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Go to HEL in Poland – it’s better than Heaven!

HEL in Poland

Have you ever been to HEL? I have, a few times, and I loved it! πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

Hel is a popular Baltic Sea resort located in the very north of Poland, in the Pomeranian. The Hel Peninsula is 34 km long, its width in the narrowest place, near KuΕΊnica, is only about 150 m! During heavy storms the water from the sea can even overflow through the Hel Peninsula – would you like to see that?

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! 😊 Hel is very famous for its beautiful dunes and a large number of sunny days a year. Apparently, Hel is one of the sunniest regions in Poland.

Go to HEL Poland

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) πŸ™‚

Bus 666 – what a great way to go to HEL(l)! Would you get on the 666 Bus? πŸ˜‰

Hel bus 666

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 GdaΕ„sk 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!

Seal Sanctuary Hel

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 πŸ˜‰ The main task of the seal sanctuary is to protect and restore the population of grey seals in the area of the Baltic Sea.

Seal Sanctuary in Hel

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 πŸ˜‰

Fisheries Museum

There are few interesting items on the exhibition, including an original fishing net used by Kashubian fishermen or a former boatbuilding workshop.

Fisheries Museum in Hel Poland

It is also worth climbing the stairs to the wooden church tower. It is a great viewing point on the Bay and the seaside promenade.

Fisheries Museum Hel view

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 GdaΕ„sk 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? πŸ˜‰ The light source is set 38.5 meters above sea level, with a range of 17 miles.

Hel - The lighthouse

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 😊

Hel lighthouse

4. The Museum of Coastal Defence

One of the most interesting fortifications in Poland, The Fortifications of the Hel Peninsula is stretching from KuΕΊnice right to Hel. The museum is based in two largest buildings: the artillery stand of the powerful Schleswig-Holstein battery and the fire control tower. It’s a great place to learn about the heroes who were defending Hel for 32 days in the autumn of 1939.

The Museum of Coastal Defence Hel

If you’re interested in WWII and the navy history, make sure to pay a visit to this museum. There is a great exhibition covering the 1939 attack on Poland with many items on the display.

The Museum of Coastal Defence

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.

Is it worth to visit Hel in Poland

So, YES – make sure you visit HEL at least once in your life πŸ™‚

How the HELL do I find a hotel in Hel?

There is no shortage of amazing places to stay during your holiday in HEL. Please see below some of the TOP hotels in Hel we have selected for you:

β€œThe 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The area is popular for hiking, and bike hire is available at the hotel.”

β€œLocated in a quiet district of Hel, Apartamenty Sun&Snow Foka is 550 yards from a GdaΕ„sk Bay beach and 0.8 miles from the open sea. It features free Wi-Fi and free private parking.”

Need more inspiration? Browse the map to find a hotel in your favourite part of Hel peninsula:


So, when are you going to Hel in Poland? πŸ™‚

Hel in Poalnd

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