The Great Escape Tour
Visit the site of the most famous escape of World War II from a German prisoner-of-war camp that went down in history as “The Great Escape”.
Stalag Luft III in Sagan (now Żagań in western Poland) was a Luftwaffe run prisoner-of-war camp that held captured Allied airmen. In March 1943 they came up with a plan to prepare and undertake a mass escape of 200 prisoners through a tunnel. In a tiny compound 600 men worked for a year under the strictest secrecy on the tunnels named Tom, Dick, and Harry. They were hundreds of feet long, with underground railways, workshops, air pumping stations and deep enough to avoid German sound detectors. Under the very noses of alert guards the prisoners organized factories for making German uniforms, compasses, maps, documents and even a studio for fake passport photographs. Finally, on the night of 24th of March 1944, 76 prisoners managed to escape from the camp through the Harry tunnel but soon after 73 were recaptured during the chase. Outraged, Hitler ordered to shoot dead fifty of them which was an appalling abrogation of the Geneva Convention.
Find out more about those dramatic events at the Museum of Allied POW Camps in Żagań, visit the grounds of Stalag Luft III and the memorial to the brave airmen who paid the highest price for an escape they considered a soldier's duty.
AVAILIBILITY: Our tours are usually available daily (except Mondays when the museum is closed) throughout a year except some public holidays. Reservation is required.
DURATION: 7-8 hours (subject to weather and road conditions)
DEPARTURE TIME: Set between 8am and 9.30am (depending on the time of year)
DEPARTURE PLACE: We offer a convenient hotel/residence pick-up. Please forward details of your accommodation when making a booking.
PRICE: Includes transport, English speaking guide, entrance fees (Museum of POWs), refreshments, accident insurance.
Discounts apply to students (valid student card required) and groups of minimum 4 people.
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PLEASE NOTE: A minimum number of 3 people is required on a tour. For groups of 1-2 people the total tour fee is 155 EUR (660 PLN).
Groups of 8 and more people are requested to contact us for special prices.
BOOKING: Please contact us before making a booking to check availibility. In order to speed up the booking procedure please provide your name, date(s) of the tour, number of people and accommodation details in Wroclaw. Only confirmed reservations are valid.
- Credit cards - accepted only when purchasing tour vouchers available online through the shopping cart on our website. This type of payment is required prior to the tour date.
- Cash - accepted on the tour date and collected by our guide. No pre-payment required.
A WroclawB Zagan Museum of POW's
Total distance covered: 350 km