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The Mieszko I Oak, photo: Jan Zamoyski / AG. Mieszko I, a drawing by Jan Matejko, photo: National Museum in Wrocław

Apart from having plenty of splendid historic sites like the Royal Castle or Łazienki Park, Warsaw also sports many exceptionally important works of nature. Marked with plaques saying ‘Pomnik Przyrody’ meaning ‘Natural Monument’, they're vital parts of the city landscape. Below you’ll find a selection of 7 such trees, all connected to noted figures in Polish history.

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W Oparach Absurdu, photo: Arek Drygas

Culture.pl’s intrepid intern Matt Harmon dives into Warsaw’s music scene and comes up for air with his comprehensive guide to making the most of the Polish capital’s concert cornucopia.

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I was born in Warsaw mural, wall of the public library on Lipowa Street in Warsaw, photo: Bartłomiej Zborowski / PAP

‘I went alone on a walk towards the Wisła. It has such a charm, that I cannot even begin to describe it.’ Marie Curie-Skłodowska wrote these words just two years before her death. Culture.pl wanders the streets of Warsaw in search of links to the Nobel Prize-winning scientist.

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Świętokrzyski Bridge, photo: Andrzej Sidor / Forum

Łazienki Park, the Royal Castle and the Old Town have always been on the must-see list for foreigners and first-time visitors to Warsaw. But where do you go if you have been to Warsaw before and don’t want to run into tourists?

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Czerwony Rower, Warszawa, photo. Adam Stępień / AG

What can people on a budget have for a cheap and filling lunch in Warsaw? Well, a lot more than just pizza, hamburgers or take-away noodles. Culture.pl shows you where to eat a decent lunch for less than 20 Polish zloty, while broadening your culinary horizons and enjoying new tastes at the same time.

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Temat Rzeka, photo courtesy of the owners

Hipsters, as well as almost everybody else, change their habits when it is getting hot, and instead of hanging around in the city centre or Praga, they go to the riverside to party in one of many temporary venues and relax in the ultimately casual atmosphere.

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Wrocław is one of the great unsung European cities – it’s over a thousand years old, and has been part of many different empires, but it doesn’t have the feel of an open-air museum. It’s a vibrant town where loads is happening all the time. So, obviously, you’ll be visiting as soon as possible and looking to find out what the coolest places in Wrocław are.

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Headquarters of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, designed by the Konior Studio, photo: Bartek Barczyk / Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra press materials

David Tejer takes us on a tour of Katowice, the post-industrial mecca of music that’s fast rising as an off-the-beaten-track destination for the adventurous.

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Bar Studio, photo: promotional materials

Summer’s here, so it’s the right time to go outside on an evening. A nice way of getting some fresh air on a summer night in Warsaw is to go on a tour of some of the city’s outside establishments. If wandering around is your thing you may want to read our ultimate guide to some of the most summer-friendly bars and cafés in Warsaw.

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Hala mirowska, great place for buying fresh products in the centre of Warsaw, ​photo: Teodor Ryszkus / Forum

If you think that broke people can’t travel, you’re wrong. They shouldn’t go to Doha or Copenhagen, but there are places no less interesting and far more affordable – places like Poland. You can spend all your life savings here, but alternatively, knowing a few things tourists usually don’t know, you can have a wonderful time for just a few złotys.

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Neon Muzeum iPhone screenshots, photo: promotional materials

Culture.pl presents the top apps that help you discover Poland.

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Poznan - the Hipster Underdog

If you've visited Kraków, Warsaw and Tricity, you may think that you are done with Poland's urban highlights. But you'd be wrong! Poland has a lot more to offer, as its turbulent history has resulted in a few more cities being just as interesting. One of them is Poznań – with its Ostrów Tumski, culture-oriented society, and captivating places.

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Kraków has more historic buildings than any other city in Poland and the unique coffeehouse culture is legendary. The nightlife here makes the city seem like a timeless place where day turns into night and night into day.

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Cover of Warszawa - Get Your Head Around the City guidebook, photo: courtesy of the authors

If you are still in shock that Warsaw residents are more satisfied with their city than Parisians, these subjective guides to Warsaw will reveal the reasons why it inspires such love.

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Plac Zbawiciela / Saviour Square, photo: Grzegorz Czaplicki

Forget the Old Town and the National Museum. Here are directions to the hotspots of counter-culture where you will encounter the laid-back yet edgy lifestyle and the rich underground scene that make Warsaw the ultimate hipster destination.

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