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  • 7 Places to escape the crowds in Krakow

    7 Places to escape the crowds in Krakow

    October 29th, 2018Rachel Mills
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    Chocolate box old town Kraków is a jumble of narrow cobbled streets, elaborate churches and grand medieval sights like the main square and Wawel Royal Castle. However, in the summer months, Kraków struggles to cope with overtourism. In 2017, 13 million visitors (and the horse-drawn carriages that carry them) thronged the old town, as well as... Read more »

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  • 7 reasons why Poland should be on your radar

    7 reasons why Poland should be on your radar

    July 24th, 2018Jonathan Bousfield
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    Few countries in Europe have changed as much as Poland over the last twenty years. Most of its cities have undergone a process of reinvention, opening ambitious new museums, brushing up their heritage with frenzied renovation, and encouraging nightlife to spill out onto parks and riverbanks. Outside the urban areas there’s a renewed focus on... Read more »

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  • An expert’s guide: the best places to stay in Warsaw

    An expert’s guide: the best places to stay in Warsaw

    July 19th, 2018Jonathan Bousfield
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    No longer the grey city of Eastern European stereotype, the Polish capital Warsaw is a forward-looking, ebullient and multi-layered kind of place, where gleaming corporate skyscrapers rub up against time-capsule neighbourhoods that have remained unchanged for decades. Above all, it’s an increasingly engaging summertime city, thanks to its riverside bars, expansive parks, strollable urban spaces…... Read more »

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  • The 10 best Baltic beach resorts

    The 10 best Baltic beach resorts

    March 16th, 2018Jonathan Bousfield
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    European beach holidays haven’t always been just about the Mediterranean. A century ago, the resorts along the Baltic Sea were just as likely to attract the Emperors, Duchesses and celebrities of the day as anywhere on the French Riviera. Indeed an awful lot of Europeans still spend their summers on Baltic shores. As well as... Read more »

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  • Why you should travel around Poland by train

    Why you should travel around Poland by train

    June 19th, 2017Jonathan Bousfield
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    Polish cities are undergoing a renaissance of sorts. Thanks to a combination of urban renovation, bold contemporary architecture and blossoming nightlife, there’s never been a better time to travel around Poland. And never a better time to travel by train. Here’s why: 1. You can cover more ground Poland’s cities all have very different personalities,... Read more »

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  • A first-timer’s guide to Central and Eastern Europe: 10 places to visit

    A first-timer’s guide to Central and Eastern Europe: 10 places to visit

    December 12th, 2016Jonathan Bousfield
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    Central and Eastern Europe are among the culturally diverse parts of the world, preserving a plethora of deep-rooted traditions. What’s more, large tracts of the area remain off the mass-tourism radar, ensuring that there is still a great deal to explore. The following ten suggestions will ensure you get the best out of this huge, compelling... Read more »

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  • The surprising history of sex in Central Europe

    The surprising history of sex in Central Europe

    November 30th, 2016Jonathan Bousfield
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    So what is it that draws us to Vienna? The waltzes? The white horses? The cakes? Let’s be honest, it’s the sex. Sex, that is, in the best possible taste: Gustav Klimt’s sensuous portraits, Egon Schiele’s edgy nudes, or the decidedly pervy paintings of Oskar Kokoschka; all with the good Viennese doctor Sigmund Freud offering... Read more »

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  • 10 great winter destinations in Central and Eastern Europe

    10 great winter destinations in Central and Eastern Europe

    November 28th, 2016Jonathan Bousfield
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    If you can look past the plummeting temperatures and long dark nights, winter is a hugely rewarding season in which to visit Central and Eastern Europe. Frozen rivers, frosty branches and (if you’re lucky) cobalt skies are only part of the story. City life is at its most vivacious at this time of year, spa tourism... Read more »

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  • 6 reasons Wroclaw is Poland’s best weekend break

    6 reasons Wroclaw is Poland’s best weekend break

    October 31st, 2016Jonathan Bousfield
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    Poland has changed more than almost any other European country in the last ten years and Wrocław (pronounced “vrots-waff”) is one of its most transformed cities, a go-ahead place with a huge student population and a burgeoning arts scene. As a place to visit, Wrocław brings together pretty much everything that’s good about contemporary Poland:... Read more »

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  • 10 of the best European city breaks

    10 of the best European city breaks

    December 1st, 2015Emma Gibbs
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    In this article sponsored by Scenic Australia, Emma Gibbs picks 10 of the best city breaks across Europe. Europe is so crammed full of fascinating, vibrant cities that narrowing down the options to an actual decision for a weekend away can be surprisingly tricky. Thankfully, we’ve got a guide to the best European city breaks to help... Read more »

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  • These are the world’s most bizarre spa treatments

    These are the world’s most bizarre spa treatments

    March 10th, 2015Anita Isalska
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    If you’re after some rejuvenation on your next break but still fancy a bit of an adventure, there are a whole host of alternative therapies offered around the world. From snail facials to a spot of sauna whipping, you can invigorate your body and soul with a smorgasbord of weird but wonderful wellness treatments. Here... Read more »

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  • Going underground at the wieliczka salt mine, Poland

    Going underground at the wieliczka salt mine, Poland

    May 28th, 2014Helen Ochyra
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    In the depths of southern Poland Helen Ochyra goes underground to try out the claustrophobic work of miners in the Wieliczka salt mine. “Room for one more” I am told as I am gently nudged into an already packed out lift. The doors are pulled across behind me with much scraping of metal and we... Read more »

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