Lublin Journals

Unexplored, understated, traditional Poland

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An April 2013 trip to Lublin by marif

Lublins Old Town Hall Photo, Lublin, Poland More Photos
Quote: Off-the-beaten track, the eastern edge of Poland is an unexplored terrain still in its infancy of economic progress. Do not envisage anything spectacular or grand; yet, the region is nonetheless worth a visit just to savour the memories, folklore and retained traditions that are here today but... perhaps gone tomorrow.
The baroque Kozlowka palace Photo, Lublin, Poland
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In addition to the picturesque towns of Pulawy and Kazimierz Dolny on the western periphery of the Lublin plateau and Chelm on its eastern extremity, the Lublin neighbourhood boasts a number of appealing locations of diminutive size that still embrace lots of characteristic historical buildings, some well-preserved and crammed with medieval features, others original and authentic, albeit in ruins. Not far from Pulawy is the hamlet of Golab (renowned for its unique Loreto Chapel) while fifteen miles east are Naleczow (renowned for its medicinal waters and spas) and Wojciechow (renowned for its Museum of Smithery). Alas, these three charming off-the-beaten-track locations cannot be reached by bus except...Read More
Kazimierz Landscape Park Photo, Lublin, Poland
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Using Lublin or Zamosc as a base to explore the Lublin plateau, one gets the chance to visit with ease a number of interesting picturesque towns and hamlets on day trips. Some remote locations require private transport since they are not linked directly to major towns by regular bus. Unless one does not have one’s own wheels, it is justifiably advisable to give these locations a miss since bus changing and waiting at stops or stations consume most of the time and obviously arriving late is tantamount to departing early. So concentrate only on towns that are reachable by direct bus in view of dedicating the day to sightseeing rather than to a lot of travelling.One such town that can be visi...Read More

Hotelik Arkadia

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Hotel | "Central, cheap and full of character"

Hotelik Arkadia Photo, Zamosc, Poland
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Zamosc is a small town and its historic centre (600 metres by 400 metres) is barely visible on a map of Poland. Yet, the town is graced with enough places of accommodation as to render supply more than demand, even in high season. Consequently, unless one is too choosy, it is rarely essential to book ahead or to establish beforehand the exact date of one’s visit. Arriving here without booking and finding a decent place is fairly easy, once one shortlists from home the hotels available and then uses a street map to track down their location.Hotels out of the historic quarter are often better equipped with present-day facilities than hotels in the Old Town, even if their star-rating is limit...Read More

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Hotelik Arkadia
Rynek Wielki 9
Zamosc, Eastern Poland 22-400

Magic at night, history at daytime

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The arcaded walkways in old Zamosc Photo, Zamosc, Poland
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A spectacular small town, quiet, peaceful and free from car pollution, Zamosc is reputedly Poland’s most carefully planned city. Its beauty emanates primarily from its perfectly designed grid of graceful streets and elegant walkways that are systematic, straight and properly arranged to the extent that the extreme end of any street in the historic centre becomes apparent and observable from its starting point. Interrupted by a central square that is great on both size and splendour (its Polish name Rynek Wielki is literally translated as ‘the great square’) and other smaller squares, the streets of the Old Town look like the stuff of a fairyland, too perfect, too faultless, too neat and orderly. Ideal...Read More

Dom na Podwalu

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Hotel | "A quirky place wrapped in character"

Dom na Podwalu Photo, Lublin, Poland
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Neither a hotel nor a formal guesthouse, Dom Na Podwalu is a secretive inexplicable spot that provides a bed (and more) in an atmosphere of utter peacefulness, seclusion and tranquillity. Don’t expect luxury or nonessential treats; neither should you expect any modern-day amenities or avant-garde contrivances. Such additions may be considered essential by today’s standards; yet, their presence in Dom Na Podwalu will unquestionably ruin the image and character of the place and render the residence a run-of-the-mill bed and breakfast, commonplace, unoriginal, with no quirks or unusual characteristics. Anticipate instead… lots of memorabilia, long corridors, high ceilings, hanging black-and-white p...Read More

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Dom na Podwalu
Podwale 15
Lublin
81 532 41 38

Lublin's Old Town Hall Photo, Lublin, Poland
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South of Warsaw and bordered by the Vistula River from the west side and Ukraine from the east side, Poland’s Lublin region is an utterly unspoilt and unexplored tract of virgin land mostly unchanged by time and unaffected by human activity. The Vistula is one of Europe’s widest rivers and its numerous web-like branches spread out into the region to form sandbanks of unadulterated natural beauty. Old river courses, parched and dry but still enshrouded with reedy vegetation provide footpaths along their crumbling embankments ideal for hiking. Several gorges, some deep, steep and fertile with overgrown grass, others rocky and alive with flowing water provide charming zones of natural beauty where the pr...Read More