You can find the town of Kazimierz Dolny on the Lublin Plateau in south east Poland. Set in an idyllic situation, within an extensive national park where footpaths are laid out so that visitors can walk around and enjoy the fantastic sights, sounds and breathe in the delightful country air. In summer from June onwards the climate is warm and very sunny. Described without exaggeration as one of the most beautiful places in Poland , the town has captivated generations of artists with its Bohemian and artistic flair. The Old Town, with a picturesque market square, is a particular attraction which has been immortalised on canvas hundreds of times.
The ornamental, late Renaissance and Mannerist facades of the burghers’ houses that face onto the market square testify to the prosperity of the grain merchants who established the wealth of the town. The parish church (Kosciol Farny), which stands at a slight incline above the market square, is an example of the Lublin Renaissance style, characterised by the particularly elaborate stucco work with which the vault is decorated. Its organ, dating from 1620, is renowned throughout the country for its beauty and quality.
Dominating the town is the 14th century ruin of the Royal Castle and the adjacent watchtower. Among the town’s other historic buildings are various wooden houses traditionally inhabited by artists and writers, and 16th – and 17th century granaries overlooking the river.
As in most towns in Poland during the summer season, festivals are held in Kazimierz Dolny such as the all Polish Festival of Orchestras and Folk Singers. Especially interesting is the Polish Folk Art Fair which is held in June. Here you will find large displays of traditional handicrafts (wood carvings, embroidered mats, hand-made pottery etc.)
The town does become quite crowded during July and August but no need to worry about accommodation as long as it is booked in advance. The town has a plethora of hotels, guest houses and some super restaurants serving traditional Polish cuisine.
Because of the lack of industry, the air you breathe in whilst strolling through the vast expanse of the national park is pure and clear. Rare species of flora and fauna can be spotted as well as some unusual species of birds especially on Cow Island (Krowia Wyspa). This part of the reserve is particularly known for the breeding of birds, mud and water species including lapwings, oyster catchers and yellow wagtails.
Kazimierz Dolny is a fine place to visit if you are on your way to Lublin or if you are travelling down from the capital, Warsaw, into the south east of the country. It is full of fascinating sights and contrasts. In order to be sure of accommodation during the peak season in this region it is best to make reservations in advance. Although, there are good coach and rail links, a car is the best form of transport, especially if going further on into the mountains.