Lublin is a multicultural place , remaining the largest city east of the Vistula. The old town, rich in monuments, attracts numerous visitors from Poland and abroad.
- Muliticultural melting pot
For centuries, the city, located at the meeting point of the main trade routes, has built its image on the basis of multiculturalism. Newcomers from both the east and the west settled here, giving the developing metropolis a unique character. Today, we find a reflection of this rich history in architecture, places of worship of many faiths, art and cuisine.
- City of culture and science
The city is the most important academic center in eastern Poland, various universities attracts students from Poland and abroad, more than 30,000 students study in Lublin annually.
In recent years, the city has clearly focused on cultural events and the meetings industry. It hosts many national and international festivals. Among the most interesting, it is worth mentioning: Night of Culture, Open City, Carnaval of “Sztukmistrze” (juggling, acrobatics, tumbling, illusion, cabaret, music and dance) , Jagiellonian Fair, European Festival of Taste and Festival of Music Tradition and Avant-garde “Koda”
- Smart specializations
Undoubtedly, one of the impulses for the dynamic development of the meetings industry, focused on business, is the “Smart Specializations” program not only in Lublin itself, but in the entire voivodeship. The program concerns the modern development of such areas as: bio economy, medicine and health, as well as low-emission energy, IT and automation.
- 700 years of history
Lublin celebrated the 700th anniversary of granting city rights in 2017 during which many unique cultural, sports, social and scientific events took place.
he development of the meetings industry gave impetus to the opening of new hotels and also attracted international chains to the city. The largest conference hotel in Lublin is Luxor and Atelia Centre. Modern and professionally prepared for the organization of trainings, conferences, congresses, events, group arrivals, occasional parties. It has bright, elegant banquet rooms for 1000 people and professional conference and catering facilities. Other 4* facilities are:
- Focus Hotel Premium Lublin****, with a conference room for 100 people;
- Korona Lublin Spa & Wellness****;
- Alter ****,
- Europa ****;
- IBB Grand Hotel Lublinianka ****
- or the unique hotel Ilan****, located approx. 800 m from the old town, which is located in the historic building of Jeszywas Chachmej Lublin, the former largest and most prestigious rabbinical school.
3-star hotels include:
- Hampton by Hilton***;
- Campanile ***;
- Ibis Styles***;
Many interesting hotels and facilities with conference rooms are located in the vicinity of Lublin:
- Hotel Koronny****;
- Mercure**** and Alex*** in Zamość;
- Duo**** with a room for 200 people located on Janowskie Lake;
- In Between**** with the largest room for 600 people in Jastkow;
- Focus*** and Dwór Lwowski*** on the route from Warsaw;
- elegant Dwor Sanna in Wierzchowiska;
Lubelskie has experienced a period of strong development in recent years, in the meetings industry. This is the result of the activities of the newly created conference and congress infrastructure, including:
- Lublin Conference Center, which offers 11 conference rooms, the largest of which can accommodate 400 people,
as well as the high activity of other conference facilities, among which the most important are:
- Center for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin – a cultural institution with a prestigious artistic program, but also facility intended for the organization of commercial events. 1500 people can stay in the facility at the same time, it has several rooms for organizing workshops and meetings. The rooms are equipped with modern multimedia equipment. The building impresses with beautiful rooftop viewing terraces, restaurants and cafes.
Other important conference facilities are: Lublin Science and Technology Park with an auditorium for over 400 people and numerous training rooms and an exhibition facility intended for fairs and conferences “Targi Lublin”, as well as the Lublin Stadium, which, apart from sports facilities, has space for meetings and conferences .
In Pulawy, located near Lublin, there is Science and Technology Park that is worth mentioning, perfectly prepared for the organization of scientific and business meetings.
There are many interesting places in Lublin and its vicinity that can be used to organize a conference in a palace, theatre, idyllic or industrial space. Among the most interesting:
- Cielesnica Palace,
- Castle in Janow Podlaski,
- Museum in Kozlowka;
- Sulewski and Perła Breweries in Lublin;
- idyllic: Uroczysko Zaborek or the open-air museum of the Lublin Village Museum in Lublin,
- The Music Theater
- the Lublin Philharmonic.
Great importance for the development of the meetings industry had establishment of the Lubelskie Convention Bureau – the first contact in the region for organizers of business events.
Cuisine and restaurants
The multicultural character of the city left a strong mark on the cuisine of Lublin and the surrounding area. For centuries, the region was inhabited by Poles, Jews, Ukrainians, as well as Germans, Roma, Tatars, Italians and representatives of other nations who brought Jewish, Armenian, Lithuanian, Polish and Borderland flavours to the city’s kitchen.
You can eat exquisite dishes, formerly prepared at aristocratic courts, but also modestly eaten in the past under rural thatched roofs.
High-quality products such as linden, rapeseed, buckwheat and raspberry honeys, hop plantations as well as raspberries, currants and strawberries are the showcase of this region.
