Lublin 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.
The Plac Po Farze square in the Old Town incorporates medieval foundations.
The city of Lublin was first mentioned in the 13th century. The city's golden age came in the 16th century, when—due to its central location between Kraków (the medieval Polish capital) and Vilnius (the capital of Lithuania)—it was chosen as the location where the Union of Lublin was signed, effectively uniting the two states for several centuries as a single commonwealth. During the commonwealth's heyday, Lublin served as an important administrative center, housing the country's highest court. 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 and religions, serving as an important center of Judaism as well as for the Christian Reformation movement. Jews made the city the home of the Va'ad Arba' Aratzot (The Council of Four Lands), which governed taxation and other community issues for Jews throughout Poland from 1580 to 1764. During the 16th century, as the city grew thanks to its economic and political influence, it developed its own unique architectural style, named Lublin Renaissance, which was heavily influenced by Italian architecture. The style spread quickly to other cities and towns throughout the region, with examples found today in Końskowola and Kazimierz Dolny.
From the 17th century onwards, together with the rest of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Lublin suffered a gradual decline. Attacked by Russian and Ukrainian troops in 1655 during the Great Northern War, Lublin fell under Austrian (and later Russian) rule as Poland-Lithuania's independence came to an end. In the final days of World War I, Lublin became a hotbed of nationalist dissent, culminating in the declaration of the first independent Polish government by Ignacy Daszyński in the city in November 1918. During World War II, both of Lublin's Jewish and Polish populations suffered immensely. Majdanek extermination camp, one of the centers of the Holocaust in Poland, was located in the southeastern suburbs of the city. Before the war, the Jewish population of Lublin in 1939 stood at 42,380 (or 1/3 of the total population); following the German occupation, only 4,553 had survived. Despite its tremendous human losses, Lublin architecturally survived the war largely intact. After the conflict, the city developed into an important industrial location and center for higher learning, with five state universities and a number of smaller academies opened 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.
Thanks to the city's many universities, Lublin is home to a large student population topping at nearly 100,000, accounting for nearly 35 percent of the city's inhabitants, ensuring a young and dynamic atmosphere.
Lublin Airport's train station.
The city is served by Lublin Airport (IATA: LUZ), located just east of the city in the suburb of Świdnik close to the S12 expressway. The airport is serviced by Lufthansa, as well as by low cost airlines Wizzair and Ryanair. Lublin Airport is relatively easy to get in and out of by train thanks to a direct train line running from Lublin's main railway station, and is just 15 minutes by car to the city center.
Another option for tourists is arriving by Rzeszów–Jasionka Airport (IATA: RZE) situated outside the city of Rzeszów, 160 km (100 mi) south of Lublin, or nearly a two and a half hour drive on highway DK19. The airport is serviced by Ryanair, along with major carriers LOT and Lufthansa.
A possible third option would be arriving into one of Warsaw's two airports. Warsaw Chopin Airport (IATA: WAW), also known locally as Okęcie, is the country's largest and busiest airport, making it a likely gateway for visitors entering both Poland and Lublin. Located 180 km (111 mi) away from the city, or nearly a two and a half hour drive, Okęcie serves as a hub for Polish national carrier LOT with additional connections provided by Aegean, Air Berlin, Aer Lingus, Adria, Aeroflot, Belavia, Air Baltic, Air France, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Air One, Brussels Airlines, British Airways, Germanwings, Czech Airlines, El Al, Emirates, Finnair, KLM, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Qatar Airways, SAS, Sprint Air, Swiss, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, Wizz Air, WOW Air, and UIA.
Warsaw's other air gateway, Warsaw–Modlin Mazovia Airport (IATA: WMI), known locally as Modlin, is a fourth option for travelers, and is located in Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki, some 40 km (25 mi) northwest of Warsaw and 205 km (127 mi) northwest of Lublin, or nearly a three hour drive. At the present time, the airport is operated exclusively by low-cost carrier Ryanair.
Lublin's main rail station.
Lublin is served by its main rail station Stacja Lublin, a renovated building dating to the 1870s. The station is located south of the Old Town, and is not far from Park Ludowy. The station is a transit hub for rail lines throughout Lublin Voivodeship.
National rail carrier PKP Intercity provides service to Lublin from most other major Polish cities, including Warsaw, Wrocław, Kraków, Poznań, Katowice, Łódź and Gdańsk. The train journey from Warsaw to Lublin normally takes 2.5 hours. In addition, national regional carrier PolRegio operates to smaller cities and communities throughout Lublin Voivodeship, as well as connecting the city to other larger municipalities throughout the country, albeit with slower speeds and more stops.
Lublin is partially encircled by the S12/S19 expressway (E372), forming a bypass of the city that continues towards the northwest, turning into national road DK17 and provides a straight route from Warsaw. To the southwest, the same highway continues southeast to link Lublin with the city of Zamość and to the Ukrainian border, turning into P40 and eventually into M09, providing a link to Lviv.
Drivers from Rzeszów will often use national road DK19 to travel to Lublin, and is usually a two and a half hour drive.
