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Lublin

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Lublin [1] is a city in eastern Poland and is the provincial capital of Lublin Voivodeship. With a population of 343,000, Lublin is the largest city in Poland east of Warsaw and the Vistula River. In the Middle Ages and early modern era, Lublin played an important role as an administrative, trade, and military center for the Polish kingdom and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. In recent years, Lublin has emerged as a tourist destination due in part to its significant old town and as a gateway to the eastern half of the republic.


Understand[edit]

In brief[edit]

The city of Lublin was first mentioned in 13th century. It reached its "golden age" in the 16th century, when--due to its central location between Kraków (capital of Poland) and Vilnius (the capital of Lithuania)--it was chosen as the place where the Union of Lublin was signed, effectively uniting the two states for several centuries. Due to its location at a crossroads between the rest of Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia, the city was always a melting pot of different cultures, serving as an important center of Judaism as well as of the Christian Reformation movement. From the 17th century onwards, together with the rest of the country, Lublin suffered a gradual decline. During World War II, the Jewish and Polish populations suffered heavy losses, with the Nazi's Majdanek extermination camp located in the southeastern suburbs of Lublin. After the war, the city developed into an important industrial location and center for higher learning, with six state universities and a number of smaller academies located in Lublin's metropolitan area. Since the fall of communism and Poland's entrance into the European Union, Lublin has developed a burgeoning service and tourist industry.

Some interesting facts:[edit]

  • Due to the union with Lithuania, in the 16th century Lublin was located 200 km from the western border. Now, it is located in eastern Poland, 120 km from the eastern border, without actually moving an inch.
  • Two important Polish-Lithuanian institutions were located in Lublin since 16th century: the Crown Tribunal (acting as the Supreme Court for Eastern and Southern Poland) and the Jewish Va'ad Arba' Aratzot (The Council of Four Lands).
  • Lublin and its vicinity developed its unique version of the Renaissance style, called the Lublin Renaissance.
  • Lublin was the capital of Poland twice, every time just for a few months: first in 1918, at the end of the World War I and then in 1944, at the end of the World War II.
  • The Jewish population of Lublin in 1939 was 42,380 (1/3 of the total city population); in 1945 it was 4,553; in 2007 - 20.
  • Every year there are ca. 100,000 students coming to Lublin to study, which accounts to 28% of the regular city population.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The new Lublin Airport started operations in December 2012. Wizz Air flies to London-Luton and Oslo-Sandefjord, Ryanair flies to London-Stansted, Liverpool and Dublin. Since Summer 2014 Lufthansa flies to Frankfurt with connections to other cities in Europe. There is also a seasonal connection to Gdansk, Wroclaw and Milan Malpensa by Eurolot and a number of charter flights. Perhaps the easiest connection to the airport is the airport train from the Central Station, but the city centre is served by shuttle buses as well. The buses depart from the car park outside Lublin Castle. The shuttle services follow the timetable of the flights and therefore can vary from day to another, all departures are available at the airport website about a week in advance.

Other than that you can fly in also to Warsaw, Kraków or Rzeszów. From there, you need to take a train or a bus to Lublin. Warsaw is advisable, since it's only about 3 hours away from Lublin and Contbus operates direct buses several times a day between Warsaw Chopin Airport and Lublin (Ruska Street).

By train[edit]

The Polish State Railways (PKP) [2] have services from Warsaw and other major Polish cities (Wrocław, Kraków, Poznań, Łódź and Gdańsk). There aren't any fast InterCity connections provided to Lublin, but the train journey from Warsaw takes only 2.5 hours.

In addition Przewozy Regionalne [3] operates a daily long-distance REGIOexpres service to Poznań over Warsaw (RE Warta) and as fast, but less comfortable InterRegio to Wrocław over Katowice (IR Bolko).

  • Buses to the city center:  1   to the Krakow Gate (Brama Krakowska), 34 to the Castle (Dworzec Gł. PKS), 13 to the Lithuanian Sq.(Plac Litewski); trolleybus to the city center: 150 to the Saxonian Garden (Ogród Saski).

When exiting the Lublin train station you will find yourself in a small neighborhood that is actually quite far from the center of the city. The buses mentioned above run regularly; there are also taxis on the stand, and for the broke or determined it is perfectly possible to walk on the sidewalk, using a photo or quick sketch of the map right outside the station for navigation. It is not a dangerous route and takes 40 minutes to an hour to get into the Old Town.

