Denmark’s longest prison escape tunnel uncovered

Lucie Rychla
October 27th, 2016

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18-metre route found under the courtyard of Horsens State Prison

Horsens State Prison was closed in 2006 and converted into a museum (photo: Hans Jørn Storgaard Andersen)

Danish archaeologists have found the remains of Denmark’s longest ever prison escape tunnel.

Dug under the courtyard of Horsens State Prison in Jutland by the legendary burglar Carl August Lorentzen, the 18-metre escape route was found more than two metres underground.

Although archaeologists had a vague idea where the tunnel was situated, its precise location was only confirmed yesterday.

READ MORE: Denmark’s great escape – “Where there’s a will, there’s a way”

Open to museum visitors
The escape route will now be further examined for archaeological traces, measured with GPS and photographed, and then restored for visitors to the prison, which was closed in 2006 and converted into a museum.

Lorentzen worked on the tunnel for almost 11 months before he finally escaped on 23 December 1949.

The only thing he left behind was a piece of paper with a message for the prison guards that said: “Where there’s a will, there is also a way!”


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