From Kielce, drivers can use national roads DK74 and then DK19 once travelers arrive in Krasnik, continuing on to Lublin. The drive to Lublin from Kielce is nearly two hours.
Lublin can also be reached from the provincial city of Chełm and the Ukrainian border via national road DK12 (E373).
From the north, Lublin is linked to Radzyn Podlaski, Bielsk Podlaski, and Białystok via national road DK19.
Many international bus connections will arrive at the city's main terminal (Dworzec Autobusowy Główny), located just north of the old town on al. Tysiąclecia. Major domestic and international bus lines, including PolskiBus, Eurolines, and Ecolines all have connections to the city. A smaller bus terminal next to the rail station (Dworzec Autobusowy Południe) is dedicated to provincial routes. A slew of other, smaller bus companies operate to and from the city, which can be researched by e-podroznik.pl.
- The main bus terminal is situated at the northernmost edge of the Old Town, just next to Lublin Castle. If you want to travel to other parts of the city center: to Plac Litewski and Saxon Garden, take lines 5, 10, 18, 31, 57 (from the bus stop #2, at the main street just outside the terminal building); to Kraków 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.)
By public transport
One of MPK's trolleybuses.
Lublin's city center and the Old Town can easily be navigated on foot, and do not require the need of public transportation. However, for visitors who wish to explore more of the city, including Majdanek Concentration Camp and other sites on the periphery, visitors can use the city's public transport system MPK. A system of buses and trolleybuses, MPK's fleet is normally colored red-white-green (after the city's flag) or red-yellow. To use the system, visitors should buy their tickets at a kiosk (usually located near a bus stop), at a ticket machine, or on the bus itself (with a machine inside or with the driver - exact change required). A single ride ticket costs 3.20zł; students with ISIC identification pay 1.60zł. Visitors must validate their ticket immediately upon getting on the bus. Children below four can use public transport for free. When changing buses, visitors must validate another ticket (as they are valid only for one ride each). There are also 24-hour tickets (13zł/6.50zł). MPK's timetables and descriptions of its routes can be found on its website.
Route numbers are logically categorized by bus type:
- 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
Every summer, MPK runs a special trolleybus line for tourists. Served by a unique, Soviet-made ZIU bus, a popular model in Eastern Bloc states during the Cold War, the line starts at the Kraków Gate (Brama Krakowska 02) at 14:00 and 15:30. The journey takes passengers around the Old Town, the Archcathedral, and Majdanek Concentration Camp. It is normally 5zł for one ride.
As many students return late from bars and pubs at night, taxi services are plentiful and quite cheap. Standard fares normally begin at 5 or 5.50zł starting, and are then normally between 1.76-2.20zł/km. Charges are higher after 22:00 (10 pm), on Sundays and public holidays.
- Ale Taxi - +48 81 511 11 11
- Echo - +48 81 524 00 00
- MultiTaxi Radio - +48 81 532 22 22
- Radio Taxi - +48 81 742 22 22
- Radio Taxi Czwórki - +48 81 444 44 44
It is recommended not to take taxis near the bus terminal nor the main rail station, as some of these drivers are non-regulated and overcharge.
Most of Lublin's main attractions are located in the Śródmieście (downtown) district of the city. However, there are several points of interest that are out of the city core and worth attention.
The inner court of Lublin Castle.
- Lublin Castle (Zamek Lubelski), ul. Zamkowa 9 (at the northernmost part of the Old Town, near Main Bus Station), ☎ +48 81 532 50 01 ([email protected], fax: +48 81 532 17 43), . Tue-Sat: 10:00-17:00, Sun: 10:00-18:00 (September-May: Tue, Thu-Sat: 09:00-16:00, Wed, Sun: 09:00-17:00). Originally dating from the 12th century, Lublin Castle served as the royal residence of Poland's monarchy when staying in the city during medieval times. Redesigned by Italian architects during the Renaissance, the castle was damaged during the Deluge in the 17th century, falling into disrepair and eventually becoming a prison for Russian authorities following Poland's annexation. However, during the 19th century, much of the castle was completely reconstructed, although portions of the castle were rebuilt using English neo-Gothic architecture than the castle's previous Renaissance appearance. During World War II, the castle acted as a detention center during the grisly Nazi occupation, witnessing the deaths of hundreds of prisoners. After the war's conclusion and the beginning of the communist era, Soviet and Polish security services continued to use the castle as a prison, rounding up thousands of anti-communist resistors and Stalinist purge victims before finally closing in 1954. Today, the castle is a part of the Lublin Provincial Museum. The castle includes the Polish Paintings Gallery, as well as the Chapel of Holy Trinity, with unique Byzantine wall paintings dating to 1418. 6.50zł / students, children: 4.50zł.
- ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście, (begins at the Kraków Gate). Lublin's most prestigious street, Krakowskie Przedmieście is a pedestrianized route, largely dating from the first half of the 19th century. Along the street are numerous historical sites, restaurants and boutiques, and is a popular meeting point for many locals and visitors alike.
ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście is one of Lublin's main streets.
- Po Farze Square (Plac Po Farze). A historic square in the Old Town, the square was built over the medieval remains of the Church of St. Michael, dating from the 13th or 14th centuries, yet was demolished between 1846 to 1862 after falling into disrepair. The foundations of the church were rediscovered in the 1930s, and since the early 2000s, Po Farze Square has incorporated St. Michael's prominent foundations into its area. Today, Po Farze Square is a popular meeting point for locals and the site of outdoor concerts and public events.
- Lubomelski Tenement (Kamienica Lubomelskich), ul. Rynek 8, ☎ +48 81 444 55 55 ([email protected]), . Mon-Sun, 11:00-17:00. Located in the heart of the Old Town at Market Square and painted red, this fascinating urban townhouse belonged to the Lubomelski family during Lublin's Renaissance era in the 15th and 16th centuries, being passed down to future generations and other families for the next five hundred years. Within the structure is a fascinating museum giving a window to merchant and middle-class life in Lublin during the late medieval and early modern eras, as well as a wine cellar with curiously secular frescos that have survived Lublin's varied past. 10 zł.
- Grodzka Gate (Brama Grodzka), ul. Grodzka 21 (take the street leading out of the castle towards the Old Town), ☎ + 48 81 532 58 67 ([email protected]), . Mon-Fri: entry at 9:30, 11:00, 12:30, 14:00. One of the original city gates dating to 1342, the Grodzka Gate was extensively rebuilt in 1785. In the past, this location was also known as the Jewish Gate, as it separated Lublin's Jewish quarter from the Old Town. Grodzka Gate is a location for the "Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre" Centre where different materials (old photographs, documents and testimonies) are presented at the exhibition "Lublin. Memory of the Place". The first part of the exhibition is devoted to Jewish life in Lublin until 1939, and the second part is dedicated to the memory of the extermination of the Jews in Lublin.
- Kraków Gate (Brama Krakowska), pl. Łokietka 3 (in the very center of Lublin, follow Bramowa St. from Market Square or Krakowskie Przedmiescie until the end of the pedestrian zone), ☎ +48 81 532 60 01 ([email protected]), . One of the two original city entrances, known originally as the High Gate, the Kraków Gate was built in the 1340s in the Gothic style, then rebuilt during the Baroque era. Used for a variety of purposes throughout the centuries, including military protection, a home for the city's trumpeters, and a fire observation tower, the Kraków Gate has since become a prominent symbol of Lublin. At noon, a trumpeter plays the city hejnał from its balcony. Today, the Kraków Gate is a location for the Lublin Provincial Museum.
- Crown Tribunal (Trybunał Koronny), ul. Rynek 1, . An important building in the political formation of Poland, the Crown Tribunal served as one of two the highest courts in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, beginning its existence in 1579 (the second Crown Tribunal was establishecd in Piotrków Trybunalski). Set in the middle of Lublin's picturesque Market Square (Rynek), the Tribunal's building was designed by Italian-Polish architect Dominik Merlini, who reconstructed the building's earlier Renaissance and Baroque designs into its present-day Classical look in the 1780s. Today, the Crown Tribunal building hosts music events and weddings. The entrance to Lublin's Underground Route with a number of historic exhibitions is situated on the right side of the Crown Tribunal building.
- Majdanek State Museum (Państowe Muzeum na Majdanku), Droga Męczenników Majdanka 67 (bus no. 28 or 47; trolleybus no. 153, 156 or 158), ☎ +48 81 74 426 40 ([email protected], fax: +48 81 74 405 26), . Tue-Sun: 8:00-16:00 (Nov-Mar, 08:00-15:00). In operation between 1941 until its liberation in 1944, Majdanek served as a Nazi concentration and extermination camp on the outskirts of Lublin, where an estimated 70,000 to 100,000 Jews, Poles and prisoners of war perished. Majdanek is one of the best preserved Nazi camps of the Holocaust, and is maintained today as a Polish state museum.
Religious buildings and sites
St. Joseph Church, in the style of Lublin Renaissance.
- Archcathedral of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist (Archikatedra św. Jana Chrzciciela i św. Jana Ewangelisty w Lublinie), ul. Królewska 10 (Located at the edge of the Old Town, 100 m south from Kraków Gate), . A unique Renaissance and Baroque cathedral dating to 1586, the church is home to beautiful wall paintings. The cathedral also connects to Trinity Tower (Wieża Trynitarska), a bell tower dating to 1627 and was originally part of the cathedral's Jesuit college.
- Jeszywas Chachmej Synagogue (Synagoga w Jeszywas Chachmej), ul. Lubartowska 85, ☎ +48 81 747 09 92. Founded by Rabbi Mejer Jehuda Szapira, the synagogue was once the largest Talmud university in the world. 6zł.
- New Jewish Cemetery ("address="ul.), (within walking distance from Jeszywas Chachmej Synagogue). The New Jewish Cemetery is still actively used
- Old Jewish Cemetery, (entrance gate is located on ul. Kalinowszczyzna St.).
