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Our boat to Hel! The Opal.

A nice relaxing boat ride from Gdansk to Hel on the Hel Peninsula was a perfect way to spend a little time on a rainy afternoon, especially since we were all tired from a lot of walking.  It was easy to find the boat to the Hel peninsula and get tickets.  The offices are right by the canal.  The trip takes a couple hours.  We went on the "Tramwaj Wodny".  This is a pretty cheap undertaking, the boat trip costs 8 PLN each way for kids and 16 PLN for adults.

Along the way you can see a lot of the harbor at Gdansk and some of the shoreline.  We also passed right by Westerplatte where the first shots of WW2 were fired on Sept.1, 1939.  A small section was left just as it was after the war - total ruins - as a reminder of how devastating the war was.

Looking back towards Gdansk from the boat.
  I was surprised at how huge Gdansk's harbor is.  It took quite a while to get through the entire harbor and to the open water of the bay.  We also passed a few interesting ships that looked like old Viking style boats.

Once we reached Hel, there really wasn't time to do much since we had to return the same afternoon for our train back to Warsaw.  There is a nice little beach (but it was rainy and cold so we couldn't do much there) and the little fishermans village of Hel is also nice to stroll around. I've heard that this can be a great starting point for a bike trip along the entire north west coast of Poland - I'd like to do that sometime and hear from anyone who has. Anyway, now I can truly say "I've been to Hel and back!"

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Our boat to Hel!  The Opal.
Our boat to Hel! The Opal.
Looking back towards Gdansk from t…
Looking back towards Gdansk from …
Old boat in the canal.  Gdansk.
Old boat in the canal. Gdansk.
Westerplatte is in the background.…
Westerplatte is in the background…
The beach at Hel. Too cold to enjo…
The beach at Hel. Too cold to enj…
Hel.  By the port.
Hel. By the port.
Hel.  View from the boat as we wer…
Hel. View from the boat as we we…
Cool boat we saw on the way to Hel!
Cool boat we saw on the way to Hel!
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