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Gdansk Private Communism Tour with Solidarity Center Museum

1. Gdansk Private Communism Tour with Solidarity Center Museum

Start the walking tour in Gdansk Shipyard which was once the working place for thousands of people. Listen to stories about the communist era in Poland which was a hard time for all citizens. Discover how their determination led to the collapse of totalitarian systems in Europe. Learn about how Lech Walesa, the worker from the shipyard, became the leader of the first free trade union Solidarity and later became the first democratically-elected Polish president in post-WWII history. During the 2-hour version of the tour, see the Three Crosses Monument, the popular monument to the shipyard workers which shows how turbulent and dramatic the history of modern Europe was after 1945. Then walk through the historic Main Gate with 20 postulates of workers before continuing on to the old shipyard buildings. Stop at Sala BHP, the Shipyard Museum, where the agreement with the communists was signed. Finish the tour with a stroll around the shipyard to witness how work continues there to this day. See where the workers ate and receive a shot of Polish vodka. Opt to take the extended 4-hour version of the tour to spend an additional 2 hours exploring the European Solidarity Centre - one of the newest, interactive, and most interesting museums in Gdansk. Your guide will help you to understand the exhibition and the historical context surrounding the incident that took place in the Gdansk shipyard.

Gdansk Private WWII Tour with Museum of the Second World War

2. Gdansk Private WWII Tour with Museum of the Second World War

During your tour of Gdansk, you will get to hear of the facts, legends, opinions, and consequences of World War II for Gdansk, Poland, Europe, and the rest of the world. You will visit the most important places connected with Gdansk history during the war, and your guide will tell you the stories about brave heroes, victims, and crime. The purpose of this trip is to help you forge your own opinion on the course of the war and its consequences, based on new information. You will visit the Polish Post Office Museum, which was a symbol of the Polish heroic resistance in 1939, at the beginning of World War II. The museum aims to educate you about the patriotic activity of Poles in war-torn Gdansk, as well as the cultural achievements of the "Free City" citizens. Select the extended option, and you’ll also visit the World War II Museum, the newest and most visited museum in the city. Journey 15 meters underground to the museum’s permanent exhibition. At almost 5,000 square meters, the museum is the largest historical museum in Poland. Experience a guided tour which will delve into the war’s causes and consequences, as well as the perspective of its victims, perpetrators, heroes, and common folk.

Gdańsk: World War II Tour

3. Gdańsk: World War II Tour

Gdansk is the place where the Second World War began and continued to spread throughout the continent of Europe. Although the city itself did not suffer from military operations at the beginning, 1945 brought a tragic finale to Gdansk.  Discover the story as seen through the eyes of the Poles. Delve into the vortex of war turmoil and listen to the history of Gdańsk and Poland with many nations, heroes, and human tragedies. Experience an amazing journey through time and space with your guide. From the Free City of Gdansk to the attack of the Red Army. From Westerplatte to Gradowa Mountain and Lower Town. You will uncover all of the secrets that Gdansk holds. 

Private Westerplatte Tour by Car or Cruise Transport

4. 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.

Wolfschanze: Private Transport to Wolf's Lair

5. Wolfschanze: Private Transport to Wolf's Lair

In the forest between the Lake Siercze and Lake Moj is the complex of bunkers, which during World War II was the headquarters of the armed forces high command and Hitler’s headquarters. The commander of the Third Reich stayed here for over 900 days. Construction and expansion of accommodation lasted 4 years.    In 1959, the land Wolf’s Lair was opened to the public. Since then, thousands have flocked here to visit this infamous spot.  The 10-hour tour includes private transportation from your hotel in Gdansk or Sopot , free time to explore the Wolf's Lair and the surrounding area and return transportation. The driver is English-speaking and will help with buying tickets and organizing a guide. Price does not include fees for guide and entrance tickets.

Gdansk: Private Small-Group Stutthof Tour

6. Gdansk: Private Small-Group Stutthof Tour

Your tour will begin as your English-speaking driver picks you and your group from your hotel. From here it will take you about an hour to get to the Stutthof Museum. Once there, your driver will take you to your private guide who will explain to you all of the details about this place. Within the camp, you will visit both the old and the new camp quarters, as well as the commander’s villa. You will then go to the gas chambers and the crematorium, where you will hear terrifying reports of mass murder. You will then be able to pay your respects at the camp victims’ monument, before learning about the persecution and occupation of Pomerania. Your tour of the Stutthof Concentration Camp will take around 2 hours, and at the conclusion of your tour you will taken back to your point of origin in Gdansk.