- Dominican Basilica and Monastery of St Stanislaus (Bazylika pw. św. Stanisława Biskupa Męczennika), ul. Złota 9 (Go to the Market Sq., face the Crown Tribunal, pass it on the left and continue straight on for 200 m.), ☎ +48 81 532 89 80, . One of the oldest churches in Lublin, built around 1253. St. Stanislaus was rebuilt in its current Lublin Renaissance architecture in 1575. :
- Church of Our Lady the Victorious (Kościół Matki Bożej Zwycięskiej), ul. Narutowicza, corner of Peowiakow (From Plac Litewski take ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie to the Galeria Centrum, then turn right.). A Gothic-Renaissance church donated by King Władysław II Jagiełło after his victory over the Teutonic Order Knights at the Battle of Grunwald in 1410
- St. Joseph Church (Kościół św.Józefa), ul. Świętoduska (From Kraków Gate follow Krakowskie Przedmieście and then take the first street right downhill.). Another fine example of Lublin Renaissance architecture, built in the 17th century.
- Our Lady Help of Christians Church, ul. Kalinowszczyzna and ul. Lwowska (A short walk away from the Castle, ca 10 min.). A Lublin Renaissance church and monastery, built in 1621 by the Franciscan monks and renovated at the beginning of the 19th century to create three floors (lower and upper church plus an attic with community rooms).
Flowers and candles within the crematorium building of Majdanek Concentration Camp.
- Skansen Museum (Muzeum Wsi Lubelskiej), al. Warszawska 96 (from city center take bus no. 5 , 18 or 20), ☎ +4881 533 85 13 ([email protected]), . April 09:00-17:00; May-Sept: 09:00-18:00; Oct: 09:00-17:00. An open-air museum, the Skansen documents rural peasant life in the region prior to industrialization. 8zł / students, children: 4.00zł.
- Lublin Provincial Museum (Muzeum Lubelskie na Zamku), ul. Zamkowa 9 (near main bus station), ☎ +4881 532 50 01, . Tues.- Sat. 10:00-17:00, Sun. 10:00-18:00 (Sept-May: Tues, Thurs, Sat, 09:00- 16:00; Wed, Sun, 09:00-17:00). The Lublin Provincial Museum is spread across several locations in Lublin Voivodeship, preserving the artistic and cultural history of the province, with locations in Lublin, Nałęczów, Lubartów, Łęcznej, and Kraśniku. 6.50zł / students, children: 4.50zł.
- Lublin History Museum (Muzeum Historii Miasta Lublina), pl. Łokietka 3 (at the Kraków Gate; bus routes 1, 2, 11, or 17 ), ☎ +48 81 532 60 01 ([email protected]). Wed-Sat: 09:00-16:00; Sun: 09:00-17:00. Located within the historic Kraków Gate, this museum documents the economic, political and social history of the city throughout the previous millennium, and is part of the Lublin Provincial Museum system. 3.50zł / students, children: 2.50zł.
- Martyrdom Museum 'Under the Clock' (Muzeum Martyrologii 'Pod Zegarem'), ul. Uniwersytecka 1 (behind the main building of the Catholic University of Lublin; bus routes 5, 10, 13, 18, 31, 57 or trolleybus no. 150), ☎ +48 81 533 36 78 ([email protected]), . Housed in the Gestapo's regional headquarters during the German occupation, the museum highlights the systematic horrors of the Nazi regime in occupied Poland, and is a part of the Lublin Provincial Museum. Free..
- Wincent Pol Manor (Dworek Wincentego Pola), ul. Kalinowszczyzna 13 (near the Old Jewish cemetery; bus no. 1), ☎ +48 81 747 24 13 ([email protected]), . Wed-Sat, 09:00-17:00; Sun, 9:00-18:00. This historic manor holds a museum concerning the life of its owner, 19th century Polish political agitator and poet Wincenty Pol and his hobby, geography. The museum is part of the Lublin Provincial Museum system. 3.50zł; students, children: 2.50zł.
- Jozef Czechowicz Literary Museum (Muzeum Literackie im. Józefa Czechowicza), ul. Złota 3 (Old Town), ☎ +48 81 532 30 90 ([email protected]), . Wed-Sats, 09:00-16:00; Sun, 09:00-17:00. This location exhibits the lives and inspirations of poets and authors originating from Lublin and the surrounding region. 3.50zł / students, children: 2.50zł.
There are a host of activities to do in Lublin year round.
There are eight cinemas in Lublin. The biggest, Cinema City, has 8 screens (located within the Lublin Plaza shopping center, ul. Lipowa 13. A single normal ticket costs 16-20zł). Another option is Kino Bajka, an independent cinema often showing more sophisticated repertoire, located at ul. Radziszewskiego 8. A single, normal ticket is 12zł, and on Mondays 10zł.
Students in costume parading through the Old Town.
As a provincial capital with a large student population, Lublin is home to a number of lively events hosted throughout the year. A good schedule for the numerous upcoming events and festivals in the city and their descriptions can be found through the municipality's official cultural website. Many of the events are described in both Polish and English.
