Lublin – Eastern Poland

The name Lublin in eastern Poland was first recorded in 1224 with archaeological research proving that the most ancient traces of Lublin date back to 10,000 B.C.


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Where is Lublin?



The beginning of the earliest settlement here in the form of hamlets and pre-fortified structures dates from the 6th-7th century.

The history is amazing and gorgeous architecture surrounds you on many walks. You can’t but help stumble upon amazing buildings whilst you explore this city.


Lublin has something for every traveller, whether discerning or backpacking, this is a beautiful city full of great sites and lovely locals

Walking around and absorbing the ancient architecture is a pleasure.

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Old Town Stroll

As is stopping for a coffee, a fresh hot chocolate waffle, or some local delicious cuisine at one of the many restaurants. A warming glass of Grzaniec Galicyjski (Polish hot mulled wine) is a must on a cold winter’s jaunt!

Old Town

Thankfully, the Medieval Old Town of Lublin wasn’t flattened and rebuilt following WWII as was Warsaw’s Old Town.

The ancient Krakowska Gate guards the entrance to the magical ancient Old Town.

It’s gorgeous strolling along the 13th Century cobbles surrounded by beautiful architecture that’s withstood the test of time and wars, it’s just amazing to experience. And spent several days walking around the alleyways taking photos.

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Old Town

Many ornamented tenement buildings adorn the square including a prominent Renaissance building that captivates any visitor.

Lublin Castle and Museum

On a Thursday in March, entry to the castle is free. However, you still pay 10PLN for entry to the Holy Trinity Chapel and Tower (Donjon) – usually 20PLN entry on other days.

The Chapel is closed on a Monday.

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Krakowska Gate

It’s well worth exploring this castle as there’s an abundance of information and authentic 15th Century artwork in the Museum, which was established in 1906.

Since then, the museum has included a rich and impressive collection of art representing national and European heritage.

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Lublin Castle and Museum

The earliest building in the castle dates back to the 13th Century.

Holy Trinity Chapel

An impressive part of the castle is the Holy Trinity Chapel, which is one of the few remaining well-preserved monuments of Russian Byzantine-Ruthenian polychromes from the early 15th Century.

After 1820 the chapel served as a prison chapel sharing the fate of the castle.

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Holy Trinity Chapel – uncovered Byzantine Frescos (c. 1418)

The inside walls are adorned with Frescos depicting religious donor scenes which were plastered over in the 1820’s, then re-discovered in 1899.

The walls were plastered and covered with lime between 1917 and 1923. Restoration occurred between 1954-1959 and commenced again in 1976, and is an ongoing process.

The paintings are stunning and some are quite unusual – demonic – to see in a chapel.

If you are anything like me and like to read most of the information on offer in a museum, then allow about 4-5 hours for the castle before the information starts to swim around in your head, you start to zone out, and you need a strong coffee.

Day trip to the Majdanek State Museum

Closed Mondays – some buildings are also closed during the winter months.

Getting to Majdanek

Take the number 23 bus or the 156 trolley bus (2.8PLN) from the city and get off at the Majdanek stop.

The stone Monument to Struggle and Martyrdom is visible from afar including from the bus stop, so you won’t get lost.


As the oldest museum (1944) created on the grounds of the former Nazi Concentration Camp in Europe, Majdanek has been re-modelled several times since. The barracks, fences, bunker including the gas chamber, crematorium, and lookout posts are still original.

Loads of black crows are dispersed across the grounds, which makes the museum grounds even more ominous – especially, as I haven’t seen any black grows, just the usual Polish Pigeons in Lublin, until today.

The museum is a testament to the martyrdom of the people murdered in this camp.

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Majdanek Watchtowers

Even after 70 years, this area still resonates with the horrors it witnessed.

I still can’t believe that back then although the local population knew what was occurring at the Majdanek camp – locals could hear screams, guns shots, machine gun fire, and smell/see the crematorium smoke – few attempted to help these wretched souls from their heinous fate.

