Poland: Wandering in laid back Llublin

Llublin, Poland

I’ve been through Warsaw by train and dreamed of visiting the Christmas markets in Kracow but I think it will be difficult to beat my experience in a small out-of-the-way city in Poland called Llublin.

East of the Vistula River and with a population of around 350,000 Llublin has history, beautiful architecture and genuine Polish charm. I was there to attend a midsummer wedding and had my vodka glasses firmly on but it is always a treat to escape the tourists in Europe and find an unheralded gem.

Entering the Old Town through the remains of 14th century fortifications – the Cracow Gate – you are immediately drawn into a network of medieval streets and piazzas, with quiet lanes and buzzing cafes.

Llublin, Poland

In Parish Church Square you will find the restored foundations of the 12th century church of St Nicholas:

Llublin, Poland

Surrounding the market square there are dozens of baroque townhouses, with their colourful and highly decorated facades.

Llublin, Poland

The Castle of Llublin is popular with domestic tourists with its tower and the castle chapel of the Holy Trinity founded by Poland’s Casimir the Great.

Llublin, Poland

I stumbled upon these faded but still vibrant Russo-Byzantine frescoes in a nearby street:

Llublin, Poland

The late 16th century cathedral of Llublin was a rather gorgeous setting for a wedding but also happens to be one of the oldest baroque churches beyond Italy.

Llublin, Poland

I tried to see something of what before the Nazi Holocaust was an important Jewish centre of life and learning in Poland but the cemetery was locked so I just wandered the markets instead.

Llublin, Poland

The people of Poland love Llublin and you will too!

By Natasha von Geldern

Have you had an off-the-beaten-path travel experience in Poland?

About Natasha von Geldern

Natasha von Geldern is the World Wandering Kiwi, a freelance travel writer, editor and inveterate traveller who is passionate about making the pages of the atlas real one trip at a time.

Comments

  1. I’ve never made it to Poland, but it looks like this is the sort of place I’d want to visit – colourful and castle filled :D

  2. Beautiful markets!

  3. We only got to visit Warsaw but I would have loved to see more of Poland’s charming little towns like this one.

  4. Sounds like a great spot to get a taste of regular life in Poland and still see some great architecture and history.

  5. This place looks like a real treat to visit.What a place to attend a wedding! and where’s your glass of vodka?

  6. Llublin looks like a great find- authentic Poland at it’s best! Thanks for sharing.

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