Years ago Lublin Old Town was dark, dingy and decently dangerous. The only reason we went was to party at the “Old Pub”. Even walking in Old Town during the day had you hanging on to your purse tightly. Over the past 10 years Lublin downtown, including the Old Town, has become a fun and beautiful place to spend an afternoon.
As you approach the Old Town from the downtown area you will be walking on a pedestrian street. It is full of cafés and small shops which used to be a busy street full of cars! Now on any given day it is full of shoppers, people watchers, and an exciting array of buskers! As you head to the Old Town you will see the gate to the Old Town, it is worth a look and a picture for sure. Also take a moment to check out the Lublin Cathedral. While the church itself is lovely, a few zloty will get you up the winding tower full of hidden art and you will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the city! Once you are back in the Old Town in the centre you will see cafe upon cafe which is a great way to spend the afternoon. Try the regional beers which are becoming more and more artisanal. Hard cider is also making a debut and there are several pretty good brews in the market. This is also an opportunity to try some traditional Polish for or some fusion plates if you are up for a more creative experience.
As you make your way to the castle there are lots of nooks and crannies that will provide the creative photographer with an opportunity to play with shadows are architecture. It is worth spending time in the castle as it has been turned a great museum which will give you a good sense of the life this castle has known! You can also get some good pictures from the castle of the surrounding city. While there are a few souvenir shops the shopping is sparse at best. There is still a lot of development to be done; however, Lublin Old Town has just enough character and entertainment to keep you busy for a few hours.