A Crash Course in Polish Gastronomy in Poznan

Vine Bridge Pork Loin Dish

  One of the unintended effects of Communism in Europe was that it preserved traditional cooking techniques for a lot longer than in many other places in Europe. The Iron Curtain acted as a culinary time capsule: While much of the West was moving forward with the industrialization of its food production, people from Bucharest to East Berlin to St. Petersburg were still picking wild tea ... Read Full Article

Poland’s Craft Beer Scene

Rice Beer

  It is refreshing to find craft brewers emerging throughout Europe these days. While those traditional pale lagers pair naturally with a lot of Polish cuisine, sometimes a guy's just got to have an IPA with his pierogi. Fortunately, there is no need to import. Craft breweries are popping up all over the place in Poland, and at least a few of them make a good IPA, among other ... Read Full Article

The Insider’s Guide to Poznan, Poland

Market Square

  I arrived in Poznan, Poland, armed with a bunch of historical facts, figures and questions: how, for example, was this area the cradle of the Polish nation, how was it that the Germans fortified the city but were, nonetheless,  overrun by the Red Army in 1945, and what promted the citizens to rise up in revolt in 1956. I mean, isn't the study of history just how we contextualize ... Read Full Article

Wroclaw: Poland’s Riverside Treasure

Town Hall in Market Square

Wroclaw (pronounced Vrot-swav) is situated on the River Oder ( or Odra) in Western Poland. The Oder branches throughout the city forming 12 islands, which are connected to each other by over one hundred bridges creating a ‘Venice of Poland’. The soaring architecture, romantic river, and overall free-spirited feel of Wroclaw may come as a surprise to travelers who are familiar with the city’s ... Read Full Article

Where to Stay in Warsaw, Poland

Room at the Royal Route Residence

Warsaw, the capital of Poland, is a large city of almost 2 million, and it offers a wide selection of ‘where to stay’ options, from true 5-star hotels to comfortable budget accommodations. The Old Town in the Sródmiescie district is home to most of Warsaw’s popular tourist sights, such as the Royal Castle, and the following hotel options were selected with this in mind. Further, preference has ... Read Full Article

Warsaw, Poland: Man, I Should Have Visited Sooner

Castle Square

I have walked the romantic streets of Krakow, hit the clubs in Poznan, and stared across the Baltic Sea in Gdansk: Why has it taken so long to visit Warsaw? Warsaw is Poland’s economic center; it’s where Poland’s youth go for jobs and to have a good time; it has some of the best night clubs and bars in Poland; its music and art scene is explosive. The modern elements of the city have grown up out ... Read Full Article

A Guide to Polish Beer

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After a long day of seeing the sights in Krakow, there’s nothing better than drinking a culturally-relevant libation. This Polish beer guide is designed to help you choose the best Polish beer during your vacation. While most people think that the drink of Poland is vodka, consumer surveys report that beer is the more popular drink. It definitely is favored among my Polish friends. You can ... Read Full Article

Where to Stay in Krakow, Poland

Sodispar

  Yes, you absolutely can find amazing deals on comfortable hotels in the center of Krakow, Poland. When we visited the city, two friends and I stayed in a family-run hotel, just a few blocks from the Main Market Square, for $60 a night. Below, you will find some similar deals on Krakow hotels, as well as a few luxurious hotel listings. The historic center is the best place to find ... Read Full Article

Where to Eat When in Krakow, Poland

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Choosing a restaurant in Krakow can be a challenge. Poland, the land of pierogis, borscht, and oscypek, serves up traditional foods that are as delicious as they are difficult to pronounce. This article will get you past the quasi-hieroglyphic names so that you can eat at some of the best restaurants in Krakow while savoring the unique flavors of Polish cuisine. Krakow is well known for its ... Read Full Article

First Time Visitor’s Guide To Krakow, Poland

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  Krakow is one of the most romantic cities in Europe. Though it’s located in the “Lesser” region, it’s no slouch: Krakow is the only Polish city that wasn’t decimated during World War II, and its Gothic architecture puts the city center on the list of World Heritage Sites. While it is the second largest city in Poland, Krakow retains a small-city feel, with plenty of small, winding ... Read Full Article