Westerplatte
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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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  • Krabate
    133 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you are interest in history its place for you
    Its a place very important place in Gdansk history. Memorial is very nice. To get there is very easy as there is one road and there is no need to have a map, you can not lost there, follow the people. Beach is beutiful. There are free guide tours avalaible. If you are not interest in history dont go. If don like walks dont go. This is hitorical place not pleasure for drinking or eating.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 24 June 2023
  • lonewolf44
    Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom1,297 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Where WWII began
    Go here by boat from the Old Town's riverside - Westerplatte is a peninsula to the north of the city, on the Baltic coast, which came under attack on the night of 1st/2nd September 1939. After disembarking from the boat, follow the path which takes you past the remains of the guardhouses to the memorial on its hill. My only quibble was the amount of stalls selling tourist tack, utterly unconnected to the enormity of the events that happened here. It makes for an odd and somewhat uncomfortable mix, but if you ignore it, this is a must along with the Solidarity Museum, if you're even vaguely interested in Gdansk's recent rather tragic history. There's no charge for visiting Westerplatte, though there is a museum which does ask an admission fee.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 24 July 2023
  • TheDumbuser
    Dudelange, Luxembourg42 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not for every1
    Don't trust reviews, that say it's a one hour tour and back. Even if there are no remarkable buildings, mostly ruins and most standing buildings are not allow to enter, then just the walk across the nice beach is worth to take some time. If you're not interested in history and/or visiting other places with nice sea view, then skip Westerplatte. Still - I liked.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 16 August 2023
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,614 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The place where Horror began
    Being a history buff or not, the sole fact the world's bloodiest conflict ever began here, deserves your attention and imo your need to come here and visit it, as in some way everyone of us was affected by the horror of WWII. Westerplatte is located north from Gdansk, some 15 min drive from downtown on a small flat peninsula stretching out into the Baltic sea. By the bus stop is a carpark (they told me it was free, maybe because it was Sunday, but double check), which was close to monuments and attractions. You can also come by bus, but we had our rented car which was cheap and convenient for us as we explored north Poland, driving as far as Wolf's Lair which is 3 hrs one way. From the historic point of view main attractions are the ruined former barracks, the Polish defenders Memorial grave site with a Cross, and of course, the huge vertical monument to the defenders, which is on top a small hill reachable via circular pathway. Besides these, there's a kind of a scattered open air museum with info panels here and there, in both, Polish and English, explaining the history. I must admit I was disappointed with that, as imo such a place deserves a proper covered small museum dedicated to this site, and therefore I deduct one star. Apart from the historic background Westerplatte is a nice nature area, as it stretches along the coast with a pleasant walkway by the sea and right across the Monument is a busy port with ferries to Sweden.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 April 2024
  • Martina M
    Ningbo, China53 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    No more wars
    Commemorative place. Please behave with respect. Lots of panels with detailed info about the first days of WW II. The site Is partly under construction for better access. Walkable, the main monument Is uphill, not wheelchair/ pram friendly. Wonderful Roses around. I think it's really important to remember history, even the bad parts, just to make sure, evil never wins again. Good view to the port as well. No access to the sea. Some stalls with souvenirs and coffee. Parking available, some without tickets, bigger part Is paid parking.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 May 2024
  • Mathias
    Turku, Finland12 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bit disappointed
    We decided to take a day trip to Westerplatte as we love history and wanted to see the place. However, it turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. There was very little to see once we arrived, and the place itself wasn't very attractive. There were only a few ruins and minimal signs explaining what happened. It felt more like just another park and left us all disappointed. It takes time to get there from the city, so if you have limited time in Gdansk I don't know if it is really worth it.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 May 2024
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Mathias
Turku, Finland12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We decided to take a day trip to Westerplatte as we love history and wanted to see the place. However, it turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. There was very little to see once we arrived, and the place itself wasn't very attractive. There were only a few ruins and minimal signs explaining what happened. It felt more like just another park and left us all disappointed. It takes time to get there from the city, so if you have limited time in Gdansk I don't know if it is really worth it.
Written 25 May 2024
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Martina M
Ningbo, China53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Commemorative place. Please behave with respect. Lots of panels with detailed info about the first days of WW II.
The site Is partly under construction for better access. Walkable, the main monument Is uphill, not wheelchair/ pram friendly. Wonderful Roses around.
I think it's really important to remember history, even the bad parts, just to make sure, evil never wins again.
Good view to the port as well. No access to the sea. Some stalls with souvenirs and coffee.
Parking available, some without tickets, bigger part Is paid parking.
Written 13 May 2024
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petergab10
Melbourne, Australia659 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Another important part of Poland's history and where world war ll started in 1939
when the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein began shelling Westerplatte.
Decided to take Galeon Lew pirate ship from Gdansk to the drop off point then walk towards Westerplatte sign. Turn left and walk to until you reach the open-air displays which include Westerplatte: 'Spa-Bastion-Symbol', a scattering of shelled bunkers, memorials to the fallen soldiers, barrack ruins, large monument in memory of the Polish defenders. Offers many photo opportunities and definitely worth a visit If you have interesting in history.
Written 26 April 2024
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,614 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Being a history buff or not, the sole fact the world's bloodiest conflict ever began here, deserves your attention and imo your need to come here and visit it, as in some way everyone of us was affected by the horror of WWII.

