The “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre is a local government cultural institution based in Lublin. It works towards the preservation of cultural heritage and education. Its function is tied to the symbolic and historical meaning of the Centre’s location in the Grodzka Gate, which used to divide Lublin into its respective Christian and Jewish quarters, as well as to Lublin as a meeting place of cultures, traditions and religions.

Part of the Centre are the House of Words and the Lublin Underground Trail.

The “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre is a local government cultural institution based in Lublin. It works towards the preservation of cultural heritage and education. Its function is tied to the symbolic and historical meaning of the Centre’s location in the Grodzka Gate, which used to divide Lublin into its respective Christian and Jewish quarters, as well as to Lublin as a meeting place of cultures, traditions and religions.

Part of the Centre are the House of Words and the Lublin Underground Trail.

The Lublin Underground Trail

The Lublin Underground Trail

The Trail

The Lublin Underground is a tourist route of approx. 280 metres running beneath the Market Square and the tenement houses of the Old City. The trail has been constructed by connecting a number of the numerous Old City cellars. These have been built in the 16th century, the city’s golden age. They were partly connected through a series of passageways, and subsequently the city underground has become home to an enormous labyrinth.

The Lublin Underground Trail is a tourist and educational facility. A tour through the Old City cellars, which in itself can be a source of profound excitement, is simultaneously a trip through time that allows visitors to discover Lublin’s historical past. The history of spatial development is illustrated by physical models of the city from 8th century CE, through the Middle Ages and into the 16th century.

The underground trail also houses two models of old panoramic city views: the oldest known view of Lublin from the 16th century and the most well-known one from the first half of the 17th century. The climax of the tour is the interactive, moving model of the Great Fire of Lublin (1719), enriched with light and sound effects. The visualisation was created based on a painting currently located in the Dominican Church and Monastery (which in itself is commemorative of the fire) and archival primary texts.

An additional attraction of the trail are the Monday reenactments.

The Lublin Underground Trail connects two important places in Lublin: it begins in the old town hall, the seat of secular power in the city, and ends near the remains of the parish church of St Michael the Archangel, which once was a centre of the city’s religious life.

The Tour

The Lublin Underground Trail is open all year except the following days: New Year (01/01), Epiphany (06/01), Easter, Corpus Christi, All Saints’ Day (01/11), Polish National Independence Day (11/11), Christmas (24-26/12) and New Year’s Eve (31/12).

The trail is open all week. We welcome organised groups and individual tourists. On Mondays, the tour is accompanied by one of the reenactment performances: “Lublin Tales of a Wanderer” or “From the Chronicle of Devil Czarciwąs”.

Organised groups (over 10 participants) must earlier pre-book a tour by phone. Individual tourists are advised to pre-book tours due to the large number of visitors. There is a requirement for at least two visitors to be present for an individual tour to take place. Groups of over 25 participants will be split, with segments of the group starting the tour at 20 minute intervals.

Both groups and individuals who would like to participate in the Monday tour and reenactment are required to earlier pre-book a tour for a specific time. For groups, the pre-booking must take place before Thursday of the week prior. Individual tourists will be attached to pre-booked tours.

We welcome evening bookings.

Booking

+48 81 534 65 70

(Please do not leave messages on the answering machine. These reservations will not be considered valid.)

Ticket prices

Ticket prices Tour With reenactment
Regular 10 PLN 12 PLN
Discount* 8 PLN 10 PLN
Schools** 7 PLN 9 PLN

*Discounts apply to pupils and students under 26, and pensioners.

**School tickets apply to pupils visiting the trail in organised groups (at least 10 participants) under a teacher’s supervision

Tickets are available next to the Trail entrance before the start of a tour. The entrance gate is shut between tours. The main Trail office is located in the Crown Tribunal, room 1.

Tours only take place under the supervision of a guide. The price of a guide is included in ticket prices. The trail is available to children over 4.

Tour time: approx. 45 minutes. Trail temperature: 7-12ºC. No animals allowed.

Summer season

Tours only take place at specific times.

Tuesday-Friday: 10.00, 12.00, 2.00, 4.00

Friday-Sunday: 12.00, 1.00, 2.00, 4.00, 5.00

Monday, with reenactment: 10.00-2.00 (pre-booking required)

Winter season

Organised groups:

Monday-Friday: 10.00-2.00 (pre-booking required)

Saturday-Sunday: 12.00, 1.00, 2.00, 4.00

Individual tourists:

Saturday-Sunday: 12.00, 1.00, 2.00, 4.00 (pre-booking recommended)

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