- Festival of Polish Student Theatres “Contestations” (Studencki Ogólnopolski Festiwal Teatralny "Kontestacje") - annual avant-garde student theatrical festival, held at the end of April.
- Lublin Jazz Festival (Lublin Jazz Festiwal) - held annually in mid and late April, the festival draws jazz musicians from across Europe.
- Multicultural Lublin (Wielokulturowy Lublin) - a celebration of the many cultures calling Lublin home, held normally at the end of May.
- Culture Night (Noc Kultury) - annual two-day festival held in early June, promising evening events spread across the city.
- Jagiellonian Fair (Jarmark Jagielloński) - annual two-day festival held normally in mid-August. Dating back to the 15th century, the Jagiellonian Fair brings together handcrafts, music, theatre, and chivalry to the masses. The fair is among one of the most famous in Poland.
- Open City Festival (Festiwal Otwarte Miasto) - public art festival, held during the summer months.
- Magicians' Carnival (Carnaval Sztuk - Mistrzów) - a gathering of magicians and circus performers from across Europe, with workshops and events, held near the end of July.
- European Festival of Taste (Europejski Festiwal Smaku) - a mishmash annual event held in late August and early September, combining music, sight, sound, drinks, and food, showcasing the best of the province and Europe beyond.
- Ukraine in Central Lublin (Ukraina w Centrum Lublina) - an annual celebration of Ukrainian culture, held in mid-November.
- International Dance Theatres Festival (Międzynarodowe Lubelskie Spotkania Teatrów Tańca) - annual festival held in November, celebrating dancing traditions around Europe and modern dance.
- St. Nicholas Folk Festival (Mikołajki Folkowe) - one of the largest folk festivals of its kind in the country, the St. Nicholas Folk Festival is an annual tradition, held normally in mid-December.
Parkland next to the Old Town.
- People's Park (Park Ludowy), (Located near the Targi Lublin exhibition center). One of Lublin's most famous parks, People's Park sits in the city center, nestled next to the Bystrzyca river. The park is lined with numerous fields, forests, and bicycle lanes.
- Saxon Garden (Ogród Saski), (Bordering Aleje Racławickie). The oldest park in Lublin, Saxon Garden surrounds the University of Medicine, and is a popular place for students to relax.
- UMCS Botanic Garden (Ogród Botaniczny UMCS), ul. Sławinkowska 3 (near the road to Warsaw and the Skansen Museum; bus routes 5, 18 or 20), ☎ +48 81 537 55 40 ([email protected]), . April and September: Mon-Fri, 09:00-18:00; Sat-Sun, 10:00-18:00. May and August: Mon-Fri, 09:00-19:00; Sat-Sun, 10:00-19:00. June and July: Mon-Fri, 09:00-20:00; Sat-Sun, 10:00-20:00. October-March: Mon-Fri, 09:00-17:00; Sat-Sun, 10:00-17:00. The botanical gardens of Marie Curie-Skłodowska University hosts an impressive collection of plant life from around the world. 6zł / students, children: 3 zł.
- Zemborzycki Lagoon (Zalew Zemborzycki), (Six km south of the city center by ul. Nałkowskich or ul. Janowska.), ☎ +48 81 466 51 70 ([email protected]), . An artificial lagoon just outside of city limits, Zemborzycki is popular for boaters, waterskiiers, and canoers, as well as for lakeside camping. The lagoon also has its share of waterside condominiums, restaurants, and marinas.
- Arena Lublin, ul. Stadionowa 1. A 15,500-seat football stadium near People's Park (Park Ludowy) and the central train station, home to Lublin's two professional football clubs, Motor Lublin and KS Lublinianka.
- Hala Globus, ul. Kazimierza Wielkiego 8, ☎ +48 81 466 51 53, . A large multi-purpose sports hall.
- Klub Tornado, ☎ +48 50 348 37 11 ([email protected]), . Mon-Sun, 08:00-20:00. A full-fledged, urban combat-like paintball ground.
- Ośrodek Sportowy-Rekreacyjny RELAND, ul. Żeglarska 5A (From city center by bus take no. 40 or the special summer lines ''Marina'' or ''Dabrova''), ☎ +48 81 745 63 43 ([email protected]), . Water skiing adventures on Zemborzycki Lagoon. Mon.-Fri. 38 zł/hour; Weekends 45 zł/hour.
Lublin is a well-known mecca in Poland for higher learning, with university students comprising nearly a third of the entire population. Individuals interested in studying in Lublin have several universities to choose from, with several core disciplines offered in English. Most of the universities will also offer Polish language lessons for non-native students wishing to integrate.
- Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (UMCS) (Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej), Maria Curie-Skłodowska Sq. 5 (Bus 13 or trolleybus 150 from the railway station, buses 10, 18, 31, 57 from the main bus station), ☎ +48 81 537 54 10, . 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.
