Have you ever been to HEL? I have, a few times, and I loved it! 🙂
As a kid, I was lucky enough to visit Hel every summer, so I know a bit about this part of Poland. Believe me, Hel is heaven in northern Poland. So, if someone ever tells you to go to Hel(l) – just do it! It’s an idyllic place an there are some of the best beaches in Europe 🙂
Fact: this is the only place in Poland where visitors can rest not only on the northern but also on the southern beaches. Are you going to be one of them?
So why not to go to Hel today? You don’t get many places lik this on Earth! 😊
How to get to Hel?
There are a few ways you can get to Hel. If you fly to Poland, you will probably go to Gdansk, from there you can take:
Water Tram – there is direct sailing from Gdansk to Hel on weekends (May and June) and everyday in July and August. It takes around 3 hours for the ferry to arrive to Hel. For latest ticket update, please go here.
Train – Take the train from the Gdansk Main Train Station. There are numerous connections throughout the day, so plan your trip according to your schedule. The journey takes about 2 hours 30 minutes to Hel.
Car – the best way to explore Hel Peninsula is by car. There are few car hire companies at the Gdansk airport – make sure to book it in advance to save money (and stress) 🙂
Bus 666 – what a great way to go to HEL(l)! Would you get on the 666 Bus? 😉
What to do in Hel, Poland?
1. Seal Sanctuary in Hel
Back in March 1992, a wounded and exhausted infant seal was found on the nearby beach. It was transported to the Marine Station of the University of Gdańsk in Hel, and sometime later returned to good health. Balbina, as it was called, was a huge tourist attraction of Hel. The fame of the seal contributed to the construction of a real sealarium!
It is highly recommended to visit the seal aquarium during feeding hours of seals – at 11 am and 2p m. You will get to listing to a short lecture before the seals start lunch 😉 The main task of the seal sanctuary is to protect and restore the population of grey seals in the area of the Baltic Sea.
2. Fisheries Museum
The museum is located in the post-evangelical church of Saint. Peter & Paul, next to the port and no far from the Seal sanctuary. Let’s be honest, everything in Hel is located close to each other 😉
There are few interesting items on the exhibition, including an original fishing net used by Kashubian fishermen or a former boatbuilding workshop
3. Hel lighthouse
Hel lighthouse is an active lighthouse, a historic attraction available to tourists in the months of May-September. It is situated at the eastern tip of the Hel peninsula and guides ship traffic into Gdańsk Bay and the Bay of Puck
The 40.8-meter tower is painted red and octagonal in shape. How long will it take you to climb on it? 😉 The light source is set 38.5 meters above sea level, with a range of 17 miles.
The lighthouse is a tourist attraction and opens to the public during summer. Make sure you have it on your bucket list if you are in Hel on your summer vacation 😊
4. The Museum of Coastal Defence
One of the most interesting fortifications in Poland, The Fortifications of the Hel Peninsula is stretching from Kuźnice right to Hel. The museum is based in two largest buildings: the artillery
Is it worth to visit Hel in Poland?
The location of Hel is really unique. Ok, it’s not Algarve, Lanzarote or Ibiza but it has so much to offer! With waters of the Baltic Sea surrounding it on three sides, giving it a great impression. In addition, amazing climate and natural conditions made Hel a well-known holiday resort, which is attracting many tourists every year.
Near Hel, there are many picturesque white-sand dunes protected by the Nadmorski Landscape Park. All of that makes the entire Hel Peninsula an extremely interesting destination to visit. A destination with beautiful nature and stunning landscape.
So, YES – make sure you visit HEL at least once in your life 🙂
Where to stay in Hel?
So, when are you going to Hel in Poland? 🙂
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