- Flour and groats
The most characteristic dishes are prepared with flour, buckwheat and millet. The Lublin region is the land of all kinds of dumplings: Russian dumplings, with groats, cabbage, fruit and mushrooms. Bakery products such as “Koguty Kazimierskie”, baked only in Kazimierz Dolny on the Vistula, are also famous throughout the country.
“Cebularz”, originating from Jewish cuisine, is a wheat dough pancake, with a diameter of 15-20 cm, topped with diced onion and poppy seed, characteristic for Lublin cuisine. “Cebularz” is one of the most popular dishes in Lublin cuisine. In the centre there is a living museum dedicated to the history and tradition of this baking.
- Lublin gastronomy
In the old town of Lublin you will find numerous restaurants offering both traditional cuisine, among them many serving cuisine with Jewish influence and concerts of klezmer music. There are many restaurants that, inspired by tradition and following modern trends, create a new face of Lublin gastronomy.
- On the beer route
The city and the region boast numerous breweries, among them the most important is Lublin’s Perla Brewery, known throughout the country. In addition, it is worth mentioning the Sulewski Breweries and Zwierzyniec. All breweries, apart from serving the golden drink, have space for organizing events.
- Vineyard track
Also Vineyards have developed in the region in recent years. In the vicinity of Lublin, there is a family-owned Stocki Forest vineyard- a venue well prepared for the organization of tasting and picnics.
- The Old Town of Lublin
The Old Town of Lublin boasts over 700 years of history, as evidenced by monuments from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque. The greatest treasure is undoubtedly the Holy Trinity Chapel on the castle hill, whose walls are covered with 15th-century Ruthenian-Byzantine paintings. The chapel and the Dominican Church have been awarded the European Heritage Label. A must-see during your stay in Lublin should be a walk around the Market Square and its vicinity to admire the beautifully preserved facades of tenement houses.
- On the Jewish trail
The Jewish population strongly emphasized its presence in Lublin, especially until the end of World War II. Cultivation of the memory of five centuries of Jewish presence in Lublin is the responsibility of the municipal institution, The Grodzka Gate – NN Theater Center. The preserved places related to Jewish culture are: Yeshivas Chachmey founded by Rabbi Majer Jehuda Szapira in 1930, the largest Talmudic university in the world at that time; historic cemetery and the State Museum at Majdanek concerning the Holocaust.
- Village Museum in Lublin
One of the most interesting open-air museums in Poland, divided into 7 sectors: Lublin Upland, Roztocze, Powisle, Polesie, Podlasie, Manor Complex and Miasteczko. It offers collections of wooden and brick architecture as well as ethnographic memorabilia dating back to the 17th century. Visitors have the opportunity to participate in events presenting the work, culture, customs and cuisine of people living in the former Lublin region.
- Lublin surroundings
Lubelskie is an extremely interesting region rich in monuments and natural attractions. The city is a great base to visit:
- the nearby artistic colony of Kazimierz on the Vistula River-town with a beautiful old town and a rich cultural and gastronomic offer.
- Zamosc – a city entered on the UNESCO list, with a beautifully preserved old town.
- Naleczow – a former health resort, eagerly visited by Polish artists in the 19th century . Currently, a place associated with sources of mineral water.
- Janow Podlaski, where there is a stud of Arabian horses, established in 1817, with a complex of historic stables from the 19th-20th centuries (the site of the famous “Pride of Poland” horse shows and auctions).
- Roztocze mainly due to the Roztocze National Park, entered on the UNESCO list, which delights with its natural diversity and an attractive leisure offer.
Incentive Travel Idea in Lublin
Rich culinary traditions will inspire all kinds of workshops and tastings. Presence of breweries or vineyards will also prompt to organize an interesting event with beer and wine tastings.
There are many picturesque rivers in the region, and canoes have been the favourite summer entertainment of Poles in recent years. For those who like to be active, kayaking will be an interesting way to diversify their free time
- In an idyllic atmosphere
The east of Poland is associated with fields stretching to the horizon, picturesque villages, winding ribbons of rivers. A trip to the province in the vicinity of Lublin, combined with tasting local products or being active in nature, is an ideal idea to show Poles and foreigners the potential of the region.
- Green Velo
There is a well-marked bicycle path, with many interesting towns along the eastern border crossing the area of five provinces, . The trail is nearly 2,000 km long, making it the longest cycle route in Poland. The mapping of the route promotes the activity and values of Eastern Poland, in the Lublin part of the trail along the way we can admire churches of many denominations, which are still present among the local population.
- City games
The Old Town of Lublin is an accumulation of monuments from various periods of the city’s history. Sightseeing in any form, with a guide or in the form of a city game, will be an interesting way to discover the values of the town.
- Horse riding
Horses have always occupied an important place in Polish culture, especially concerning manors and the army. Janow Podlaski has gained the global reputation as the purebred Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horse breeding centre which continues the old Polish traditions. Roztocze is a place where Polish ponies are bred. There are several interesting horse trails throughout the region.