This little historic town in Poland is known both in Poland and abroad as a great weekend getaway. With its pre-war, precommunist charm, visitors can experience a Poland lost in time. Only two hours by car from Warsaw, Kazimierz is popular with Poles and tourists alike.
Location of Kazimierz Dolny:
Kazimierz Dolny is located on the Lublin Plateau, right on the banks of the river Vistula. The Vistula is Poland's largest river. Along its banks are various preserved habitats for water fowel and rare species of plants.
Sights in Kazimierz Dolny:
Besides the cobblestone streets and historic villas, visitors to Kazimierz Dolny can look forward to panoramic views of the countryside, the ruins of a castle, and the Hill of Three Crosses. A wall made from the recovered Jewish tombstones shattered by Nazis presents a reminder of darker times.
Events in Kazimierz Dolny:
Guests will be delighted with the diversity of events that take place in Kazimierz Dolny. Performances of folk singers, concerts at the Parish Church, arts, films, and song festivals are organized throughout the year.
Arts in Kazimierz Dolny:
Kazimierz Dolny is an art center in Poland. Many painters retreat to this small town to paint and sell their work. Galleries can be found in almost every street, offering for sale sculptures, stained-glass, and fine-art paintings. In the market, folk art is for sale at unbeatable prices.
Restaurants in Kazimierz Dolny:
For Jewish cuisine, try U Fryzjera. It is located in a former barbershop and decorated with photos from the 1920's. Zielona Tawerna, or "Green Tavern," serves Polish food in a quaint setting with a garden and antique furniture. The teahouse U Dziwisza is also an art gallery, and next door is a small cafe called Faktoria.
How to Get to Kazimierz Dolny:
You have two options for getting to Kazimierz Dolny. You can take a bus straight to Kazimierz from the main city at which you are staying in Poland (Warsaw and Krakow are comparable distances from Kazimierz). Or, you can take a train to Pulawy Miesto, which is as close as the train gets to Kazimierz, and take a bus or taxi from there.
Where to Stay in Kazimierz Dolny:
Kazimierz Dolny has lots of small inns at which to stay. In the off-season, it's possible to book a room on the spot. If traveling to Kazimierz during the summer, however, book ahead. Week days are not so much of a problem, but on the weekends, locals flock to Kazimierz to relax. The Kazimierz Dolny web page
is a good place to start if you want to see what kind of accomodations are available.