By car[edit]

You can easily get there by car:

  • from Warsaw national road  17, E372, near Lublin shared with express road S12: Warsaw - Otwock - Garwolin - Ryki - Lublin (2.5 hrs)
  • from Rzeszow national road  19 : Rzeszow - Nisko - Janow Lubelski - Krasnik - Lublin (2.5 hrs)
  • from Kielce national road 74,  19 : Kielce - Opatow - Ozarow - Annopol - Krasnik - Lublin (2 hrs)

Lublin has a recently built ring road, which allows transit on express road S12 and later on national roads 12 and 17 (Warsaw - Chełm with 12- state border with Ukraine in Dorohusk - Kiev or Zamość with 17 - state border with Ukraine in Hrebenne - Lviv). Alternatively, you may use Trasa W-Z Route: Warsaw17 , E372  - aleja Warszawska - aleja Solidraności - aleja Tysiąclecia - aleja Witosa - Lviv (UA). There's is also south-north route: Svidnik (SK)  E371  - Rzeszow19  - aleja Kraśnicka - Sikorskiego - aleja Solidarności - aleja Smorawińskiego - aleja Spółdzielczości Pracy - Bialystok - Hrodna (BY)

By bus[edit]

Many international connections - from the Main Bus Terminal (Dworzec Autobusowy Główny) with Birmingham, Bradford, Bremen, Cologne, Flensburg, Freiburg, Geneva, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, London, Lviv, Lutsk, Mannheim, Paris, Rotterdam, Rome, Stuttgart, Venice, Vilnius and Zurich. Southern Bus Terminal(Dworzec Autobusowy Południe) is located right across the square from the Main Train Station. It is dedicated to regional lines.

  • The Main Bus Terminal is situated at the northernmost edge of the Old Town, just next to the castle. If you exit the Old Town from the Jewish Gate at the north, the PKS (as it is known locally) is visible just across the street as a large, square building. If you want to travel to other parts of the city center: to Lithuanian Sq. and Saxonian Garden take lines  5 , 10 , 18 , 31 , 57  (from the bus stop #2, at the main street just outside the terminal building); to Krakow Gate take lines 1, 2, 6, 11, 17, 22, 23 (from the bus stop #4, at the same side of the street than bus stop #2, but a bit farther left)
  • Some regional buses leave from Ruska Street, which is the street running behind the bus station. If you go out to the bus stands and head to the left/away from the Old Town, you will see buses parked on the sidewalk across the street. The departure point will be marked on the schedule.
  • If you want to go somewhere within Poland, just get on a bus, tell the driver your destination, and pay your fare by reading off the ticket machine display. There's no need to buy tickets in advance from the window unless you're on an international or a sleeper.
  • If you plan a longer stay, you may find this public transport map useful [4].
  • See also: Poland - By bus

Get around[edit]

By bus or trolleybus[edit]

In the city center or the Old Town you can easily reach every place worth seeing on foot. You can also use the public transport. It's worth it to try a trolleybus ride, especially the "tourist" route  156   from the Majdanek Concentration Camp, near Old Town and Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva. The city has 50 bus lines and 8 trolleybus lines (served by MPK).

To use the public transport [5] you should buy your tickets in a "kiosk" (usually located near bus stops), in a ticket machine or on the bus (in a machine or at the driver - exact change required). A single ride ticket costs 3.20zł, students with ISIC identification pay 1.60zł. You must validate your ticket immediately upon getting on the bus. Children below 4 can use public transport for free. When changing buses, you need to validate another ticket (they are valid only for one ride each). There are also 24-hour tickets (13 zł / 6.50 zł). Timetables can be found at the link above.

  • Routes 1-58 - normal buses
  • Routes 7x - mini-buses (suburban buses)
  • Routes 150-160 - trolleybuses
  • Routes 3xx - night buses (tickets must be bought from the driver: 5.00 zł / 2.50 zł); available whole week

Routes to/from the Railway Station and the Central Bus Terminal are prone to pickpockets.

Trolleybus line for tourists[edit]

Every summer local city transport company runs special tourist trolleybus line. It's served by unique Soviet trolleybus ZIU, popular in 70s and 80s in former communist countries in Europe. Tours start every Sunday from bus stop near Krakow Gate (Brama Krakowska 02) at 14:00 and 15:30. During those journeys the passengers will see Majdanek Nazi Camp, Cathedral, some interesting sights in the Old Town and other attractions (all with virtual guide comments). Price: 5 zł for one ride.

By taxi[edit]

Taxi services are quite cheap, but it's good to know the local prices:

  • 5.50zł starting fee and then
  • 1.76-2.20zł/km

Charges are higher after 10pm, on Sundays and public holidays.

  • Damel Taxi - +4881 19626
  • Dwojki - +4881 19621
  • MPT - +4881 19191
  • Lublin - +4881 19628
  • Echo - +4881 19662
  • Rytm - +4881 19667

Do not take taxis which are not on the taxi stands, especially near the Bus Terminal and the Railway Station. There are often non-regulated taxi drivers who overcharge. It's better to call one of taxi companies or take a taxi with one of above phone numbers displayed on the roof.

