There are many reasons to come to Lublin! 700 years of history, more than 100 monuments within a square kilometer of the Old Town, museums and institutions, festivals and cultural events that happen “over and over”, and the city’s bustling streets and squares.
Discover the greatest attractions of the City of Inspiration and fall in love with its atmosphere!
Lublin Old Town amazes with its authenticity! There are over 110 monuments on 1 square kilometer, and most of them have retained their historical shape. No wonder it has been included in the list of Historic Monuments!
Inside the old town walls there are many architectural monuments from different eras. One of the oldest are the remains of the defensive walls: the Cracow Gate, the Gothic Tower and the Grodzka Gate. In the Old Town Square there is a former town hall (Crown Tribunal) with the Lublin Underground Route. The surrounding colorful tenement houses hide many legends and secrets, such as a winery with unique frescoes, known as the Fortuna Cellar. Lublin Old Theater is also worth attention. It is the second oldest theater in Poland. While strolling around the Old Town, you cannot miss the Dominican Basilica. It is a monument related to the Polish-Lithuanian Union in 1569, honoring the European Heritage Label. A landmark and a place where Lublin residents often meet is Po Farze square. It offers a beautiful view of the Lublin Castle, atypically located outside the walls of the Old Town.
In summer, the Old Town is full of restaurant gardens and becomes a stage for cultural events. In winter, you will find unique illuminations here.
The Lublin Castle is now the seat of the National Museum. You will find here rich archaeological, ethnographic, numismatic and military collections. In the Art Galleries you will admire the works of the most outstanding artists from Poland and the world. You can find here the “Unia Lubelska” painting by Jan Matejko, which you will certainly not miss. Its dimensions are over 13 square meters. In the halls of the museum you will also find the famous table with the burned Devil’s Paw, connected with the most famous Lublin legend.
The times of the founder of the Lublin Castle – Casimir the Great are certainly remembered by the Romanesque defensive tower, known as the Donjon. The oldest in the city, with a cylindrical shape, 20 meters high and walls up to 4 meters thick. It used to be defensive. Today you will find here a permanent exhibition of the National Museum and an observation deck with a panorama of the Old Town.
The Trinity Chapel, honoured with the European Heritage Label, is a must-see place. Gothic from the outside, inside it hides Byzantine-Ruthenian frescoes. You find here unique frescoes depicting the image of the king Władysław Jagiełło.
It is worth going inside the Lublin Cathedral to take a closer look at Meier’s illusionistic polychrome and the magnificent furnishings of the temple. The ebony altar, a painting that cried tears of blood in 1949, a baptismal font from the 14th century, are just some treasures hidden inside. Visitors can also visit the Acoustic Sacristy and the crypts.
The nearby Trinitarian Tower, not to be missed! At its top, we will see a tin rooster, which, according to legend, warned the inhabitants of Lublin against the impending danger. Today, after climbing 207 steps, you can enjoy the best view in the city… if you are not afraid of heights, of course. The observation deck is 40 m above the ground. In the tower you will also find the Archdiocese Museum of Sacred Art.
Litewski Square is a very popular meeting place for Lublin residents. Greenery, fountains and numerous benches encourage you to rest. The heart of the square is the most modern multimedia fountain in Poland, which sparkles with many colours after dark. If you are visiting Lublin in the summer, be sure to take part in the evening multimedia shows that take place from May to September. Colourful shows using water, light and sound refer to important historical, cultural and Lublin legends. If you see them once, you’ll want to come back! On the square you will also find the Monument to Józef Piłsudski, the Unknown Soldier, the Constitution of May 3 or the obelisk commemorating the conclusion of the Union of Lublin, with the European Heritage Mark. The magnificent Lubomirski Palace will house the Museum of the Eastern Territories of the Former Republic of Poland.
Among the greenery of trees you will also find a café, chess tables and child-friendly playgrounds with a Lublin accent in the form of wooden billy goats.
