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This was the location of the Nazi's Headquarters and consists of 30 enormous bunkers.  Much of the camp was subterranean and the bunkers reached depths of 7 meters into the ground. 

This is where the nearly successful assassination attempt by Claus von Stauffenberg was carried out.  He placed a bomb concealed in a briefcase in a meeting with Hitler and other officials and made an excuse to leave the room.  Four people were killed when the bomb blew up, but Hitler survived.  Von Stauffenberg mistakenly believed that he had been killed and returned to Berlin.  Shortly afterward he was tried and executed along with other conspirators.

The whole complex was severely damaged by the demolitions carried out during the German retreat because Hitler thought it was too valuable to allow the Soviets to use.

Clearance of the large minefields around the site set up by the Germans was carried out from 1945 to 1956 by the Polish Army. Today the complex is a museum, open all year long. Despite the damage, the site remains to this day a notable tourist attraction. A monument to the July 20 plotters can also be found on the site.

We followed a map leading us through a the entire demolished complex and were able to enter a short ways into bunker 13 which was  Hitler's "fuhrerbunker."  It was very interesting to see this place, and also to see the 50 years of forest growth - including some huge pines - sprouting up through the ruins.

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Bunker 13 ruins
Bunker 13 ruins
Inside Bunker 13 which was Hitler…
Inside Bunker 13 which was Hitler…
Water deposit used to store water …
Water deposit used to store water…
Monument to the Conspirators in th…
Monument to the Conspirators in t…
Trees grow up through the ruins.
Trees grow up through the ruins.
Trail through the site.
Trail through the site.
The bunkers were very solidly buil…
The bunkers were very solidly bui…
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