See[edit][add listing]

The Castle of Lublin
St. Joseph Church, in the style of Lublin Renaissance
A view of the city centre from the top of the castle

Main sights[edit]

  • The Castle of Lublin and Chapel of the Holy Trinity, Zamkowa St. 9 (at the northernmost part of the Old Town, near Main Bus Station), +4881 532 50 01, [6]. Tuesdays - Saturdays: 10am-5pm, Sundays: 10am-6pm (September - May: Tuesdays, Thursdays - Saturdays: 9am- 4pm, Wedensday, Sundays: 9am-5pm). The castle of Lublin has been rebuilt in the 19th century in the neogothic style. Proceed to the yard to take a look at the 13th century Romanesque donjon and the Chapel of Holy Trinity. The Chapel is a must-see - its interior conceals unique Byzantine wall paintings dating back to 1418. If you have some more time, check out the interior of the museum - especially the Polish Paintings Gallery and the huge Union of Lublin painting by Jan Matejko. Ticket's price: 6.50zł / students, children: 4.50zł.  edit
  • Po Farze Sq., Old Town. Square with the uncovered foundation of the 14th-century St. Michael church.
  • Crown Tribunal, Rynek (Old Town Square). Built in the 1400s, it was the highest court in Lesser Poland.
  • St. Stanislas Dominican Basilica and Monastery, Złota St. (Go to the Market Sq., face the Crown Tribunal, pass it on the left and continue straight on for 200 m.). One of the oldest churches in Lublin, built around 1253. Rebuilt into its current shape after a fire in 1575, in the style of Lublin Renaissance. Take a look at the various chapels, surrounding the church and opening to the inside.  edit
  • Lublin Cathedral and Trinity Tower, Katedralny Sq. (Located at the edge of the Old Town, 100 m south from the Krakow Gate.). A unique baroque church with wall paintings. The tower provides a beautiful city panorama. 10am-5pm (October- April: only Saturadys and Sundays: 10am-5pm). Tickets price: 5.00zł / students, children: 3.00zł.


  • Grodzka Gate, Grodzka St. (take the street leading out of the castle towards the Old Town). One of the original city gates, rebuilt in 1785. In the past also known as the Jewish Gate, as it separated the Jewish District from the Old Town.  edit
  • Krakow Gate, Łokietka Sq. (in the very center of Lublin, follow Bramowa St. from the Market Sq. or Krakowskie Przedmiescie until the end of the pedestrian zone). One of the two original city gates, built in 14th century in the Gothic style and then rebuilt during the Baroque period. A symbol of Lublin. The gate clock was in that same very place since 16th century. At noon, a trumpeter plays the city "Hejnał" from the balcony. Next to the gate, there is a small Lublin History Museum.  edit
  • Krakowskie Przedmieście, (begins at the Krakow Gate). Stroll along the the nice pedestrian zone in downtown and have a coffee in one of the cosy restaurants along the way.  edit
  • Majdanek State Museum (Państowe Muzeum na Majdanku), Droga Męczenników Majdanka 67 (bus no. 28 or 47; trolleybus no. 153, 156 or 158), +4881 74 426 40 (, fax: +4881 74 405 26), [7]. Tuesdays - Sun. 8am-4pm (Nov.-Mar. 8am-3pm). Former Nazi concentration camp.  edit
  • The TV tower at Raabego St. has a very unconventional design.

Religious buildings[edit]

  • Our Lady the Victorious Church, Narutowicza St. corner of Peowiakow (From Lithuanian Sq. take Krakowskie Przedmiescie to the Galeria Centrum department store, then turn right.). A Gothic-Renaissance church donated by king Ladislaus Jagiello after his victory over the Teutonic Order Knights at Grunwald/Tannenberg in 1410.  edit
  • St. Joseph Church and the Barefoot Carmelites Monastery, Świętoduska St. (From Krakow Gate follow Krakowskie Przedmieście and then take the first street right downhill.). Another great example of Lublin Renaissance style, built in the 17th century.  edit
  • Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Kalinowszczyzna St. x Lwowska St. (A short walk away from the Castle, ca 10 min.). A Lublin Renaissance church & monastery built in 1621 by the Franciscan order monks and renovated in the beginning of the 19th century to create 3 floors (lower and upper church + attic with community rooms).  edit

Museums[edit]

