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Chełm (Ukrainian: Холм, Kholm) is a Baroque town in Lubelskie, Poland. It lies on the main Warsaw - Kyiv road and rail routes, where it is the nearest sizeable Polish town to the Ukrainian border. The border towns are Dorohusk in Poland and Yahodin (or sometimes Yagodin) in Ukraine.
address: Lubelska 63
By trainThere are several trains daily from Lublin. If coming from Warsaw you will likely change trains in Lublin. The Main train station is a bit outside of the old part. There are, however, two direct trains from the capital: at 13:40 (arriving in Chełm at 17:33) and also a few hours later the Warsaw to Kiev train stops in Chełm at 20:05. To Warsaw, the direct trains are in the wee hours.
There is also the smaller which is slightly closer to the old town. It is advised to check in advance if the train you want to take stops here.
By busThere are frequent bus connections from Lublin. The Bus station is just on the edge of the old part of the town.
Chełm Chalk Tunnelsphone: +48 82 565 25 30address: Lubelska 55aFrom the Middle Ages until the 19th century, Chełmistas would dig chalk out of the ground their houses stood on and then sell it. Eventually the diggings merged to create a subsidence problem in the buildings above and an extensive (15 km) labyrinth under the town. About 2 km of it are open for tourists to explore.
Basilica of the Birth of the Virgin Maryaddress: Lubelska 2One of the main sights of the city. As a church and monastery complex the Basilica of the Birth of the Virgin Mary stands in the centre of Chełm on Chełm Hill (also called Cathedral Hill or Castle Hill). Over its history, the church has been Ukrainian Orthodox, Ukrainian Catholic (also known as Greek Catholic), and Roman Catholic. Surrounding the basilica's grounds is a city park and a cemetery.
Small SynagogueBuilt between 1912-1914. The building houses a bar.
Orthodox Church of John the Evangelistphone: +48 82 564 70 44address: Henryka Sienkiewicza 1
Kretzschmar Palaceaddress: Pocztowa 50One of the most beautiful buildings in Chełm dating back from the end of the 19th century/beginning of the 20th century. The name of the building originates from Wilhelm Kretzschmar, a local industrialist who ordered the building. The building is in use an office for the local government since the Second World War and not open for visits.
- Bicycle tours and sightseeing.
- Before Second World War the city of Chełm and its region was a place of meetings of many different cultures and religions. Mainly Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Yiddish and Protestant. That's why there are many historical monuments to see. A full list of monuments is included on an interactive map of the Chelm's region with the pictures and descriptions can be fund on http://www.chelm.info/zabytki-chelm-krasnystaw-wlodawa.
Schronisko Młodzieżowe PTSMphone: +48 606 685 099, +48 604 110 386, +48 82 564 00 22address: ul. Czarnieckiego 8From doubles to twelve bed dorms, call before arriving.
Dom Pielgrzymaphone: +48 82 565 36 56address: ul. Lubelska 253 beds in 5 rooms.
phone: +48 82 563 33 44, +48 562 50 81address: Janów 217Hotel and restaurant.
phone: +48 82 565 64 01-03address: Armii Krajowej 50Hotel and restaurant.
phone: +48 82 5655050address: Hrubieszowska 54aHotel and restaurant.