Discover Kazimierz Dolny

Artist's Retreat

Kazimierz Dolny is a small historic town in east central Poland, on the eastern bank of the Vistula river in the Lublin Voivodeship.

It’s one of the most beautifully situated small towns in Poland and is a significant tourist attraction, particularly liked by artists and city residents who use the town for weekend getaways.

Kazimierz Dolny is one of Poland’s official national Historic Monuments and has made itself a name as an artist’s retreat. Many painters come to this small town to paint and sell their work and you’ll find galleries in almost all of the little lanes that radiate from the main square.

The main attraction in the town is the incredibly picturesque Main Town square with its old well in the middle. Kazimierz Dolny was a wealthy trading centre in the 16th and 17th centuries and prosperous traders built grand townhouses around the square. Look out for the impressive Celej Family Tenement, which houses the Kazimierz Dolny Museum. The square is a great place to wander around or to relax and chill out in one of the many cafes, restaurants and bars you’ll find there.

The most notable buildings in and around town are the Parish church of St. Bartholomew and John the Baptist, St. Anne church, Holy Spirit hospital, Church of St. Mary, and the castle ruins and defensive tower.

The 13th century castle ruins are worth a visit, they now house an interesting museum, which details the history of the castle and the town.

Around & About

Prior to WWII, the town was home to a large Jewish community who made up half of the population. You can see photos of pre-war Jewish life in the town within the renovated synagogue in the town square.

Kazimierz Dolny isn’t just about the town and its architecture, on the edge of town is Korzeniowy Dol Gorge, a terrific chunk of green space complete with walking trails.

If you’re feeling energetic, then the short climb from the town centre to the Hill of Crosses is recommended, the view of the town and Wisła is incredible. The three crosses are a memorial to the victims of a cholera epidemic in 1708.

The only negative thing to say about Kazimierz Dolny is its popularity. During weekends between April and October, traffic coming into the town can back up several kilometres.

The region has two National Parks, Polesie National Park and Roztocze National Park in addition to 17 Landscape Parks. It also has a number of historical sites including the UNESCO-listed Old Town in Zamość.

The city of Lublin is definitely worthy of a day trip, it has a thriving cultural and academic scene, a small but quaint Old Town and an impressive collection of Renaissance and baroque townhouses. There are plenty of sites to explore such as Lublin Castle, the Donjon Castle Tower, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Lublin, the Trinity Tower, and the Lublin Underground Trail.

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