Klomino the only ‘officially’ Ghost Town of Poland located off along the closest road route 1299Z in Klomino, West Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland.
Klomino was originally known as Westfalenhof in the former province of Pomerania, Germany. It was used as a training ground and garrison in the 1930’s for the German Wehrmacht. By 1939, 60,000 military personnel resided in the Westfalenhof’s barracks. It was in this year the the Germans opened a POW camp and over 6,000 Polish soldiers and 2,300 Polish civilians were arrested during the Wehrmacht and held here. In 1940 the name of the POW camp was changed to Oflag II D Gross-born and by 1941, 3,731 French Army Officers were held here as well.
In 1945, at the end of World War II it was captured and taken by the Soviet Red Army. It became known as Grodek and was the base for the Soviet Red Army and existed only on Russian military maps. At this point it was part of the People’s Republic of Poland but Polish citizens were not allowed to enter and resided in de facto Soviet Union territory. Over 6,000 Soviet soldiers lived here and they razed parts of the German base that were not used and sent the material to Warsaw, to help rebuild the city.
The Soviet Union remained here until they collapsed in 1993. It became abandoned and derelict afterwards and it was given a new Polish name Klomino. For 1 year after it was actually guarded by the Polish Army but then it was transferred to civilian authorities and ultimately abandoned.
Polish officials have been trying to figure out what is to be done with Klomino. Most of the remaining buildings have been looted severely, having anything taken of value including pipes, wooden beams, bricks and roof tiles. There have been suggestions that Klomino be purchased and created into a housing development but lack of funds and buyers prevent this and it has been left abandoned for over 20 years. Suggestions of what to do with Klomino included a prison or recovery center for drug addicts.
As of 2013, there are only 5 permanent residents of Klomino. There is no bus or rail connection to Klomino and the closet store is almost 3 miles away.
The photography is by Zuzanna Kazmierczak and the tip about the place from Lukasz Szudarski. Awesome Thanks!
Where is Klomino the ghost town located? You can find it with these coordinates. 53.485384,16.551236.