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“History brought to life”
Review of Westerplatte

Westerplatte
Ranked #11 of 154 things to do in Gdansk
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Owner description: The historic site where World War II broke out on September 1, 1939 includes a small museum and a towering monument to the Polish defenders.
Crickhowell, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
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“History brought to life”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

I used the tourist Pirate Ship to get there and although more expensive than the ferry was comfortable and well equipped and I felt the extra expense was worth it. The way the site is preserved is amazing and the whole experience makes understanding how the defence of the whole area was dependent on these soldiers so much more real. The establishment of the field kitchen and manning it with real soldiers gave an authentic feel and particularly fascinated some school children who were visiting.

Visited June 2014
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“Here everything started with the second World War”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Take a boat trip from Gdansk to Westerplatte (45 minutes one way) and when you have reached Westerplatte you can see how beautiful this "Kurort" once has been before the first shot was done to start the II World War.

Visited June 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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“View the Gdansk harbor area, the fortifications, and monument”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Westerplatte is a time capsule whose fortifications have been left to commemorate the heroic actions of its Polish defenders at the start of WWII. Although you may also arrive by car, taxi, or bus, I'd recommend taking a boat transport from Gdansk in order to better understand why the Germans wanted to control this harbor area at the onset of WWII. Follow the pathways through the entire site, stopping to read the storyboards along the way. The incline up to the base of the monument might prove to be challenging for some, but you will be rewarded by a view of the harbor area which will assist you in better picturing the site in your mind…

Another treasure in this area is the Wistoujscle Fortress which is currently pictured in the top TA photo for Westerplatte and is also listed as attraction #35 of 47 in Gdansk as the Fortress of the Vistula River Mouth. To our disappointment, this fort was not open when we stopped by that day. However, as it is in the custody of the Historical Museum of Gdansk, I would recommend contacting the museum to see if you could arrange for a private tour if interested.

Take a taxi from Westerplatte to the Wistoiujscle Fortress and arrange for it to then transport you back to Gdansk in order to view the terrain by both land and sea.

Visited October 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Memories”
Reviewed 26 June 2014

first we went there on a pirate ship (great for Kids) but for us it was very moving to see where the war began and to learn how a few polish people defended thier land against difficult odds

Visited August 2013
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Riga, Latvia
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“very nice.”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

Very nice place, full of history. Old restored wood ship bring me from Gdansk zuraw tower to Westerplate sea fortress and back. I had possibillity to see Gdansk shipyard, Baltic sea and Gdansk old city from water side.

Visited June 2014
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