What’s on in Poland in August 2020

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Weather in Poland in August

The average monthly temperature in August – the last summer month in Poland – is 18,5°C / 65°F, and the average monthly rainfall level is 66 mm.

In Poland, the name of the month (sierpień) comes from the sickle (sierp) used during the harvest, which falls in Poland in August.

Read more about the weather in Poland in summer and colorful changes in nature you can’t miss.

Things you can’t miss in Poland in August

August is the season for juicy fruits in Poland! Sour cherries, sweet cherries, bilberries, gooseberries, raspberries, currants, brambles. Find out more in our delicious photo guide to the best Polish fruits to eat during summer.

Enjoy in August the seasonal Polish summer foods, including broad bean (bób) – iconic vegetable in Poland and chanterelle mushroom (kurki) – golden queen of summer forest mushrooms in Poland. Find out more in our post: Summertime vegetables you must try while they are in season in Poland.

Bilberry yeast bun – jagodzianka – the best summer treat

Another summer treat: bilberry yeast bun – jagodzianka – beautifully risen yeast dough filled with wild blueberries, and on top with a delicious crumble. You will buy it in July and August in every Polish bakery and cake shop. Traditional Polish way to have a jagodzianka with a kefir drink!

Fresh sunflowers seeds – perfect healthy snack 

Don’t miss the season for fresh sunflower seeds in Poland (it lasts until the end of September). You will find plenty of them in local Polish markets.
How do I pick a good sunflower? Anyone who has bought fresh sunflower seeds knows that it is easy to buy one full of empty seeds. It is worth choosing a convex sunflower. The full seeds make the center of the flower stick upwards. Pay attention to the underside of the sunflower. If it is yellow, it is a sign that it has ripened in the sun. The third desirable quality that proves the ripeness of the sunflower is its rigidity. If the sunflower does not bend easily by hand, it means that the sunflower has whole grains in it. Smacznego!:)

The Perseid meteor shower – nights of shooting stars in Poland

The Perseid meteor shower is active from the second half of July until August 24, with a peak on August 12-14. How to observe meteors? Astronomical equipment is not required. It is best to find a place in the area that is least lit so that the lamps do not shine in the eyes. The darker the better, because more meteors can be seen. To fully enjoy this spectacular phenomenon, it is worth going outside the city – where we can see the clear, starry sky. 

Golden cereal fields

When you travel in Poland outside the cities in August, you will notice golden cereal fields (mostly rye, wheat, oats) accompanied with red poppies and blue cornflowers. August is the harvest season in Poland. When the crops are already harvested, it’s time to celebrate. The harvest in Poland ends with the festival called in Polish dożynki.

Botanical gardens in Poland to visit in August

The Botanical Garden in KRAKÓW

The oldest (opened in 1783) botanical garden in Poland – 10 ha of greenery in the heart of Kraków (peace and relaxation in the center of a usually crowded city!). The garden was entered in the register of monuments in Poland as a valuable natural object, a monument of the history of science, gardening art and culture. Open to visitors from April to October.

The Botanical Garden in WROCŁAW

If you need a break from the typical tourist attractions of Wrocław, the Botanical Garden is a green oasis of calm in the center of the city (the garden is located about 2 km from the Market Square, in the Ostrów Tumski district – the oldest part of Wrocław that used to be an island). Established in 1811, the park includes ponds with wooden bridges, a greenhouse, and thousands of plants.

The Botanical Garden in POZNAŃ

One of the most beautiful places in Poznań and a favorite destination of Poznanians for weekend family walks. It’s a nice place for rest and education – you will see here many species of plants from various parts of the world, both popular and rare, and even threatened with extinction. The Botanical Garden is open every day, admission is free.