  • Skansen Museum (Muzeum Wsi Lubelskiej), al. Warszawska 96 (from city center take bus no. 5 , 18  or 20), +4881 533 85 13 (), [8]. April 9am-5pm; May-Sept. 9am-6pm; Oct. 9am-5pm. 8.00zł / students, children: 4.00zł.  edit
  • Lublin Province Museum (Muzeum Lubelskie na Zamku), Zamkowa St. 9 (near main bus station), +4881 532 50 01, [9]. Tues.- Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 10am-6pm (Sept.-May: Tues., Thurs., Sat. 9am- 4pm; Wed., Sun.: 9am-5pm). Gallery with Polish historical and modern painting, plus folk and weapon expositions. 6.50zł / students, children: 4.50zł.  edit
  • Lublin History Museum (Muzeum Historii Miasta Lublina), Łokietka Sq. 3 (near Krakowska gate; bus nos. 1 , 2, 11 , or 17 ), +4881 532 60 01. Wed-Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 9am-5pm. 3.50zł / students, children: 2.50zł.  edit
  • Gestapo Jail Martyrdom Museum (Muzeum Martyrologii Pod Zegarem), Uniwersytecka St. 1 (behind the main building of Catholic University of Lublin; bus nos. 5, 10, 13, 18, 31, 57 or trolleybus no. 150), +4881 533 36 78. Free..  edit
  • Wincent Pol Manor (Dworek Wincentego Pola), Kalinowszczyzna 13, St. (near old Jewish cementary; bus no. 1), +4881 747 24 13. Wed.-Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 9am-6pm. Exhibitions concerning the life of Polish poet Vincent Pol and his hobby, geography. Housed in his former manor. 3.50zł / students, children: 2.50zł.  edit
  • Jozef Czechowicz Literary Museum (Muzeum Literackie im. Józefa Czechowicza), Złota St. 3 (Old Town), +4881 532 30 90. Wednesdays = Saturdays: 9am-4pm, Sundays: 9am-5pm. Exhibitions concerning the poets and authors from Lublin city and the region. 3.50zł / students, children: 2.50zł.  edit
  • The Fortuna Cellar (Piwnica pod Fortuną), Rynek 8 (historic tenement of the Lubomelski family located in the Old Town Market)), ☎ +48814445555, http://www.piwnica.lublin.eu/en/home. Mon. - Sun. 11 am - 7 pm. The Fortuna Cellar presents multimedia presentations about Lublin's history and XVI-century, Renaissance mural paintings which survived in the old winery.

10zł; students 8 zł; family 25 zł; groups 7 zł/person.

Jewish Lublin[edit]

  • Jeszywas Chachmej Synagogue, Lubartowska 85. Founded by rabbi Mejer Jehuda Szapira. It used to be the biggest Talmud university in the world. Entrance fee - 6 PLN.  edit
  • New Jewish Cementary, Walecznych St,. (within walking distance from Jeszywas Chachmej). The new Jewish Cementary is still used as a cementary  edit
  • Old Jewish Cementary, (entrance gate is located in the Kalinowszczyzna St.).  edit
The Old Jewish Cemetary in Lublin

Do[edit][add listing]

Cinemas[edit]

There are 8 cinemas in Lublin. The biggest - Cinema City - has 8 screens (located in Galeria Plaza, Lipowa 13 Street. Single normal ticket pln 16-20) Alternative cinema "Bajka" (pron. Bayka), only one screen, but has often sophisticated repertoire, located at Radziszewskiego Street. Single normal ticket pln 12, on Mondays PLN 10.

Events[edit]

Lublin, like this whole area of Eastern Europe, is cold and dark in the winter. Most of the events happen in the spring and summer, so that's a good time to visit, and the fall is lovely.

  • Lublin - City of Inspiration [10] - full schedule of main events in the city, available in Polish, English, Ukrainian Belarussian and Spanish, but Event Section is the most complete in Polish, less in English and Ukrainian, and only basis information are in the rest versions.
  • International Festival of Theater "Confrontation" (Międzynarodowy Festiwal Teatralny "Konfrontacje"), [11], May
  • Festival of Theater "Neighbors" (Festiwal Teatralny "SĄSIEDZI"), [12], June
  • International Lublin Meetings of Theater of Dance (Międzynarodowe Lubelskie Spotkania Teatrów Tańca), [13], November
  • International Days of Documentary Movies "Bifurcation of Europe" (Międzynarodowe Dni Filmu Dokumentalnego "Rozstaje Europy"), [14], March
  • Festival of Fashion "Provocations" (Festiwal "Prowokacje"), [15]
  • International Folk Meetings (Międzynarodowe Spotkania Folklorystyczne im. Ignacego Wachowiaka)
  • Open City Festival of Art in Public Spaces - [16],
  • Culture Night - [17],
  • Jagiellonian Fair - [18] (Polish, English, Ukrainian),
  • Lublin Juggling Carnival - [19] (Polish, German, English),
  • European Juggling Convention 2012 [20] - The world's largest gathering of jugglers and circus artists of all ages and abilities, held in a different European city each year.
  • European Festival of Taste - [21] (Translator enabled)

