It is one of the most amazing places in the entire country. The city is called the Polish pearl of the Renaissance. Why? Because its Old Town was built in this architectural style. It really is breathtaking! The colorful buildings, the lovely monuments and peaceful atmosphere make Zamosc the place that everyone should visit. In this article, you will find the top things to do in Zamosc.
This city has a very interesting history. It was founded in the 16th century by Jan Zamoyski. His family still lives in Zamosc. The crazy fact is that the last president of the city was his offspring! He had been chosen in the democratic election. There are not so many aristocratic families in the 21st century, which makes Zamoyski family pretty special.
How To Get To Zamosc Poland?
Zamosc is situated at Lubelskie Province, in the East of Poland, close to Ukrainian border. Warsaw is 270 kilometers (167 miles) away from it.
Flights To Zamosc
There is no public airport in Zamosc. The closest airports to Zamosc are:
Lublin Airport (check out the best flight deals here)
Rzeszow Jasionka Airport (check out the best flight deals here)
From there, you can either take a taxi, bus, train or rent a car.
Getting To Zamosc By Train
It’s possible to travel to Zamosc by train from many cities in Poland including Warsaw (traveling time is 6,5h), Lublin, Rzeszow, and more.
You can find a bus to Zamosc from anywhere in Poland. Use this website to plan your journey. So far, it’s the most helpful tool for planning a trip by public transport in the country. If you want to know more how to travel through Poland, read this post.
Getting To Zamosc By Car
It’s definitely the most convenient option. Even if you are not an experienced driver, you shouldn’t worry about renting a car in Poland. The roads are wide and easy to drive through.
Top Things To Do In Zamosc
Old Town is the most beautiful area of the city. Below you can see our map of Zamosc with all the important places to see. It’s embedded from Google Maps. If you want to print or save it for later, click here for the image version.
Town Hall (Ratusz)
(1) The highest and the most impressive building of the Old Town. Town Hall is the landmark of Zamosc that is still the seat of the city government. For now, it’s not open to visitors.
It is worth to climb up the stairs though yo see the beautiful view of Old Town from the above!
Museum Of Zamosc
(2) The best museum in Zamosc. It is located right next to the Town Hall and it’s definitely worth seeing. After the visit, you will know more about the history and culture of Zamosc Poland. The museum has three floors, so you will spend at least one hour there. The admission is 10 zloty per person.
(3) If you wonder what are the best things to do in Zamosc, it’s definitely wandering around the Old Town. You will see amazing, colorful buildings (called Armenian Houses) that simply cannot be missed! Zamojskie Museum is located in one of them.
The Morando House
(4) Bernardo Morando was the Italian architect that designed the Old Town of Zamosc. Thanks to him, the city is called Padua of the North. His house is located on the Market Square and it’s one of the top places to see in Zamosc.
The Link House
(5) The house that belonged to Jan Michał Link, Polish architect and major. It is slightly different than all the other buildings in the Old Town because it is made of red brick.
The Zamosc Academy
(6) One of the oldest and the most important universities in Poland, built after Krakow and Vilnius Academies.
Old Gate Lublin
(7) The gate was walled up after king Stefan Batory visited the city. Jan Zamoyski promised to him that no one else will enter Zamosc through it. Of course, he kept his promise.
New Gate Lublin
(8) When the old gate was impassable, the new one was built in the 19th century. Seeing Old and New Gate Lublin is one of the top things to do in Zamosc.
Jan Zamoyski Statue
(9) The monument was built in memory of the founder of Zamosc. It is very impressive. Zamoyski is riding his horse and holding his hand up, as a sign of strength, power, and glory.
Palace of the Zamoyski Family (Prochownia+ Arsenal)
(10) The palace was the place where Zamoyski family was living throughout the ages. Right now it is the seat of a court.
Even though it is not open to the public, it is worth to visit the neighboring Prochownia and Arsenal, as it’s one of the best things to do in Zamosc. Both museums are interactive and very informative, especially for those of you who are into weapons and army.
(11) One of the most beautiful churches in Zamosc. It is worth to climb up on the top of the Cathedral Tower to see the breathtaking, panoramic view of the city from the above. The admission is 3 zloty per person. Visiting the church is free of charge.
(12) My favorite gate in Zamosc. It is big and is a part of the city fortress.
The Church Of The Poor Clares
(13) It was the church in the past- right now it is a seat of the Music School.
St Nicolas Church
(14) Kosciol Swietego Mikolaja is one of the most beautiful churches in Zamosc. It was built in the 17th century and it was an Orthodox Church in the past.
Franciscan Church (Kościół Zwiastowania NMP)
(15) It was one of the biggest Polish churches in the 17th century. It is not that impressive right now- Russians destroyed it during partitions of Poland.
Franciscans are trying to retrieve the original shape of the church. They are still collecting money for the renovation. Hopefully, they will manage to finalize their plan in the nearest future!
(16) Cavalier was the highest point of the fortification. In the past, it was a great observation point and a perfect spot for shooting.
(17) Actually old and new Lwowska gates. They are a part of the fortress of the city.
St Catherine’s Church
(18) Visiting this beautiful, baroque church built in the 17th century is one of the top things to do in Zamosc. It has relics of St Andrzej Bobola and St Father Pio.
Fountains & Kula Zgadula ball
(19) They are located at Rynek Wodny. Fountains are only working during summer, late spring and early autumn.
(20) The synagogue is a beautiful reminder of Zamosc Jews that have been living in the city for many years. Before World War II more than 12,000 of them were living in Zamosc (which was 50% of the entire society!).
The admission to Synagogue is 7 zloty.
(21) Zoo in Zamosc is one of the best in Poland (right after Wroclaw zoo). You can’t see it on the map because it is located a few kilometers from the Old Town.
I usually feel sorry for the animals that are being kept in that cages… It is different in Zamosc. They are doing pretty well there. Most of them are under protection which means they can’t live freely in their natural environment.
Day Trips From Zamosc
Zamosc is located in one of the most beautiful areas of Poland, called Roztocze. It is famous from the unspoiled nature, fresh air and peaceful atmosphere.
When you are visiting the city, it is worth to go to the neighboring Zwierzyniec and see the beautiful Church on Isle.
The other interesting place is Szczebrzeszyn, the capital of Polish orthography.
Polish language is one of the most difficult in the world. We bet you can’t say: W Szczebrzeszynie chrząszcz brzmi w trzcinie.
The other beautiful places close to Zamosc are: Krasnobród (with beautiful lake), Jozefów and Biłgoraj.
Where To Stay In Zamosc?
For now, there is only one hotel worth recommending in Zamosc- Mercure Stare Miasto. It is located in the heart of Old Town, right next to the Town Hall and Rynek Wielki.
The rooms in the hotel are spacious and comfortable, the staff was very friendly and welcoming.
And the buffet breakfast… The food was so delicious and fresh that we couldn’t get enough of it!
Another great reason to stay in Mercure hotel is that you will get a discount card for many tourist attractions in the city. For example, you will pay 40% less for the ticket to Zamojskie Museum. How awesome is that?
Check out the latest prices for Mercure Zamosc—> click here.