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 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”.
The sight is on the tour: World War 2 in Gdansk and In the footsteps of John Paul II in Gdansk