What’s on in Warsaw in June: kayaking in Warsaw & Vistula river cruises, drive-in & open-air cinemas, what’s re-opened in Warsaw, holidays & celebrations, weather

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Weather in Poland in June

The astronomical first day of summer (when the Sun reaches its highest point in the sky – the summer solstice) falls in 2020 on June 20. In Poland, the summer solstice is the day with the most hours of sunlight of the whole year (16 hours 46 minutes, sunrise: 4.14 am, sunset: 9 pm) and is seen as the end of spring and the beginning of summer. Meteorologically speaking, summer in Poland begins on June 22, with autumn starting on September 23.

Technically, the spring season lasts until June 22 but June in Poland is considered a summer month. After all, it’s the time when school summer break starts (end of the school year in Polish schools in 2020: June 26). The average monthly temperature in June in Poland is 16,6°C / 62°F, and the average monthly rainfall level is 69 mm (the second highest after July).

June in Poland is a strawberry season! [our delicious photo guide to the best Polish fruits to eat during summer] Gardens are in full bloom with countless flowers, including peonies (in Polish piwonie or peonie) which are available only for a short time in June. In the Polish countryside, you will notice vast yellow fields of blooming rapeseed (canola). Read more about the weather in Poland in summer and colorful changes in nature you can’t miss.

What’s re-opened in Warsaw: parks, zoo, museums, foreign languages library, the biggest food halls

Warsaw Zoo
The Zoo in Warsaw has been reopened on May 20. Only the outdoor area is available to visitors (indoor pavilions and playground will remain closed), with the limit of 3000 visitors at the same time. 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 or online. Two entrances are open: from Ratuszowa Street and the Most Gdansk bridge (only one ticket office be open at each entrance). Animal feeding shows are suspended.

The Foreign Languages Library
The Foreign Languages Library is reopened from May 11. The biggest in Warsaw – Foreign Languages Library Obcojęzyczna has over 50,000 books, audiobooks, and films, including books for children and teenagers. Most of their collection is in English, but there are also books in German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian, and Croatian. The library is located in Parga Południe district, Meissnera 5 Street, Facebook page in Polish & English. All are welcome! Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 2 pm – 7 pm, Thursday, Friday 11 am – 4 pm.

Copernicus Science Center
Re-opened from June 10. Location: Centrum Nauki Kopernik, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street (Powiśle), online tickets. Inside the building, there is an obligation to cover your mouths and nose. The number of visitors is reduced by half. Click here to read our tips on visiting the Copernicus Science Center.

Planetarium in Copernicus Science Center
Re-opened from June 11. Location: the Planetarium building next to Copernicus Science Center, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street (Powiśle), online tickets. The Planetarium screens films for adults and kids at a different age – some for 3+ audience, and some shows for teenagers (2D and 3D screenings). Most of the screenings can also be viewed in the English audio version with headphones (and some in Russian). Inside the building, there is an obligation to cover your mouths and nose. No more than half the number of seats can be taken, with one free space between each person (this not apply to families and people living together). Click here to read our tips on visiting the Planetarium.

Park and the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace in Wilanów
The Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów in Warsaw is a baroque summer residence of King Jan III Sobieski and his wife, Queen Maria Kazimiera. It’s a huge park (45 hectares!) with gardens of different styles (Baroque, English landscape garden, rose garden, Anglo-Chinese garden) as well as Wilanowskie Lake, and lots of beautiful nature. The park’s opening hours weekdays: 9.30 am – 6 pm (last entry: 5 pm). The park’s opening hours weekends: 9.30 am – 9 pm (last entry: 8 pm). Tickets to the park: 6 PLN (children up to 7 years old – free entrance). The ticket area begins in the courtyard (it used to be free). The Palace is open during weekends: 10 am – 4 pm (regular ticket 25 PLN, reduced ticket 20 PLN, tickets for children from the European Union – 1 PLN) and on Thursdays: 10 am – 2 pm (free entrance). It’s recommended to buy tickets online. The number of people present in the park will be limited based on the recommendations of the sanitary inspectorate. More about the park and beautiful photos in our post.

The Viewing Platform of the Palace of Culture and Science
The platform on the 30th floor (114 m high) has been reopened on May 18. Open every day: 12 pm – 8 pm. Online tickets. The elevators will work without elevator operators only under the supervision of cameras and operators. Our tips about visiting the platform.