Parks[edit]

  • Saxonian Garden (Ogród Saski), in the city center, near KFC restaurant
  • UMCS Botanic Garden, Sławinkowska St. 3 (near road to Warsaw and Skansen Museum; bus no. 5 , 18 or 20), +4881 537 55 40 (), [22]. April and September: 9am-6pm, Sat. and Sun. 10am-6pm; May and Aug. 9am-7pm, Sat. and Sun. 10am-7pm; June and July 9am-8pm, Sun. and Sat. 10am-8pm; Oct.-March 9am-5pm, Sat. and Sun. 10am-5pm. 5.00zł / students, children: 2.50zł.  edit
  • Zemborzycki Lake - artificial lake, some restaurants and bars. It is possible to rent a boat or water skis.

Sport[edit]

  • Hala Globus is a place where you can enjoy ice-skating. From the city center take bus  26  or  31  or trolleybus  150  ,  152 ,  155  or  158 . 
  • Ośrodek Sportowy-Rekreacyjny RELAND (Zalew Zemborzycki), From city center by bus take no.  40   or the special summer lines  ''Marina''  or  ''Dabrova'', +4881 745 63 43 (), [23]. Water skiing. Mon.-Fri. 28.00zł/hour; Weekends 32.00zł/hour.  edit

Learn[edit]

You can study in one of the universities in Lublin. It's possible in all public high schools thanks to international cooperation (e.g. Socrates-Erasmus):

  • Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (UMCS) (), Maria Curie-Skłodowska Sq. 5 (Bus 13 or trolleybus 150 from the railway station , buses  10,  18 ,  31,  57 from the main bus station), +4881 537 54 10, [24]. Faculties: biology and Earth science, law and administration, mathematics, physics and computer science, humanities, economics, chemistry, pedagogy and psychology, philosophy and sociology, political science, arts  edit
  • Catholic University of Lublin (KUL), al. Racławickie 14 (near Saski Garden and UMCS, bus 13 or trolleybus 150 from the railway station , buses  10,  18 ,  31,  57 from the main bus station), [25]. Faculties: theology, philosophy, law, canon law and administration, humanities, social science, mathematics and natural science  edit
  • Medical University of Lublin (UM) (Uniwersytet Medyczny), al. Racławickie 1 (near Saski Garden, bus 13 or trolleybus 150 from the railway station , buses  10,  18 ,  31,  57 from the main bus station), +4881 53 200 61, [26].  edit
  • Agricultural University of Lublin (UP) (Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy), Akademicka St. 13 (southern part of the university campus, bus 11 from Main Bus Station), +4881 445 66 77 (), [27]. faculties: agriculture, horticulture, veterinary medicine, biology and animal breeding, production engineering, food sciences and biotechnology  edit
  • Lublin University of Technology (Politechnika Lubelska), Nadbystrzycka St. 38d (on the bank of Bystrzyca River, bus 39 from Main Bus Station), +4881 53 84 719 (), [28]. faculties: civil and sanitary engineering, electrical engineering and computer science, environmental engineering, management and fundamentals of technology, mechanical engineering  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Plaza Center at Lipowa St.

City Shopping[edit]

The Old Town district offers plenty of small shops with souvenirs. Many shops with clothes, shoes, souvenirs are situated in city center on Krakowskie Przedmieście St. There are also Main Post Office, local divisions of biggest Polish and global banks. There is also trade city center on Tomasza Zana St.

Shopping Malls[edit]

  • Galeria Olimp, Spółdzielczości Pracy Ave. 34, buses form city center - 17, 18, 31; over 130 shops with clothes and electronic equipment, also restaurants and bars
  • Plaza Center, Lipowa St. 13, city center, over 100 shops with clothes, books, music, toys, also: club, cinema, restaurants and bars
  • Galeria Centrum, Krakowskie Przedmieście 40 (city center), +4881 532 22 61 ext.125, [29]. Mondays-Saturdays 9:30am-9pm, Sundays 10:30am-4pm. clothes  edit
  • Centrum Handlowe im. Tomasza Zana (Tomasz Zan Shopping Mall), Zana 19 (buses from city center - 9, 11, 14, 57). Mondays-Saturdays 9am-8pm, Sundays 10am-9pm. market E.Leclerc, shops with clothes, books, music, toys, also restaurants and bars; near MediaMarkt with electronic equipment  edit
  • Galeria Orkana, Orkana 16 (buses from city center - 10, 57), (), [30]. clothes, perfumes, restaurants and bars  edit
  • Flea Market, next to the main bus station PKS behind the Old Town. A vast sea of ragged little huts, selling food, cheap clothes, flowers, the usual knockoff things, and smuggled Ukrainian cigarettes. Open all week, picks up on Saturday and Sunday. This is the part of town where the pickpockets are - watch yourself.

