10 Attractions in Lublin

Poland

Known since the 12th century, Lublin has a rich history and culture. Its Old Town is well-preserved, with a market square, a semi-regular grid of streets, sections of the Gothic city walls, and beautiful 16th–19th-century burgher residences.


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All Polish cities are gorgeous, and each has a unique history. That is also true for Lublin. As a Lithuanian, I find it exciting that the union of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Kingdom of Poland took place in Lublin in 1569, forming the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, one of Europe's largest countries during the 16th and 17th centuries. My inexplicable fondness for Poland makes me believe I have mixed ancestry because of this historical fact, and my great-...-great-grandparents were perhaps both Lithuanians and Poles.


The ninth-largest city in Poland lies on the northern edge of the scenic Lublin Upland, approximately 100 kilometers (90 miles) west of the Ukrainian border, 150 kilometers (106 miles) southeast of Warsaw, and 230 kilometers (143 miles) northeast of Kraków. Lublin's Old Town and Śródmieście are the best places to see the city's historic architecture, ranging from Gothic to Baroque. Here is my list of ten attractions worth visiting in Lublin.


Best 10 Lublin Attractions


1. Lublin Castle

Lublin
Southwest view of the castle

The Lublin Castle, built in the 12th century for Polish High Duke Casimir II the Just, is one of the country's oldest castles. After four centuries, Sigismund I the Old, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, renovated it into a splendid royal home. Unfortunately, the castle was devastated during the 17th-century battles and rebuilt in Neo-Gothic style in the 19th century; only the earliest parts – the tower and chapel – survived intact.

Lublin Castle
Folk costumes on display at the Lublin Castle

The castle, used as a jail for 128 years, is now part of the Lublin Museum, with well-preserved objects explaining its history. The top of the tower offers spectacular views of Lublin and its surroundings.

Address: Zamkowa 9, 20-117 Lublin, Poland
Website: The National Museum in Lublin


2. Holy Trinity Chapel

Lublin
The chapel's Byzantine-Ruthenian murals

The Gothic Chapel of the Holy Trinity, located within the courtyard of Lublin Castle, is regarded as one of Poland's most notable medieval masterpieces. The chapel contains Poland's best-preserved Byzantine-Ruthenian murals painted in the 15th century and discovered in the 19th century.

Address: Zamkowa 9, 20-117 Lublin, Poland
Website: The National Museum in Lublin


3. Lublin Underground Trail

Lublin Underground
Lublin in medieval times, model

The Lublin Underground Trail is a tourist trail that runs beneath the Old Town and introduces visitors to nearly 1,000 years of the city's history. It is approximately 280 meters (920 feet) long. The tunnels are clean and safe; nonetheless, they are not original and were constructed only for touristic purposes. The tour lasts around 45 minutes. 

Address: Rynek 1, 20-111 Lublin, Poland
Website: The Lublin Underground Trail


4. Lublin Archcathedral

Lublin Cathedral
The church's interior

The Archcathedral of St. John the Baptist, designed by the Italian architect Giovanni Maria Bernardoni and completed in the early 17th century, was one of Poland's first Baroque churches. The illusionistic murals by Czech painter Josef Mayer are truly remarkable in the interior; they are from around 1757 and depict Biblical scenes.

Lublin Cathedral
The church's crypts

Aside from the rich Baroque interior, the church's highlights include its 18th-century sacristy, crypts, and polychromies in the treasury. Anyone interested in art, religion, architecture, or history will enjoy it.

Address: Królewska 10, 20-109 Lublin, Poland
Website: Archikatedra Lubelska


5. Dominican Abbey

Lublin church
The basilica's interior


The Dominican monastery with the Basilica of St. Stanislaus is on the European Heritage List. The religious complex was built in the late Middle Ages and later restored in the 17–18th centuries in Renaissance and Baroque styles.

Monastery
Paintings gallery in the Dominican monastery

The interior of the basilica is beautiful. The Dominicans also admit visitors to their monastery, where there is a permanent exhibition of historic liturgical vestments and jewelry and a gallery of paintings.

Address: ul. Złota 9, 20-400 Lublin, Poland
Website: Dominikanie Lublin


6. Tower of the Trinity

Trinity Tower
At night, the Trinitarian Tower

The Trinitarian Tower is one of several attractive towers in Lublin's Old Town. The imposing 60-meter (196-foot) structure was built in 1819 by Antonio Corazzi, an Italian architect. It has an observation deck on top, which draws tourists because the panoramic view is spectacular. As you climb, you'll see sculptures of Christ and angels.

Address: ul. Królewska 10, 20-109 Lublin, Poland


7. Jewish Restaurant Mandragora

Jewish restaurant
The restaurant's interior

Located on the vaulted floor of a historic building in Lublin's main square, Mandragora is a beautiful restaurant serving tasty traditional Jewish cuisine. The interior design reflects the cultural history of pre-war Jewish Lublin. It's as though you've gone back in time.

Address: ul. Rynek 10, 20-112 Lublin, Poland
Website: Mandragora Restaurant


8. Lublin Plaza

Lublin Mall
Inside the Lublin Plaza shopping mall

Lublin Plaza is a three-story shopping and entertainment complex in the city center. A nice assortment of shops and restaurants, as well as plenty of space. If you enjoy shopping or simply wandering around to see what they have to offer, this is a great spot to spend some time. Every year, 5 million people visit the mall.

Address: ul. Lipowa 13, 20-020 Lublin, Poland
Website: Lublin Plaza


9. Kraków Gate

Krakow Gate
The Kraków Gate and the Trinitarian Tower in the background

The Kraków Gate, an octagonal tower built in the 14th century, is the city's architectural icon, and today it houses the Lublin History Museum. The museum's collections depict Lublin's history from the 16th to the 20th centuries. They contain archives, archaeological items, also historical and artistic artifacts. The tower provides a stunning view of the city.

Address: pl. Łokietka 3, 20-109 Lublin, Poland
Website: Museum of History of the City of Lublin


10. Necropolis

Necropolis of Lublin
Old statues on a grave at the Necropolis

The Necropolis on Lipowa Street is the oldest and most well-known cemetery complex in eastern Poland. The site is multinational and multi-faith in nature, as it has a Roman Catholic cemetery, an Evangelical-Augsburg cemetery, an Orthodox cemetery, and a military-municipal cemetery. The Necropolis, built at the beginning of the 18th century, now resembles an open-air museum, with numerous stunning sculptural works on the tombstones.

Address: Lipowa 16, 20-024 Lublin, Poland


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Best Places to Stay in Lublin


According to Booking.com, in Lublin, Hotel Bellis is highly rated by couples and families, and it has received great reviews from travelers regarding the views from the hotel rooms.


Lublin Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour


If you want to discover the highlights of Lublin with a licensed guide and learn the history of the city as well as Polish traditions and customs, take the Lublin Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour.


Have you been to Lublin? Which one attraction would you prioritize if you visited the city? Do you have any suggestions based on your previous experience? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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