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Westerplatte

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Address: Gdansk, Poland
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The historic site where World War II broke out on September 1, 1939...

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.

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Really Enjoyable History-Rich Visit

We really enjoyed the short trip from Gdansk across the harbour to Westerplatte where the first shots of World War 2 were fired in September 1939. It is a fairly non-descript... read more

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed the short trip from Gdansk across the harbour to Westerplatte where the first shots of World War 2 were fired in September 1939. It is a fairly non-descript place in itself but what makes it special, aside from the historical significance, is the huge war bunkers that ares till preserved there and the big gun towers. There... More 

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Ostrava, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a historical place with big feeling about second world war. Everyone should visit the place to found how second war started. The place have own spirit. There is only a big monument and some damaged buildings, but it is worth to see.

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Thank Roman K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A simple stretch of woodland by the sea. Could be anywhere but it isn't. The story set out on the plinths along the path is informing and moving. The monument with its style and position and views summons lots of different feelings. Well worth the visit but don't expect spectacle.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are the least interested in what went down during WWII you should visit Westerplatte and see were the war began. About 40 signs will tell the story and show pictures from the time before WWI, the interwar period and the first days of WWII. Also there are some ruins, a small museum, the graves of the fallen soldiers... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The trip to Westerplatte in an old pirate ship was fun, but once we got there there was not so much to see or do. There was no museum and few monuments, and no choice of places to rest and have a drink. The view was nice, but we all felt the place was lacking something to actually do there.... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Although we took the local bus no 106 the journey was interesting as you view different aspects of Gdansk . Check with information office as the staff are extremely helpful. We where there 12th Dec 2016, it was extremely cold and grey, this added to the atmosphere I think! . Allow at least two hours as there is a lot... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Took a 'mytaxi' from town - seemed better than the tram and bus and likely similar in price (get a map from a tourist office to get a discount code which we're using to get back to the airport!) It's a bit Baltic. Lots to read - lots of thought gone into the displays.

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Woking, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

On a sunny but chilly morning late in November, my girlfriend and I made our way to Westerplatte to get a walk and see what was there. With no real expectations apart from looking for opportunities to take photos, we were surprised to find the garrison bunker ruins, and even more surprised to be able to walk through them. They... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

We were lucky enough to have a bit of winter sun and it was nice walking along the front next to the sea. The monument itself is impressive on the top of hill, a fitting tribute to the soldiers killed here at the start of WW2. There are boards with information in Polish and English that are very informative and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

I suggest to do some reading first to fully understand what happened here in world war 2. A place to see is a ruin. It is one thing to see a ruin on TV and an other in real life. The ruin is the result of bombardment. You can go into the ruin, it is safe and made for tourists.

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