Today, the surrounding city has almost encroached on the perimeter of the camp’s fences. I’m not sure that I’d like to live next to a former extermination camp, even today. This sometimes takes away from the experience as there is also a busy road running alongside the grounds, with the usual noise emitted from a main road.

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Fence enclosure

As you enter the Gas chamber, the chemical smell of Zyklon B still permeates the cold concrete walls and empty canisters are piled high in one room – these are not all the canisters by any means but prove to cement what occurred.

The Crematorium building houses 12 furnaces and although glassed off visitors cannot touch anything. The smell is still pungent. Evidence of ash still remains in the open furnaces.

The whole experience is very sobering and confronting.

The 5-kilometre (round-trip) walk from the Visitor Centre is well-signed with enough information, history, original photos, and survivor’s testaments about each site along the way to keep you busy for the whole day.

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Monument to Struggle and Martyrdom

Painful tour group

We couldn’t have picked a better time to visit as there are 2 tour buses with Israeli students accompanied by 12 civilian-clothed security guards also visiting.

The students fly large Israeli flags whilst walking through the grounds and wrap themselves up in flags whilst singing at several sites.

This makes it difficult to experience some of the barracks in quietness as the guards are on edge checking our movements constantly, and falling behind the groups to keep an eye on us – we are the only other visitors.

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If this isn’t enough, one of the security guards approached us and asked several questions, such as, where are we from then requested us not to take photos of the security guards or the group. This annoys me as he doesn’t work for the museum nor does he have any right to question us – there are no signs anywhere stating photographs are prohibited.

Perhaps if the groups act as typical tour groups then we wouldn’t have noticed anything unusual. Why make yourself an obvious target?

Getting there

In March 2015, catching the flash train – although in the 2nd class carriage – from ‪‎Warsaw to Lublin only took around 2.5 hours while you travelled through flat scenery.

Always relaxing when travelling on European trains as they are quiet, in good condition, and warm, which is especially important during winter.

Where to sleep in Lublin

It’s not difficult to find great accommodation in Poland and Lublin proves just as good.

Apartamenty Królewska

On ul. Królewska 6, 20-109, this apartment is around a 2-kilometre taxi ride (20PLN), which is owned by the Królewska Hostel and down the road a little.

Gorgeous 13-foot high ceilings and original parquetry floors in a beautiful space await your arrival.

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Overlooking Renaissance architecture – apartment view

A former Jewish doctor’s residence from the turn of the 20th century, this building has been chopped up into one-bedroom apartments and is right across the road to amazing Renaissance churches.

The apartment is about a 5-minute walk to the Old Town’s entrance gate, so everything is very central.


Have I mentioned that I love the delicious and hearty Polish food?

Grycan Parlour

Along Lipowa 13, this parlour is a favourite haunt for great coffee, service, and devilish ice-cream desserts.

When specials are on it’s even more tempting – seems like we can’t walk past this place without popping in for something.

Although you can buy Grycan ice cream in local supermarkets, the 500 grams is not much cheaper than buying it at one of the sit-down Grycan parlours.

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Old Town street art

The large pot of tea is great value and all hot drinks come with a delicious morsel biscuit on the side.

Alma Supermarket

This supermarket is in a new mall behind the Lublin Castle and offers everything you could need at reasonable prices. This is a grocery haunt as we cook all of our meals and eat breakfast at the apartment to keep the daily budget down.

The mall is pretty swish and you can spend many hours and much money wandering around the upmarket stores.

Lublin to Zamość

In March 2015, the 2-hour train journey from the main train station in Lublin to Zamość is supposed to be on a very new modern train.

I’m hoping the train is on time but also looking forward to some quiet writing time.

Visit Nilla’s Photography for more images. More posts on Poland at Image Earth Travel.

