Travelled : 87 kilometres from Cottbus, Germany to Zagan, Poland. Then 87 kilometres back to Cottbus, Germany
Visited : The Stalag Luft 3 POW Camp and Museum €3 a double. Zagan, Poland. N51.59703 E15.29184
Stayed : Municipal Stellplatz Cuttbus €12 N51.74623 E14.35349
One of the reasons for our stay in Cottbus was the opportunity to slip over the invisable border into Poland and visit Zagan. You would not know of Zagan by name and either did I. However couple of years ago I read a fellow traveller’s (OurTour) blog which included a visit to the Stalag Luft 3 museum in Zagan, Poland. It became a bit of a bucket list thing and we could not pass without a visit.
As I have probably stated many times in my ramblings, we only plan a few days ahead at best. On Sunday morning I finally checked the details of the museum in Zagan and found its closed on Monday. So we decide to drive into Poland today and drive back to Cottbus in the late afternoon. The stellplatz here is excellent and we can finished our visit Monday.
We quickly have breakfast, pack up and hit the road. It’s an easy drive to the autobahn and we hardly see another vehicle.
As soon as we crossed the frontier into Poland the road changed in the most dramatic fashion. Whilst it remained a dual carriageway, it was without doubt the worst piece of road I have ever had the misfortune to drive. Almost 40 kilometres of old cobble stones with a thin layer of bitumin. We had done some bad roads in Turkey last year, but nothing as bad or as long as this. In fear of shaking the Hymer to pieces we had no choice but to drive along at around 60 kph or less and hope for the best. We would have taken the first exit and headed back for Germany, but looking across the verge the west bound freeway was a magnificent new road.
Wrapping up our day in Poland. Language appears to be a bit of an issue, we didn’t find anyone who could speak even a little English all day. On the other hand getting into museums and touristy things appear to be inexpensive by west-European standards. Fuel and alcohol are cheaper as well, but after filling with diesel and LPG and buying a few cans of Polish beer it was good to scurry back to our lovely stellplatz in Germany, turn on the air-conditioner and relax.
Michael and Pam