Gdansk: World War 2 Tour
Gdansk was the first target of military actions taken by German army in 1939. The exact location of the first battle of World War 2 was Westerplatte – small peninsula a few kilometres from the city center. On September 1, 1939 less than 200 Polish soldiers were present in this Military Transit Depot and they were ordered to delay German attack for 12 hours. Germans expected quick victory, however, brave Polish soldiers managed to hold out for 7 days. Due to lack of ammunition, severe injury and shortage of water and food the decision to surrender was made by Major Henryk Sucharski on September 7. This heroic defence served as an inspiration for the Polish nation, a source of national pride and a symbol of invasion. Learn more about this first battle and also about many others important moments and events of World War 2 during our thematic city tour of Gdansk.
We offer private Gdansk World War 2 tours on request
- hotel pick up at chosen time
- around 3 hours of private guided visit in chosen language in the Museum of the Second World War where you will see:
- Main Exhibition – one of the largest exhibitions presented by historical museums in the whole world, located 14 meters under the ground. Shows the story of the cruel times of World War II, its beginning and consequences, tells about the victims and perpetrators and also about real heroes and normal citizens. The exhibition consists of three blocks:
- “The road to war” – shows the genesis of the war, the powers seeking to destroy the Treaty of Versailles, also informs about the expansion of totalitarian regimes
- “The horror of war” – showing the war from the point of view of soldiers, prisoners as well as women, children and men – ordinary people. It is the most universal message to people visiting museum.
- “The war’s long shadow” – dedicated to the end of the war – the fall of the Third Reich, the liberation of Europe and the subordination to the Soviet Union, shows the huge global consequences of the war.
- Exhibition “Time travel” – adapted for the youngest visitors, you will see there flat of Warsaw’s family in three different periods of time: few days right after the beginning of the Second World War, during the War and right after it.
3. around 25 minutes drive from Museum of World War 2 to Westerplatte Memorial
4. approximately 2 hours of guided tour with our private guide in chosen language during which you will visit Westerplatte battlefield and you will see:
- Passenger ships dock – from this place, on September 1st 1939, Germans started bombarding Westerplatte.
- Shelter and watchtower – shelter was a protection for tower guards, together they were a two-sided observation point which allowed a good protection of the area.
- “Fort” building – it was a part of protection walls system, a seat of coastal artillery general, built in 1911.
- Tank T-34 – a great example of military technology.
- Guardhouse – a great protection spot where two heavy machine guns could attack the enemy.
- Barracks ruins – place where the normal life was happening, there was a kitchen, telephone booth, rooms for soldiers and also ammunition warehouse.
- Monument to the defenders of the coast – built in honour of Polish soldiers who died during the heroic battle against 3500 German soldiers.
5. around 25 minutes drive back to the center of Gdansk with your private guide
6. your hotel drop off
Whole tour lasts approx 6 hours.
- 850 PLN per person (1 person)
- 450 PLN per person (2 persons)
- 350 PLN per person (3 persons)
- 280 PLN per person (4 persons)
- 240 PLN per person (5 persons)
- 210 PLN per person (6 persons)
- Contact us (7 persons or more)
What is included?:
- hotel pick up at chosen time and hotel drop off,
- comfortable, air-conditioned, private transportation,
- service of professional private city guide in chosen language during whole tour,
- entrance tickets to Museum of the Second World War
- entrance tickets to Westerplatte Museum and Memorial
This private tour is available in following languages:
English, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Russian, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch and others
*some languages may be subject of availability and prices can vary