Gdansk: Jewish Heritage Guided Private Walking Tour

7. Gdansk: Jewish Heritage Guided Private Walking Tour

Our guide will greet you at the hotel and invite you for the fully private sightseeing. The history of Jews in Gdansk probably dates back to X century. As an important seaport, Gdansk developed economically, industrially and culturally. In the XV and XVI century Gdansk became the most densely populated and most prosperous city in Poland. The affluent city attracted Jewish merchants. They contributed to the development of trade, industry and crafts. At the end of the XIX century, the Jews erected the largest synagogue in the city. It was a symbol of the unification of Gdansk Jews – and was destroyed by Germans in 1939. During the tour walk through the Old Town and see the places related to the Jewish history of the city. Stop by the place where the Great Synagogue was located, the former Jewish Ghetto area in Granary Island, and the Kindertransports monument. Hear about famous Jewish Theatre in Gdansk and learn what Kindertransports were. In the end see the sole remaining synagogue in the city – the New Synagogue in Wrzeszcz, built in 1926. Going back to your hotel, learn from your guide what else you can discover on your own after this tour.

Gdansk: Basic Bike Tour

8. Gdansk: Basic Bike Tour

As a local Guide , I can show you everything and more, and more. As a person born in Gdańsk, I have to offer you a real story told by real people; Discover the benefits -Sightseeing service at a reasonable price -Exclusively Customized for You -A relaxing atmosphere will make you feel good because you are on vacation -Real human guides will provide you with an authentic cultural experience. -Original Polish cultural experience, Slavic lifestyle and way of thinking -Visiting service at a reasonable price that cannot be provided by any other Gdańsk Tourist Office. My guided tours are just for you

EVERYDAY Stutthof Concentration Camp with Extra Gdansk Tour

9. EVERYDAY Stutthof Concentration Camp with Extra Gdansk Tour

Visit Stutthof concentration camp on the only tour that runs every day from Gdansk. Benefit from an expert guide and included hotel pickup and drop-off for the best experience. Get the most out of your day on an informative small-group tour for up to 15 participants, rather than a large group of 30 as offered on other tours. Enjoy a comfortable pickup service at your accommodation in Gdansk. Once your English-speaking driver has collected the whole group, hit the road toward Stutthof. Upon arrival, enter the first extermination camp in Poland, a unique place showing the history of this Nazi concentration camp. Inside, the local guide will show you authentic facilities, such as the wooden prisoner barracks, the gas chamber, the crematorium, and much more. Walk through the huge area, explore the buildings, and see moving exhibitions full of remains from World War II. Find out more about the camp's bloodcurdling history by watching a documentary movie in Stutthof Museum Cinema. Stutthof city is also known for its beautiful beaches. Stop at one of them after visiting the camp, and admire a wide beach full of white sand. Enjoy the fresh seaside air far away from the big city in the picturesque landscape of the Baltic Sea. Conclude the tour by returning to Gdansk for drop-off at your accommodation.

Gdańsk: City Tour by Electric Golf Cart

10. Gdańsk: City Tour by Electric Golf Cart

Discover the best of Gdańsk on a 1-hour guided, private tour covering the city's main sights. Sit back and relax as a knowledgeable guide presents Gdańsk's history, neighborhoods, and attractions. The tour visits the following highlights: • Highland Gate • Prison Tower and Torture Chamber • Golden Gate • Great Armory • St. Mary's Church • Court of St. George's Brotherhood • Granary Island • Crane • St. John's Church • Polish Post Office • Solidarity Square • Museum of the Second World War • Shipyards • European Solidarity Center

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What people are saying about Gdansk

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 142 reviews

That was really a great tour. We had two exciting, instructive and entertaining hours with our guide. (Stanislaw) He was very committed, made the tour exciting and varied so that there was no boredom. We can only recommend this experience, it was very nice and will be remembered for a long time.

My guide Elwira was very knowledgeable. She took time to explain the museum and its parts. I really enjoyed my experience. The only comment that I had was the cost of it was way to much at over 500zł. It cost as much as my whole weekend in Gdańsk . I thought I was paying 1/2 of that.

This was very informative and interesting trip at the same time. Everything was well organised, guide was awesome. Despite the fact the subcjet is very difficult he made it understable and we could feel it. I recommend it to anyone!

Perfect to not see the museum in passing and learn more about the events, very friendly guide, recommended!

Very nice guide, a lot of knowledge about the area. Informative trip to the concentration camp