Cultural: Kętrzyn, The Wolf's Lair and Mikolajki
On Friday, August 11 we took a road trip.
We planned to visit the Wolf's Lair - our ultimate goal, but we were open to seeing what else we could see along the way.
In order to get to this place, we had to take back roads - it's not freeway or autobahn all the way there and back. Hardly. I think we were on about 5 miles of freeway the whole day, in fact.
We got up after 5:30 am and were leaving our yard about 6:15 am-- on our way. The target was about 250 km away from our house. The GPS told us it would be about 4.5 hours to get there.
But just so you can get an idea of how much of Poland we covered in one day - (it's a rather large country in Europe) - here is the "step back a bit view" - The "red" is where we started and stopped. We spent at least 8.5 hours in the vehicle. I kind of chose that day to be a tourist, though because the prediction was for an incredibly hot day here in Józeów - and our Ford Maverick has air conditioning! :) It was pretty comfortable.
After getting a pretty early start, we did stop after a couple of hours to stretch our legs and visit a McDonald's in Ostroleka. It wasn't a tourist site, though and I didn't get any pictures.
The Castle and Church in Ketryn
As we were driving on our way to the final destination, we passed this really amazing looking old church and then a castle. So, we stopped to check it out in Ketrzyn.
The castle has been destroyed and rebuilt or at least "fixed" multiple times, but it is a "Teutonic" Castle.
Then we got back in our vehicle and drove on up to the Wolf's Lair. This is where Hitler met had strategy sessions with many of his military advisers. They had a headquarters here. There was an attempted assassination attempt here as well.
The Wolf's Lair
The rest of the pictures will be various bunkers, bombed out buildings and such from this place. When the Germans left this place, they tried to destroy it so that the Russians couldn't use it.
Then, after eating a dinner there, we went on to a town called Mikołajki - where there was a Museum of the Polish Reformation. Unfortunately for my sister and her husband, the 2 languages featured were Polish and Germany and occasionally Lithuanian.
After our stop in the beautiful Mikojaki, we drove on back home via a town called Minsk Mazowiecki and a store like a Walmart (Carrefour) and a store like Lowe's or Home Depot (Castorama) to get needed supplies for the church building project. We then filled up with fuel and came on back home. It was over 3 hours between the Museum and Carrefour. We saw lots of countryside - as we drove over 3 more hours back.
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