What’s on in Poland in September 2020
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September marks the end of summer in Poland. Technically, the summer season lasts until September 23 but September in Poland is considered as an autumn month. After all, it’s the month with the first day of school at Polish schools (in 2020: Tuesday, September 1).
The average temperature in September in Poland is 14°C / 57°F (just like in May). The average rainfall level in September in Poland is 53 mm (for comparison, July has the highest average rainfall in Poland: 89 mm, and February the lowest: 31 mm).
The astronomical (the autumnal equinox – the sun is directly over the equator) first day of autumn in Poland in 2020 falls on September 22 and the meteorological first day of autumn on September 23. After the autumnal equinox, the day in Poland gets shorter and the night longer until the winter solstice on December 21 – the day with the fewest hours of sunlight in Poland in the whole year.
- September 1
Commemoration of the anniversary of the outbreak of World War II
September 1, 2020 marks the 81st anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. The main official 2020 commemoration event will take place on the Westerplatte peninsula, next to Gdańsk, where one of the first battles took place, marking the beginning of World War II in Europe.
The first day of school at Polish schools
The event includes short formal ceremonies (it’s not a regular full school day so parents may need to take a day off). The school year in Poland is divided into 2 terms: the winter term (pierwszy semestr) and the summer term (drugi semestr). While the first and last days of school are set the same for all of Poland (the last day of school in Poland in 2021: June 25), the winter break (ferie zimowe) times differ for each Polish province/voivodship. Our post covers winter 2021 school breaks dates in Poland by voivodships. You will find updates regarding schools and covid in Poland in our post: weekly updates on the coronavirus regulations in Poland.
- September 23
The first day of autumn
The astronomical (the autumnal equinox – the sun is directly over the equator) first day of autumn in Poland in 2020 falls on September 22 and the meteorological first day of autumn on September 23. After the autumnal equinox, the days in Poland get shorter and the nights get longer until the winter solstice on December 21 – the first day of winter and the day with the fewest hours of sunlight in Poland in the whole year. Read more about the weather, changes in nature, seasonal fruits and vegetables in Poland in September, October & November.
- September 30
Boy’s Day (Dzień Chłopaka)
This holiday in Poland is the equivalent of Women’s Day, which is celebrated in Poland on March 8. On Boy’s Day, ladies give their loved ones (younger and older) a gift or prepare another surprise.
In September 2020, there is no shopping Sunday in Poland. The next shopping Sunday is on December 13 and December 20. 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.
Visit a park in September with your camera
Nature’s signs of autumn in Poland include changes in the landscape – trees are full of vibrant colors of orange, yellow, brown, and red. The leaves begin to drop off, giving children a chance to play in the leaf piles or collect and dry colorful leaves.
Buy local fruits and vegetables available fresh in September
Don’t miss the season for fresh sunflower seeds in Poland (it lasts until the end of September). In September, you can also buy walnuts and hazelnuts on Polish vegetable stalls. They offer also various species of wild mushrooms. And last but not least: the king of fruits in September in Poland is the apple.
Decorate your home with September flowers
Polish gardens are still in bloom in September, the most popular autumn flowers include asters (aster is a floral symbol of autumn in Poland), chrysanthemums, roses, sunflowers. Visit forests in Poland in September to admire colorful heather/calluna flowers (you can also buy them at the florist). The Polish name of September (wrzesień) comes from the heathers (wrzosy).
Look up high and watch the Polish sky Look up high and watch the Polish sky
Birds migration begins in the autumn in Poland. As early as September, you can see in the Polish skies the characteristic V-shaped flight formation of wild geese or cranes (the V shape in Poland is called klucz – a key).
Go hunting for chestnuts, acorns, and rowan red berries
The end of September is the time of the year in Poland when kids go chestnuts-hunting in the parks. Later, at kindergartens or schools, they create fantastic figures with chestnuts (the majority of chestnuts in Poland are not edible!) and acorns (oak nuts) or beautiful rowanberry necklaces. Chestnuts (kasztany), acorns (żołędzie), colorful autumn leaves, and rowan red berries (jarzębina) are perfect materials for arts and crafts activities for children (and adults…). September in Poland is the best for anyone who loves DIY natural projects!
Malbork Castle is one of the most magnificent medieval fortresses in Europe, called by many the biggest castles in the world. Built in the 13th century, restored after the Second World War, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site (“It is the most complete and elaborate example of a Gothic brick-built castle complex in the characteristic and unique style of the Teutonic Order”; more on the UNESCO website.)
This very photogenic castle (the majestic ruins are enhanced by the rocks used to build the walls of the castle) was built in the 14th – 15th centuries and is available for tours, including small exhibition rooms – torture room (!), armory, and history of the castle. “Across the street”, there is an amusement park (including a miniature park, toboggan run, experiments park, “the house of legends and terrors”) and on the other side, 300 m from the castle, there is a cozy hotel with a swimming pool, set into the rocky and green surroundings (POZIOM 511 Design Hotel & SPA).
The history of the palace dates back to the 18th century, the present building is a combination of neo-gothic and neo-renaissance styles, from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. This fairy-tale palace is famous for its 99 towers and 365 rooms, and a large park with centuries-old trees (beautiful photo gallery of the park) and azaleas and rhododendrons (bloom around May). The palace offers different tours (including “an extreme tour” of underground corridors, previously unavailable chambers and a dark crypt), and hotel rooms.
