Stutthof (Sztutowo), located 35km from Gdansk, is one of the most important martyrology places in northern Poland. Here, the day after the beginning of the Second World War, Nazis set up the first concentration camp to exterminate the people of Poland and other nations. First prisoners arrived in Stutthof from Gdansk and Pomerania region.
Those were mainly people arrested in Gdansk: priests, teachers, local politicians and civil servants. In following years, to Stutthof came transports with prisoners from other parts of Poland and abroad. In total, during 5 years of camp’s history, around 110 thousands of people from 28 countries were imprisoned. On 25th January 1945, the camp’s commandant ordered the evacuation of the prisoners to Lebork. This is known as a death march, as many of them never reached the destination. In conclusion, during years 1939-1945 about 65 thousand people died in the camp or during its evacuation.
How to get to Stutthof
During the peak season, hourly bus nr 870 leaves from Brama Wyzynna bus stop. Tticket price is about 10-14 PLN/one way. Outside the peak season hourly buses run on weekdays, but on weekend buses run less frequently, so check the schedule here. You should get off the bus at the bus stop “Sztutowo Muzeum”, which is about 2 km before Sztutowo village. The bus ride lasts about 1 hour.
Stutthof Concentration Camp Museum
In the museum, you’ll see the remains of the Nazi concentration camp, including the main gate, the barracks, the headquarter and the gas chamber. Stutthof is much smaller than Auschwitz-Birkenau near Cracowt still well reflects sad and tough part of history.
Please remeber to respect the place during your visit.
|1st of May-30th of September||8.00 – 18.00|
|1st of October-30th of April||8.00 – 15.00|
Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.
Entrance is free. There is a cinema room where every 30 minutes a short movie is presented. The entrance fee to the cinema room is 3 PLN.
Audioguide in English and German is available. The fee is 15 PLN. Inside the museum information is only in polish so audioguide is recommended.
Carpark fee is 7 PLN for 3 hours. Next hour costs 5PLN
If you plan to visit Stutthof in October-April, make sure to wear warm clothes because it’s mainly an open-air museum. You should reserve about two hours to see the whole museum.
If you have more time, consider visiting other places near Gdansk like: