Top things to do

Top Choice International in Lublin

Kardamon

By many accounts, Lublin's best restaurant is this lush cellar on the main street. The menu is a mix of international staples such as grilled pork tenderloin, along with Polish favourites such as żurek (sour rye sou…
Top Choice Museum in Zamość

Arsenal Museum

This museum of military hardware and the city's fortifications received a major facelift in 2015. The collections are housed in three buildings along the city's western bastions. One building is given over to weapon…
Top Choice Polish in Chełm

Restauracja Gęsia Sprawki

This is the only spot in town for excellent Polish food and home cooking in the best sense of the term. Golonka (pork knee) is a house favourite, served with sides of mustard and horseradish, and a big plate of pick…
Top Choice Armenian in Zamość

Restauracja Muzealna

This is a cut above the typical Rynek offerings in terms of presentation, creating the impression they take their food seriously here, and they do. There’s an elegant cellar restaurant, or eat upstairs on the main s…
Historic Site in Lublin

Majdanek

Majdanek extermination camp, where tens of thousands of people, mainly Jews, were murdered by the Germans during WWII, lies on the outskirts of Lublin – guard towers and barbed-wire fences interrupting the suburban …
Museum in Lublin

Lublin Castle

Lublin’s royal castle dates from the 12th and 13th centuries, though it's been rebuilt many times since; the oldest surviving part is the impressive Romanesque round tower that dominates the courtyard; it was here i…
Museum in Zamość

Museum of Zamość

Two Armenian houses shelter the Zamość museum, with intriguing displays such as a scale model of the 16th-century town and a letter to Jan Zamoyski from his architect, Bernardo Morando, with a hand-drawn plan of the…
Church in Lublin

Cathedral of St John the Baptist

This former Jesuit church dates from the 16th century and is the largest in Lublin; you can visit any time services are not taking place. The impressive interior is adorned with baroque trompe l'oeil frescoes by Mor…
Museum in Lublin

Kraków Gate

The only significant remnant of the fortified walls that once surrounded the Old Town is the 14th-century Gothic Kraków Gate, built during the reign of Kazimierz III Wielki following the Mongol attack in 1341. It re…
Synagogue in Zamość

Synagogue

The city’s fascinating synagogue was built around 1620 and served as the Jewish community’s main house of worship until WWII, when it was shuttered by the Germans. The ceilings and design elements in the small main …