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“A truly touching experience”
Review of Westerplatte

Ranked #11 of 153 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.
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140 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“A truly touching experience”
Reviewed December 5, 2012

We went to Westerplatte after reading about it on the internet not expecting the experience we had Its really down a non existent road which we travelled by bus Rocked from side to side by the potholes in the road which were flooded from rain water We got off the bus wondering should we just get back on and go back to Gdansk We would have so missed out if we had
The Historical significance was so well highlighted with all the information laid out on huge boards giving the history of the area before the first world war right up to the start of the second world war and beyond You can go into the only remaining barracks and see the conditions that had to be endured The monument when you got to it at the end of the peninsula was both striking and emotional after reading about the history along the way to it Well worth going to see

Visited December 2012
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Swindon UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Another failure to capitalise on history”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

The title may be uncharitable, as the country is still recovering from its communist past, and also, I went in october.
But this place is a famous place, a location of some historical significance. Yet, the monument and the officers villa aside, it lacks the basics that other countries provide at similarly important sites.
if you are there, you will visit, solely because of the significance. When you do, please lower your expectations until such time as the polish government understand that their country has much to offer historical tourists, once they pay attention to the standard details.
I have ticked bathroom facilities but on the day of my visit, they were locked.

Visited October 2012
Thank HeatherandChris
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Worth going. Go on the boat from Gdansk”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

This place is steeped in history and especially world war 2. So much to see here and understand. Lots of information in English to read about. The boat trip from Gdansk to Westerplatte is also brilliant as it takes you passed all the dhip yards

Visited September 2012
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

Cost us £20 in a taxi as it was a Sunday and we were not sure of the buses. The site is well laid out and there is loads of info and plenty to read. There are two or three souvenier stalls and a cafe.

Visited October 2012
Thank Lutyco
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Warsaw, Poland
Level 3 Contributor
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“Leaves an impression”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

Wonderful historical location! Where world war II was started with the shot of a torpedo. I recommend taking the pirate ship there (Black pearl), tour-guides point out the sites on the way there. One down side, the tour guides repeat the same thing over and over throughout the day so they get a little monotoned. Also, make sure you go earlier in the day because you run out of ships to take back to Gdańsk.

Visited July 2012
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