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Private Westerplatte Tour by Car or Cruise Transport

1. Private Westerplatte Tour by Car or Cruise Transport

This tour is designed to give you an insider's view of the area's tumultuous past, while at the same time, showing you its current beauty. Westerplatte was for centuries a military base for many different armies, most people associate it with a date: the 1st of September 1939. Even though 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 by 8 times. Nowadays in Westerplatte you can see the remaining Guardhouse No.1 and the remains of a barracks. The whole area is quite small so you will walk though it. You will see a small military cemetery and a huge Monument to the defenders of the Polish Coast. A large monument pays tribute to those Polish defenders and marks the spot where the entire world was plunged into war just 60 years ago. The Westerplatte tour is offered in 2 options: Standard option: First you will be picked up from your hotel in Gdansk, Gdynia, Sopot. Of course your private guide will be with you during whole trip so you will get information about the history of Gdansk and Westerplatte already in the car. Alternative option (cruise): You are going to meet your private guide near the Golden Gate in Gdansk. So you will have the opportunity to take a walk through the Royal Way and hear how this route was only accessible to the powerful monarchs in earlier days. Then you will take a 45-minute long cruise to the Westerplatte by the “Black Pearl” or “Galleon Lion” and after a 2-hour sightseeing ride you will return in the same way. During the boat trip you will have the opportunity to see the Main Town from river Motława side, Dead Vistula River, the shipyards and the harbor.

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Gdansk: Gdansk, Sopot and Westerplatte Private Guided Tour

2. Gdansk: Gdansk, Sopot and Westerplatte Private Guided Tour

Start with a walking tour in Sopot to admire the city's impressive architecture. See the former Kasino-Hotel, where Hitler stayed during the capitulation of the Polish army. Then go for a peaceful stroll on the famous pier opposite the hotel. Next is a guided tour of Gdansk Old Town. Stop to appreciate magnificent buildings like Arthur’s Court. Discover all the places linked to WWII history, such as Piwna Street where Hitler was greeted years ago. The final stop will be Westerplatte, which was also visited by Hitler. He was surprised that the Polish army managed to defend the city for so long against the Germans. See the huge monument built in memory of the Defenders of the Polish Coast.

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Gdansk: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

3. Gdansk: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

See the sights of Gdansk at your own pace with a ticket for the hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus, valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours, depending on option booked. Marvel at the colorful buildings and cobbled streets of the city center on 2 available routes, and get an informative recorded commentary in any of the 11 available languages.  Blue Line: Benefit from 9 strategically located stops to explore the newly-opened World War II Museum, Oliwa Cathedral and boutique stores of Baltycka Galeria. • Brama Wyiynna/Upland Gate • Railway Station  • Shipyard • World War II Museum  • Baltycka Gallery  • Oliwa Cathedral • Oliwa Zoo • Oliwa Pella • Gradowa Hill Red Line: The Red Line includes stops at the Energa Stadium and provides stunning views of the riverbank. • Upland Gate • Railway Station  • Energa Stadium  • Westerplatte • Marina New Port • Music Academy

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Gdansk: Fighting for Freedom Private Tour

4. Gdansk: Fighting for Freedom Private Tour

Discover the fascinating past of Gdansk on this tour through its turbulent history. Learn about its ongoing struggles since the Second World War, and its long fight for freedom and justice throughout the 20th century. Your tour begins with a transfer to Westerplatte Peninsula, an area guarding an entrance to the Gdansk harbor, and the place where the WWII began. At the time, the Polish Military Transit Depot was fighting against an enemy 13 times its size. From there, you will continue to the Gdansk Shipyard, the birthplace of the Solidarity movement.

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Stutthof Concentration Camp and Westerplatte: Private Tour

5. Stutthof Concentration Camp and Westerplatte: Private Tour

Take advantage of a comfortable pickup service and take a guided excursion to Stutthof Concentration Camp. Learn how it functioned during the Nazi occupation of Poland in WWII. See the barracks and gas chambers at the first concentration camp in Poland. Explore the whole area with a licensed guide and discover facts only heard there. Stutthof was the first concentration camp built in Poland by the Nazis. During its five years of existence, the camp held prisoners from 28 countries. Over 110,000 prisoners were tortured, forced to work, and died in the gas chambers. During the two-hour tour, you will explore the entire site, see moving exhibitions, and enter Stutthof Museum Cinema. On the way back you will take a relaxing walk toward a beach. See the white sand and great landscapes of the Baltic Sea. Enjoy the view and then relax on the transfer to Westerplatte, once a military base for many different armies and now, a symbol for the beginning of the Second World War. You will see a small military cemetery and a huge monument to the defenders of the Polish Coast.

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Gdansk: Full-Day Private Guided City Tour with Transport

6. Gdansk: Full-Day Private Guided City Tour with Transport

Enjoy pickup from your hotel and hit the road with your local guide. Start off with a visit to the historic Old Town, and admire the beautiful architecture, colorful buildings, and narrow alleyways that date back to Medieval times. Pass through the famous Golden Gate, Arthur’s Court, and Neptune Fountain, then visit St. Mary’s Church. Stop by the beautiful Motlawa River next, then marvel at the Amber Altar at St. Bridget’s Church. From there explore the Shipyard and learn about its importance in the development of Gdansk. Arrive in the Oliwa district and soak up the Gothic architecture then check out Oliwa Cathedral and listen to an organ concert. Stretch your legs on a stroll through Oliwa Park, home to an idyllic Japanese Garden. Afterwards, stop by Gdansk Bay followed by a walk along Brzenzo Pier. Finally, visit Westerplatte, the site where World War Two began, and listen to your guide’s fascinating historical stories. Stop by the neighboring military cemetery before relaxing on the return journey to your hotel.

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We enjoyed the trip very much. In such a short time we visited everything that interests us. Really great!!!