PLN and if you are going in a car, you will also pay 5 PLN for parking.
On June 22, 1941, more than 3 million soldiers (from 148 Wehrmacht divisions), an unprecedented military force in history, attacked the Soviet Union.
Mamerki, the military command center of this huge military operation, was built in secret by the Todta organizations.
The Field Commander Field Marshal Walter Brauchitsch and the Chief of General Staff Franz Halder with a group of 40 highest-ranking Wehrmacht generals came to Mamerki when the attack began.
Among them was Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus, who personally developed a plan to attack the USSR with the code name Barbarossa.
Mamerki Bunkers - Wehrmacht Command
Later, it was surrounded by the Red Army and captured together with 180.000 other soldiers.
Swieta Lipka is a masterpiece baroque church and monastery. Inside, survived almost unchanged, sculpture ornamentation and wall paintings.
The complex is picturesquely located at the bottom of the valley surrounded by forests.
According to legend, the name Heiligelinde (Holy Linden tree) Święta Lipka - Holy Tilia (lime tree) - referred to a tree with a wooden statue of Mary under which miracles took place.
A chapel at the site was first mentioned in a 1491 deed issued by Johann von Tiefen, then Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights.
At this time Heiligelinde was already a pilgrimage site, with an inn. It was destroyed about 1525 during the Protestant Reformation, during which the region became Lutheran.s.
Book an all-inclusive
Wolf's Lair and Sw. Lipka Private Tour from Gdansk
Prices start from €54 per person (8 people) and up-to €330 (for 1 person)
You can book the tour from Gdansk ONLINE HERE
The Wolf's Lair is 284 Km from the center of Warsaw
What is Wolf's Lair?
The Wolfschanze was built in 1940-41 (many of the buildings were later on rebuilt or added to) and first occupied just before the invasion of the Soviet Union in June of 1941.
The site was chosen because it is located in a densely wooded area, ideal for camouflage from aerial reconnaissance.
Also located behind a string of lakes that would hinder any ground attack from the east.
A convenient rail line ran through the middle of the site but it is not used in our days.
Although Hitler had other headquarters in the east, he spent over 800 days at Wolf's Lair and it was from there that the major operations on the Russian front were controlled.
At the height of the war, over 2000 military staff, guards, and support personnel worked at the Wolf's Lair, which consisted of over 80 buildings including several heavy bunkers.
The area was subdivided into three security zones: Sperrkreis I was the inner area where Hitler and his closest staff lived and worked.
Sperrkreis II was an adjacent area where support staff lived and worked, and Sperrkreis III was an outer security zone that surrounded the other two.
A minefield of some 50,000 land mines and anti-personnel mines surrounded the entire area.
As the Soviet Army approached the area in late November 1944, the site was abandoned, and the buildings and bunkers were blown up by the retreating Germans on 24-25 of January in 1945.
A source with beautiful and unique pictures from Wolf's Lair - thirdreichruins.com/wolfschanze.
Plan your tour, see more and save
You were probably checking all the options to visit Wolf's Lair and found that the price is too expensive for you? It might even cost more than your whole trip in some cases?
Don't worry, you are going to see Wolf's Lair with the minimum you can pay.
Unfortunately, there is no way to get this tour alone at a better price. The distance is long and there are a lot of expenses for someone to make this tour private.
Hopefully, you found this article where I am going to help you plan your visit to Wolf's Lair and save money.
How to get to Wolf's Lair?
Using public transportation is not an easy task to get to Wolf's Lair. But it is possible.
Located inside a forest between the lakes Siercze and Moj, 9 km east of Ketrzyn. Kętrzyn itself is at least a one-hour by train from Olsztyn.
Even though Wolf’s Lair sits close to a train track, there are no trains from Kętrzyn to Wolf’s Lair. The rails are disused.
So, you have one of the options below to get there.
- Rent a car
- Book a direct train to Kętrzyn. Finally, from Kętrzyn you can take a taxi to Wolf's Lair (Around 10 euro).
- Go to Olsztyn and then to Kętrzyn by train. There might be more connections. You can also stay for a night in Olsztyn.
- Take an all-inclusive tour. They will pick you up from hotel, see Wolf's Lair and Mamerki and take you back to Warsaw. Cost around €310 for one person.
Get a guide in Wolf's Lair
You can send me a message and I can book a guide for you for a 2 hours professional guide in English.
You can go to Wolf's Lair by TAXI from Ketrzyn and meet your guide on site. Or go by a rented car directly to Wolf's Lair.
An English speaking guide in Wolf's Lair for 2 hours cost around €45 euro (for groups 1-10 person). The TAXI is around €10 to go and another €10 to come back.
