Polish Pierogi - commonly translated as dumplings, are in fact closer to ravioli and come in a variety of fillings: pierogi ruskie – filled with potato and cheese; pierogi z miesem – filled with meat; grzybami – filled with mushrooms; z serem (sweet cream cheese – popular as a dessert; and in the summer strawberries and bluberries make popular fillings and are served with cream.

Polish Pierogi recipe from Jenny Jones -Traditional Polish recipe with potato-cheese filling. Great with reduced fat sour cream or browned onions

Schindler's Factory, Krakow

When Heidi finds a huge swastika in the Ziemer barn, she cuts it up to sew clothes.

Bigos. Sauerkraut, kiełbasa (sausage) and meat stew. Traditional Polish dish. hunter’s stew, is a true Polish classic. A base of shredded fermented cabbage with tomatoes, chunks of sausage and pork, is enriched with wine, honey, and mushrooms. Served with boiled potaoes or hunks of coarse bread, bigos is very nutritious as well as being very tasty.

traditional polish kitchen: BIGOS which means: cabbage, dried mushrooms, meat stew, onion, sausage .

The Ariel restaurant, a jewish restaurant on Szeroka street in the Kazimierz of Krakow

The Ariel Restaurant, a Jewish restaurant on Szeroka Street in the Kazimierz (Jewish district) of Krakow, Poland.

Zurek - a very substantial soup that can qualify as a meal in itself. The base is a hearty broth, to which is added potatoes, white sausage, vegetables and, perhaps rather unnervingly, a hardboiled egg. Particularly recommended as a winter warmer.

White Barszcz Zurek (Sour Bread Soup)

Polish Zurek soup served in a bread bowl in Poland, Via Monika Wisniewska / Getty Images

A short guide to Krakow, Poland. Everything you need to know about the city and what do not miss.

Krakow - short city guide

Krakow has gone beyond my expectations: it’s a young, dynamic and colorful city, full of cultural activities, night life, delicious typical dishes.

rakow is one of the most visited cities in Central Europe and I personally have been here several times for its location, food, drinks, culture and of course the history. Most visitors come here because the drinks are so cheap and the nightlife is great but for me it has to be the history.....

Krakow is one of the most visited cities in Central Europe and I personally have been here several times for its location, food, drinks, culture and of course the history. Most visitors come here because the drinks are so cheap and the nightlife is great

Christmas Market, Krakow, Poland

Christmas Market in the square, Krakow, Poland, anchored by St Mary's church.

ul. szeroka - krakow - a long and wide cobbled street featuring the Old Synagogue at one end and numerous restaurants along it

szeroka - krakow - a long and wide cobbled street featuring the Old Synagogue at one end and numerous restaurants along it

The Royal Castle on the Wawel Hill in Cracow.

Castle on the Wawel Hill, Kraków

Queen Boutique Hotel, Krakow, Poland.

Queen Boutique Hotel, Krakow, Poland.

No evening is complete without a vodka nightcap. The vaulted Wodka Cafe Bar, just east of Rynek Główny, stocks 100 different varieties including hazelnut, quince, pear, peach, mint and grapefruit flavours alongside traditional favourite Żubrówka  bison grass vodka, which is a dry, herb-flavoured vodka distilled from rye.

No evening is complete without a vodka nightcap. The vaulted Wodka Cafe Bar, just east of Rynek Główny, stocks 100 different varieties including hazelnut, quince, pear, peach, mint and grapefruit flavours alongside traditional favourite Żubrówka bison grass vodka, which is a dry, herb-flavoured vodka distilled from rye.

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