War Shelter of Platanias
War Shelter of Platanias
4.5
Military MuseumsPoints of Interest & Landmarks
10:00 - 12:00, 17:30 - 19:45
Monday
10:00 - 12:00
17:30 - 19:45
Tuesday
10:00 - 12:00
17:30 - 19:45
Wednesday
10:00 - 12:00
17:30 - 19:45
Thursday
10:00 - 12:00
17:30 - 19:45
Friday
10:00 - 12:00
17:30 - 19:45
Saturday
10:00 - 12:00
17:30 - 19:45
About
Local world war 2 musuem focused on the historical events that occured during the battle of Crete and more. Please note that the museum is now closed until further notice. Due to covid protocol we are not able to open the tunnels at this time, the museum is run by volunteers and we will reopen as soon as it is deemed safe.
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  • MJK
    1,230 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and genuine
    It is not easy to find and reach the place but the effort really pays off! Everything is genuine and local and there is also a great story about the olive tree, close to the entrance to the tunnel. Apart the shelter itself, there is a collection of various types of military equipment from the Second World War. The most interesting is the British anti-aircraft gun in a very interesting arrangement - it probably looks like in May 1941, during the Battle of Crete. If you are interested in the history of World War II - you must visit this place. And even if you're not (interested) you can walk up a few steps and you'll have a pretty nice view of the area from there.
    Visited October 2022
    Written 11 April 2023
  • chattyswan
    Fanoe, Denmark46 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the walk up a very steep hill
    After a short walk up a steep hill you will find the war shelters. Cost €3 p.p. luckily it had just reopened on the 25th April for the season. An interesting museum. Even if you don't go in it is worth climbing the hill for the views of the coast .
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 May 2023
  • kandcbuxton
    Watford, United Kingdom40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Real history, and all so recent.
    A bit of real history, brought to life in an amazing way. Run by volunteers, and on limited opening hours (10-12 am and 5-7 pm). It really brings home to you the suffering of the local population under the German occupation. Well worth the walk up from Platania Square, and well signposted, you need at least 45 minutes to look at all the exhibits and the vast range of photographs from the period. When we went (May 2023), donations were sought , there did not seem to be a standard entry fee. But whatever, do go if you are in the vicinity.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 13 June 2023
  • Rune L
    43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting tour
    Did go up her in the morning and was here when they open at 10am. It was a interesting tour in the tunnel whit a lot of cretan history about ww2. Recommend to take a walk up here if you are interested in war history. Do cost 3€ and it is a donation box since this is run as voulenter work
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 September 2023
  • Shaun L
    Clanfield, United Kingdom1,723 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A piece of local history
    Built by forced labour during the German occupation this series of tunnels under the local church have been restored to serve as a reminder and memorial of what happened to Crete during the Second World War. It’s not a huge tunnel complex but the items on display, the old photos, the video commentary and the coldness as you walk around give a small idea of what life was like. It’s a fairly steep walk up to the tunnel site but well worth the time if you are in the area. Fascinating piece of history.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 October 2023
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Jenny D
Bebington, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Great museum to visit, fabulous artefacts, photos and views. Staff so knowledgeable, can answer any questions, very helpful. The tunnels are amazing with atmospheric Greek music. If you are in the area, its a must.
Written 21 October 2023
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Shaun L
Clanfield, UK1,723 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Built by forced labour during the German occupation this series of tunnels under the local church have been restored to serve as a reminder and memorial of what happened to Crete during the Second World War. It’s not a huge tunnel complex but the items on display, the old photos, the video commentary and the coldness as you walk around give a small idea of what life was like. It’s a fairly steep walk up to the tunnel site but well worth the time if you are in the area. Fascinating piece of history.
Written 11 October 2023
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Paul M
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Well worth a half hour or so visit before trying the excellent Agioklima Restaurant 100 m away!
The Allies certainly conned Germany into believing Crete was their landing choice before hitting Sicily
Written 15 September 2023
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Rune L
43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Did go up her in the morning and was here when they open at 10am.
It was a interesting tour in the tunnel whit a lot of cretan history about ww2.
Recommend to take a walk up here if you are interested in war history.
Do cost 3€ and it is a donation box since this is run as voulenter work
Written 12 September 2023
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christarry85
Oxford14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
A small museum within former Nazi defensive tunnels excavated during WW2, also has a small number of exhibits outside.

Run by very dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers, definitely worth a quick stop
Written 12 August 2023
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kandcbuxton
Watford, UK40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
A bit of real history, brought to life in an amazing way. Run by volunteers, and on limited opening hours (10-12 am and 5-7 pm). It really brings home to you the suffering of the local population under the German occupation. Well worth the walk up from Platania Square, and well signposted, you need at least 45 minutes to look at all the exhibits and the vast range of photographs from the period. When we went (May 2023), donations were sought , there did not seem to be a standard entry fee. But whatever, do go if you are in the vicinity.
Written 13 June 2023
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chattyswan
Fanoe, Denmark46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
After a short walk up a steep hill you will find the war shelters. Cost €3 p.p. luckily it had just reopened on the 25th April for the season. An interesting museum. Even if you don't go in it is worth climbing the hill for the views of the coast .
Written 1 May 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MJK
Coventry1,230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
It is not easy to find and reach the place but the effort really pays off!
Everything is genuine and local and there is also a great story about the olive tree, close to the entrance to the tunnel. Apart the shelter itself, there is a collection of various types of military equipment from the Second World War. The most interesting is the British anti-aircraft gun in a very interesting arrangement - it probably looks like in May 1941, during the Battle of Crete.
If you are interested in the history of World War II - you must visit this place. And even if you're not (interested) you can walk up a few steps and you'll have a pretty nice view of the area from there.
Written 11 April 2023
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Ida K
Copenhagen, Denmark10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
It was very interesting and we enjoyed it a lot. It is worth the walk from Platanias, and when you have explored and learned - we recommend that you go up to the church to enjoy the views.
Written 10 October 2022
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Henna Y
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Family
Interesting place to visit. Big clime up but worth it. Nice 1 - 1,5h trip by walk (roundtrip by foot and visit).
Went in a morning 10:00 and there was only few others.
Written 10 September 2022
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