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Westerplatte, Gdansk

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Once home to a spa complex and baths, Westerplatte was also home to a Polish military transit depot. Today the ruins of a World War II battle fought over this depot serves as a museum, and a totem-like monument stands tall on the peninsula. Carvings on the side pay homage to the Polish soldiers who died defending the piece of land. In fact, the peninsula is filled with memorials: some gravestones, some ruins of barracks. Each monument can be reached on foot or by water taxi along the coast. Using our international travel planner, Gdansk attractions like Westerplatte can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It is not entirely true that World War II started here, but regardless of that, this place is very important for Poles and the whole world should become familiar with its history. I was under attack....  more
    It is not entirely true that World War II started here, but regardless of that, this place is very important for Poles and the whole world should become familiar with its history. I was under attack....  more »
  • Eighty Polish troops held out here for seven days against the German Navy, Airforce and army. Such a small site where they held out, while the rest of Poland fell. I had not heard of Westerplatte... 
    Eighty Polish troops held out here for seven days against the German Navy, Airforce and army. Such a small site where they held out, while the rest of Poland fell. I had not heard of Westerplatte...  more »
  • Not fully developed yet, this is the site that Poles consider to be where the first Nazi shells fell. It is worth the visit, better yet bring some written information with you that can help you... 
    Not fully developed yet, this is the site that Poles consider to be where the first Nazi shells fell. It is worth the visit, better yet bring some written information with you that can help you...  more »
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  • A very important place for history. The facility is under modernization. Additional places will be available to visit in some time. Well-described facilities. There may be no clear indication of which way to go at road intersections.
  • Historical place. Need to visit with guide! Very beautiful... Meaningful.. 🙏🏻 Peaceful sky suits each country
  • Lovely walk along the sea and if you have time and good weather there is a small sandy beach. After walking up the hill you can walk back to the boat. 1hour is probably enough to visit the monument.
  • A beautiful monument to the starting location of the WW2. Many interesting locations around the monument, and several informative plaques of the history of the area. If you are interested in the history of WW2, ots a must visit. Easy to access via Gdansk by boat.
  • Bigger place than I anticipated. If you're getting there by the ship I would recommend staying for 2h instead of 1h. We booked to stay for just 1h and it was barely enough time to get to the monument and back to the ship. We missed out on the museum and everything else that's around, all the boards with the history if the place, etc. Wish we booked to stay longer.

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