Poznań Fortress

Fort III (1877-1881)

Descriptions of the route points

1 Entrance gate and the parade grounds

2 Poznań Fortress Exhibition

3 Neck barracks

4 Position of the ’15 cm. Ringkanone’ gun

5 Artillery observer’s aemoured copula

6 War powder magazine

7 Shoulder caponier

Poznań Fortress – Fort III

Fort was erected in 1877-1881 by the prussian army. It is one of 18 artillery forts included in the Fortress Poznań. It was named after the Prussian Genereal Grad Kirchbach.

The 850 meters long 5,5 m deep and 9 m ditch surrounds the area. Ditch is defended by 5 caponiers: neck caponier, 2 shoulder caponiers and by 2 combat chambers inside the barracks. Artillery rampart spreads along whole neck and shoulders of the fort. There are 21 positions for cannons and 14 garages for them. In the center, there are two courtyards separated by the earthwork of the main communications corridor (potern). Two-floors barracks situated in the neck of fort and the undershaft chambers used for the needs of the artillery are connected with it. Two gunpowder war magazines were built under the shoulder sections of the artillery rampart. Each of them was able to contain 35 tonnes of black gunpowder. Blockhouse and drawbridge placed in front of the gate were protecting an entry to the fort. In 1889 the fort was reinforced by building two artillery batteries on it’s shoulders. Armoured obserwation copulas were installed during consecutive modernizations.

Sightseeing of the Fort III

Sightseeng tours on the fort are availible since 2011. Guided tours provides you to see all of the most important underground parts of the fort as well as the surface.

Tours are guided by the Poznańskie Towarzystwo Przyjaciół Fortyfikacji (Poznań Friends of Fortifications Society).

Fort is situated in the new zoological garden (Nowe Zoo), Krańcowa 81 street in Poznań. If you would like to see it, you are obliged to pay for the acces to the Zoo.

Guided tours takes place since May until September, at every Sturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Entrance hours: 12:00 p.m., 14:00 p.m., 16:00 p.m.

There is posibility to open in other time during all the year.

Tickets are sold from 11:30 a.m. near the entrance to the fort, 200 m. Behind the entrance to the Zoo.

Tickets prices: Regular – 8 zl, reduced – 4 zl, family (2+2 persons) – 12 zl, taking pictures is free of charge.

Sightseeing time: approximately 1 hour

Sightseeing statute is available by the cashier desk.

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