Chełm (pronounced khelm) isn’t experiencing the same sort of facelift as other towns in the region. While there are a couple of decent places to stay, Chełm is best explored as a day trip from Zamość or as a stop on a Sobibór excursion. Visitors enjoy its proudest asset – the chalk tunnels. The centre is compact and easy to explore on foot.
Chełm is about 70km east of Lublin and 25km from the Ukrainian border. Interestingly, the town sits on an 800m-thick layer of almost pure chalk, a natural phenomenon that has both wreaked havoc and been the source of the town’s economic development. It has since been tamed into a tourist attraction. There is also a cathedral sanctuary, which is a pleasant place for a stroll.