There are no mountains or sea here, but there are fertile fields that literally explode with greenery in spring, beans climbing up the poles, hop cones hanging high in the air. There are vast forests, where it smells of conifers and mature ferns.
There are cities and towns whose golden days ended in the 16th century, and where, just like in southern Europe, Renaissance churches and townhouses pile up next to dreamy squares.
But the Lubelszczyzna is much more than just another copy of Tuscany.
Located in the eastern part of Poland, the Lublin Region has always been a border zone between Western and Eastern cultures. Catholicism blended seamlessly with Eastern Orthodoxy here, and the large and strong Jewish community left its lasting mark on the culture.
You will see it in the stunning Holy Trinity Chapel in Lublin Castle, founded by King Jagiełło, with its unique Byzantine-Ruthenian polychrome and a vault full of golden angels. You will feel it at the nearby Lubelska Szkoła Mędrców (Lublin School of Sages) – once the largest Talmudic university in the world, the “Jewish Oxford.” You will read about it in the pages of books by Isaac Bashevis Singer – a Polish-Israeli writer from Lublin, the only Yiddish author to be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.
The local nobility, like the rest of Europe, was obsessed with Renaissance Italy, drawing numerous architects from the south.
Distinctive churches with white attics were built, Renaissance perfect towns, grand noble palaces in the middle of vast fields. Parallel to all this, the rural population lived its life, preserving old customs longer than anywhere else.
The region’s gently hilly terrain is ideally explored by bicycle. There are also several rivers excellent for canoeing.
But perhaps the best thing to do here… lay out on a lush, blooming meadow and look at the clouds. Slowing down time could be a local regional product!
“We love visiting Sarzynski’s bakery in Kazimierz Dolny,” say Ewa and Tomek.
The establishment’s specialty – cockerel-shaped buns called Kazimierski cockerels, which have been baked for 100 years – have already stolen many a heart and palate. And the name Lublin Region stands for good bread!
“We also recommend a trip to a vineyard in Grodzisk near Opole Lubelskie,” they add. The vineyard’s hosts arrange not only tastings, but also invite people to stay.
The most convenient, and in practice often the only means of transportation to Lublin Region is a private car. It takes 3-4 hours to drive here from Kraków (7-8 from Vienna).
A reliable solution is to arrive by plane to Warsaw and rent a car at the airport (you can get to Lublin from there in 2 hours).
Rail connections serve cities such as Lublin and Zamość, but in practice it will be more difficult to reach more secluded places in the region by public transport.
Gołębnik – an organic agritourism farm run by Ewa and Tomek near Kazimierz Dolny. Here you will eat delectable meals made almost exclusively from local products. A unique attraction of this place is the natural pool.
Chutor Gorajec – something for lovers of folklore, close encounters with nature and total remoteness from civilization. In the summer, the farm run by Maciek and Marina hosts the Folkowisko roots culture festival.
“I recommend walking in the forests of Roztocze in March and April, during the time of antler shedding by deer. It is like mushroom picking without hunting! “- Maciek told us. Anyway, autumn mushroom picking is also an item on the annual calendar. In the forests of the south of the region after the September rains, a person literally stumbles upon mushrooms.
16.09.2018 GORAJEC Piotrowscy Fot. Waldek Sosnowski WYLACZNIE DO UZYTKU PRYWATNEGO *** Local Caption *** WYLACZNIE DO UZYTKU PRYWATNEGO