Forget Kraków and Gdańsk – Poland’s hottest new travel destination is the handsome old city of Lublin, a close contender for European Capital of Culture 2016. Discover an urban melting pot of medieval monuments, artsy institutions and blinging nightlife on a weekend away to Lublin from Glasgow Airport.
Step back in time
Lublin was granted civic rights back in the 14th century, and tantalising vestiges of the city’s medieval past still grace the Old Town. A visit to ancient Lublin Castle (Zamkowa 9) is a must – make sure you take a look inside the iconic Chapel of the Holy Trinity and the meandering Lublin Museum while you’re in the area. For something a little different, explore the complex of historic cellars that run from the dungeons of the Court of the Crown up to Plac Po Farze on the Lublin Underground Trail (Rynek 1).
Celebrate good times
A new cultural event crops up on the Lublin calendar every year, so it’s no surprise that the city is known to locals as the ‘Capital of Festivals’. To see Lublin at its best and brightest, time your visit to coincide with the fringe-style Open City Festival in June, the annual Culture Night when museums across the city open their doors for free (also in June), or the ‘Karnawał Sztuk-Mistrzów’ carnival in July.
Get your groove on
It doesn’t have the developed nightlife scene of Kraków or Warsaw, but Lublin is fast becoming the hipster hub of Lesser. Cafés, bars and clubs line the central Rynek, with cheesy but fabulous backstreet karaoke bar Komitet (Krakowskie Przedmieście 32), artsy jazz café Akwarela (Rynek 6) and locally lauded club Czekolada (Prezydenta Gabriela Narutowicza 9) among the best places to hang out. If you prefer to spend your evenings lounging in restaurants rather than mixing it up on the dance floor, Hades (Grodzka 21) serves some of the best traditional Polish dishes in the city.