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Gdańsk, view of the waterfront, photo: Jan Włodarczyk / Forum

Gdańsk is truly one of the most interesting cities in Poland, yet many tourists leave it off their lists in favour of Kraków, Wrocław and Warsaw. Culture.pl takes a look at why Gdańsk is worth a visit – and, why you are likely to fall in love with this austere, yet unusually beautiful city.​

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Domki na drzewach, projekt: Piotr Jakubowski, fot. Piotr Tuora

Comfortable beds, nice views, breakfasts served, elegant furniture and soft carpets are overrated! Most hotels around the world look alike – and are just plain boring. Luckily there are also less common places to spend a night. Culture.pl presents a list of some rather unusual hotels in Poland!

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A piece by Berlin-based artist Thorsten Goldberg at the Centre of Polish sculpture in Orońsko, photo: Piotr Polak/PAP

Warsaw has plenty of culture to offer, no matter what Krakowians may like to tell you. From opera to experimental theatre to klezmer music concerts and photography exhibits, it’s hard to get bored in the capital. But if you’re itching to get out of town and see something beyond Warsaw’s walls, here are four worthwhile day trips for your every cultural whim.

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Gliwice Canal and the Nowa Wieś lock, photo: Wojciech Wojcik / Forum

Where can you sail on grass? Which canal crosses a river, and which one foiled the plans of the Prussians? Culture.pl presents six incredible works of nature and human labour from Poland’s waterways.

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View of the Rynek Główny, Kraków, photo: Jakub Ociepa / AG

The city of Kraków has been chosen to host the next UNESCO World Heritage Session in 2017. The Secretary General of the Polish UNESCO Committee said that the session in Kraków will consider the Polish request for the inclusion of the historic ore-mining region of Tarnowskie Góry on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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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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In Poland, children are taught not to jaywalk early on. Photo Jerzy Dudek / Forum

So, you've just landed in Poland. You've read your share of facts about Polish history, learned a few phrases, and you already know how to survive a Polish business meeting and a Polish dinner party.

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Kormoran Brewery photo: promo materials

Three years ago, there were hardly any craft beer pubs in Warsaw. The vast majority of beer came from a few large factories, and they were made to get drinkers drunk rather than to enthrall foodies. But things have changed...

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Jean Michel Jarre, photo: Arkadiusz Wojtasiewicz / Forum

Living legend of electronic music Jean Michel Jarre is to co-create a show for the Multimedia Fountain Park in Warsaw.

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Avoid the Polish equivalent of a Mind the Gap t-shirt or a figurine of the Statue of Liberty! Stay clear of the mass-produced shawls and nesting dolls and look for those affordable and original items instead.

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Museum of Unusual Bicycles, photo: Wojciech Pacewicz / Forum

Poland has its fair share of impressive museums, both serious and whimsical, but those looking for a stroll on the lighter side of the museum scene will love these quirky establishments.

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Zakopane, winter mountain climbing in the Tatra Mountains, photo: Wojciech Matusik / Forum

There’s much more to winter holidays in Poland than just skiing, although it ought to be said that Poland is a very fine skiing location. Skiing not your thing? Try bison tracking, go on a sleigh ride, or relax in a winter spa!

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Cover of the book Akropol (Acropolis). Photographs: Edward Hartwig, Tadeusz Sumiński, 1964, photo source: www.polishphotobook.tumblr.com

Kazimierz Michałowski's Akropol (Acropolis) is a harbinger of a popular series of albums devoted to his research on ancient art and culture.

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Prince Charles, visiting the house of prosperous farmers Mr & Mrs Bednarczyk, 1993. Photo: Adam Golec / Agencja Gazeta

Poles are well-known for their exceptional hospitality. An old saying has it that ‘a guest at home is God at home’, thus if you stay in Poland for at least a few days and make friends with somebody, expect to be invited to a Polish dinner. If you want your new friendship to last for more than one evening be warned that Polish customs can be very tricky!

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Selected sprads from the book Akropol (Acropolis). Photographs: Edward Hartwig, Tadeusz Sumiński, texts: Kazimierz Michałowski, graphic design:Tadeusz Kobyłka, publisher: Arkady, Warsaw, 1964.

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Hercules' Club, photo: Wojciech Matusik, Forum.

A standard tourist trip through Poland will typically include several attractions tied with quaint little legends, but most visitors miss out on the background stories. In order to impress fellow travellers and make the most out of these sites, it is worth getting acquainted with the charmingly unconventional tales of Polish folklore.

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Cover of the album Góry wołają (The Mountains Are Calling), photo source: www.polishphotobook.tumblr.com

Góry wołają (The Mountains Are Calling) is one of the most comprehensive tourist albums in the history of Polish photobooks that set new standards for similar publications.

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Selected spreads from the album Góry wołają (The Mountains Are Calling), published in late 1930s. Photographs: Jan Jaroszyński, Zygmunt Klemensiewicz, Edward Olszaniecki, Roman Puchalski, Adam Zieliński, et al., text: Rafał Malczewski, graphic design: Franciszek Seifert (cover), publisher: TTatra Skier Society in Kraków 

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Kraków, photo: Tomasz Wiech / Forum

Every year CNN publishes rankings of the world’s best cities to visit, and this year a Polish city appeared in the top 10 for the first time. Yes, it is Kraków!

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'Water Symphony' at the Warsaw Multimedia Fountain in 2013, photo: Grażyna Myślińska / Forum

Every summer water shoots into the warm air, adorned with a laser show and 3D projections at dusk. The reflection of the lights is a view to behold, and the wind sprays onlookers with the fountain’s mist if they sit too close.

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