Total price to see Wolf's Lair from Warsaw with a guide is only €45 + €50 transports. Taxi can be shared between (1-4 person) So, the price will be around:
- 1 person: €95
- 2 person: €125
- 3 person: €155
Note that traveling with a train will take around 5 hours and 30 minutes to get to Wolf's Lair from Warsaw.
You will need to start early from Warsaw, around 7:00 and you will be back in Warsaw around 21:30 - 22:00.
Ability to combine your custom made a tour to include Sw.Lipka as well with a small extra cost. We can also book a guide for the whole day and you are going to see:
- Wolf's Lair
- Sw. Lipka
- Reszel Castle
Cost and prices to visit Wolf's Lair
The entrance fee to enter Wolf's Lair is 15 PLN (around €3,50). For kids and adults, there are discounted tickets as well.
You buy your ticket from the booth at the checkpoint, where the carved wooden wolf statue is sitting. The ticket is for the entire zone for a full day. The day starts at 9:00 and is usually until 17:00.
Note that in the wintertime, is getting dark around 16:00, so plan your visit accordingly. It is also best to check in advance the opening and closing hours as they might change.
There are 3 long walking trails you can do. You can walk on your own or pay for a guide. Tour guides are available in English, German, Russian and Polish. Also other languages on demand.
Each one of the trails is marked with a different color and you need approximately one hour to walk across. You can find information boards along the way.
Booking a tour of the place is possible as well. It will cost between 80-120 PLN (around €25) and for Polish 50 PLN. Tour prices might vary depending on the season, language and group size.
You can find a big map at the entrance where you can get your bearings. Also, you can find a "GUIDEBOOK to Wolf's Lair - Wolfschanze".
You can buy those books from 6 PLN at the souvenir shop. The souvenir shop is located at the small entrance.
Important to see in the Red Trail is the bunker with number 13. That was the shelter of the Nazi leader, Schron Adolfa Hitlera.
Visit also Mamerki
Mamerki Bunkers - 30 minutes drive from Wolf's Lair
In case you have a car, it is a good opportunity to extend your tour in the area. A worth to see, close enough is Mamerki, the headquarters of the German command of land forces.
The car parking place is located in the center of the complex, so you can easily move around. From the parking, first, enter the zone located on the lake Przystań - a branch of the Mamry lake.
You can see there two heavy shelters with a six-meter thick ceiling. On one of them, a wooden observation tower was built in the shelter of the chief of military intelligence.
Visiting the entire lodge in Mamerki should take about two hours.
Stay Close to Wolf's Lair or next to?
Why don't you stay for a night and discover the place alone? Walk the routes in the forest, read your book guide and uncover the secrets of the place.
There are a few places to recommend. All the places mentioned below are located between 4 to 16 minutes drive from Wolf's Lair.
A taxi should not cost more than 10-12 euro (40 - 50 PLN) to take you to Wolf's Lair.
- Hotel Księżycowy Dworek *** (4 min Drive)
- For a group of people, it might be best to get an apartment. Apartament Parkowy (7 min Drive). Apartment Stara Kamienica (12 min Drive)
- Hotel Koch *** (10 min Drive)
- A different category is Pensjonat Tom (which is a Guesthouse - 12 min drive)
- Lastly, for those who like traditional places. Agroturystyka Owczarnia Farm (16 min Drive)
The only habitable structure is the former headquarters used for Hitler’s security. Today is a small Hotel and Restaurant. Would you dare to stay for the night?
Joking :) Wilczy Szaniec is a budget guest house set next to Wolf's Lair. You can enjoy nice food and extra service, while in the day time you will discover the surroundings.
There is also a range of breakfast options on offer every morning. You can enjoy the garden and make some hiking. Finally, there is a Wi-Fi and heating to keep you warm :)
Stay in Olsztyn instead
There is only one hotel that comes in my mind, but it's a bit expensive. I have been there a few times and it worth the investment. It is the Tiffi Boutique Hotel *****.
This amazing hotel is located just on the banks of the lake Ukiel and very close to the train station.
In case you need something cheaper, no worries, I have the best tool for you just below. Just add your dates and click search.
For Olsztyn, the hotels are close to the train station. You can take a taxi from there and it should not cost more than 10-15 PLN to take you to your hotel. The Taxi will wait just outside.
Hitler choose this place for a reason
This calm forest was chosen as Hitler’s headquarters mostly because of the isolated location. The obscurity and the fact that it is camouflaged from the air.
Tall trees and plants were used to cover any proof of the concrete bunkers that the Nazis built there. So it was the perfect place to hide and plan safely.
Some information is taken from this article: The Wolf's Lair - Culture Trip
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