FORTIFICATIONS – FORTRESS – MILITARIA

FORTIFICATIONS - FORTRESS - MILITARIA

MILITARY TOURS OF POLAND

Day 1

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Gdansk

The coat of arms of Gdansk

  • transfer from the airport or ferry terminal
  • check in at the hotel
  • meals
  • spa treatments

Luxury spa hotel in the centre of Gdansk

Hotel

Day 2

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Gdansk

  • walking tour along the fortifications of the Main City
  • Great Armoury
  • lunch in the break
  • walking tour in the Old Suburbs
  • Lowland Gate
  • Small Armoury
  • Gdansk bastions
  • dinner
  • return to the hotel
  • spa treatments

Lunch – Dutch cuisine

Meals

Dinner a feast in Gdansk style

FORTIFICATIONS OF THE MAIN CITY IN GDANSK

The loop of medieval fortifications around the Main City in Gdansk:

  • remaining sections of a defensive wall
  • flanking towers (named Strow, Jack, Swan, Corner Tower)
  • water gates
  • gates (Upland, Golden, Torture Chamber and Prison Gate)

GDANSK BASTIONS

Earthen fortifications surrounded by a former moat filled with the water of the Motlawa river. This complex forms just a remnant of a huge defence system that used to surround Gdansk and that dates back to the early modern period. It is one of the biggest and the best preserved system of 16-17th century fortifications.

GREAT ARMOURY

It’s one of the most beautiful and precious objects built in Dutch Mannerism style in Europe. It was raised in the beginning of 17th century as an armoury and gunpowder works, humorously called by Gdansk bourgeoisie as pharmacy.

Day 3

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Gdansk

  • walking tour to the Fortress of Gradowa Hill in Gdansk
  • lunch
  • cruise to Westerplatte
  • sightseeing of Westerplatte fortifications
  • bike tour to Wisloujscie Fortress
  • sightseeing of Wisloujscie Fortress
  • return by bikes to Gdansk centre
  • dinner
  • return to the hotel
  • chill out in spa area

Lunch in a restaurant with a stunnig view of Gdansk

Meals

Dinner – Kashubian feast with folk music live

WISLOUJSCIE FORTRESS

Although the roots of the fortress date back to 14th century, the fortress started to turn into the present shape at the end of 15th century.  The major task of the fortress was defence of Gdansk port. It was also functioning as the lighthouse and checkpoint for ships heading to Gdansk. Worthy a note is beautiful shape of the fortress and innovative structure. The substructures of the fortress are grounded on wooden containers, which are set under water. The hardcore that was put into containers form base where the fortress was built. The central point is the tower surrounded by brick-built circle to which officers’ houses adhere. Exterior part is formed by four-bastions Fort Carré, which adjoin to the Vistula river from one side and is surrounded by Eastern Bulwark and the moat from other side. The fortress has never been captured. It is invaluable monument of military architecture.

Cruise to Westerplatte

Cruise to Westerplatte

Bike trip to Wisloujscie Fortress

Bike tour to Wisloujscie Fortress

SIEGE OF WESTERPLATTE

The first battle of World War II that lasted from 1 to 7 September 1939. The attack began when the battleship Schleswig-Holstein opened without warning fire towards Polish garrison. The battleship arrived on a ‘courtesy visit’ to the Free City of Danzig to pay tribute to German sailors from cruiser ‘Magdeburg’, fallen in Baltic Sea in August 1914. Secret plans projected completely different scenario… Westerplatte battlefield is listed on the Monuments of the History list. At the battlefield area, it is possible to see ruins of Wojskowa Składnica Tranzytowa (ammunition depot), i. a. ruins of reinforced concrete guardhouses.

GRADOWA HILL FORTRESS (GDANSK GORD)

Gradowa Hill Fortress (Gdansk gord, i.e. a place of early Slavic settlement) – complex of bastions and entrenchments set up in response to increasing threat of a conflict between Poland and Sweden in XVII century. The fortifications are comprised of earthworks braced with brick-built constructions. The fortified hill buffered Gdansk during Swedish siege during Charles X Gustav’s invasion of the country as well as during the Great Northern War. In the beginning of 19th century the hill was redeveloped by Prussians (who were in power in Gdansk at that time) to prepare a defence of the city against the approaching French Army. It was in vain as it turn out later. After having captured Gdansk Napoleon visited the hill personally in order to supervise the ongoing modification works. From then on, the hill was to be commonly called Napoleon’s Fort. During Polish People’s Republic period the communistic government installed in the fortress the facility which was jamming Radio Free Europe.

Day 4

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Gdynia – Sopot

The coat of arms of GdyniaThe coat of arms of Sopot

  • transfer to Gdynia
  • Polish Navy Museum in Gdynia
  • lunch
  • ORP Blyskawica Museum
  • transfer to Babie Doły
  • torpedo tube
  • transfer to Sopot
  • dinner
  • return to Gdansk

Lunch with beautiful view of Gdansk Bay

Meals

Dinner in Sopot

ORP BLYSKAWICA

Polish grom-class destroyer, took part in battles in Europe from the beginning to the end of World War II. These days, it functions as a part of Polish Navy Museum in Gdynia.

GDYNIA TORPEDO LAUNCH

Gdynia torpedo launch – object where Luftwaffe torpedoes were tested. Torpedo tube was built on Gdansk Bay in 1941. After World War II, most of fitments were seized by Soviet army and transported to USSR. It is a home for many spices of water fowl and object of expeditions for dives and lovers of water sports nowadays.

