Tourists from both Poland and abroad are flocking to the southwestern city of Walbrzych, after two men appeared on Polish TV Friday, claiming they have found a Nazi train said to be laden with gold.
German Andreas Richter and Pole Piotr Koper say they have underground radar shots of the train, believed to have been buried in the area as the Red Army moved in during World War II.
According to tales that have circulated ever since, the Nazis hid a train containing up to 300 tons of gold, as well as diamonds and other precious gems from the Soviet Army in early 1945.
But experts are warning the so-called “irrefutable proof” of the train existence might be just an hoax. Hossein Tudeshki, from the Institute of Mining at Clausthal University, Germany told The Daily Mail that the radar images provided by Richter and Koper look more like “a cheap computer animation.”
Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak, a native of Walbrzych, said that military experts in chemical weapons and in explosives made a first inspection of the site to determine if a search should be undertaken.
But he told Radio Poland that it was “hugely exaggerated” to say that the military “are looking for the gold train.”
Polish police are patrolling the wooded, shrub-covered site to keep swarms of treasure hunters from digging.