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European military architecture evolved throughout ages, which contributed to a great diversity and unique functionality of fortifications.

The enormous edifices were usually hidden from the public‘s eye. It was not before the end of the cold war that these fortresses became available to visitors all over Europe.

European Cultural Heritage from War to Peace

At a certain point in history the fortresses lost their military function. Today they serve as witnesses of the European history, which was often written with blood and iron. The preservation of the strongholds is crucial since they constitute a valuable cultural heritage. They have been transformed in culture and entertainment centers whose new role is to promote peace in an interesting setting.

Some Eastern European fortresses were severely damaged during wars and demand urgent renovation. The Old Town of Kostrzyn in Poland, for example, is a place where warfare left an indelible mark.

A Look at hidden Spots

Travelling along the Baltic Fort Route gives you a unique opportunity to:

-learn about the last 500 years of the European history, about mighty
empires of the past and fortifications protecting their borders

-discover historical military structures hidden behind embankments and
moats, concealing underground gunpowder magazines,
casemates and underground passages

-experience idyllic nature in all its diversity, which can be found
in parks and gardens, as well as on river banks and meadows

-take part in many multicultural events in an extraordinary setting

Monuments full of Life

The fortresses give you a unique opportunity to enjoy various events, such as concerts in the Spandau Citadel, military events in the Kostrzyn Fortress, the Christmas market in Gorgast, the chanting festival in Gi┼╝ycko, or even observing the habits of bats. You can also learn about a famous stopover place on Napoleon‘s route, discover the traces of Prussia in Kaliningrad and visit Holocaust memorials in Kaunas.
 
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