War Shelter of Platanias

War Shelter of Platanias

War Shelter of Platanias
4.5
Military Museums • Points of Interest & Landmarks
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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
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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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emily
Helmshore, UK3 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
Very well documented museum, a lot of artifices with a well detailed back story.
The staff are lovely & very willing to help.

We found out a bit of the history a few days beforehand and decided we needed to go.

Definitely adds perspective!
Written 15 May 2022
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Michael and Jacky
Enfield, UK12 contributions
May 2022
Worth the climb up the hill to see this world war 2 shelter and read about its history. A walk through the shelter reveals many original artefacts. All well documented.
Written 13 May 2022
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Matz
Kokkola, Finland3 contributions
May 2022 • Family
Very friendly and nice staff.

Interesting visit, old rare artifacts. Whole family liked it.

Recommend visiting if you have the time.
Written 5 May 2022
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Nickolai M
Odense, Denmark16 contributions
Aug 2021
My kids loved it! Two daughters, 3 and 5, they loved everything about it. We, my wife and I, were also very drawn to the history of the place. It was a nice, interesting experience - also quite cheap - the guide was great and the facility, both outdoors and indoors, had lots to offer. The view is amazing from uphill Platanias.
Written 11 March 2022
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Jason C
London, UK4 contributions
Sep 2021 • Solo
A well look after historical museum from the battle of crete, showing excellent relics and photographs from the occupation, the tunnels were forced built by the locals, its not a quick 5 minute walk around its cretan history, the volunteer was excellent and spoke perfect English, was amazed when he said his wife was from Cambridge UK, as I'm from Norwich UK, 50 miles diffence. Small world as they say. There is no entrance fee but a donation, check the opening times before you attend, I personally loved it, but I'm interested in the battle of crete, there is plenty to see, including the only anti aircraft gun on the island sitting outside. It's a place in history that we need to keep alive. See you in April 2022.
Written 27 January 2022
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murphypig
Crewe, UK7 contributions
Sep 2021
This is definitely worth a visit. It's in walking distance from the main strip and can be combined with a drink or lunch at a neibouring restaurant with amazing views.
Even if you're not a history geek, these tunnels and the stories told are very interesting and educational. Recommended
Written 15 October 2021
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lorcan45
Athlone, Ireland79 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Please note that the tunnels are open and this makes this a must for war memorabilia nuts like myself. It is a really interesting attraction with plenty to see and hear . They have great examples of the various infantry weapons as well as pictures and facts about the gorillas and the Nazi occupation of Crete. Definitely worth a visit - my wife and myself loved it.
Written 28 September 2021
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Madeleine
Stockholm, Sweden33 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Went here on the evening. Since me and my fiancé earlier in the day went snorkeling by the airplane-wreck in the bay, it was a nice closure to go to the museum. Unfortunately there isn’t so much signs to read about the history which was disappointing. Just a lot of old stuff and pictures - and I do know that people like to just watch old uniforms, plates and that kinds of stuffs. But I missed the history behind it. Also it might be because of my and my fiancé’s earlier trips and since we are from Sweden, we have seen a lot of museums around the world and this was poor.

The “owner” are really nice though, we missed the parts of the plane that was in the museum so he walked with us and told us about the motor. Since it’s not so big it’s great for kids though. You won’t spend more than an hour at the museum which makes it fine visiting with small kids to.

Another thing that was disappointing was that one of the tunnels are closed in the evening and only open at day-time, so we couldn’t go there.

But on the upside it’s really cool tunnels to walk through and had us reminded for a second of Saigon. Also possible to walk in the mid day because of the tunnels since it’s a lot cooler, around 20’C. Also the “owner” told us about the SeaKing guide who found the wreck and helped restore it and pick up parts, he also helped some kids try on some of the weapons.

Also - in the entrance there is some really nice information about the olive tree that saved west Crete.

And just so you know - the entrance wasn’t free. It costs 5 euro/adult, we were glad to pay because we like to support this kind of museums, but just so you know.
Written 26 August 2021
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Yanni R
2 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Original shelter build by locals under Germanic instructions
One out of hundregs ammo depo that was build during the war
Kyriakos was welcoming and informative
It is Free but lets all support the cause with a small donation so our kids can see it later
Yanni USA
Written 2 July 2021
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Kasia K
Warsaw, Poland62 contributions
Oct 2019 • Solo
I learned about this place by accident and I decided to stop by on my wat between Rapaniana and Chania. I really liked the view from the hill. Tunnels are impressive. But mostly I was touched by the story of how they were digged and how local community was dealing with situation during WWII. If you like history or you want to learn more about Crete history, this place is really worth seeing.
Written 26 October 2019
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  • Mon - Sat 10:00 - 12:00
  • Mon - Sat 17:30 - 19:45


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