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Project Riese, Wroclaw
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Riese is the code name for a construction project of Nazi Germany in 1943–45, consisting of seven underground structures located in the Owl Mountains and Książ Castle in Lower Silesia, previously Germany, now a territory of Poland.None of them were finished; all are in different states of completion with only a small percentage of tunnels reinforced by concrete.The purpose of the project remains uncertain because of lack of documentation. Some sources suggest that all the structures were part of the Führer Headquarters; according to others, it was a combination of HQ and arms industry but comparison to similar facilities can indicate that only the castle was adapted as an HQ or other official residence and the tunnels in the Owl Mountains were planned as a network of underground factories.The construction work was done by forced labourers, POWs, and prisoners of concentration camps, and many lost their lives mostly as a result of disease and malnutrition.HistoryIn the presence of the increasing Allied air raids Nazi Germany relocated a large part of its strategic armaments production into safer regions including the District of Sudetenland. Plans to protect critical infrastructure also involved transfer of the arms factories to underground bunkers and construction of the air-raid shelters for government officials.
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  • Many described already in this complex. Information and historical tidbits are available on the websites of individual objects, and in numerous books. So I will share only their own insights. They relate to the complex of Włodarz, where I was with my family last weekend. Practical tips: on the dress code is written already, I might add, that you have to count not only with a low temperature and a humidity, but also with water dripping from ceilings (like any discovery, but really a lot of people which is surprising) and numerous kałużami. Is that there is no other way how to move a piece by a puddle, or shoes, preferably high and resistant to water. Head protection-corridors are not extremely low, but there are places and situations where you can include meeting with hard rock. Without a helmet-I do not recommend;-) And speaking of helmets in question is I suggest you have some additional hat (something thin so that the izolowało head of the helmet). The reason is simple, the helmets often end up on the ground and their purity (also inside) varies. The other thing that the State of the helmets also leaves a little to be desired (many have cracked or broken canopies, internal control is also in the State). It is worth to bring a flashlight. Although the corridors are lit, but going in groups over time helps your own light source, even for circumvention of puddles. At the end of the word "BUT", which are two things that I personally very surprised (sadly negative) 1-flow by boat. In the case of a group where I found it looked like this: on the pier waiting one boat, guide helped take care of the place and a bunch of flowed ... same (!) At that time, a guide with the second part of the people passed a parallel corridor to another. There have been waiting two boats and there is a change, that is, a group that reached the boat got out and came back with a guide to the point of take-off and a bunch of which previously went with a guide climbed into the boat and flowed in the way back (again!). I do not know whether this is normal practice, as for me, this is at least strange. In the context of writing in terms of exploring the point II.3. " A tour of the underground part of the object is done only in the company of a guide. " 2-sales of beer in the complex. I'm not a teetotaler, but to head to me did not come to drink beer and immediately after this go to the tunnel. Unfortunately, for some, it's not a problem. Further comment to this is probably redundant.
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  • This is very important, but a mysterious place. Shown in different ways and told depending on the Guide. It is a great tragedy of the people who died there, and so do not really know what it was going to be used. To this visit.
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  • Project Riese various prisons several times and each time the size and impressive history. But I would like to note that this is how it will be received very depends on the guides, which do not always want to tell stories.
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