City of Inspiration
Lublin is the capital of the Lublin Voivodeship and the region’s largest city with a thriving academic and cultural scene. The city is very popular with tourists due to its fascinating history, vibrant architecture, museums, culture and entertainment.
Lublin’s charming historical Old Town is one of Poland’s national monuments and is located south of the castle. It is quite small in comparison to the Old Towns in other cities but lack of size is compensated by its wonderful collection of Renaissance and baroque townhouses, cobbled, narrow streets and traditional, unspoilt design.
Around 35% of the population of Lublin are students; which has resulted in the city having a lively music, social and nightlife scene. The Old Town and immediate areas are packed full of restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs.
The city also has many theatres and museums and a professional orchestra, the Lublin Philharmonic. 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.
The Old Town fortunately emerged largely unscathed from World War II and around 70% of its buildings are original, unfortunately the rest of the city was not so lucky. The Old Town has been revived with a flourish over the past 20 years and has managed to remain true to its original character.
Lublin is an important part of Poland’s Jewish heritage and for centuries, it was a leading centre of Jewish scholarship. This all came to a brutal end during WWII, particularly at Majdanek, the concentration camp within Lublin's borders.
Majdanek was a Nazi concentration and extermination camp operated by the Schutzstaffel (SS) during the German occupation of Poland in World War II from 1st October 1941 until 22nd July 22 1944 and was used to kill people on an industrial scale. The 270 hectare camp was one of the largest of the Nazi run death camps with seven gas chambers, two wooden gallows and 227 structures. Unlike other camps, Majdanek was captured nearly intact due to the rapid advance of the Soviet Army; which did not allow the SS sufficient time to destroy the infrastructure and evidence of war crimes.
The Lublin 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.
Other popular places to visit in the province include: Zamość with its unique Old Town architecture, the Lublin Renaissance Route, the Museum of Southern Podlasie, Chełm Chalk Tunnels and the Zamoyski Museum in Kozłówka.