The Botanical Garden in GDAŃSK

The botanical garden is located within a large historic Park Oliwski, in Oliwa district of Gdańsk. Opening hours of Park Oliwski May – September: 5 am – 11 pm, October – April: 5 am – 8 pm, free entrance.
In addition to the Botanical Garden, in the Oliwa Park, there is a gallery of contemporary sculpture, a Japanese-style garden, a popular ‘linden alley’ formed into a green tunnel, park ponds with ducks, gulls, and swans.

The Botanical Garden in Mikołów – the KATOWICE area

The Silesian Botanical Garden (Śląski Ogród Botaniczny w Mikołowie) is located 20 km from Katowice, on the hills and glacial moraines of a huge area of 100 ha! It has become a green showcase of the industrialized Silesia region.
The Garden has two parts/entrances: Ogród Żólty/Yellow Garden (Sosnowa Street), Ogród Czerwony/Red Garden (Grudniowa Street). These two parts of the garden are connected by a forest path leading through Fiołkowa Góra (the Garden’s map).

The Arboretum Forest Educational Center in Rogów, near ŁÓDŹ

The Arboretum Forest Educational Center in Rogów – established in 1923 – is one of the biggest (over 50 hectares) botanical gardens in Poland, run by the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. It is located in Łódź voivodship, 40 km from Łódź and 100 km from Warsaw.
The Arboretum in Rogów has also one of the most valuable plant collections in Europe. It’s “a forest park”, located in the thinned-out area of the forest. You can admire there the collections of trees and shrubs of Central and Eastern Europe, protected, endangered, and rare plants, as well as “experimental” parts of the forest with foreign species and the Alpine Garden – the aplinarium.

The Botanical Garden of the Warsaw University in WARSAW

Warsaw is lucky to have 2 botanical gardens. One is located in the city center (the Botanical Garden of the Warsaw University), and the other in the suburbs of Warsaw in Powsin.

The Botanical Garden of the Warsaw University – beautiful nature at your fingertips in the heart of Warsaw – it sounds like a cheap advertising slogan, but the Garden is really wonderful. It is full of winding alleys, hills, paths among flower beds and hedges, pergolas, corners with fountains and a pond. Secret garden like in a fairy tale.
In 1818, the Garden was separated from the Łazienki Royal Park. It is not large and during sunny weekends there are not as many visitors comparing to the neighboring Łazienki Park.

The Botanical Garden in Powsin near WARSAW

The Botanical Garden in Powsin (south of Warsaw, between Wilanów and Konstancin) is a huge park with nice walking paths: roughly half of it is taken, according to the map, by “useful and ornamental plants”, the second part (arboretum) is “a collection of woody plants”, where the azaleas are the most popular among visitors (they bloom in the spring). There are many opportunities to have amazing photo sessions, eg. cherry blossom, including Japanese sakura, the national collection of varieties of roses and many others.
You will find there a vegetable garden and orchard – lots of fun for city people to see “live” pumpkin, beetroot, dill or an apple on a tree. Kids will enjoy the “Collection of Polish flora” which includes mountain plants and mini-mountains / hills. There are short trails (marked as in the real Polish mountains) and peaks with an interesting view for children. Climbing is not difficult, and the little hikers have great satisfaction.

Click here to read our new post about beautiful botanical gardens in Poland to relax and appreciate nature’s beauty (lots of amazing photos!).

Beautiful lakes in Poland

Śniardwy Lake (Jezioro Śniardwy) – Poland’s largest lake

Śniardwy Lake (the largest lake in Poland, called the Masurian sea, with an area of over 100 km²) – is located in Mazury (in the Land of the Great Masurian Lakes – Poland’s largest cluster of lakes connected by canals), in the Masurian Landscape Park, near Mikołajki (the summer capital of Masuria). The lake has 8 islands and numerous bays, some of which are like separate lakes.
Śniardwy Lake has a connection with many surrounding lakes, through which it connects with Lake Mamry (second largest lake in Poland) creating together the Great Masurian Lakes (Wielkie Jeziora Mazurskie).
The surroundings of the Śniardwy Lake – like all Masuria – offer many tourist attractions and accommodation options.