Eat[edit][add listing]

As a bustling college town, one of Lublin's great strengths is its vast number of pubs and restaurants. There are places to eat at every turn. These have been organized by cuisine type and a rough price scale from $ to $$$ - as viewed from the Euro, and relative to one another. On a typical Lublin wage, all these places are expensive.

Brief Etiquette Guide

Because of the high foreign student population in Lublin, most restaurants and bars in the city have at least one person on the premises who speaks enough English to understand an order in that language. Comprehension goes down the farther you get from the city center. Staff are as a rule friendly - please try to communicate in Polish, it will endear you to your waiter/tress and ease their embarrassment at trying to speak English. Smile a lot. If everything else fails, point at the menu.

When you enter a Polish restaurant just find an empty table and sit down. Someone will bring you a menu and leave. When they come back, if you haven't made up your mind yet you may say "Jeden minut proszę" (YEH-dehn MEE-noot PRO-sheh, don't over-pronounce it) ("One minute please").

Ready to order? "Poprosze" (Po-PRO-sheh) ("I would like to order") + do your best to pronounce the name of whatever dish you want. You can chain dishes and drinks together with "i" (eee) ("and"). A server may ask, "Co do picia?" which means "Anything to drink?" if you do not mention a beverage, and similarly to English-world restaurants may ask for drinks when you first sit down. When you finish, a server may say "To wyszystko?" which means "Is that all?" - you can learn to catch this one by listening for the last syllable, since in Polish mouths the whole phrase generally emerges as "-shistko?" For this the answer is "Tak" ("Yes", Tahk) or "Nie, ..." ("No, ...", Neeyeh).

Obviously, halfway through you will be asked a question you do not understand and the waiter will realize you don't really speak Polish. You can grit through by pointing at things you want and saying "Prosze" ("Please", PROH-sheh) and "Dzienkuję" ("Thank you", Jin-KOO-yeh). To avert this from the beginning, you can say "Nie movię po Polsku" ("I don't speak Polish", Neeyeh MOO-veeyen poh POL-skoo).

Listings

Polish

Buffet kitchen outside the old town

Two places on Raclawickie

Italian

In general, Polish Italian food is excellent, and the wine is pretty good as well.

  • Czerwony Pazdziernik (Red October), (Walking along Racławickie, turn in at the orange Złoty Kurczak booth and head straight back into the cul-de-sac. The nightclub Shine is at the far end, and Red October is near the back end on the right side. Creepy-looking area at night, but safe.). Price: $-$$.  edit This place is not to be missed. The inside is decked out in absolutely hideous (and considering the country's political history, tasteless) Soviet art pieces and buckets of red paint. The staff are friendly and remember faces. Two deals: Buy a large pizza (about 20-25zl each) and get a half-liter beer for a grosze (a Polish penny). Considering that pizzas are the same price anywhere else this is worthwhile, and the pizza is good. Second deal: on any weekday starting at 10AM, come in and order an English-style breakfast for 10-11zl. Eggs, toast, coffee, and smoking is permitted indoors. For Anglosphere travelers who probably haven't seen a big breakfast since they left home, this is what's really worth the trip. Recommended.
  • Insomnia, Akademicka St.. Hours: Despite the name, closes at 10. Price: $$.  editA little hole-in-the-wall cafe with a great vibe. Midrange Italian food, beers, and coffee. Their hot beer is really good. For those of a herbal bent, they also sell a selection of loose teas by the 100-gram from the counter.
  • Czarna Łapa (Black Palm), (Just inside the Krakow Gate, on the right. Impossible to miss - they have a big black hanging sign over the street.). Price: $$$ - expect to pay about 80-100zl for a meal for two with wines..  editNice place for a fancy date. The food is kind of Italian-experimental, so be prepared for slightly different tastes, but good. The inside is painted with faded Renaissance-style murals and they have gondola-type music going. Ask the waiter for a wine recommendation - they've tried hard here.

Chinese

In all honesty, those who are used to decent Asian food will be disappointed, as Polish Chinese is basically a palette-swapped Polish food, and your fried rice will be served with a side of coleslaw. It's not recommended.

  • Złoty Smak (Golden Bowl/Dish), Krakowskie Przedmiescie (On the Przedmescie pedestrian boulevard. Going into the Old Town it's on the right side, with a fairly garish gold/red sign. Underground in the courtyard through the archway - easy to find.). Price: $$ - 30zl or so for a two-course meal with a beer.  edit Cheap beer and goofy Asian decorations, not a lot of traffic. See comments above about Polish Chinese in general - this one is no exception.