- John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (KUL) (Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II), al. Racławickie 14 (near Saxon Garden and UMCS, bus 13 or trolleybus 150 from the railway station, buses 10, 18, 31, 57 from the main bus station), . Faculties: theology, philosophy, law, canon law and administration, humanities, social science, mathematics and natural sciences.
- Medical University of Lublin (UM) (Uniwersytet Medyczny), al. Racławickie 1 (near Saxon Garden, bus 13 or trolleybus 150 from the railway station, buses 10, 18, 31, 57 from the main bus station), ☎ +48 81 53 200 61, .
- Agricultural University of Lublin (UP) (Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy), ul. Akademicka 13 (southern part of the university campus, bus 11 from the main bus station), ☎ +48 81 445 66 77 ([email protected]), . faculties: agriculture, horticulture, veterinary medicine, biology and animal breeding, production engineering, food sciences and biotechnology.
- Lublin University of Technology (Politechnika Lubelska), ul. Nadbystrzycka 38d (on the bank of Bystrzyca River, bus 39 from Main Bus Station), ☎ +48 81 53 84 719 ([email protected]), . faculties: civil and sanitary engineering, electrical engineering and computer science, environmental engineering, management and fundamentals of technology, mechanical engineering.
As the provincial capital and a major tourist destination in the province, Lublin has a plethora of shopping malls and opportunities to get gifts. The Old Town offers plenty of small shops with souvenirs, while boutiques with clothes, shoes and souvenirs are situated in the city center near ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście. Larger shopping malls are normally located within or just outside the city center.
- Galeria Olimp, al. Spółdzielczości Pracy 32-36b (Take buses 17, 18 and 31 from city center.), ☎ +48 81 740 47 40 ([email protected]), . Mon-Sat, 10:00-21:00; Sun, 10:00-20:00. A large shopping mall with nearly 130 stores, inlucing clothes, electronics, dining and bars.
- Lublin Plaza, ul. Lipowa 13 (Take bus lines 3, 8, 20, 21, 32, 40, 44, 74, 51, 150, 151, 153, 155, 158.), ☎ +48 81 536 22 03 ([email protected], fax: +48 81 536 22 04), . Mon-Sun, 09:00-21:00; Sun. A large shopping mall and cinema complex located west of the city center.
- Galeria Lubelska, al. Witosa 6 (Take buses 14 and 55), ☎ +48 81 710 37 17, . Mon-Sat, 09:00-20:00; Sun, 10:00-20:00. A basic shopping mall in the southeast of the city, with a large Carrefour supermarket.
- Galeria Orkana, ul. Władysława Orkana 6 (buses from city center - 10, 57), ☎ +48 81 463 27 73 ([email protected], fax: +48 81 527 82 08), . A large and modern mall located on the city's southwestern border, situated next to Tesco and OBI.
Ulice Grodzka is home to many bars and restaurants in the Old Town.
Thanks to students and visitors alike, one of Lublin's great strengths is its vast number of restaurants and pubs. There are plenty of places to eat at every turn. In particular, ul. Grodzka in the Old Town is a popular street with many dining establishments, though there are many places outside of the immediate center that are worth a try.
- Kaprys Bar Mleczny, ul. Lwowska 6. Hours: Mon-Fri, 10:00-18:00; Sat, 11:00-16:00; Sun, 11:00-14:00. An old-style "milk bar" popular from Poland's communist days and popular with locals, this eatery serves basic Polish staples at very reasonable prices. 4-15zł.
- Ostro Bistro, ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 25, ☎ +48 604 327 852, . Hours: Mon-Fri, 10:00-18:00; Sat, 11:00-16:00; Sun, 11:00-14:00. A small eatery popular amongst students, Ostro Bistro prepares a wide selection of breakfasts and pizzas, as well as having a good selection of hard liquors and beers. 5-15zł.
- Trybunalska, ul. Rynek 4, ☎ +48 81 532 40 65 ([email protected]), . Mon-Thr, 07:30-01:00; Fri-Sat, 07:30-02:30; Sun, 07:30-00:00. A hybrid bar, cafe, bakery, and restaurant open usually late into the wee hours, the Trybunalska is located in the heart of the Old Town, only steps from the historic Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth's Crown Tribunal building. The restaurant additionally offers hotel rooms for visitors. 6-48zł.
- Sielsko Anielsko, ul. Rynek 17, ☎ +48 81 532 36 17 ([email protected]), . Sun-Thr, 09:00-23:00; Fri-Sat, 09:00-00:00; Sun, 11:00-14:00. With an interior like a 19th century Lublin peasant home and situated in the heart of the Old Town, the Sielsko Anielsko serves traditional Lublin and Polish cuisine. 8-30zł.
- Czerwony Październik, ul. Jasna 7, ☎ +48 81 451 12 22 ([email protected]), . Mon-Thr, 10:00-23:00; Fri-Sat, 10:00-00:00; Sun, 14:00-22:00. Filled with Soviet kitsch and homages to the Red October, this restaurant serves pizza, salads and drinks. 14-30zł.
