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Unusual honour!

This is an amazing statue! It honours a bear! However this was a very special bear. An orphaned... read more

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Dimitris L
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Sydney, Australia
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I love it. A tribute to a Polish bear who helped out in World War 2. The statue was cute and... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2018
joycep883
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Statue of Wojtek "the Soldier Bear" and his keeper unveiled on the 7th November 2015 by the Wojtek Memorial Trust to commemorate remarkable story of Wojtek and as a tribute to all brave men, women and children who fought in the World War II.
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Reviewed 20 December 2015

This beautiful statue is already well known and loved world wide! Such a moving story ! Easy access from Princess street, you can't miss it!

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Reviewed yesterday

This is an amazing statue! It honours a bear! However this was a very special bear. An orphaned bear, named Wojtek by its carers, was adopted and "drafted" into the army by Polish soldiers, in Iran, under British control for a time, during World War...More

Thank Dimitris L
Reviewed 10 October 2018

I love it. A tribute to a Polish bear who helped out in World War 2. The statue was cute and adorable. Don't miss it

Thank joycep883
Reviewed 2 October 2018

As a monument it is very pretty, and you can ride the bear as it is of somewhat lifelike dimensions. Who wouldn't want to ride a bear that provided ammunition and earned a real soldier badge during the WWII when they wanted to include him...More

Thank Niilo S
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

This is a lovely memorial worth the stroll through the park. Make sure to take a moment and visit the locations in the park.

Thank Dr_ADuarte
Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

This memorial is a pleasant surprise in Princes Street gardens. Look for it along the high path running parallel right next to Princes Street and you can’t miss it. It is a well conceived and well executed memorial to an interesting story about a bear...More

Thank AlexanderD
Reviewed 16 July 2018

We came upon this by chance when walking along Prince Street. It's a soldier, a big bear and some inscriptions. Take a few moments to remember the bear who carried ammunition for Polish troops during the WWII battle at Monte Cassino. The bear lived out...More

Thank 123_Sussex_UK
Reviewed 11 July 2018

One of the monuments that draws visitors to it is this great statue . The bear adopted by a polish regiment and carried ammunition during battles ….amazing ….do not forget to rub his nose for luck !

Thank craigluscar
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Lovely monument to a fantastic story (that really is the plot to a Hollywood Blockbuster in the making) of Polish solders doing their bit to help Scotland during the Second World War, along with their mascot, Wojtek the bear. Located in a really nice area...More

1  Thank wanderer_scotland
Reviewed 15 February 2018 via mobile

Worth a stop for few photos and read the story of a bear that liked to drink beer with soldiers that adopted it during the Second World War in what used to be Persia. Very popular among polish tourists :)

Thank Jarek L
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

Cute statue and moving story to go along with it and a good photo opportunity. We sat here and saw squirrels in the park too.

Thank jodss10
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