Presidential Residence Jurata-Hel
Representational and conference center
The Hel Peninsula was one of the favorite holiday places of Poles already in the interwar period. In the 1930s President Igancy Mościcki used to rest at "Muszelka" residence in the area of the Officers' Resort "Jantar". At a wooden porch he used to host guests, including the best students of the Maritime School, hold meetings with associates and rest with the family.
The charm of Jurata was also appreciated by the post-war authorities. In the 1960s at a pine forest near Jurata on a spot of land currently belonging to the gmina of Hel, pavilions were built, which were later transformed into a Resort of the Office of Council of Ministers called "Mewa". It was underused and left without renovation and thus became devastated. On 1st August 1989 it was taken over by the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland.
The residence in its current shape was constructed between 1996 and 2003. The first villa was renovated in 1998 as the residence of the Presidential Couple. The second has been in use since 1999 and has been serving the President's guests. In 2002 a 35-meters tall "Panorama" was erected at the area of the complex and in 2003 modernization of other buildings was completed. The complex is situated on the Southern side of the Hel Peninsula, the area of the so-called reinforced Hel, on the coast the Bay of Puck.
Today the residence of the President of the Republic of Poland is a representational and conference center operating throughout the year, a place of the head's of state political activity used for meetings with other politicians but also for recreational purposes. The Hel Residence has hosted the following guests (among others): Vaclav Havel, King Juan Carlos, Javier Solana, Angela Merkel, George W. Bush, Victor Yushchenko, Valdas Adamkus, Johannes Rau or Christian Wulff. It can be reached by land, sea and from air - on the pier from the side of the bay there is a heliport.