Lublin is the ninth largest city In Poland and the second largest city of Lesser Poland with a population of approx. 350 000. It is located 170 km (106 miles) southeast of the capital, Warsaw. Until the end of the 18th century it was a royal city of the Crown Kingdom of Poland. Since accession of Poland into the EU, Lublin has been called the "Gate to the East". Since then, many international events have taken place here, involving Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Russian and Belarusian artists, researchers and politicians. There are six schools of higher education, including Maria Curie-Sklodowska University (UMCS), John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (KUL), Medical University of Lublin, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Lublin University of Technology. It is estimated that there are over 80 thousand students.
The university maintains lively international scientific contacts in cooperation with Hvidovre Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark; Ziekenhuis-Tilburg Hospital (Netherlands), and Lvov Medical University in Ukraine, among others.
Notable alumni: Professor Tadeusz Krwawicz developed the first cryoprobe for intracapsular cataract extraction in 1961.
- Public Clinical Hospital No. 1
- Public Clinical Hospital No. 4
- Clinical Children Hospital
- a double room in a dormitory (to be shared with another student)
- one big kitchen per floor
- all hospitals are located within walking distance from the dorm - 2 min from the Public Clinical Hospital No. 4, 5 min from the Clinical Children Hospital and 20 min from the Public Clinical Hospital No. 1
Getting to Lublin
The closest airport is located in Swidnik (10 km from Lublin). There is a direct train link from the airrport to the city centre.
The biggest airport though (probably the one that you will fly to) is the Chopin Airport in Warsaw. All you have to do after getting off your plane is taking a metro (you don’t even have to leave the airport building, just follow the metro signs) to Warsaw Central station (Warszawa Centralna). Get off there, buy a ticket to Lublin and get on the train (the trip is going to take 2 h 15 min). There will be LC representative waiting for you at Lublin train station.
Travelling from Lublin
From Lublin Station ten trains per day run to Warsaw and three to Cracow, as do others to the major cities in Poland. Buses run from near the castle in the Old Town and serve most of the same destinations as the rail network.
If you want to visit our neighbors, there are some buses that leave from Lublin to Ukraine. If you want to visit Berlin, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest or Prague, there is a pretty cheap bus line - Flixbus (www.flixbus.pl).
Transportation around the city:
To move around the city you need to take a bus. A single 30 min student ticket costs 2.80 PLN, a 6 h ticket - 6.40 PLN and the normal tickets are twice as expensive. You can also get a monthly pass (around 80 PLN).
To check how to get from one place to another, you can use a very helpful website: http://lublin.jakdojade.pl/?locale=en
You can also rent a bike for free, provided that your ride isn’t longer than 20 minutes.
There are several must see places in Lublin:
- Lublin Castle - an unusual castle with fragments of medieval fortification complex, a Gothic Tower from XIII century and a Gothic Chapel hiding unique Byzantine frescos from 1418. You can also find there several museums.
- Cracow Gate - an architectonic symbol of Lublin.
- Arch Cathedral - finished in 1625. Full of interesting frescos and tombs.
- Trynitarska Tower - a neogothic tower with a wide view of Lublin from the top
- The Old Town - with a town hall in the middle; surrounded with renaissance buildings with many pubs inside.
- Lublin’s Village Open-Air Museum - a museum of a Polish village with many old, wooden countryside buildings to see and a place of folklore festivals.
- The Botanic Garden - a must see if you fancy colorful flowers and rare plants.
- KL Majdanek - extermination camp created by Nazi during World War II.
- Zamoyski Museum in Kozlowka - museum with a palace-park complex, chapel, coach house and The Socialist Realism Gallery
- Kazimierz Dolny - a very unique Polish town located 50 km away from Lublin. It is characterized with the picturesque sight which has attracted numerous artists - painters especially. You should see the monumental old church on the hill and take a look at the surrounding green area from the top.