- Biesy, ul. Rynek 18, ☎ +48 81 532 16 48 ([email protected]), . Mon-Thr, 10:00-23:00; Fri-Sat, 10:00-00:00; Sun, 14:00-22:00. Located in a historic cellar below the Old Town's main square dating to the 16th century, the Biesy offers Polish and Central European meals. 8-30zł.
- Mandragora, ul. Rynek 9, ☎ +48 81 536 20 20 ([email protected]), . Sun-Thr, 12:00-22:00; Fri-Sat, 12:00-00:00. Traditional central European Jewish cuisine in the heart of the Old Town. 9-49zł.
- Česká Pivnica, ul. Grodzka 28, ☎ +48 81 534 30 56 ([email protected]), . A Czech-themed pub offering Czech, Slovak and Polish specialities, as well as pizza. 6-25zł.
- Grodzka 15, ul. Grodzka 15, ☎ +48 81 534 55 15 ([email protected]), . Taking its name off its street address, the Grodzka 15 is a popular brewpub in the Old Town, serving regional Lublin cuisine, Polish, American, and Italian food. 10-54zł.
- Kardamon, ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 41, ☎ +48 81 448 02 57 ([email protected]), . Mon-Fri, 12:00-23:00; Sat, 12:00-23:00; Sun, 12:00-22:00. Located just outside the Old Town, Kardoman offers regional, national and European cuisine. 10-60zł.
- The Black Sheep (Czarna Owca), ul. Narutowicza 9, ☎ +48 81 532 41 30 ([email protected]), . Sun-Tue, 12:00-00:00; Wednesday-Sat, 12:00-05:00. Fashioned after British pub, the Black Sheep is located just west of the Old Town, offering Polish and Italian cuisine, along with a standard alcohol selection. 8-50zł.
- Ulice Miasta, Plac Łokietka 3, ☎ +48 81 534 05 92 ([email protected]), . One of Lublin's more well-known establishments, offering southern and central European cuisine. 7-65zł.
- Insomnia, ul. Marii Curie Skłodowskiej 12, ☎ +48 81 532 16 48 ([email protected]), . Mon-Sun, 11:30-22:30. Fine Italian dining located not far from the Lublin Plaza shopping mall. 8-69zł.
- Czarcia Łapa, ul. Rynek 19, ☎ +48 81 532 82 00 ([email protected]), . Sun=Thu, 12:00-22:00; Fri-Sat, 12:00-02:00. Tasteful and refined experimental Italian-Polish fusion cusine with an excellent wine selection. 15-90zł.
As a large student city, there is never a shortage of caffeinated and alcoholic drinks in Lublin. The city is home to Perła, an award-winning beer well-known in the city and throughout Lublin Voivodeship, and can be readily found in restaurants, bars, and markets. Many drinking establishments are located in the Old Town, especially around ul. Grodzka, ul. Królewska, and ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście.
- Petit Café, ul. Rynek 5, ☎ +48 72 462 65 45, . Mon-Thr, 08:00-22:00; Fri-Sat, 10:00-00:00; Sun, 10:00-22:00. A small and cozy French-style cafe in the heart of the Old Town.
- Akwarela Cafe, ul. Rynek 6, ☎ +48 81 534 64 09 ([email protected]), . Mon-Sun, 10:00-22:00. A cafe with a large selection of coffees to choose from, as well as cakes and cocktails.
- Między Słowami, ul. Rybna 4/5, ☎ +48 50 821 70 14 ([email protected]), . Mon-Sun, 12:00-22:00. A cozy cafe complete with a large library of reading to select from while sipping on a cappucino.
The Crown Tribunal building in old Lublin's main square is a focal point for many outdoor eating and drinking activities.
- U Szweca, ul. Grodzka 18, ☎ +48 81 532 82 84 ([email protected]), . Mon-Thu, 09:30-01:00; Fri-Sat, 09:30-02:30; Sun, 09:30-00:00. A popular Irish bar on ul. Grodzka, with a good selection of European beers, cocktails, and hard liquors. The venue also offers an assortment of American, Polish, and Italian food.
- CaxMafe, ul. Staszica 1, ☎ +48 69 602 08 53 ([email protected]), . Mon-Thu, 15:00-00:00; Fri, 15:00-03:00; Sat, 16:00-03:00; Sun, 15:00-00:00. A bar and club just off from ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście, popular among students.
- Hostel Lublin, ul. Lubartowska 60 (in the oldest district of Lublin, Czwartek), ☎ +48 792 888 632 ([email protected]), . A hostel offering shared and private rooms in the heart of the Old Town. 40-90zł.
- Cent Hostel Lublin, ul. Ewangelicka 6, ☎ +48 665 777 030 ([email protected]), . The Cent Hostel is located just south of the Old Town near the University of Medicine. 45zł.
- Lolek Hostel Lublin, ul. Bernardyńska 9, ☎ +48 505 912 558 ([email protected]), . Located in a 19th century tenement house adjacent to the Old Town, the Lolek offers shared and private hostel accomodation. 40-100zł.