3 biggest food halls in Warsaw: Hala Koszyki, Hala Gwardii, Elektrownia Powiśle
Hala Koszyki (Koszykowa 63 Street) has reopened their food court on May 18, Hala Gwardii (Plac Żelaznej Bramy 1)  on May 22, and Elektrownia Powiśle (Dobra 42 Street) on May 20.

The outdoor “Breakfast Market” in Żoliborz / Targ Śniadaniowy – an outdoor shopping
Location: corner of aleja Wojska Polskiego Street and Śmiała Street (Żoliborz), 9 am – 4 pm. Bread, pastries, cheese, sausages, vegan delicatessen, vegetables, fruits, flowers, fish. Every Saturday, starting from June 6. Facebook event in Polish.

Warsaw city bikes 
The government lifted the ban on city bikes, and Veturilo Warsaw city bikes are available again from May 6. In Warsaw, there are over 5700 city bicycles in 390 stations. The Veturilo website is available in Polish, English, German, and Russian. You will find there an interactive station map of Warsaw (you can browse by available bikes, electric bikes, children bikes, etc.).

The Botanic Garden of the Warsaw University
The Garden is reopened from May 11. Opening hours weekends and holidays: 10 am – 6 pm, opening hours weekdays: 12 pm – 6 pm. The greenhouses remain closed. Regular tickets: 12 PLN, reduced tickets: 6 PLN (children up to 6 years old – free entrance). The limit of the number of visitors: 200 visitors per hour. Entrance to the garden only through the gate next to the garden courtyard (you will find there a ticket office next to the Astronomical Observatory). More about the Garden in our post.

The Roof Garden of the Warsaw University Library
The Garden is located on the roof of the University of Warsaw Library (Powiśle district) and is one of the largest roof gardens in Europe. From the top, you will have a wonderful view of Warsaw, including the Vistula river and the Palace of Culture and Science. The library Garden has two parts: the upper garden on the roof and the lower garden where you will find the ponds, the fountain, and the granite sculptures. The lower garden is open all year, while the Roof Garden is open in spring and summer. The Roof Garden of the Warsaw University Library is open from May 2. Opening hours: 8 am – 8 pm. Free entrance. More about the Library Roof Garden in our post (including the location, how to get there, and more beautiful photos).

Garden on the rooftop of the Copernicus Science Center
A relatively small garden on the rooftop of the Copernicus Science Centre (Powiśle district), overlooking the Vistula river and the Old Town. The Copernicus Science Center remains closed. Opening hours of the Garden, May-August: 10 am – 8 pm. The Garden is closed on Mondays. Entrance through a ramp from the southern part of the building. Free entrance.

Botanical Garden of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Powsin
Great destination, especially during weekends – for a longer trip – to recharge your batteries by experiencing nature. The Garden is located in Powsin, in the suburbs of Warsaw – between Wilanów and Konstancin. 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. The Garden offers many photo opportunities (azaleas, roses, fruit trees blooming, colorful leaves during fall). Re-opened from April 25. Opening hours weekends and holidays: 9 am – 8 pm. Opening hours weekdays: 3 pm – 8 pm. The orangery, gallery and other facilities will remain closed. Cafe Ogród is open. Regular tickets: 15 PLN. Reduced tickets: 10 PLN (children up to 5 years old – free entrance). Family tickets 2 adults + 2 children: 35 PLN. The garden reserves the right to limit the number of visitors and temporarily close the entrance gates when the limit of visitors is exceeded. More about the Botanical Garden in our feature story.

The Gardens of the Royal Castle
Although the reconstruction of the Royal Castle was completed in 1984, it was only in 2015 that the Castle’s historical upper garden was open. 2019 marks a significant milestone in the history of Polish capital – the lower garden of the Royal Castle was open to the public, finalizing the after-war reconstruction of Warsaw’s Old Town. Gardens of the Royal Castle are re-opened from April 20. Opening hours: 10 am – 8 pm. Free entrance. More about the Gardens of the Royal Castle in our post.

The Royal Castle in Warsaw – Zamek Królewski
The Royal Castle is open from May 4, with a limit of up to 100 people per hour. Opening hours from Tuesday to Friday: 12 pm – 5 pm; on Saturdays and Sundays: 10 am – 5 pm. The Castle is closed on Mondays. Ticket prices: 10 PLN (regular) and 5 PLN (reduced). More about the Royal Castle in our post (including the archived images of the Royal Castle – how it looked like before World War II, how it looked like in 1945, the renovation works in the 1970s).

