Because of its attractive location, climate, history, architecture and numerous historical monuments, Kazimierz Dolny has for many years been a touristically popular town. Moreover, the unique atmosphere of the town makes Kazimierz a favourite place of work and rest for all kinds of artists, mainly painters, whose galleries can be visited in Kazimierz.
The town is located on the eastern bank of the Lesser Polish Gorge of the Vistula. Part of the Puławy – Kazimierz Dolny – Nałęczów tourist triangle. The name of the Town has first been noted in the chronicles in 1249. The city’s unique architecture and landscape have been listed in the heritage register. To preserve the municipality’s natural amenities, in 1979 the Kazimierz Landscape Park was created; it encompasses the entire area of the municipality. Moreover, on 8th of September 1994, by the ordinance of the President of Poland, Kazimierz Dolny was declared a Monument of History. Selected historical monuments: ruins of the Castle, the defensive tower, churches (of St. John the Baptist, of St. Bartholomew, of St. Anne, of the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary), the Celej House (it is currently home to a branch of the Nadwiślańskie Museum), the Old Bath-House designed by Jan Koszczyc Witkiewicz, the Synagogue, tenement houses by the Great Market, wooden houses and granaries.
The town is located on the western bank of the Lesser Polish Gorge of the Vistula. The oldest written sources about Janowiec (or Serokomla, to be precise, as that was the name of the place before it had been given town status) come from the 12th century. The town’s landscape amenities and the fact that it is in the vicinity of Kazimierz Dolny make this place an interesting tourist attraction.
The Castle in Janowiec, built in the 16th century thanks to Mikołaj Firlej, has been erected on an irregular polygon form adapted to the area’s topology, on a high slope of the Vistula river ice-marginal valley, at the foot of which the town of Janowiec is located. The castle’s rebuilt interiors hold a permanent exhibition on its history. In the tourist season (May-October), temporary exhibitions are also organised. Selected historical monuments: the Castle (it is currently home to a branch of the Nadwińlańskie Museum), a Gothic church (inside – the tombstone of the Firlejs, made by Santi Gucci of Florence), a manor complex including a Baroque court with an exhibition of the interiors of a gentry house and guest rooms, and a wooden granary with an ethnographic exhibition, among others.
An old fishing settlement, today a holiday-resort village right by the Vistula River, 3 km from the centre od Kazimierz Dolny, from where you can get to Mięćmierz by walking along the Vistula bank and over the Albrechtówka mountain, where an observation point for the Vistula gorge is located.
Mięćmierz village can be called a live heritage park: many old peasant huts had been moved here from other places, where they would have been annihilated. And this happened thanks to the new owners of the estates: artists, intelligentsia from Warsaw and Lublin, who use these houses as chalets and their asylums. Mięćmierz is a magical settlement in the heart of which there is a well covered by a shingle roof, from which field pathways go in four directions of the world. South-west of Mięćmierz the Cow Island is located: a reserve protecting nests of many species of birds.
The voivodeship lies at the eastern border of the European Union. The most important transcontinental roads and railways are found throughout the region. With four universities, a polytechnic institute and private colleges, Lublin is one of the country’s biggest academic centres: every fourth citizen of Lublin is a student. There are also numerous science institutes, research and development centres.
The Lublin region is an area attractive to tourists who like to spend their time actively; there are thousands of kilometres of designated trails to be covered on foot, by bicycle or on horseback, including trails in the national and landscape parks. Recreation and relaxation close to nature is guaranteed by hundreds of agritourism households, which specialise in making traditional products and regional cuisine, households having riding schools, fisheries, organising canoeing and bicycle rallies or, for example, a photographic safari. Lubelskie Voivodeship also offers many places and historical monuments connected with different cultures and religions. The most important of those is Zamość: a perfect Renaissance town from the UNESCO World Heritage list, in the past created and inhabited by Catholics, Orthodox, Greeks, Jews, Armenians. A perfect example of how the culture and religion of eastern and western Europe permeate each other is the Chapel of the Holy Trinity of Lublin Castle: a historical monument of the highest class, which combines Gothic architecture with Ruthenian-Bizantine fresco.