- Hostel Królewska, ul. Królewska 6, ☎ +48 885 383 885 ([email protected]), . The Hostel Królewska is situated next to the Old Town's main focal points, offering group or single rooms. 40-179zł.
- Hostel Orla, ul. Orla 6, ☎ +48 883 993 999 ([email protected]), . A modern and comfortable hostel located just outside of the Old Town. 40-160zł.
- Folk Hostel, ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 23, ☎ +48 887 223 887 ([email protected]), . Shared, single, and apartment-style hostel accomdation located on Krakowskie Przedmieście, Lublin's most famous street. 40-259zł.
- Bramma Cafe, ul. Grodzka 23 (in the oldest district of Lublin, Czwartek), ☎ +48 502 66 40 36 ([email protected]), . Located next to Lublin Castle, this charming location offers an apartment split into two rooms, close to all of the Old Town's action. 60-180zł.
- Hotel Bellis, al. Dębówka 28B (Near aleja Warszawska northwest of the city center.), ☎ +48 81 742 61 06 ([email protected]), . A budget hotel located in the suburb of Kolonia Debowka 100-170zł.
- Hotel Lwów, ul. Bronowicka 2, ☎ +48 81 745 57 09, . A three-star establishment, with the added bonus of doubling as a microbrewery. 170-350zł.
- Rezydencja Waksman, ul. Grodzka 19, ☎ +48 81 532 54 54 ([email protected], fax: +48 81 534 75 53), . A small, pleasant hotel in the Old Town, appearing out of the turn of the 20th century. 210-330zł.
- Hotel Focus, al. Kraśnicka 80, ☎ +48 81 527 00 44 ([email protected], fax: +48 81 527 00 46), . A three-star location in a relative quiet corner of the city. 150-330zł.
- Hotel Korona, Zemborzyce Tereszyńskie 97A (Next to national highway DK19.), ☎ +48 81 503 20 02 ([email protected], fax: +48 81-503 20 03), . A cozy four-star hotel and spa resort, located outside of the city. 240-780zł.
- Hotel Europa, ul. Krakowskie Przemieście 29 (Next to plac Litewski.), ☎ +48 81 535 03 03 ([email protected], fax: +48 82 535 03 04), . A comfortable four-star establishment on well-known Krakowskie Przemieście. 250-1150zł.
- IBB Grand Hotel Lublinianka, ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie 56, ☎ +48 81 44 66 100 ([email protected], fax: +48 (0/81) 44 66 200), . 260-710zł.
Tenement houses in Lublin's historic core.
Tourist information centers in the city provide all the latest information on sightseeing, cultural and recreational activities in both the city and the surrounding region. To contact the Tourist Information Center, [email protected] or +48 81 532 44 12. There are three tourist offices in the city center:
- Old Town: ul. Jezuicka. 1/3, near the Kraków Gate, 10 minutes from the main bus station and 30 minutes (by bus: 1 ) from the main rail station. Sat, 09:00-18:00; Sun, 10:00-16:00. (Oct-Apr: 09:00-17:00; Saturdays, 10:00-15:00)
- Old Town: ul. Rynek 8 (Old Town Square), 8 minutes from Bus Station and 30 minutes (by bus: 1 ) from the railway station;
- City Center: ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście, the main street of the city, near KFC restaurant, 30 minutes (by trolleybus: 150 ) from the railway station or 30 minutes (by bus: 10 , 18 , 57 ) from the main bus station.
Internet wifi hotspots are located throughout the city, whether it be in restaurants, bars, cafes, or other businesses. Most wifi hotspots are advertised at the entrance of businesses.
Help for foreigners
Several nations maintain a small diplomatic presence in Lublin to assist travelers in need.
- Brazil, Plac Marii Curie Sklodowskiej 4A, pok. 436, ☎ +48 60 537 09 82 ([email protected]).
- France, ul. Zana 19, ☎ +48 81 446 31 01 ([email protected], fax: +48 81 528 05 01). Tue, Fri, 09:30-14:30.
- Germany, ul. Rynek 7, ☎ +48 81 743 65 43 ([email protected], fax: +48 81 743 73 26). Mon, 12:00-14:00.
- Ukraine, ul. Kunickiego 24, ☎ +48 81 531 88 89 (, [email protected], fax: +48 81 531 88 88), . Mon-Fri, 08:00-16:00.
- United Kingdom, ul. Beskidzka 9, ☎ +48 81 742 01 01 ([email protected], fax: +48 81 742 91 30). Mon-Fri, 09:00-15:00.
Lublin is generally considered a very safe city, both at day and at night, with police patrols frequent throughout the Old Town and in the city's student areas. Violent crime is quite rare in the city and elsewhere in Poland, however some racially motivated violence has been in the news during recent years. Car theft has been an issue in the past, though common sense precautions can be easily taken. If an emergency should materialize, visitors can call the all-purpose emergency number 112 on their phone. For a better specification of the kind of emergency service being requested, people can dial 999 for an ambulance, 998 for a fire emergency, and 997 for the police.
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