Lublin in Eastern Poland is the capital of the country’s Lubelskie Province and sits only 99 kilometres from the Ukraine border and just 88 kilometres from the Belarus entrance Lublin’s location doesn’t make it ideal for short-term tourists to Poland who often flock to Gdańsk, Warsaw and Kraków instead; however, overland travellers who have more time on their hands commonly stop over in Lublin. There is an endless amount of things to see and do in this city, and this list simply covers the cream of the crop.
Walk through the historic Old Town:
As with many Polish towns and cities, Lublin has a particularly impressive Old Town. What is special about the Old Town in Lublin is that it is more enclosed than most other Polish cities, and there is a starker and more obvious contrast here between the old and the new. Head through the main gate to the Old Town Square, admire the Old Town Hall and check out the many poky side streets and alleys while sampling some of the coolest bars, cafés and restaurants in Eastern Poland.
Visit Lublin Museum:
Lublin City Museum is a highly important and impressive building in which it is worth spending a few hours. It is one of the largest museums in Eastern Poland and dates back to 1912. Inside there are permanent and temporary exhibitions. Items on view take you through the regional and national history of this area, with all kinds of paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, and manuscripts. There are countless rooms to explore, some with magnificent Polish art and others with cultural items such as weaponry, coins, medals, stamps and maps.
Take a tour of Lublin Castle:
At the far end of the Old Town, you will find Lublin Castle. Its white walled entrance offers some contrast to the brick structures once you enter into what is one of the most significant buildings in the region. It sits at a good vantage point overlooking parts of the city and is a restored medieval castle from the 15th century. Inside, there is a Gothic chapel and a museum.
The most recommendable dishes are: bigos, kotlet schabowy, pierogi and gołąbki . Poles boast that their two basic products are bread and sausages. The most typical ingredients used in Polish cuisine are sauerkraut, beetroot, cucumbers , sour cream, kohlrabi, mushrooms, sausages and smoked sausage.