What do on HEL?
Hel, Hel Peninsula. For some, the beginning of Poland. Virtually always alarmingly crowded crowds of people. Mecca of annual trips of a large number of Poles. What attracts them there, that some come back every year for many years? I decided to check it …
Hel in few hours.
Introduce practical guide for fast tour of Hel
I arrived on the spit at the regional train from Gdańsk. The whole route takes about 2.5 hours, so not all in all. During even a short stay in Gdansk it is still a good option for a one-day trip. It is worth coming to the train (especially the return) a little earlier to take the place because I was returning to Władysławowo on the floor.
On Hel, of course, the best moves by bike. On legs it will be difficult to cover long distances and you will get stuck in horrible traffic jams.
You can feel that Hel is a little more expensive than the rest of the coast. Renting a bike for the whole day is 40 PLN a trifle! Dinner meals are about 1-3 zlotys, 1l of water is about 2.5 zlotys. Museum prices are acceptable.
After this introduction, it’s time for attractions
I will mark it will not be a sealarium!
Top attractions of Hel
1. The Fisheries Museum
It may be surprising that the building has a rather non-standard shape, but when I say that it was a former 15th-century Protestant church, the tower, strongly sloping roofs and soaring windows will stop being surprising. The museum was founded in 1972. And from that time it transmits an extraordinary history of the spit.
In the museum you will find species of birds or other animals inhabiting Hel and the remains of the first settlers from the spit. A very interesting part of the exhibition tells about the very beginnings and origins of the peninsula. The heads of this world have drawn several theories and you can compare each of them there.
It is worth mentioning the observation tower, which is available for people from 16 years, entry into the price of the ticket, there is an elevator and you do not have to wait in large queues like for lighthouse.
A huge pier was built near the museum, reinforced with concrete dams to protect the town from the heaviest waves. The further part is the promenade which is part of the Hel Peninsula. It is here that stalls with souvenirs and fish and restaurants are stretched. Always a lot of people walking, near the beach and cruises by fast speedboat.
The Hel lighthouse is known primarily for huge queues, to buy a ticket you have to stand out a lot on your long tail. If I did not want to wait, a sufficient alternative to me is the tower in the fisheries museum. And if someone wants to enter the 41m tower and see a giant Fresnel lens with a powerful 1000W bulb, then he must reserve the right amount of time.
4. Promotory and catwalks
The Kashubs say that Hel is the beginning of Poland, many boards inform about it at the road to the city. And the beginning or the end, if you prefer, is at the end of the Hel spit promontory. Apparently, sometimes you can meet a wild seal. I did not succeed.
Comfortable piers along which the tourists will stroll along the entire headland. Maybe for some people it spoils the climate on both sides of picturesque dunes with undulating grass and numerous low pines. However, at least the steps of people do not degrade an overloaded environment.
In the distance blackened sunken ships. These rusty wrecks are ORP Wicher II and ORP Grom II. They look amazing against the blue water. An amazing attraction, one of the most interesting things I’ve seen. A piece of real history literally is within reach!
With certainty this is not a complete list. For now Hel is very high in the ranking of places already visited. I will certainly come back here and complete the list with more villages of the spit.