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Westerplatte, Gdansk

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web
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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  • Visiting Westerplatte is almost a must for those who come to Gdansk! It is "thrown" by the mind to WWII ... it all started here between Polish and German ... now is a magnificent park overlooking on one side the Vistula and on the other side of the Baltic Sea.
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  • WWII started with its first shots right on the Westerplatte peninsula, when a German ship attacked. The Poles held out for a week, but were finally overcome. The setting is park-like, and offers woodl...  read more »
  • As a history teacher, it was exciting to have been here. Took taxi from the city centre. Took 10 min. a little disappointing that it was not done anything more out of the place. Exciting with the bombede House. The place could have had much more information about the way things was going on here when the Germans attacked. It should have been message boards who told how days lapse while the Poles stood in against the attack. It's a nice monument there, but otherwise very little to see.
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  • Fantastic site to visit, well organised with lots to see. The info boards give an informative look into this areas role in WW2 which can be quite a sombre experience. Well worth the time and effort.
  • If you visit Gdansk Weterplatte is a must. History comes alive as the story of a handful of brave sons of Poland stand against the Nazi onslaught in the opening act of WW II. The bombed out building should be on your walk be sure to see it, very moving. But the grave site of those brave men truly touched my heart when a young Polish boy stood in front of each headstone and saluted then made the sign of the cross. More people taking photos of him then the headstones. To put it in perspective for my fellow american's this is Poland's Alamo or Geece's Thermopylae. Never have so few, stood against so many, for so long. Don't miss it.
  • A monument to the Defenders of the coast commemorates the Polish soldiers who in September 1939 made a heroic effort to fight against Hitler's army. With gunfire from the lighthouse WW2 had just begun
  • Really poorly done. Only plates you can read and no interaction whatsoever although there is a new WW2 museum opening here in 2016
  • Know the history and enjoy the grassland & sunshine.
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