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20 responses to “Lublin – Eastern Poland”

  1. Abirbhav Avatar

    Your posts about Poland are equally brilliant..!! Now I am confused where to travel to: Italy or Poland? Where would you suggest? 😉

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Thank you for the great feedback! I wrote these posts when I was first started out with WP. Then had to change my WP theme as it was retired last year and no longer supported but in changing themes, this mucked up a lot of the formatting. I haven’t gone back to re-format old posts yet as too busy writing new ones.

      That’s a hard choice and depending on how much time you have, I would try to see both! 😉
      The 6 weeks in Poland wasn’t enough time but then again, I like to travel slowly and independently.

      1. Abirbhav Avatar

        Well, I need to quit my job to be able to go for a 6 week haul, or get lucky to be posted there.. 🙂
        You are right though.. 6 weeks aren’t enough.. and you have so diplomatically answered the question that I have to figure out the choices myself .. 😂

      2. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Maybe work on getting a posting there… 😉

        I loved Poland and it’s a very easy country to travel in as everything runs smoothly. If you’re in this region, then check out The Baltic States as these countries offer not-so-traversed experiences. Poland offers loads of history good and bad (the concentration camps are confronting) and of course, the food is delicious although can be heavy due to the country’s climate.

        On the other hand, it really depends on where in Italy you’re travelling. For example, the north runs smoother and is more geared to tourists than the south (excluding Sicily), but also more expensive. The southern part of Italy offers a more traditional experience, especially in the tiny rustic villages. The history is abundant as you’ve already experienced and it feels as though almost every town has a castle of some sort, whether intact or decrepit. Of course, the food (your favourite subject ;-)) is wonderful!

        Hope that helps a little better.

      3. Abirbhav Avatar

        Noted Madam.. 😊
        That does help.. Immensely..
        Thank you for aptly summing up the features of Poland and Italy (North and South) in a lucid manner.. 😊

      4. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        I’m happy to help. 🙂

      5. Abirbhav Avatar

        (still wishing that I see your feedback on the Russian post.. 🙏)

      6. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Left you another comment and hope this one goes through this time – great post on Russia! 🙂

      7. Abirbhav Avatar

        Well, I guess it didn’t reach me this time as well.. 🙁
        You can copy / paste it over here if you want.. 🙂
        Glad to get a “vote of confidence” from an expert traveler.. Feeling ecstatic.. 😊😊

      8. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Seriously? The issue is that it was a long comment and I can’t see it now as I clicked the Submit button. Maybe get WP to help you first, then when your site is fixed, I’ll try and leave you another comment.
        Ha, ha, you seem to do a lot of travelling yourself, don’t sell yourself short. 😉

      9. Abirbhav Avatar

        I will try to get WP to help us out.. 🙂
        And thank you for your encouragement – means a lot.. ☺️

      10. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Let me know when it’s fixed. 🙂

      11. Abirbhav Avatar

        That’s the first thing I will do post the resolution of this issue, don’t worry.. 😊

  2. Logan Avatar

    Lublin is pretty however wast of Poland has also other cities worth visiting. My personal favorite is the capital-Warsaw. I have so many crazy party memories from this city! It is really the first thing that come up to your mind when thinking about Poland, is it? The best place to taste some of the polish nightlife is definitely New Orleans Club. Atmosphere there is just awesome and girls are gorgeous.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Ha, ha, it sounds like you found some wild nightlife in Poland – I’ll have to visit again!
      If you check out my Wrocław post, you’ll see the travel route for 44 amazing days. 😉
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving me your thoughts – enjoyed the read.

  3. beataaleksiejuk Avatar

    Lublin is no really big city but really nice. I remmeber when I was there when I was really young. I really liked white castle

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Agree, the white Castle is gorgeous. Not a big city and it’s off the beaten track, so I liked exploring there…
      I’ve just updated the images in this post to make them larger and easier to see.

      1. beataaleksiejuk Avatar

        I remember that I took picture with that castle 😀 But I don’t have idea where I have it 😀

      2. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        You’ll have to write posts on Poland and include your photos. I’d love to read your post and see your photos.

      3. beataaleksiejuk Avatar

        I will do it also 🙂

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