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Hel and Hel

Hel is a name both for all the peninsula (rightly speaking - spit) and the town located on the tip of the Hel peninsula.

The peninsula has about 35 km lenght and from 100 meters to 3 km width. It partly devides Puck Bay from the open sea. The northern shore, on the side of Baltic Sea, is rather plain, while the southern one has many little bays and creeks.

There are a road and the railway (without electric traction) along the Hel peninsula.

In town of Hel live about 4,5 thousand people. Many of them are soldiers or their families, because Hel for a long time was beeing used as a military base. There was strong garrison there - during 2nd WW Polish troops in Hel defended for the longest time against German nazis. But it is not only the history from the half of century. Yet till a few years ago there were many restrictions that not allowed you to go where you wanted because of "military area".

Actually things about Hel (peninsula) and Hel (town) are not so easy. Hel is a name of town, that is for sure. But when tourists and people from rest of Poland often say "Hel" meaning "Hel peninsula", the local inhabitants usually name it just "Penisula".

Region

Hel Peninsula is a part of the greater region: Kaszuby (website)

Puck (official website) and Wladyslawowo (official website) are are two towns at the bottom of peninsula.

Jastrzebia Gora (commercial) is another town, the farest on North in Poland.

On the PENINSULA there are respectively:

Chalupy - a place famous for first Polish naturists, now is more popular among wind-surfers.

Jastarnia (official) - a tourist town consist of Kuznica, Jastarnia and Jurata (spa and most trendy and snobbish part).

Hel (official) - town on the tip of spit.

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  • JetlagCity's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2005 at 5:40 PM

    Interesting comments - when it comes to animals, scientific research and conservation are not necessarily the same thing, as you so rightly point out. Nice page!

  • ncfg's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2004 at 8:50 AM

    It is a beautiful place and your tips very good as usual and ... the pics great!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2004 at 3:44 PM

    Very nice page! Right about "optimistic propaganda" or maybe advertisement for tourists with those seals in Baltic Sea.

  • hu_women's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2004 at 3:11 AM

    Hel looks like a nice place. Thanks for your visiting my Sopron page! Debrecen is beautiful, it will be hot a bit in August :) Have a great trip!

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