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Lublin

Lublin is undoubtedly worth a visit, even if it attracts fewer tourists than Krakow or Warsaw. Over the centuries it saw Polish and Jewish cultures harmoniously coexisting while the city’s fibre developed. The remnants of Lublin's past deserve exploration, even if the sprawling suburbs might at first restrain you from going deeper. Overcome the temptation of bypassing Lublin, its Old Town is charming, though a little decayed. Besides this, the city offers other attractions, including a wild nightlife and a multitude of friendly restaurants and cafes.

Lublin TOURISM

While the 20th century left Lublin somewhat dilapidated, it is now undergoing a process of constant, though discreet renovation. Its unique atmosphere lures a many tourists, and few are disappointed with the numerous cafes and clubs. It is a students’ city throughout most of the year, and the many local universities and academies dominate the city.

Its picturesque Old Town, located on a low, rounded hill, boasts many outstanding sights, and looks like a ready-made medieval film set. You cannot miss the Dominican Church and the monumental neo-Gothic castle with its chapel decorated with 15th-century frescoes.

Although historically Lublin was located on the junction of several important trade routes, with direct access to Warsaw, Berlin, Kiev, Odessa, the poorly developed infrastructure has a disadvantageous impact on the development of the modern city. This can put off people visiting Lublin, although there are plans to build a new airport with international connections.

Lublin remains predominantly an academic centre, even though several industrial sectors are quite well developed, especially in the production of light vans, the pharmaceutical industry and food processing. Lublin has been organising international trade fairs since 1999.

GEOGRAPHY

At only 175 kilometers from Warsaw, Lublin is not only worth visiting solely for its monuments. It is a centre of one of the eastern provinces of Poland, and with a population of 350,000 it is the biggest Polish city east of the Vistula River.

Lublin is located on the Lublin Upland. The Bystrzyca river divides the city into two diverse parts: the western side is made up of undulating hills with a number of interesting valleys and loess gorges; while it is flatter on the eastern side. The city has great possibilities for recreation for western visitors with its blend of tradition, rural crafts, and a large lake and several forests to wander through.

HISTORY
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The history of Lublin began in the Middle Ages, when the town was a trade settlement and a guard post on the eastern border of a young Polish state. The first written information about it dates back to the 12th century, and then in 1317 it was granted city rights. Its position was favourable on the trade route to the Black Sea, while its peripheral location resulted in numerous invasions.

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GENERAL INFORMATION
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Population: 348567 #9
Province: Lublin
Telephone: +48 81
Museums: 12
Districts: 28
Theatres: 12
Mayor: Krzysztof Żuk
Higher Education: 12