Indian

American

  • JeszBurger, 3 Maja St. (Walk down 3 Maja from the bus stop on the corner of Płac Litewski. It's at the bend on the right side of the road.). $.  edit On the high end of the cheap ($) price bracket, but they sell American-style burgers and they're thick and good. Essentially equivalent to a Five Guys or In-n-Out for the American expats - a higher-end burger joint. Dual-language menu over the counter, and most of the staff speak a bit of English.

Irish

There are at least two Irish pubs in Lublin, both in or near the Old Town.

  • Guinness Pub, (Enter the Old Town from either the Krakow Gate at the front or the Jewish Gate at the back, by the castle. The pub is on the long strip of cobbles that runs directly between these two. From the Krakow Gate it will be on the left and from the Jewish Gate it will be on the right. Sandwiched between a couple other restaurants but it has its own sign and door.). Price: $ - 8-10 zl for an import beer, 5-6 for a local, 18-20 for a meal. About average for a foreign student's night out, cheap for someone converting from EUR/GBP/USD..  editDecorated with exposed rafters and piles of junk everywhere. Anyone who's been in a real pub in Ireland will feel instantly at home. The Guinness isn't great, but someone dying for a taste of the old country might be satisfied. They occasionally have Murphy's on tap, which is better (and a tiny bit cheaper). The chickenburger is good.
  • Czarna Owca (Black Sheep), (This one is on the block next to Fabryki Pizzy, at the same address as Czekolada. I'll put the address in later. To enter, you have to go through the door for the Czekolada club, and squeeze past the line of clubbers (if it's a busy night) on the right. When the right wall opens up, duck in there. Don't be put off by the lack of any signage.). Price: $ - Same price bracket as the Old Town pub, a little cheaper.  editThis place is a sports dive, pretty clean and subdued on the inside with big TVs to watch the game. It is a full restaurant with a much bigger menu than the Old Town pub, and the food is good. Good place to go with a group of friends and make your own fun, or watch sports in relative peace if that's your style. Same selection of Irish imports as the Old Town pub - reliable, if watery, Guinness and occasional Murphy's Stout.

Other

  • Złoty Kurczak (Golden Chicken), Al. Racławickie/behind PKS. Price:.  edit Untried. A little orange booth which is impossible to miss when walking along Racławickie Street, which sells fresh roasted chicken legs/breasts and also kebabs/hamburgers/etc. It's a front for a full-service restaurant that exists somewhere behind PKS and presumably has the same menu.


  • OLD PUB Bar & Restaurant, 8 Grodzka St..  edit
  • Ulice Miasta, Łokietka Sq. 3 (Right next to Krakow Gate), +4881 534 05 92, [31]. 10 - 23, Fr-Sat 10-01. A nice restaurant with Polish cuisine and great ambience, in the cellar of the Krakow Gate. 30 -40zł per main course.  edit
  • Pyzata Chata, Okopowa 5 St.(city centre), 81 472 1515.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

There are two alcohol producers in Lublin. The Perła brewery is sited south of the Old Town, and Perła is, as it were, the "house brew" of the city. It comes in a wide variety bottled, from light lager through to a heavy black porter, though on draft you'll usually only find the lager and sometimes the dark. The brewery is open for tours, though I have no idea how to get on one; if you're interested in a peek inside and large quantities of free beer it's worth investigating further.

In Lublin all grocery and convenience stores sell alcohol and in addition there are dedicated 24-hour stores that sell alcohol, soda and juice for cocktails and chips/peanuts. Bottled beer is dirt cheap, and it's possible to pick up a nice import whiskey or Scotch for about a third of the price in the Eurozone.

The other local is called Lubelski, which is a range of flavored vodkas that come in smallish bottles. Smooth, if a bit sugary, and popular with students and the young local partiers.

In Poland it is possible to get a drink called "piwo gorącę", which translates to "hot beer". It is a half-liter of beer heated with sugar, orange slices, cinnamon, and other spices. It's usually 10zl, about 1.5 times the price of a cold one, and delicious in cold weather. Definitely recommended at least once, most of the restaurants in Lublin have it hidden somewhere on the drinks menu.

For drinking, head to the Old Town and its vicinity. That's where the most popular pubs are located. Even there, prices are low because of a large student clientèle.