Wigry Lake (Jezioro Wigry) – one of the cleanest lakes in Poland, also called a crystal-clear lake

Wigry Lake is the biggest lake within the Wigry National Park, located in north-eastern Poland (the Masurian Lake District and Augustów Forest), only 50 km from the border with Lithuania.
Wigry Lake is available for tourism, with beaches and bike trail around the lake. The lake is also perfect for sailing and kayaking. The waters are so-called “quiet zone”, which means that motorboats are not allowed on the water.

Drawsko Lake (Jezioro Drawsko) – lake of twelve islands

Drawsko Lake is the largest lake in the Drawskie Lakeland (Pojezierze Drawskie) and the second deepest in Poland. Several holiday resorts are located on its shores (the biggest one in Czaplinek). The lake has as many as 12 islands! 
The unusual coastline, cliffs, numerous bays, islands create the extraordinary atmosphere of this place.

Czorsztyńskie Lake (Jezioro Czorsztyńskie) – two castles on the shores of the lake

Czorsztyńskie Lake – located in southern Poland between Pieniny Mountains and Gorce Mountains – is an artificial water reservoir on the Dunajec River, created by building a water dam in Niedzica town.
From its surface (lake cruises are available – with a boat or a gondola) you can enjoy beautiful views. There is also a free guarded beach (Plaża Pieniny) and a bike trail around the lake.
The highlights of the area – on the shores of the lake there are two castles: Czorsztyn Castle (magnificent ruins of the castle from the fourteenth century) and Niedzica Castle (Zamek Dunajec). Both castles are open to tourists, and small cruise marinas have been built next to them.

Morskie Oko (Eye of the Sea in English) – the largest mountain lake in Poland

Morskie Oko is the largest lake in the Tatra Mountains, located at an altitude of 1,395 m above sea level. You can reach the Morskie Oko Lake by foot – the trail is about 8 km long (hiking time is 2 hours 25 minutes). Morskie Oko itself makes a very big impression, also on children – it’s a truly stunning lake. The route to Morskie Oko runs along an asphalt road which is usually walked by hundreds – if not thousands – of tourists (in July and August, Morskie Oko is visited by about half a million tourists). There is only one way to avoid the crowds and enjoy the exceptional nature of the Morskie Oko Lake – set out on the trail when the rest of the tourists is still at their hotels (enter the trail at about 7-8 am).

Click here to read our new post about beautiful lakes in Poland and their locations (lots of amazing photos!).

Re-opened zoos in Poland

Wrocław Zoo

The Zoo in Wrocław has been reopened on May 21. Opening hours: 9 am – 6 pm. Africarium – the only oceanarium in the world dedicated to Africa’s water environment – is open too (there is a one-way visitors traffic in Africarium). The Japanese Gate / Brama Japońska will remain closed. It’s recommended to buy tickets online. More tips in English about visiting the Zoo in Wrocław in our post.

Warsaw Zoo

The Zoo in Warsaw has been reopened on May 20. Opening hours: weekdays 9 am – 6 pm, weekends 9 am – 7 pm (ticket offices close an hour earlier). The Zoo recommends buying tickets with mPay application. Two entrances will be open: from Ratuszowa Street and the Most Gdansk bridge (only one ticket office be open at each entrance).

Łódź Zoo

The Zoo in Łódź has been reopened on May 20. Opening hours: 9 am – 7 pm (ticket offices close an hour earlier). It’s recommended to buy tickets online.

Gdańsk Zoo

The Zoo in Gdańsk has been reopened on May 19. Opening hours: 9 am – 7 pm (last entrance: 6 pm). Entrance only with online tickets!

Kraków Zoo

The Zoo in Kraków has been reopened on May 20. Opening hours: 9 am – 7 pm (ticket offices close an hour earlier). It’s recommended to buy tickets online.

