Proudly Polish: Poland has wealth of architectural, natural wonders and great food

The port city of Gdansk has seen great urban renewal over the past five years along its waterfront. At the salt mines of Wieliczka, visitors can see where workers toiled underground to unearth the mineral and carved statues and made chandeliers in th
The port city of Gdansk has seen great urban renewal over the past five years along its waterfront. PHOTO: SUZANNE SNG
Near Krakow, a sobering, but important and necessary, stop is the Auschwitz concentration camp (above), where 1.1 million people died in World War II.
Near Krakow, a sobering, but important and necessary, stop is the Auschwitz concentration camp (above), where 1.1 million people died in World War II.PHOTO: SUZANNE SNG
The port city of Gdansk has seen great urban renewal over the past five years along its waterfront. At the salt mines of Wieliczka, visitors can see where workers toiled underground to unearth the mineral and carved statues and made chandeliers in th
At the salt mines of Wieliczka, visitors can see where workers toiled underground to unearth the mineral and carved statues and made chandeliers in their free time.PHOTO: SUZANNE SNG
Most buildings in the mountain resort town of Zakopane, including this church (above), are made of wood and feature steep roofs to allow snow to slide off.
Most buildings in the mountain resort town of Zakopane, including this church (above), are made of wood and feature steep roofs to allow snow to slide off.PHOTO: SUZANNE SNG
In Torun, the home of mathematician-astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus is now a museum (above).
In Torun, the home of mathematician-astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus is now a museum (above).PHOTO: SUZANNE SNG
The city was practically levelled during World War II, but the Old Town (above) has been meticulously restored to its original form.
The city was practically levelled during World War II, but the Old Town (above) has been meticulously restored to its original form.PHOTO: SUZANNE SNG
Perhaps the best known Polish dish is pierogi (above), or dumplings with fillings of savoury meat, sweet fruit or cheese, which can be served boiled or pan-fried.
Perhaps the best known Polish dish is pierogi (above), or dumplings with fillings of savoury meat, sweet fruit or cheese, which can be served boiled or pan-fried.PHOTO: SUZANNE SNG
The port city of Gdansk has seen great urban renewal over the past five years along its waterfront. At the salt mines of Wieliczka, visitors can see where workers toiled underground to unearth the mineral and carved statues and made chandeliers in th
Another Polish potato dish, kopytka (above), deserves a call-out. Similar to the Italian gnocchi, it is a boiled potato dumpling that is served either savoury with bacon and onions or sweet with butter and sugar.PHOTO: SUZANNE SNG
HERRING DISHES.
HERRING DISHES.PHOTO: SUZANNE SNG
Chlodnik (above) is perhaps the most Instagram-worthy soup in Poland and that is saying a lot in a country which loves its soups – all 200 types of them.
Chlodnik (above) is perhaps the most Instagram-worthy soup in Poland and that is saying a lot in a country which loves its soups – all 200 types of them.PHOTO: SUZANNE SNG
The port city of Gdansk has seen great urban renewal over the past five years along its waterfront. At the salt mines of Wieliczka, visitors can see where workers toiled underground to unearth the mineral and carved statues and made chandeliers in th
Another regional snack is the elaborately decorated gingerbread (above) from Torun. Known as pierniki, these spice-scented gingerbread cookies have been produced since the Middle Ages and are intricately piped with lacelike icing sugar, making them almost too pretty to eat.PHOTO: SUZANNE SNG

Far from being grim and grey, Poland has a wealth of architectural and natural wonders, and great food too

At first glance, Poland's unofficial national dish, pierogi, does not impress.

The rustic dumpling, usually filled with meat, appears stodgy and rather pallid. But bite into it and the pillowy dough reveals a savoury centre bursting with flavours. Often, there is even a surprise within - instead of meat, the filling is cheese or even sweet juicy berries.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 08, 2019, with the headline 'Proudly Polish'. Print Edition | Subscribe