  • Pub Legenda, 1 Grodzka Str.. Rock Pub Legenda, local beer Perla, pln 4,00 for a pint!  edit
  • Ceska Pivnica, 28 Grodzka Str.. Great place to try some Czech beers!  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Bramma Cafe [32] - Accommodation in the historic center of Lublin.
  • Guest House Wytchnienie [33] - Accommodation in Lublin.
  • Hotel Waksman [34]
  • Hotel Unia [35] or [36]
  • Hotel Victoria [37]
  • Hotel Europa [38]
  • Hotel Huzar [39]
  • Hotel Campanile [40]
  • Hotel Bellis - cheap, but web site only in Polish [41]
  • Hotel Lwow [42]
  • Hotel Korona [43]
  • PZM Motel [44]

Budget[edit]

  • Hostel Lublin, ul. Lubartowska 60 (in the oldest district of Lublin, Czwartek), +48 81/ 747 44 07.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Hotel Focus, al. Kraśnicka 80, +48 (0/81) 527 00 44 (, fax: +48 (0/81) 527 00 46). 150 - 330 PLN.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • IBB Grand Hotel Lublinianka, ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie 56, +48 (0/81) 44 66 100 (, fax: +48 (0/81) 44 66 200), [45]. 260 - 710 PLN.  edit

Contact[edit]

Tourist information in Lublin provides current information on the sightseeing, tourist, cultural and recreational attractiveness of Lublin and the Lubelski Region. Contact with Tourist Information Center: infotur@loit.lublin.pl or +4881 532 44 12. See also the web page: [46]. There are three offices in the city center:

  • Old Town: Jezuicka St. 1/3, near Krakowska Gate, 10 minutes from Bus Station and 30 minutes (by bus:  1  ) from Railway Station; 9am-6pm, Saturdays: 10am-4pm, Sundays: 10am-3pm (Oct-Apr: 9am-5pm, Saturdays: 10am-3pm)
  • Old Town: Rynek 8 (Old Town Square), 8 minutes from Bus Station and 30 minutes (by bus:  1 ) from Railway Station;
  • City Center: Krakowskie Przedmieście, main street of the city, near KFC restaurant, 30 minutes (by trolleybus:  150  ) from Railway Station or 30 minutes (by bus:  10  ,  18  ,  57 ) from Bus Station.

British embassy:

Ukrainian embassy:

Internet[edit]

Access to Internet by Wi-Fi:

  • City Hall - Łokietka Square. Free.
  • Era Mobile - Krakowskie Przedmieście St.
  • Europa Hotel - Krakowskie Przedmieście St. Free.
  • Galeria Olimp Shopping Center - Spółdzielczości Pracy Ave.
  • Galeria Orkana Shopping Center - Orkana St. Free.
  • IBM - Żagiel Shopping Center - 1 Maja St.
  • Lublin University of Technology - Nadbystrzycka St. and Wapienna St.
  • McDondald's Restaurant - Krakowskie Przedmieście St.
  • Mercure Unia Hotel
  • Motel Na Rogatce - Sielankowa St., Sławinek. Free.
  • Na Strychu Pub - Głeboka St. Free.
  • Old Town Square - Free.
  • Orange Mobile - Krakowskie Przedmieście St.
  • Pizza Hut / KFC - Racławickie Ave.
  • Plac Litewski - Litewski Square, city center. Free.
  • Plac Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej - Maria Curie-Skłodowska Square - central place of Maria Curie-Skłodowska University. Free.
  • Riley Snooker Club - Zygmuntowskie Ave. Free.
  • Saski Park and Leszczyńskiego St. Free.
  • Stolarnia Club - Stefczyka St., Bursaki. Free.
  • Victoria Hotel
  • Zemborzycki Lake - Free.

Help for foreigners[edit]

  • Consulate General of the Ukraine in Lublin (Konsulat Generalny Ukrainy w Lublinie), Kunickiego St. 24, phone: (+4881) 531-88-89, (+4881) 531-88-01, fax (+4881) 531-88-88, e-mail: gc_pll@mfa.gov.ua
  • British Consulate in Lublin serviced by the Honorary Consul Jan Danilczuk (Konsulat Wielkiej Brytanii w Lublinie obsługiwany przez Konsula Honorowego, Jana Danilczuka), Beskidzka St. 9, phone: (+4881) 742-01-01, fax (+4881) 742-91-30, e-mail: ukconsul@uren.com.pl
  • Honorary Consul of Brazil in Lublin, prof. Barbara Hlibowicka-Węglarz (Konsul Honorowy Brazylii w Lublinie prof. Barbara Hlibowicka-Węglarz), Maria Curie-Sklodowska Sq. 4a, phone: (+4881) 537-26-29, e-mail: barbara.hlibowicka-weglarz@umcs.lublin.pl
  • Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in Lublin, prof. Andrzej Kidyba (Konsul Honorowy Republiki Federalnej Niemiec w Lublinie, prof. Andrzej Kidyba), Rynek 7, phone: (+4881) 743-65-43, fax (+4881) 743-73-26, e-mail: andrzej.kidyba@lfr.lublin.pl

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