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Gliwice Radio Tower, Poland

Our short visit to the historical Gliwice Radio Station located, as the name suggests, in Gliwice (Gleiwitz). It is a transmission tower made entirely of wood, put into use in 1934. Its height is 111 meters, which makes it the highest wooden structure in Europe and the highest mast in the world. Historically, the Gliwice Radio Station was the target of the so-called German provocation in Gliwice before the outbreak of World War II.

The access and parking next to the radio station

The radio station is located near the road 88 (Aleja Jana Nowaka-Jeziorańskiego). We get to Lubliniecka street and park the car nearby the fenced area where the radio station is located (P; GPS: 50.3136600, 18.6877764). There is no crowds, we find a parking place without a problem. Then we approach several meters to the entrance gate and we are already in the radio station area.

The transmitting tower

The tower is really impressive (A; GPS: 50.3133311, 18.6887581). The whole area around it was nicely tidy - there are some trees and many benches to sit on, and the right lighting was prepared for the evening hours. We approach the tower, but we can not touch it because it is surrounded by a wall of transparent plastic on all sides. However, it can be clearly seen that the tower was actually made of wood. We take several shots from various positions, and then we go to a nearby building, where the radio equipment was located, and now there is the Museum of the History of Radio and Media Art.

Museum of the History of Radio and Media Art

The museum (B; GPS: 50.3126083, 18.6904478) is located in the radio station old building. It has original German transmitting installations that can be seen. Some exhibits can be even touched. If anyone is interested in radio technology, a visit to this museum will give him a lot of joy. It is only a pity that due to some strange policy you could not film the rooms inside (but taking pictures was acceptable). Sometimes we meet such strange limitations in museums. It is highest time, however, to change the approach to this topic - we live in the 21st century, in which information generated by ordinary people has increasing importance. Interesting YouTube video can better advertise a given place than a professionally (and costly) created programme on TV (which by the way is watched less and less by people). For example, in France, you can film in every museum and nobody makes it any problem. A correct policy is also used in Czech Republic, where you have to pay a certain amount for filming.

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