Numerous monuments of fortifications in Europe and Poland, originating from assorted periods, are increasingly often perceived as a potential tourist attraction. Their revitalisation, i. e. reintroduction into the functional circuit, is associated with certain conservation undertakings intent on expanding social awareness and creating an attractive programme whose realisation may endow the objects with new, original functions corresponding to local needs. The process of focusing social attention on a monument which attracts tourists is frequently a guarantee of the durability of conservation. The way in which the remnants of fortifications in, i.a. Nowa Huta, Kostrzyn, Gdańsk and Srebrna Góra have been utilised are excellent examples of cooperation involving the local communities, historians of fortifications, architects and conservators.