It’s one of those places, drones were made for. We drive to the walls and there’s not much to see… apart from the walls. We look for the entrance and try to walk around it, but Boyen Fortress is huge. So we stop by the ‘main entrance’ and start. After seconds, we see the mighty fortress built on a star plan. You can only understand its hugeness when you see it from above.
The decision to build it was made in the first half of 19th century – after the Napoleonic wars. however the construction works didn’t start until 1841. It was supervised by Fort Winiary and Poznań Fortress creator. Finished in 1855 it was supposed to guard the strategic gorge between lakes Niegocin and Kisajno.
Boyen Fortress played an important role during World War I when it guarded West Prussia from Russians and in World War II when it was one of the gathering points for German troops who attacked Poland. After 1945 it was passed to Polish military which didn’t do a lot with it and in turn passed it to… grocery industry. Currently it’s managed by Boyen Fortress lovers association which organises various events here.