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Hel  is city on the end of Hel peninsula in Poland. It is surrounded by the sea from all sides beside the peninsula and therefore a perfect water sport center. The settlement was first mentioned in the early Middle Ages and its inhabitants lived on piracy. In 1266 Hel received its town charter which was affirmend in 1378. From 1454 until the Second Polish Partition in 1793 Hel was a private property of the city of Gdansk. After World War One Hel was the biggest Polish fishing harbour and defended itself for other one mounth against the German invaders in the beginning og World War Two.
The only way on land you can take is along the peninsula. The city is pretty small so you can get on food everywhere. The main road is the Ulica Wiejska with a lot of cafes, bars and souvenir shops. Its fine buildings are from the 19th and early 20th century. The south boulevard leads from the old military harbour to the new harbour, where tourist ships leave for a trip on the sea.
The white sandy Big Beach is situated in the north of the city near the pine forest. A big lighthouse of brickstone can be climed. It was a place of severe fighting between the German invaders and the defender of Hel in September 1939. There is a beautiful view from the top.