History can be difficult, but it is worth remembering even the darkest of its pages. This memory is cared for by institutions such as the State Museum at Majdanek. It is the oldest museum in Europe commemorating the victims of the World War II. It was established in the fall of 1944 in the area of the former German concentration camp, commonly known as Majdanek. The museum, which covers 90 hectares, houses approximately 70 historical objects. Among them, places directly related to the mass extermination of the population are of particular importance. One of the five prisoner fields and some administrative and farm buildings have also been preserved. In barracks no. 62 there is a multimedia exhibition “Prisoners of Majdanek“, which is worth seeing. The mission of the Museum is to cultivate the memory and promote historical education about the German occupation in the Lublin region during World War II.
In the Grodzka Gate – NN Theater Center, you will find the largest collection of information about the cultural heritage of Lublin’s Jews. You can take a virtual walk through the streets that no longer exist and see the exhibition entitled “Lublin. Memory of the Place ”, a part of which is devoted to the history of Lublin Jews until 1939. Over the years, Jewish culture, religion, cuisine, Hebrew and Yiddish as well as science developed in Lublin. The exhibition shows important objects as well as the everyday life of the pre-war city.
You can look for traces of the city that no longer exists by going for a walk along the “Trail of the Remembrance of the Lublin Jews”. It is worth visiting the Yeshiva Chachmej Lublin with the Synagogue and the Museum of the History of the Yeshiva of the Magi of Lublin, the only surviving Chevra Nosim Synagogue or the Old Kirkut with the ohel of the Seer of Lublin. In Podwale, you will find the Memory Lantern that never goes out. It commemorates the tragically deceased Jewish inhabitants of Lublin.
The modern face of Lublin is definitely the Theatre Square and the minimalistic shape of the Center for the Meeting of Cultures, designed by Bolesław Stelmach. The industrial interior houses the halls of the Musical Theatre, Lublin Philharmonic and Hans Christian Andersen Theatre. You will also find the Brain Damage Gallery, which is the only art gallery in Poland and one of the first in the world dedicated to graffiti writing and its evolution, a cultural shop and restaurants.
Be sure to go to the glass observation decks and see the city from a different perspective. The roof of the CSK is covered with plants typical of the Lublin region: buckwheat, herbs, wildflowers and apple trees. While walking among the greenery, you can spot beehives. There is the Municipal Artistic Apiary here, which is part of the centuries-old tradition of beekeeping in the Lublin region. An interesting fact is that honeys from city apiaries are one of the cleanest, and the local bees are happy to visit the nearby Saxon Garden!
The vast green areas of the Lublin Open Air Village Museum are a place where time has stopped long ago. Here you can peek inside thatched country cottages, visit old craftsmen’s workshops in a provincial town or see domestic animals strolling along the country paths. Harvest festivals, haymaking, harvest and dances are just some attractions on the Open Air Museum calendar that are worth visiting. There is also an inn here on a daily basis, with local delicacies. When you visit the museum in spring and summer, you can rest on a blanket in the shade of trees. The museum is open all year round.
In the Lublin Botanical Garden of UMCS you can feel like in Agnieszka Holland’s film “The Secret Garden”. Over 1,600 species of trees and shrubs, over 3,300 herbaceous plants and around 1,600 species of greenhouse plants grow there. Here you will find large hundred-year-old trees, flowers with exotic shapes and names, including the Kościuszko Manor House and a small café. The garden is open to visitors from April to the end of October.
Is the perfect place for a momentary escape from the city… while in the city! Everyone likes to relax by the water on warm days. At the Lagoon, residents and tourists will find many attractions. There is a sandy beach for those who like sunbathing and green areas for picnics or grilling. There is also the largest forest complex, Dąbrowa. In the season, the Słoneczny Wrotków complex awaits the enthusiasts of water attractions – a water amusement park with pools, slides and paddling pools for the youngest. There is also a water equipment rental, a rope park and a 12 km long bicycle path surrounding the reservoir. To raise your adrenaline level, you can try water skiing, rent a sailboat or go canoeing on the swift Bystrzyca river.
At the Zemborzyce Lake, you can also simply walk, eat a fish and enjoy the surroundings. Wild nature, peace and quiet allow for complete relaxation and detachment from everyday life.