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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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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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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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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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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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Collage, made by joint efforts of staff members

President Obama is coming to Poland on June 4th. This cultural review offers suggestions for a programme that would introduce Polish culture so as to appeal to the American head of state while allowing him to discover what 25 years of freedom has brought to the country.

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