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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. By using our Gdansk travel itinerary maker, you can arrange your visit to Westerplatte and other attractions in Gdansk.
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  • I took the boat there. I didn't go up and check the place but you can do it if you get there by bus. The boat took 90min from Gdansk to this place and come back. Its really not much to see so you do n...  more »
  • we ventured further afield by the river cruise. it was a bitterly cold day, upon arrival we followed others along the sea front then through the woods and came across many interesting relics and infor...  more »
  • II WW started here...everything else you will find out from the museum, bunkers, peaceful forest, lovely beach, suvenior, shuttle bus to the monument (not recommended it's only 10 min walk and you wil...  more »
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  • Nice place to visit if you are looking for some quiet and interesting experience. The remains of the bunkers give you an expression of what really happened there. Would recommend going there on a sunny day as there are almost no places to stay dry when raining.
  • A very important historical sight, worth going to if in Gdansk. lots to see and reflect upon in terms of it's war history, and also has some tourist things such as shops stalls food etc if required, make sure if booking a return boat trip to have more than one hour as it takes more than that to walk around it all and it definitely is worth seeing everything, would be a good paring with the new museum that has opened in Gdansk
  • The view is stunning and allows you to reflect on the life and how much Poland been through during the 2nd WW. Place full of history with a powerful message. It's a must visit place in 3 city without a doubt.
  • Amazing place with a stunning view, if you climb up the Lighthouse of "Latarnia Morska". It is spooky to imagine the first shells landed in this very area and how the defenders were isolated during the siege. Although, it is not exactly what you might expect, if you haven`t heard about the place you might never guess what events took place as the surroundings are occupied by industrial dockyards.
  • On our visit to Northern Poland last year, we stayed in Gdansk for memorable few days. One of the trips we made was from the main ferry jetty to Westerplatte. The ferry trip was very reasonably priced and took us through some of the old docks that Gdansk is famous for. We reached Westerplatte after about 25 minutes and on a gloriously sunny day took the walk to the fantastic memorial that marks the start on the 2nd World War. Knowing a little about the role of the Schleswig-Holstein in this part of history helped but there are many printed guides to help you if you don't, so you can 'bone up' before the trip. Walking through the myriad of paths and seeing the bunkers where the gallant Poles held out for so long, with so little, is humbling. At the jetty for the return trip to the main part of town, there is an innocuous looking café. Don't be fooled, their burgers are extraordinary..! If this sort of thing is what floats your boat on holiday, then also visit the old Post Office in Gdansk, where a similar, less well known defiant stand took place on the same day as the shelling of Westerplatte... and you can get a memorable postcard and stamp to mark your visit. Brilliant..!

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The suburbs of Gdansk boast plenty of affordable hotels and hostels, offering inexpensive rooms even at the height of the season. Easily accessible by train, neighboring Sopot provides additional sleeping options, including good-value guesthouses and mid-range hotels located mere minutes from the Baltic Sea. If you prefer to stay in Gdansk itself, explore the city's self-catering apartments with free Wi-Fi and cable TV. Alternatively, check out the upscale old town hotels, many of which offer discounted rates on the weekends.
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