Day 5

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Hel

The coat of arms of Hel

  • cruise to Hel
  • walking tour in Hel, Wiejska Street, harbour

  or

  • Laskowski Weapon Emplacement
  • lunch
  • bike trip to Muzeum Obrony Wybrzeza (The Coastal Defence Museum)
  • return by ship or train
  • dinner in Gdansk
  • accommodation

Lunch in Hel – fish of the morning catch

Meals

Dinner – beer feast

Cruise to Hel

Cruise to Hel

HEL

It used to be a small Kashubian fishing village accessible only by boat. Today it is a popular bathing resort.

Hel as the main station of Polish Navy was attacked by German army on the first day of World War II – 1 September 1939. Later on the peninsula was intensively fortified by Germans between 1944 -1945. In period of Cold War, because of the strategic location, Hel once again became the most important base for Polish Navy. In those times the access to the town was limited for the civilians.

Bike trip to the museum

Bike trip

Day 6

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Rabka – Leba – Slowinski National Park – Ustka

The coat of arms of UstkaThe coat of arms of Leba

  • transfer to Rabka
  • transit by electric vehicles to Rocket Launcher Museum
  • walking tour to dunes
  • return by electric vehicles
  • lunch
  • transfer to Ustka
  • bunkers and nether regions in Ustka (Fortress Ustka, Blücher Weapon Emplacement)
  • dinner
  • return to Gdansk

Lunch in Leba

Meals

Dinner in Ustka

BLÜCHER WEAPON EMPLACEMENT

‘Blücher’ – German bunkers complex from 1930s, part of unaccomplished investment – trade and naval port, which was launching to take over water transport between Reich and the enclave in East Prussia avoiding transit via ‘Polish Passage’. These days, mysterious nether regions of Blücher Weapon Emplacement function as multimedia museum.

ROCKET LAUNCHER IN RABKA

Rocket Launcher Museum in Rabka – Hitlerian testing ground, where Rheintochter rockets were tested during World War II.

Day 7

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Bydgoszcz

The coat of arms of Bydgoszcz

  • transfer to Bydgoszcz
  • Exploseum DAG Fabrik Bromberg
  • transfer to Bydgoszcz Old Town
  • lunch
  • walking tour in Old Town
  • ‘Bydgoszcz Venice’
  • transfer to hotel near Grudziadz
  • dinner
  • spa treatments

Hotel in marvellous palace

Hotel

Lunch – regional delicacies in Bydgoszcz Old Town

Meals

Dinner – noble revel in the palace

DAG BROMBERG COMPANY

DAG Bromberg Company was built for the needs of III Reich military missions. The factory fulfilled 1/5 requisition of German army fighting on Eastern Front in TNT, smokeless powder and nitro-glycerine. There were employed about 40 thousand unfree labourers. Many of them died because of penal work. In the complex of 7 factory buildings connected by system underground tunnels and passages we can find i.a. exhibition dedicated to Alfred Nobel.

Day 8

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Grudziadz – Gdansk

The coat of arms of Grudziadz

  • transfer to Grudziadz
  • Fortress Grudziadz, the Citadel
  • transfer to the Old Town
  • lunch
  • walking tour in the Old Town:

Cavalry Training Centre

city walls, Water Gate, riverside promenade

  • transfer to Gdansk
  • dinner
  • check in at the hotel

Hotel in Gdansk

Hotel

Lunch in Grudziadz Old Town

Meals

Dinner in Gdansk

Polish cuisine in a modern style

Grudziadz city wall. Military tours – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Alexandra (Nessa) Gnatoush

GRUDZIADZ FORTRESS

Grudziadz Fortress – a system of forts which was set up at the turn of the 19 and 20th century. The major task of the fortress was a defence of Grudziadz and a strategic bridge on the Vistula river against a possible Russian advance. Both central and the oldest point of the fortress is the Citadel. In the beginning of World War II Germans used Grudziadz Fortress as a testing ground as well as a magazine. With the perspective of Eastern Front’s retreat Hitler once again set the city a high goal: being the last line of defence. Only after intensive fighting between January and the beginning of March 1945 the Red Army defeated Germans who first took refuge in the Citadel and capitulated eventually on 6 March 1945.

Day 9

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Gdansk

  • meals
  • transfer to the airport or ferry terminal

from 190 € per person*

* for 25-person group. The price includes guided tour, guide assistance, bus transits, cruises, bike trip, transit by electric vehicles and admissions. The price does not include accommodation, meals and spa treatments.

The programme is addressed to groups from 10 to 50 people

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Legend

  • hotel
  • ferry or ship cruise
  • horse riding
  • knowledge
  • shopping
  • bus transfer
  • canoeing rally
  • monuments
  • art
  • attractions for kids
  • meals
  • amusement park
  • workshop or team building
  • car rental
  • plane
  • bike trips
  • swimming pool
  • active
  • relax
  • fishing
  • walking tour
  • diving
  • nature
  • spa
  • nature study
  • RIB
  • narrow-gauge railway
  • surfing
  • adventure park
  • bungee jumping
  • go-karts
  • golf
  • off-roading
  • zip-line
  • shotting range or paintball
  • quads

Military tours of Poland – Fortifications, fortress, militaria in Poland from Middle Ages to World War II. Westerplatte, Blücher Bunkers, Wolfsschanze.