9 places you should see in the Lubelskie region
The Lubelskie region is becoming more and more popular among weekend trip destinations. The artistic Kazimierz Dolny, the renaissance Zamość, the Roztocze National Park with beautiful landscapes, the castle in Janowiec and Nałęczów with the famous health spa are just the beginning of the attractions waiting for tourist who might want to come to Lubelszczyzna.
Are you planning a vacation in the Lubelskie region? Let us introduce you to 9 biggest attractions fo this magnificent region.
Lublin, the capital city of the Lubelskie region,. Is the largest Polish city at the eastern side of the Vistula river. The icon and the most important monument of the city is the Lublin castle. Its most precious elements are the 13th century dungeon (tower) and the early-14th century Holy Trinity Chapel.
While being in Lublin, you should definitely walk around the Old Town and check out the Main Market Square – the surrounding streets are full of picturesque stonehouses. If you want to see the incredible panorama of the city, you should go to the Trinitarian Tower, from which you can admire the marvelous view at the the entire Lublin.
The town of Kazimierz Dolny upon Vistula is a popular destination of weekend trips. This town is especially charming thanks to old stonehouses, romantic corners, wonderful observation points and the artistic atmosphere. One of the most recognizable and irresistable places in Kazimierz is the small, renaissance market square, which is surrounded from three sides by charming stonehouses.
In the heart of the market square there is a well with a black, wooden roof – many consider this to be the best place to take a commemorative photo. Another important place at the map of the city’s attractions are the castlre ruins, the Three Cross Mountain and the loess gorges, including the most popular gorge of all – Korzeniowy Dół.
This is a Polish city, which was made part of the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1992 thanks to its unique and incredibly gorgeous Old Town. This ancient, renaissance-styled area was designed at the star plan, which is why Zamość is sometimes called the „Northern Padwa”.
The symbol of the city of a monumental town hall with a 52-meter clocktower. Around the market square, beautifully colorful stonhouses are situated. Fans of sightseeing should see the 16th century cathedral of Zamość, the synagogue and the Zamość rotunda.
This is one of the most well-known health spas in Poland. The time of its greatness was in the second half of the 19th century, when it was visited by many famous artists, including Stefan Żeromski and Bolesław Prus.
Thanks to the local microclimate, which is propitious for lowering the blood pressure, Nałęczów is the place where several diseases are cured, such as hypertension and coronary artery disease.
People who come here to rest should visit the extensive Health Park, where they can see the pictueresque pond and the historical buildings of the Małachowski Palace, Stare Łazienki and the Gothic House.
5.The Roztocze National Park
This national park has more forest area than any other national park in Poland. Its borders contain the most precious areas of Roztocze. In this park you can find tourist trails, educational routes and landscape routes. The symbol of the park is the Polish horse – since 1982 there is a Polish horse farm at the area of the park. The „capital” of the Roztocze National Park is considered to be the town of Zwierzyniec. It is mostly famous for the gorgeous church of St. Jan Nepomucen located in the middle of the lake – the so-called „Island Church”.
6.The Janowiec Castle
The ruins of the 16th century castle in Janowiec are towering at the steep slope upon the Vuistula river, in front of Kazimierz Dolny (you can get there by ferry). The castle was built as a defensive fortification by the great crown hetman Mikołaj Firlej, who represented one of the mightiest magnate families in the history of the Polish Republic. Over the years, the fortress, which was destroyed and rebuilt many times, has lost its defensive character and became a residence. Currently the castle is functioning as a division of the Nadwiślańskie Museum.
The castle in Janowiec is associated with the legend of the Black Lady, which is supposed to appear in the ruins during the full moon. According to local stories, it is the ghost of the daughter oif the former owners of the castle (Helena Lubomirska), who fell in love with a poor fisherman. But her parents forbid Helen to see her loved one and locked her up ni the castle tower. The despaired girl, who wasn’t able to say no to her love. Decided ot take her life away by jumping of the tower.
Chełm, located a the eastern end of Poland, is famous of… chalk. In fact, the whole town has a chalk subsoil, which is why you cannot find any high buildings here. For centuries, the white treasure was collected by most of the citizens, who were digging tunnels… in theiur own basements.
The biggest attraction of Chełm is the Chalk Underground – a monumental mine, which is a unique remaining of chalk mining in Europe. The underground maze – with a multilevel complex of corridors and chambers – is dozens of kilometers long. But tourists canonly see a small fragment fo the route (approx. 2 kilometers) which leads under the centre of the Old Town.
8.The Zamoyski Palace in Kozłówka
Kozłówka, a calm village in the northern part the lubelskie region, is famous for the Palace-Park Complex of the Zamoyski family. This incredible building, surrounded by an extensive garden, was created in the 18th century, based upon the design of an Italian architect, Józef II Fontan.
The time of greatness of the Palace was in the years of Konstanty Zamoyski, who wanted to rebuilt the residence and make it one of the most representative magnate headquarters. The interior of the palace can still be seen today in a perfect state (they preserved the authentic interior from the late 19th and early 20th century), which makes it a sensation in the scale of the entire Europe. Since 2007, the Kozłówka Palace-Park Complex is included in the list of „Poland’s Historical Monuments.”
Krasnobród is often called „the heart of Roztocze”. It is a well-known recreational center and heallth spa. Tourists especially like the local lagoon, with an attractive city beach, extending to the west from the city center.
Krasnobród is also a town with architecture monuments and tourists trails. You should especially visit the church of the Haunting of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Dominican monastery complex from the 17th century and the Leszczyński Palace. In the winter, the main attraction is the 500-meter long ski lift at the Chełmowa Mountain.