Westerplatte is located north from Gdansk, some 15 min drive from downtown on a small flat peninsula stretching out into the Baltic sea. By the bus stop is a carpark (they told me it was free, maybe because it was Sunday, but double check), which was close to monuments and attractions. You can also come by bus, but we had our rented car which was cheap and convenient for us as we explored north Poland, driving as far as Wolf's Lair which is 3 hrs one way.

From the historic point of view main attractions are the ruined former barracks, the Polish defenders Memorial grave site with a Cross, and of course, the huge vertical monument to the defenders, which is on top a small hill reachable via circular pathway.
Besides these, there's a kind of a scattered open air museum with info panels here and there, in both, Polish and English, explaining the history.
I must admit I was disappointed with that, as imo such a place deserves a proper covered small museum dedicated to this site, and therefore I deduct one star.

Apart from the historic background Westerplatte is a nice nature area, as it stretches along the coast with a pleasant walkway by the sea and right across the Monument is a busy port with ferries to Sweden.
Written 7 April 2024
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catch222
birmingham501 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
It's a strange place because it's your imagination that must do the work. As I was there on a cold Feb Sunday morning, around 09.00/09.30, so nobody else was there, I had complete silence which meant I could relate to the quietness of now compared to the hell and noise the Polish soldiers faced then.

It was this line of thought that made Westerplatte more interesting to visit than what is actually there.

Very easy to reach on the bus or by car from Gdansk centre. If going by former, check return bus. As mentioned I went on a Sunday, think the return left 1hr 30mins after I arrived so I took a Uber back. A very nice Polish couple even asked if I wanted a lift into town while I was waiting for the taxi.
Written 11 March 2024
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rtdood
Manchester, UK790 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Westerplatte is a thin stretch of semi-parkland to the north of the city that stretches along the Baltic coastline. Being a military site it was subject to the opening shots of the European theatre of war in 1939, with many ruins present today which help serve the area as a tourist attraction besides its natural beauty today.

The area stretches some 2-3kms and is fully walkable mostly being on flat land which is along the coastline and through its centre. You can actually pick up a site map of Westerplatte from the Museum of the Second World War in town, but I'll map out some of the key sites and areas here.

The is a large carpark and bus stop area which offers quick connection from the above mentioned museum to other sites in the city centre before starting/finishing here. Journey time isn't much more than 45 minutes, if that. I visited during the off season so the bus service was less regular than summer, operating only every 40 mins. There is a small kiosk stand selling souvenirs, a café and toilets next to the sheltered bus stop (the latter two were closed during my visit).

From here you walk along the main pathway toward the main memorial 'Defenders of the coast' at the end or cross over the road to visit some old embankments and field fortifications on the coast. If you follow the pathway however this will take you to the smaller but numerous military sites of interest such as Guardhouse No1. Transit Depot outline buildings, The Polish Army Soldiers Military Cemetery and the old barracks building. The latter can actually be explored via a metal gangway through the ruins. At each point of interest information panels can be found in English and Polish providing historical context. Much of this was on glass panels which I found interesting as they didn't seem to have any snow on them, unlike just about everything else I saw on the day I visited.

It was quite sombre in parts to think that this area, to which has been reclaimed by nature, was once a war ground. But was also quite peaceful and quiet today. It took me about 2-3 hours having a look round, including the moment which gives the highest views from the peninsula. Its worth the visit, especially if you are into military history but even those without such an interest can still have a stroll along the coastline pathways.

A key note I will mention: some parts of the site are undergoing construction/renovation. I think, If I can recall correctly, care of the site has passed to the Museum of the Second World War, and they seem to either be constructing a building near the carpark/bus stop area or doing further excavations.
Written 20 December 2023
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Bill W
Derry, UK43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Wonderful place wonderful people and loads to do and see. Transport system is the best and cheapest I’ve ever experienced
Written 12 October 2023
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Ma A
London, UK4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Westerplatte is a must see. BUT be very careful how you get there.

There is a kitch galleon which I cannot comment on...not our thiung. There is a public transport ferry from outside the Hilton..but for mush of year only goes irregularly at weekeds.

Then there is the one to AVOID...the Westerplatte boat next to the galleon. You think you are going near to the monument...you are dropped miles away, The boat is a rusty old tub. The fair is very high...75zloty return. Feel free cto take it if you like see run down dockyards.

Better use the bus...it gets you much nearer, cost less than £1 (free if over 70) and is quicker.
Written 1 October 2023
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Ivor M
Aberdeen, UK19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Not too much to see and we had to squeeze in the visit as we booked a one hour return slot on boat from Old Town but it was enough time for us.
Written 28 September 2023
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Mikołaj W
Szczecin, Poland52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Big area with some buildings and remains of it. Boards with essential information and photos. Some renovation work is goin on there. Few of glass boards with descriptions were fractured - destroyed on purpose! This place deserves more
Written 20 August 2023
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