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Fascination Fortress
Fortress Vistulamouth (Gdańsk)
Unique Fortification
Monument on the River

Vistula A unique fortification monument – the Wisłoujście Fortress – is located in the close vicinity of the Westerplatte peninsula. The name Wisłoujście (the mouth of the Vistula) dates back to the time when the Vistula had its estuary north of the Wisłoujście Fortress. The site had a strategic importance as it gave control over the ships moving into and out of Gdańsks harbor and also into the famous cities along the river like the former Grudziądz, Toruń, Kraków and Warsaw.



Fortress Vistulamouth - Gdańsk
bivouac on the river


Postal Adress:
Urząd Miejski w Gdańsku
Paweł Adamowicz
ul. Nowe Ogrody 8-12
80-803 Gdańsk

Tourist info:
PTTK O/Gdańsk (tourist information,
city-guiding and city excursions)
ul. Długa 45
PL-80-802 Gdańsk
Phone: +48 (0)58 / 301 91 51
Fax: +48 (0)58 / 301 13 43
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Gdańska Organizacja Turystyczna
(tourist information)
ul. Heweliusza 29
PL-80-861 Gdańsk
+48 (0)58 / 301 43 55, 301 66 38
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Postal Adress / Management:
Historical Museum of Gdansk
Director: Adam Koperkiewicz
ul. Długa 46/47
PL-80-831 Gdansk
Phone: +48 (0)58 / 7679128, 7679143
Fax: +48 (0)58 / 7679102
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Typical Barrier Fortress
for protecting the Vistula River

In the close vicinity of the Westerplatte peninsula lies a unique fortification monument - the Vistulamouth Fortress. The former Port of Gdańsk was situated on the Motława River, a few kilometers away from the coast.

This gave Vistulamouth a key position shielding Gdańsk from the sea and protecting the city and the port from a surprise enemy attack. The strategic importance of the place was quickly recognized - there may have been a look-out here during the rule of the Pomeranian Dukes.

One-of-a-kind Flemish
Housing ensemble around
the Tower

The houses of officers around the tower were probably built in the first decades of 17th century in the form of two-floored houses with triangle-shaped roofs. It is assumed that their designer was the Flemish architect Antoni van Obberghen who lived in Gdańsk.

Fortress events
The Knight Tournament May
The Baltic Festival of Science


Splendid regular Fortress
star of the 16th Century

The first structural works at this location are known from the 14th century. A brick tower and a lighthouse were built here as a defense in 1482. Timber defenses were placed around the tower between 1518 and 1521. The fortress achieved its present form with a four-bastion trace in 1586, replacing the timber fortifications.

The work was surrounded with wet ditches, which have remained to the present. An advanced work was added to the East from 1624 to
1626, comprising five earthworks with ditches, with a further advanced work on the west still latter, on the left side of the Vistula. Both sites were continuously used throughout the 18th century. Prussia took over the fortress in 1793 and strengthened it further during the Napoleonic wars. It lost its military function after the First World War.

The structure was destroyed during military operations in 1945 but was partly reinstated during the 1960s. Fortress Vistulamouth has been under the care of the Gdańsk Historical Museum since 1974.

Fascinating view onto the
River landscape of the


On the fortress tower the view goes from the estuary of the Vistula River at the Baltic Sea far into the country up to Gdańks. It takes the visitor from
the rich-in-history Westerplatte over to the other side of the riverbank and the numerous shipyards that lie along the riverside up to Gdańsk. On sunny afternoons you can see tourist cruise ships going up and down the river.



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