Katowice area – the Silesian Zoological Garden in Chorzów

Śląski Ogród Zoologiczny has been reopened on June 1. The Zoo is open every day 9 am – 7 pm. Entrance to the zoo is only possible through the main gate (the gate and ticket office at Złota street will be closed). You can buy tickets online.

Poznań Zoo

The Zoo in Poznań has been reopened on June 19. Opening hours: 9 am – 7 pm. Entrance tickets to the New Zoo are available only online or in ticket vending machines (payment only by card). The Old Zoo has been reopened too.

Public holiday and celebrations in Poland in August 2020

  • August 1

Warsaw Uprising Remembrance Day (Dzień Pamięci Powstania Warszawskiego)
The anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 against the Nazis. At precisely 5 pm all the Warsaw city sirens sound and lots of cars and pedestrians stop to commemorate and contemplate people who died in 1944.

  • August 15

Polish Army Day 
Bank/public holiday in Poland. Polish Army Day is marking the 1920 breakthrough battle called Cud nad Wisłą (the Miracle on the Vistula river) between the Poles under Marshal Piłsudski and the Bolsheviks. The main celebrations are held usually at Pilsudski Square (Plac Piłsudskiego), including parades and the president’s speech. August 15 marks also the Assumption of Mary celebrations in Poland which focus on The Sanctuary of Jasna Góra in Częstochowa – on August 15 a pilgrimage (pielgrzymka) destination for many people walking hundreds of kilometers for days from all over Poland. Stores, malls, shopping centers closed, only some smaller local convenience stores can be open (eg. Żabka). You can do basic shopping at gas stations (24h).

Shopping Sunday in Poland in August 2020

In August 2020, there is one shopping Sunday in Poland: August 30. Click here to read our post about shopping Sundays in Poland in 2020. Read our post with the list of online stores in Poland delivering groceries to home.

COVID-19 regulations and restrictions in Poland

Relief of selected restrictions in Poland from July 25

  • Social distancing – a reduction from 2 m to 1.5 m.
  • Sports events – increasing the audience limit to 50% of the number of seats available for fans at stadiums and other sports facilities (including sports halls).
  • For swimming pools (indoor and outdoor), the number of swimmers will no longer be limited.
  • There is a limit of people who can use water parks – up to 75% of the facility’s capacity.
  • Increasing the limit of participants in conferences, fairs, congresses, etc. The number of people who can take part in the event depends on the area of the facility – there must be 2.5 square meters per person (before it was 4 square m). Additionally, the limit of 150 people participating in such events is lifted.
  • The obligation to alternate seats in cinemas and at indoor artistic and entertainment events is lifted. This applies, for example, to music clubs, entertainment and sports halls.

Air connections in Poland update (August 12-25)

  • Ban on flights to Poland from the following countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina; China; Montenegro; the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe; Russia; Brazil; Andorra; Saudi Arabia; Bahrain; the kingdom of Eswatini; Mexico; Israel; Qatar; Kuwait; Argentina; Armenia; Chile; the Dominican Republic; Ecuador; the Gabonese Republic; Guatemala; Honduras; Iraq; Kazakhstan; the Kyrgyz Republic; Colombia; Kosovo; Costa Rica; the Republic of North Macedonia; Maldives; Moldova; Panama; Peru; South Africa; El Salvador; Serbia; Singapore; Suriname; Cape Verde; United States of America; Oman; Luxembourg; Bolivia; Bahamas.
  • The list was compiled based on the analysis of the epidemiological status in a given country, taking into account the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people.
  • The new regulation enters into force on August 12 and will be reviewed on August 25, 2020.

Face masks 

  • Obligation to cover the mouth and nose when you cannot keep a 1.5-meter distance from others.
  • There are places where you must cover your mouth and nose: buses, trams, shops, cinemas, theaters, banks, churches.

Find out more in our post with weekly updates on coronavirus regulations and restrictions in Poland.

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