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Fort Pilsudskiego (Warsaw, Poland)

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Part of 19th century fortifications in Warsaw, Poland.

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      22.05.2009 16:42
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      Whilst the idea of touring Warsaw's destroyed forts, a network of forts with underground cellars originally established by the Russians to protect the city (mostly from the pesky Austrians and Prussians) in the 19th century may appeal to some. It's very much a mixed bag though and whilst Fort Bema is a beautiful place, Fort Pilsudskiego (named after the Lithuanian born Pole largely responsible for Poland's independence in 1918) is a bit of a dump.

      It really is a forgotten section of Warsaw which has no use today and only remains there due to its historical past, seperated by a grubby moat, its delapidated collection of dark grey rooms slightly under ground level look like disused mechanic workshops. No one really visits it except the occasional brave dog walker and youths during the night who use it as a place to drink due to the lack of police activity (its forbidden to drink in public places).

      The muddy ground which turns to dried clay in the summer is dotted with rubbish and remnants of youngsters fun is visible in the way of litter, crushed beer cans and extinguished fires. It's slightly better in the summer but there's literally hundreds of better places to go and if its the abandoned and unwanted fort atmosphere you want to soak up, this isn't one of the better choices.

      If for whatever reason you are still determined to go there (perhaps you want to boast a visit to each and every disused fort in Warsaw), then you might want to combine it with a visit to nearby "Krolikarnia" and the Park "Arkadia".

      The easiest way to get there is to take tram 19,33 or 36 to "Bukowinska" and to walk down the hill.

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    Part of 19th century fortifications in Warsaw, Poland.