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Lublin isn’t the largest city in Poland, but it is the largest city you’ll find east of the Vistula River. History and culture are highly emphasized in this city, so much so that it was a recent candidate for the yearly European Capital of Culture. It offers the usual amenities of any city this size, including excellent hotels, restaurants and nightlife. The city is well known for being the main transport hub for road and rail connections for all areas of Poland.
Many travellers visit Lublin for their special interest in History, WWII in particular. The city’s historical core, the Rynek was insult to injury in the communist period and Lublin was forced to industrialisation. Now the Rynek is being restored, and stylish clubs and restaurants are giving a new lease of life to Lublin’s centre Renaissance and Baroque town houses.
For centuries the city was a leading centre of Jewish scholarship, giving it the nickname ‘Jewish Oxford’. This nickname and heritage came to a brutal end in WWII, but here and there you can still find traces. More recently students flock to the city to learn economics and therefore it has been given a fresh nickname ‘Oxford of the East’, creating an exciting array of new culture and arts.
With beautifully colored buildings, nods to antiquity, and a fantastic Old Town that offers many picturesque opportunities, this city is as memorable as the Cracow Gate that stands guard over the older portion of the city. Are you planning a visit to this beautiful Polish city in the near future? There are some essential sights to see when you walk this city’s streets and we’ve put together a few choice selections for you to consider adding to your plans. Let’s take a look!
History and Cinema Fuse Together In Lublin
This city has been at the center of a number of films, including The Reader, which had film sites at the Majdanek concentration camp because of its extensive preservation. The failures of the Nazis at this camp as the Soviets advanced is part of the reason why war crimes were brought upon many of Germany’s leaders at the time. Local films can often be seen at the cinemas within the city, many of them quite moving.
Lublin Museum may not be as old as other European museums, but that doesn’t take away from its prominence or importance within the region. It received its own building in 1923 and features several paintings that depict historical battles that occurred within the region. There are artifacts that date back to the 10th century, plus other decorative arts, paintings, and armaments that are both local and foreign in its permanent collections.
There Are Many Galleries Within Lublin
As soon as you begin walking down some of Lublin’s beautiful streets, you’ll notice that the arts truly have a home within this city. A gallery sits on nearly every street or corner and you’ll find many stands offering independent artists the chance to get exposure too. Some of the galleries are even run by the local and national governments. With over two dozen galleries listed as “popular,” you’ll really get a visual taste of what local culture here is like.
Take your time and proceed down to Old Town as you explore. It’s especially vibrant at night with live music and an active nightclub scene. The cobbled streets and traditional Polish architecture make for a beautiful backdrop, plus you’ll find the traditional pubs and restaurants that you may wish to experience to get a moment to relax.
Some even call Lublin the city of festivals because of the sheer amount of them. From storytelling to folk music and several art exhibitions, there seems to always be something going on in this city to entice you to come for a visit. Listen to that calling, add these essentials to your itinerary, and you may just discover that this city can provide a dream holiday for you!
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The royal castle dates back to the 12th and 13th century since then it has been restored many times over the years. The castle is home to both the Lublin museum and the surviving Gothic Chapel of the Holy Trinity which dates back to the 14th century. Within the castle the museum showcases the best in folk art and weaponry. The chapel is considered to be a masterpiece of the Middle Ages and hosts the finest examples of medieval wall paintings in Poland.
Climb the Trinitarian Tower and discover the expansive view of Lublin’s Old Town. The tower dated back to 1819 and now houses the underrated Archdiocesan Museum; hosting artworks in hidden nooks and crannies and ancient artifacts.
Discover the large auditorium that stages classical and contemporary music concerts. Located 2km from the Old Town where you can buy tickets two hours before a show.
Teatr Im H Ch Andersena
Performances are in Polish, but the puppets of Hans Christian Andersen can be enjoyed in any language.
The 10 storey high Hotel Victoria has to be admired, full of modern design. Victoria’s rooms are classically decorated and an elegant restaurant on site. It is fantastic place to explore the historical city and tourist attractions like the old town, the castle and Saski garden. The hotel is ideally located in the bustling centre of the largest town in the Lublin region close to all local amenities including road and rail connections.
Housed the 17th century historic building Vanilla offers stylish accommodation and is located only 150meters from the handsome Old Town. The hotel restaurant and café serve international cuisine, coffee and sweet deserts
The 5 star hotel is full of tradition and state of the art accommodation located in Lublin’s Old Town. Housed in a 16th century tenement house offers an indoor swimming pool as well as a spa and wellness centre, With a fantastic restaurant and bar. The hotel is located within walking distance from the Sobieski Family Palace.
One of Lublin’s best restaurants on the main street is housed in a pre-war building. With a mix of international cuisine along with Polish favourites and a cellar full of the finest wine the Kardamon restaurant offers amazing interior and warmth with a homely atmosphere.
Magia restaurant will not disappoint with an electric atmosphere, numerous vibes to choose from throughout the warren dining rooms and a large outside courtyard and each area decorated with a touch of magic. The chef uses local fresh ingredients to create an array of different dishes.
Mandragora oozes with tradition with lace tablecloths, knick-knacks and photos of Old Lublin, but located in the romantic Rynek it is wonderfully located. The food is a hearty mix of Polish and Jewish dishes.
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