Lublin, often referred to as the capital of Eastern Poland, is the largest and the fastest developing city east of the Vistula River, which makes it an administrative, economic and cultural centre of the region. Its rich, over 700-year-old history and the fact that it is located in a multi-cultural melting pot define its characteristic and unique values.
Lublin Old Town – Lublin Old Town is one of the most precious Polish complexes of historic buildings as it is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Poland. It welcomes you through the Krakowska Gate – the main entrance to the Old Town from the town centre, Lublin’s architectural landmark and historic symbol erected in the middle of the 14th c. along with fortified walls. Within the area of 7 hectares on top of a hill, there are over 100 historic mansions and other important buildings that date back to the 15th c. Each of them has a different story to tell, written on their facades, gates, windows, yards and basements. Beneath the Old Town there is an underground tourist trail which leads visitors through the cellars of former merchants’ stores and wine cellars and brings to life the legend of the devil’s paw and many other court stories.
Apart from the countryside of unmatched beauty and largely unspoiled natural surroundings, Lublin is known for its unique monuments of architecture. The proud history and traditions of the city are to this day hidden among the old walls and alleys. Authentic historic buildings create an incomparable and magic atmosphere of the city, where cultures and religions of many nations have intertwined inextricably over centuries.
Lublin is a City of Inspiration, where awareness of the past inspires the future. It is a venue for prestigious international artistic events, music and theatre festivals, concerts and exhibitions. The most popular cultural events include The Night of Culture, Student Culture Days, The Different Sounds Art’n’Music Festival, Jagiellonian Fair, Small Theatres Festival, Magicians’ Carnival and European Festival of Taste. It is a city of young and active people with its 75,000-strong student community, including over 3000 international students.