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Kyiv: Private Werwolf and Hegewald Nazi Bunkers Day-Trip

1. Kyiv: Private Werwolf and Hegewald Nazi Bunkers Day-Trip

You'll start your trip early in the morning from Kyiv, driving 148 kilometers to the small village of Huyva in the Zhytomyr region. There you will discover the head of SS Heinrich Himmler’s headquarters “Hegewald”, constructed from October 10, 1941 until July 1, 1942 by soviet prisoners of war. This bunker is the only well-preserved Nazi headquarters in the Ukraine, yet the access there is quite limited. Nowadays, part of the bunker belongs to an active military unit. The other entry to the bunker however is free to enter. At the end of summer 1942, a general assembly of SS leaders took place there, discussing and approving plan “Ost", the colonization of occupied territories. The second Nazi bunker, Goering’s “Steinbruch”, lies in ruins in an inaccessible forest near a village called Hulivtsi. It was blown up by the retreating Nazi troops in 1944. Even though it’s not possible to explore the Luftwaffe headquarters, you will learn important facts from its history from your guide. The final destination of the day is Hitler’s main residence in Ukraine, the “Werwolf” headquarters. The construction is located near the Strizhavka village, 114 kilometers from Hegewald. It was almost completely destroyed by retreating German forces in March 1944, and today contains an interesting museum with many informative stands. Visitors can see the remnants of the swimming pool and mass graves of the prisoners of war who built this obscure bunker. Following your bunker tour, you'll begin your approximately 3.5-hour return trip to Kyiv.

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