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Kazimierz Dolny

Practical information on Kazimierz Dolny

  • Romantic
  • Viewpoint
  • Park and garden
  • Countryside
  • River
  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Museums
  • Castle and fortress
  • Place or Historical Monument
  • Essential
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
45 minutes from Lublin by car
When to go

All year round

Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Kazimierz Dolny

Nicolas Landru Seasoned Traveller
106 written opinions

Kazimierz Dolny is basically an open-air museum dedicated to the Poland of days gone by. The Polish are right to have chosen this little historic town sitting so prettily and quaintly on the banks of the Vistula as the capital of the traditional, rustic way of life and favourite summer haunt of artists and famous personalities.

My suggestion:
Go for a good walk around! Along the banks of the Vistula, on the Hill of Three Crosses, in the surrounding countryside, all around the villas: everything is so harmonious here that the whole place is lovely to walk around and explore.
My review

Once you arrive in Poland, one in every two people you meet will say to you: "Go to Kazimierz Dolny." For the country as a whole, this small town has the honour of serving as the guardian of the Polish national identity, of the nation's rural roots: a sort of ideal of the quintessential Poland.

In essence, with its perfectly preserved ancient buildings and architecture, this little historic town on the Vistula, lying at the heart of the hills of the Lublin region, does in fact live up to and merit its title of "Pearl of Poland". Intellectuals, artists and famous personalities have been choosing to make their second homes here for decades. The whole of Warsaw can be found here in summer, and Kazimierz Dolny has long been a favourite countryside destination of the Polish people. This is not yet so much the case with foreign tourists however.

I really liked the ambiance and atmosphere created by this Polish domestic tourism aspect, this blend of Polish Bohemianism with the charms offered by what is an otherwise sleepy little town. The ruined castle up on its hill, the churches, the synagogue, the low-standing old houses, the banks of the river: everything here contributes to a sense of this being an ideal place to simply stroll and wander around.

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