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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  • This is a very important point both in the Polish and European history. It is very impressive and with much explanation the area by sea is also very attractive. It is easy to reach from the station of Gdansk there are no less than 3 lines back line 606 is re guess because that is much faster than the other two this brings you in less than 20 minutes to Westerplatte.
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  • You have to go there being in Gdansk. A choice of car, bus, ship. With food is poorly because mainly fast-food so you can take your sandwiches to normal eating a piece of road.
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  • Here began the second world war, 182 Westerplatte guards here they defended themselves and resisted for several days after the German invasion; morino 15 guards in spite of four hundred dead invaders. The gravestones of dead guards can be found along the way before arriving to the monument.
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  • A truly humbling place. Once you know every little detail of the battle that took place here at the start of WW2, too see it and walk among the ruins is a very sombre and chilling experience. A must for anybody visiting Gdansk
  • Wonderful place, full of history. Now the exhibitions showing the meaning of the ruins are avaliable, a lot of details for Polish and foreign tourists. Also for those who do not know a lot about Polish history.
  • A great piece to visit. You get a real sense of what the start of WWII was like. There is also an excellent conveyance of hope for the future. Well worth the visit, especially on the pirate ship from Gdansk.
  • Very interesting place to visit, quite a lot to read on the way round the site
  • Very historical and a beautiful view of the sea. If you are interested in the Second World War it started here. The monument is stunning.

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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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