Poland

Of all the Polish cities, the capital is perhaps the hardest to love. Systematically destroyed by the Germans during WWII, Warsaw’s reconstructed Old Town still feels fake, whilst the rest of the city seems to have been put back together in an ill-thought out concrete jumble. Still the urban traveller should feel right at home, once they’ve located the cool cafes, hidden beach bars, underground clubs and sizzling after hour parties. There’s also a burgeoning contemporary arts scene, and the once no go district of Stara Praga is now full of exciting discoveries and art spaces. Meanwhile the likes of Krakow, Wroclaw, Poznan and Lublin combine beautiful architecture with student-fuelled nightlife (all are university cities) perfect for wild weekend breaks – whereas the post industrial town of Lodz is Poland’s dark horse, much loved by David Lynch. Everywhere you travel in Poland, the warmth of the people – and the vodka – offset the cold of those East European winters. During summer hit the happening beach resort of Sopot on the Baltic sea.

Breslau Großer Ring Panorama

Virtually every city in Poland boasts a stunning market square, but arguably the fairest of all them all is Wroclaw’s very own Rynek. Jorg Dietrich shares his panaramic photos and some of the Germanic history behind this iconic square. Wroclaw has been a city in focus throughout 2016, as a…

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Full of moody cafes and bearded Bohemians, Kazimierz has been Krakow’s hip spot for nigh on two decades. Despite development, more cool bars seem to open than close, whilst the district’s melancholy soul is as captivating as ever…

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Charming it ain’t, but Poland’s rapidly changing capital is one of the most exciting places in the world right now, with its hedonistic nightlife, artistic scene and off-the-wall treasures. Warsaw native Kamila Napora is our guide. The “Phoenix city” or “mini Berlin” are two of Warsaw’s most common monikers, and…

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Poland’s grand eastern city looks destined to be the last discovered by travellers. A one time bastion of Jewish culture, and now lively University city, Stuart Wadsworth finds plenty to recommend in Lublin. Long in the shadows of hipper, more well-known destinations in Poland such as Krakow, Wroclaw and Warsaw,…

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“It was as if we were just there at the transitional phase… when the night has ended and people go home, the day is beginning and other people are coming to work,” say Krystyna and Keven when they photograph Krakow’s Rynek… Krakow’s market square, or ‘Rynek’ in Polish, is the…