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“Beautiful old town, poignant history”
Review of Lublin Old Town

Ranked #2 of 41 things to do in Lublin
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
London, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Beautiful old town, poignant history”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

A beautiful and somewhat poignant experience, the town was all but destroyed by the Nazi progroms. The town has been largely restored as a Hewish quarter, and reeks of history at every turn.

Great little bars that brew their own (very good beer), reasonable prices by UK standards, incredible orthodox church and friendly, if curious, people. Places to note are the destroyed temple and the distant palace that was turned to a prison for a while

Visited November 2013
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Annapolis, Maryland, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Churches. Castle. Good food and drink!”
Reviewed January 10, 2014

Lublin Stare Miasto (Old City) is a small, but character-rich space in Lublin. I've been many times when we visit my wife's family and each time I discover something new. The must see attractions include the Cathedral (just outside the Brama Krakowska ["Kraków Gate"]), the Dominican church and monastery (face the Crown Tribunal in the market square, pass it on the left, then go to the end of the street), and of course the Castle which is now mostly made into a nice museum. The only major touristy thing in the old town is indeed the Castle itself. The churches, small shops, and plenty of restaurants/bars are all well-used by locals, though frequented by visitors as well. You can definitely get around speaking only English without much of a problem.

You can see most of the surface-level sights in a couple of hours at most. But the more time you spend in the old town, the more you will find to enjoy. Within the old city walls are numerous quality restaurants. Most of the restaurants on the market square serve pretty much the same thing, so expect a lot of traditional Polish food. There is an Irish pub (though I've never tried it) and a pizza/kebab place or two. For a little variety, I highly recommend Mandragora (a Jewish-themed restaurant), Złoty Osioł (ok food, but unique decor), and U Fotografa (a Mexican gentleman is the head chef so the food is a bit spicy; it's down a little alley so it may take time to find it). There is also a very nice coffee/tea and book shop called Między Słowami ("Between the Lines") that is usually overlooked by visitors since it is down a little alleyway. (You can find all of these with addresses on Tripadvisor.) There is also a special tour package for visiting the underground catacombs of the old city that I haven't yet had the courage to undertake!

There are plenty of old buildings that are in need of or in the process of being restored. With some work, about a quarter of the old town could be revitalized for shopping, eating, tourism, and living. There are already a few small hotels and plenty of upper level apartments. All in all, a great little town to explore and/or call home!

Visited January 2014
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Maidstone, England, United Kingdom
1 review
“Magical place”
Reviewed November 19, 2013

We went to Lublin for my friend wedding and I have to say The Old Town is amazing. Beautiful atmosphere. Lots history - worth a visit.

Visited April 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“a very manageable old town”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

Lublin Old Town is small and very manageable. It is not a place for shopping -- that is on the pedestrian street leading up to the old town gates. There is a sense here of how the city grew and how people lived. Perhaps too many restaurants but also a beautiful church and lots of buildings.

One day this old town will become developed and turn into upscale living with lots of shops. Go now before this all happens. You can feel free to walk into any of the open buildings. People were incredibly friendly and welcoming.

Visited October 2013
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Dunstable, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
“Lublin: better than it first appears.”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

First impression wasn't good, Approaching from a scruffy park I thought there'd be a disappointment, but the City has character, although the centre is overwhelmed with open air tables outside a row of restaurant / cafes.

Visited September 2013
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