Lublin is the first Polish city to be granted status as the European Youth Capital. In the annual competition organised by the European Youth Forum, this vibrant city was recognized for its energy and inspirational investments in young people.
A youthful and central hub, annually the city attracts thousands of global students, boasting the biggest university centre in Eastern Poland with a total of nine universities. Naturally, the city will play centre stage for youth culture, hosting 73 large-scale events from festivals to sports shows throughout 2023.
Top attractions begin in Lublin Old Town, at Kraków Gate. This perfectly preserved medieval district is lined with cobbles and home to more than 100 ornate buildings and monuments. Today many of these buildings are thriving cafes and independent shops. The walls of Lublin are also decorated with street art and dazzling graffiti murals. See below some of the best free attractions to see in and around Old Town.
With a significant student population, this charming city possesses a dynamic nightlife. From underground pubs with huge beer lists to trendy shabby-chic hipster bars, there's something for everyone. Lublin even produces its own signature beer, Perła. The underground Perła Brewery is a must for any weekend visit. It provides an extraordinary walking tour through the former Reformanti church and monastery where beer was brewed from 1846-2001. The perfect finale for the tour is the unique beer tasting session in the brewery's former lagering room.
Best cheap eats and drinks:
Czarna Owca Gastro Pub (Black Sheep): With cocktails starting from 25zł (£4.75) the Black Sheep is a real hidden treat of Lublin. This gastro pub offers a large selection of wine, beer and specialist cocktails. You won't go hungry with a vast menu of delicious comfort food, all for affordable prices. Enjoy street food such as a New York pastrami roll or even try the famous Heart Attack burger.
Blues Brothers Pub: A staple for the student night out in Lublin, open until 4AM and located just off the Old Town. Enjoy an electric atmosphere with live music, craft beer and fun themed nights.
Pelier: An Italian city centre bistro, Pelier is the perfect instagrammable brunch spot. Enjoy fresh crêpes and crispy french toast from 24.90zł (£4.73) made in the industrial open kitchen. In need of some quick lunch while exploring the city? Grab an iced coffee (£2.66) and classic Italian bagel for 24.90zł (£4.73.)
Lublin is an historical and affordable destination, with a big creative and vibrant youth scene. Ideal for any students and young people interested in exploring Europe. It is a city that is not to be missed.
Upcoming free events to attend:
July: The Carnaval Sztukmistrzów Festival
In the height of summer the city is transformed into one big carnival. A magnet for performers all over the world, gaze in awe at world famous circus stars. The carnival features The Urban Highline, the biggest tight rope festival in the world, inspired by the fictional story of The Magician of Lublin.
August: Meeting of Styles - The International Graffiti Festival
As the oldest graffiti art festival in the world, 'Meeting of Styles' festival provides a unique space for creatives to develop passions and explore contemporary graffiti art. Lublin's dynamic and youthful community gather annually to create art in the streets.
September: The European Festival of Taste
The biggest culinary festival in the region attracts locals and tourists alike, and focuses on celebrating multiculturalism and the culinary heritage of Lublin. Expect a wide range of stalls offering gastronomic delights with live music, exhibitions and culinary workshops.
How to get there?
From London Luton, you can fly non-stop with Ryanair or Wizz Air to Lublin Airport.
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