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For much of the 20th century, tourism was a tightly controlled operation, run by Poland’s then-communist government.

Nowadays, visitors can explore the country however they wish, from the Baltic Sea beaches in Gdansk to medieval Malbork castle. Take in Poland’s history in Warsaw’s old town, stern Soviet buildings, and the famous concentration camp sites. Camp on the Tatra mountains or hike Białowieża Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Have potato pierogis for dinner and berry ones for dessert.

We take you into a Polish home for the holidays, give the low-down on medical tourism, and share the best bits of Warsaw that guidebooks have left out.

Arrive via overnight train from Warsaw or Krakow.
Forget that it’s just pig grease and focus on the deliciousness.
Guards said the only exit was through the chimney.
Polish prostitutes work along roadsides that cut through the forests surrounding many...
Other nations just love to pick on us. Especially the Russians. And the Germans.
“Przepraszam,” I said, blushing at my incompetence. Babcia chuckled.
The reporter has trapped me in front of her.
I feel myself more and more often trying to view this country from the East to the West.
That’s the great thing about traditions: they’re flexible, although they may seem...
I was struck by the dominance of the color gray as I walked through the gateway stamped...
Ivar Berglin travels to the front lines of the Vodka Wars and discovers that the tortured...
He grabs my hand and pulls me forcefully. He drags me through underground caves. We sail...
How does it feel to ditch your travel partner and jump on a train in the middle of the...