Military tourism - what is worth visiting at the seaside?
2023-05-11 / Facebook

Military tourism is one of the newer and more common types of leisure activities. As part of it, you can see many interesting places and learn a piece of history with your own eyes. Fortified objects, defensive lines, shelters, bunkers and battlefields or other points related to broadly understood military topics are some of the objects included in this field of activity. So what is worth visiting by the sea?

Kępa Redłowska and Babie Doły in Gdynia

Kępa Redłowska is a vast seaside park on a former military site, dotted with trenches, bunkers and old cannons. The positions of the Redłowska battery are today the best-preserved post-war coastal battery in Poland and the most attractive military monument of Gdynia. Information boards with descriptions and drawings will inform all interested parties in detail. The artillery emplacements can be reached from Polanka Redłowska, following the marked trail.

Kępa Redłowska

One of the gems of the seaside fortifications is the torpedo house in Babie Doły (in Gdynia). It was built on sunken caissons about 300 meters from the shore. The torpedo house started operating in 1942 and probably operated until April 1945. These picturesque World War II ruins are worth a visit at any time of the year. You can also dive there (see: The best diving site in the Baltic Sea) visiting the remains of the torpedo house "from the inside", not only from the shoreline.

Torpedo Room

The Wisłoujście Fortress in Gdańsk

This is a historic fortress on the Martwa Wisła. The origins date back to the 14th century, although it is assumed that it dates back to the 15th century. It had a defensive function - defending access to the port of Gdańsk, and also acted as a lighthouse and a checkpoint over ships entering Gdańsk. It is an extraordinary monument of fortification art. Currently, it is a branch of the Gdańsk Museum. It can be visited from May to September.

Torpedo Room

Fortifications on Hel

On the peninsula we have a red trail "After the fortifications of the Hel Cape". This is a rarity for history buffs. We have there: shooting domes, shelters for the crew and the generator, artillery headquarters, backup fire control point, fire control tower and main fire control point, command post, fire stations, artillery radiolocation radio station. Everything is perfectly marked with signs.

Hel Bunkers

Shelters and bunkers in the Tri-City

The shelter next to the Maritime Office at ul. Chrzanowskiego in Gdynia and at ul. Polish. The first was built in 1935, the second comes from 1944. Another one is the air-raid shelter in Leszczynki at ul. sea. In turn, in Gdańsk, it is worth paying attention to the one at ul. Kliniczna or a well-preserved fallout shelter at ul. Marynarki Polskiej 169, unfortunately inaccessible to visitors. Those interested in fun can visit the Bunkier club gallery, where the above-ground building has been converted into a concert and cultural venue. And a typically post-German shelter is located near the building of the Gdańsk Główny railway station, under the third SKM platform.

Bunker Gdynia

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