Książ Castle rises picturesquely on rocks among forests, in the heart of the Landscape Park. It’s a huge building – it is estimated that it is the third-largest castle in Poland after the Malbork castle and the Wawel castle in Kraków. The history of the castle dates back to the 13th century, it was rebuilt several times (the last time by the Nazis during the Second World War who bored tunnels 50 meters below the castle), which can be seen in its eclectic architecture. The castle offers hotel rooms and 14 tours, including a one-and-a-half km underground route and the castle by night tour.
Czorsztyn Castle (magnificent ruins of the castle from the fourteenth century) and Niedzica Castle (Zamek Dunajec) are both located on the shores Czorsztyńskie Lake (Jezioro Czorsztyńskie). The lake is beautifully located between the Pieniny Mountains and Gorce Mountains; it’s an artificial water reservoir on the Dunajec River, created by building a water dam in Niedzica town. Both castles are open to tourists, and small cruise marinas have been built next to them so you can enjoy the views from lake cruises (a boat or a gondola). There is also a free guarded beach (Plaża Pieniny) and a bike trail around the lake.
The history of the castle in Gołuchów, rising over the river in the forest area, is over 400 years old. It’s located in a quiet and green area – a nice weekend getaway spot if you appreciate nature and some history. The castle is run by the Poznań Museum and is available to tour. An undoubted advantage of the castle is its location – the enormous park-arboretum surrounding it is available to visitors from dawn to dusk (it is one of the oldest and largest gardens established in the English style in the second half of the nineteenth century). The park includes demonstration animal farm (open daily from dawn to dusk, free entrance, the farm’s location on Google map, more in Polish). You will find there Polish bison (żubr), Polish ponies, fallow deers, and wild boars.
Click here to read our post about the best castles in Poland to add to your Polish travel bucket list (including their locations, websites etc.).
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.
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.
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 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 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 – 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.
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 (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!).
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.
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).
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.
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.
Air connections in Poland update (September 16 – September 29)
- Ban on flights to Poland from the following countries until September 29, 2020: Belize; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Montenegro; Brazil; Bahrain; Spain; Israel; Qatar; Kuwait; Libya; Argentina; Chile; Guatemala; Honduras; Iraq; Colombia; Costa Rica; Lebanon; Maldives; Moldova; Namibia; Panama; Paraguay; Peru; Suriname; Cape Verde; United States of America; Bolivia; Bahamas.
- The list was compiled based on the analysis of the epidemiological status in a given country (by European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control), taking into account the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people. The list includes countries with more than 90 cases per 100,000 people.
- The government has added an exception to the new no-fly regulation, important for tourists and travel agencies – the ban will not apply to aircrafts chartered in before the entry into force of the regulation.
- A new provision in this regulation: the ban does not apply to countries that have introduced the solution ensuring that only passengers who have passed the SARS-CoV-2 test with a negative result will be accepted on board of the aircraft.
- France, on September 18, notified the introduction of the above-mentioned solutions, and was excluded from the no-fly list.
- Source, the government regulation: https://dziennikustaw.gov.pl/D2020000158701.pdf.
New quarantine rules in Poland from September 2, 2020
- From September 2, the quarantine time is reduced from 14 days to 10 days.
- The 10-day quarantine applies to healthy people who have had contact with COVID-19 patients and for foreigners crossing the Polish border which is the European Union’s external border.
- People in quarantine who are asymptomatic will NOT be tested. People who do not develop any symptoms will be automatically released from quarantine.
- However, if symptoms appear during quarantine, the patient should consult a physician who will make decisions about further treatment.
- Changes from September 2 in regulations regarding home isolation (isolation of a person whose first SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test result is positive).
- What is home isolation? Patients who have been diagnosed with coronavirus but feel well enough that they do not have to stay in the hospital must stay in home isolation.
- On day 7, the patient will receive an SMS with the information that on day 8-10 there should be a telephone consultation with a primary health care physician. During the telephone consultation, the doctor will assess the health condition and decide on a possible extension of isolation beyond 10 days (if there are symptoms of the disease).
- If the patient is asymptomatic, isolation ends automatically on the 10th day after the test.
- In the event of symptoms of infection, the duration of the isolation is a minimum of 13 days from the date of the appearance of symptoms. Importantly, the last three days must be asymptomatic.
- The Polish borders with the European Union countries are opened from June 13, 2020 (no quarantine). After crossing other (the EU external borders) borders (with Russia, Ukraine, Belarus), there is a mandatory quarantine. The following people do NOT have to undergo a mandatory quarantine after crossing the EU external border:
- Polish citizens and their families,
- citizens of European Union member states and EFTA (Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and their families,
- students studying in Poland and their guardians,
- Detailed information in English, including other groups that the quarantine obligation does not apply to.
Additional restrictions in the counties/poviats in Poland with the highest increase in infections
- As of August 9, some restrictions returned in the counties/poviats (powiaty) with the highest increase in infections. Here you will find the current list of areas with additional restrictions (they are divided into two zones: yellow and red – with a different range of restrictions).
- The list of counties is based on the analysis of the dynamics of the increase in infections over the last 14 days. If there were more than 12 new cases per 10,000 inhabitants, then the poviat is included in the red zone, and if it is between 6 and 12 per 10,000 inhabitants it is in the yellow zone.
- The list is updated twice a week.
- Red zone restrictions include: wearing masks everywhere in public spaces; ban on the organization of congresses and fairs; sporting events without an audience; ban on the organization of cultural events; closure of amusement parks and recreational parks; cinemas – only 25% of places reserved for the audience; churches – only 50% of seats available; weddings – up to 50 people.
- Yellow zone restrictions include: sporting and cultural events – only 25% of places reserved for the audience; amusement parks and recreational parks – 1 person for 10 sq m; cinemas – only 25% of places reserved for the audience; weddings – up to 100 people.
- 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.
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