Even though the peninsula of Westerplatte was for centuries a military base for many different armies, most people associate it with a date: the 1st of September 1939. Also known as the beginning of WW2. Even though we know now that other polish cities were attacked a few minutes earlier than Westerplatte, this place is the symbol for the beginning of the Second World War.
Here 200 Polish soldiers heroically fought the Nazis which outnumbered them 8 times. Nowadays in Westerplatte we can see the remaining Guardhouse No.1 and the remains of a barracks. The whole area is quite small so we will walk though it. We will see a small military cemetery and a huge Monument to the defenders of the Polish Coast. Since the monument was erected during the Communist regime it contains many historical misrepresentations which I will tell you about during our visit to Westerplatte.
It is possible to hire an electric vehicle here. Another option is taking a round boat trip from the Centre of Gdansk. It takes 90 minutes, the most beautiful ships offering that trip are “Czarna Perła” and “Galeon Lew”.