Kazimierz Dolny (Yiddish: קאזמיר Kuzmir) is a small, charming and picturesque town in eastern Poland (Lublin Voivodeship), on the bank of the Vistula river. The town is well known for its rich Polish, Jewish and Romani history. The population of Kazimierz Dolny stands at nearly 3,500.
It is a prominent tourist attraction as one of the most beautifully situated little towns in Poland. As wrote Lonely Planet:
For more than a century, the ancient river port of Kazimierz Dolny has been an artist colony and a haven for free thinkers. In more recent times, it’s evolved into a hugely popular weekend getaway for Warsaw and Lublin residents.
Once you arrive, you’ll see why. Kazimierz Dolny is picturesquely perched along the banks of the Vistula. Its ramshackle main square, the Rynek, lined with historic buildings, is charming. The little lanes that radiate from the square are filled with quaint galleries, shops, and, naturally, endless places to grab a beer or an ice cream cone.
During the summer Kazimierz holds many known festivals in Poland including: one of the larger Folk Festivals; Klezmr Music Festival and an international-flavored film festival.
Because Kazimierz is an artists’ town there are a number of galleries showcasing and selling local art.