Kazimierz Dolny - one of Poland's most picturesque towns

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Region:
Lubelskie
Category:
History

It’s actually not necessary to write a long article about Kazimierz Dolny. After a short walk in this almost 1000 years old town, you will definitely fall in love with the atmospheric castle ruins, cozy cafeterias and remarkable stonehouses.

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Already in the 11th century there was a village in the area of today’s Kazimierz Dolny. The town started to develop during the reign of Casimir the Great. It is said that Casimir inherited a country of wood and then turned it into a country of stone. Judging by the history of the town, it might seem to be true. The ruins that now grace Kazimierz Dolny used to be a castle built by Casimir the Great. Had it not been for the castle, the town would definitely not have experienced such a rapid growth.

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In the 16th century Kazimierz Dolny was very important on the wheat market. Thanks to the many merchant families living here at that time, the cultural life of Kazimierz Dolny was becoming more intense. The middle of 17th century was the end of the glory days of the town caused by an invasion of Swedish troops. Luckily most of those who live here have forgotten about the war against Sweden, so you don’t need to worry that someone will try to take a revenge. All visitors are welcome to visit Kazimierz Dolny which has recently become unbelievably popular among people from Warszawa and other polish cities.

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If you go out for a walk in Kazimierz Dolny, you’ll certainly be amazed by Kamienica Biała (The White Stonehouse). Its white walls look are unbelievably beautiful in the morning sun. The dazzling façade reminds of the glory years of the town, which is the reason why Kamienica Biała is considered to be one of the most beautiful stone houses in Kazimierz Dolny. The town is guarded by old ruins which used to be a majestic castle. You’re bound to see them if you take a seat in one of the many open-air cafés or beer gardens in Kazimierz Dolny. We recommend you to take a walk to the ruins and touch their thick walls. Don’t forget to take a good camera. Although the monumental castle fell into oblivion many years ago, the ruins have been an inspiration to many artists and photographers. Near the castle ruins you will find an impressive defensive tower, which is a must for those of you who have read or seen The Name of the Rose.

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Everyone who has visited Kazimierz Dolny has a dreamy look in their eyes when talking about the charm of the town. Old stone houses are enlightened by candles in the restaurants and cafés in the evening, mysterious ruins eerie and beautiful at the same time. If you happen to be in Warszawa, you should definitely visit Kazimierz Dolny. Despite being located within a stone’s throw of the capital of Poland, it’s a completely different world.

Just take a look at twwo films from Kazimierz Dolny:

How do you get to the remarkable town of Kazimierz Dolny? It's as easy as pie: take the plane to Warsaw, Kraków or Rzeszów and rent a car at the airport. You can, of course, take your own car and travel with the ferry to the continent. Book accommodation directly in the heart of Kazimierz Dolny. Don't forget to take care of your travel insurance!

Region: Lubelskie.

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