Hel peninsula

Region:
Pomorskie
Category:
Nature

There are few places in Poland that are as impressive as the Hel peninsula. A twenty five miles long strip of land that solely consists of sand. Sun, sea, fun, free time activities and exciting sghts – Hel peninsula has got it all.

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This peculiar landform was created due to the west winds that dominate along the Polish coast – that caused sand movements from west to east. Little by little small islands were formed which later on turned into a long and narrow piece of land.

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One of the activities you must try on the peninsula is enjoying the sun and the sea: sit down on the perfectly white beach – either on the side of open sea (the waves are a little bit bigger and the wind is stronger, but the beach is wider) or on the side of the bay (the water is calmer and the beach feels a bit more private).

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Would you like to see the place where Poland starts (or ends…)? All you need to do is to go to the end of the peninsula where the bay of Gdańsk meets the rest of the Baltic Sea. You can also use electric cars that are available for rent in the most important places in the town of Hel.

hel-w-1.jpgPicture: Bartłomiej Bulicz | CC BY-SA 3.0

And why not go on top of the lighthouse and admire the view? The lighthouse was built in 1942 and is 41,5 meters high and consists of 197 steps. Quite challenging, but the opportunity to see the eastern part of the peninsula from above is really tempting…

If you’re on a vacation with your children you must see the seal aquarium in Hel. It’s actually not a zoo – the facility is run by the University of Gdańsk and its purpose is to rebuild the population of grey seals that were threatened of extinction on the south coast of the Baltic Sea. Make sure you get to see how the seals are being fed, which takes place 11AM and 2PM every day (and 5PM in July and August) – you’ll be able to get really close to those cute mammals.

If you’re interested in history and the military topics you’ll also find your favorite places. Near the end of the peninsula, east of the town of Hel, there is a memorial to the Polish coastal defense from the 1930s: an artillery battery from 1935 which nowadays is equipped with a soviet gun B-13 130mm. However, the original weapon used in the battery was a Swedish Bofors gun 152,4 mm.

Another thing you don’t want to miss is the Museum of Coastal Defense located between Hel and Jurata – it’s a remaining part from a German war facility where you can find interesting exhibitions. You can see for example the artillery battery with the world’s biggest guns: German Schleswig-Holstein 406 mm! Inside this huge concrete object you’ll find exhibitions summarizing the second world war and the history of the facility.

Across the street there is another part of the museum – a nine-storied transmission tower. If you go on top of it, you’ll see the magnificent view over the central part of the peninsula.

The Hel peninsula is also a paradise for those who enjoy spending their free time in an active way. Thanks to the winds that blow really fast in the central part of the peninsula, you have wonderful conditions for wind and kite surfing. In this area you can choose between over ten surfing facilities. The prices are really good. Just take a look at the film:

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Do you need more information about wind and kite surfing on the peninsula?  Contact us!

How do you get to the Hel peninsula? It's as easy as pie: take the plane to Gdańsk and rent a car at the airport. You can, of course, take your own car and travel with the ferry to the continent. Book accommodation directly on the peninsula. Don't forget to take care of your travel insurance!

Region: Pomorze.

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