This sleepy village straight from a postcard is located opposite the well-known and described in tourist guides Kazimierz Dolny, on the other side of the Vistula River, under a huge striped castle.
You will not find many weekend tourists here, but you will immerse yourself in the quiet, pleasant streets around the Renaissance church, climb up to the castle to admire the Vistula valley, buy local wine or liquor and simply feel what the Polish province smells and lives like.
Janowiec can be reached by ferry from Kazimierz Dolny. The crossing runs daily, from November to April. Wide at this point, Europe’s largest wild river, the Vistula, is very impressive.
After a 15-minute walk you reach the center of the village, marked by a 14th-century church rebuilt in Renaissance style in later centuries. Just next door you will find the only pub in the village and will be able to buy wines from the area at the Janowiec Vineyard store (ul. Młynarska 7).
The monumental castle in Janowiec is the only building of its kind in Poland with stripes – red and white! It was built in the 16th century by Mikolaj Firlej and his son, enthusiastic Renaissance Italy officials, military commanders and governors of King Sigismund the Old.
In later years, it was not so lucky with his owners – one of its noble owners lost it at cards! Since then, the building has fallen into disrepair.
The mountain is worth going up primarily to enjoy the magnificent views of the Vistula valley. If you look closely, you can see the buildings of Lublin on the horizon. Or simply – you will listen to the sounds of the Lublin countryside. Here they can be heard better than anywhere else.