The Warsaw Railway Museum – Stacja Muzeum
Location: Towarowa 3 Street (Wola). Opening hours: 10 am – 4 pm (every day). Free entrance on Mondays. Online tickets (children up to 7 years old free entrance). The Museum’s website in English.

The Dollhouse Museum
Location: the Palace of Culture and Science. The Dollhouse Museum hosts a collection of over 130 historical houses, shops, and rooms for dolls. The Museum has been reopened on May 16. Open every day: 1 pm – 7 pm. Our tips in English on visiting the Dollhouse Museum.

The National Museum in Warsaw – Muzeum Narodowe
The National Museum is reopened from May 12. Opening hours: Monday – closed, Tuesday-Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. Only part of the exhibitions is available each day. The number of visitors to individual exhibitions is limited. It’s recommended to buy tickets online (free entrance on Tuesday). Audio-guides are available only onlineMore about the National Museum in our post.

The Royal Łazienki Museums and Park
Reopened Łazienki buildings include: The Palace on the Isle (ground floor), the White Pavilion (ground floor), the Museum of Hunting and Horsemanship (temporary exhibitions room), the Old Orangery with the Royal Sculpture Gallery. Opening hours: 10 am – 4 pm. Free entrance on Mondays. Only individual tours are possible. A limited number of visitors can stay in a building at one time: in the Palace on the Isle – up to 25 visitors, in the White Pavilion – up to 6 visitors, in the Old Orangery – up to 20 visitors, in the Museum of Hunting and Horsemanship – up to 3 persons. Visits are also restricted in time: the Palace on the Isle – 30 minutes, the Old Orangery – 30 minutes, the White Pavilion – 15 minutes, the Museum of Hunting and Horsemanship – 20 minutes. The Royal Łazienki PARK’s opening hours from June 1: 6 am – 9.30 pm (every day). More about the Łazienki Park and Museums in our post.

The Birthplace of Frederic Chopin – Museum and Park in Żelazowa Wola
The Park and Museum are reopened from May 7. Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm (closed on Mondays). The number of visitors will be limited to 600 people at the same time in the park and 11 in the Chopin annex. Sunday Chopin recitals (12 pm and 3 pm) are aired, you can listen to them anywhere in the park. It’s recommended to buy tickets online (online tickets to the museum, online tickets to the park). More about visiting Żelazowa Wola with kids in our feature story.

Drive-in and open-air cinemas in Warsaw

According to new regulations, drive-in cinemas (kino samochodowe) in Poland can operate from May 18 (regular cinemas can be reopened from June 6). Drive-in cinemas in Warsaw are still under preparation, so the post with the list of locations in Warsaw will be updated every few days. Stay tuned and enjoy it!

Free outdoor summer cinema in Elektrownia Powiśle
Location: Elektrownia Powiśle shopping center, Dobra 42 Street (Powiśle), free entrance. Every Tuesday and Saturday, starting from June 13, at 7.30 pm. Screenings of documentary films featured during “Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival” – the largest documentary film festival in Poland. Facebook event in Polish.

Free outdoor summer cinema in Fort 8/Fort Służew
Location: Fort 8, Fort Służew 1b Street (Ursynów), free entrance, 9 pm, June 18, July 2, July 16, July 30, August 13, August 27, September 10. Facebook event in Polish.

Free outdoor summer cinema on the beach
Location: Beach Bar Aquatica, Wybrzeże Helskie Street, the Vistula bank opposite to Park Praski (Praga), free entrance, 9 pm, every Friday in June. Facebook event in Polish.

Free outdoor summer cinema in Saska Kępa
Location: Lunapark outdoor restaurants and street food bars, Wał Miedzeszyński 407 Street (Saska Kępa). Thursday, June 11, 9 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

Drive-in cinema in Wola
Location: EXPO XXI, Prądzyńskiego 12/14 Street (Wola). Online tickets (50 PLN per car with 2 persons, 60 PLN per car with 3 persons). Screening with Polish subtitles. Friday, Saturday, Sunday. RepertoireFacebook event in Polish.

Drive-in cinema in Żerań (Białołęka) next to the Vistula river
Location: Myśliborska 11 Street. Capacity: 100+ cars. Online tickets and repertoire (50 PLN per car). Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 9 pm.

Open-air cinema at SOHO Factory in Praga
Location: SOHO Factory in Praga district, Chono Lulu Bistro & Bar, Mińska 25 Street. Screenings every Wednesday and Friday at 9 pm, free entrance, the number of seats limited. Facebook event in Polish.

Free drive-in cinema, two parallel screenings for adults and children
Friday, June 5, 9 pm. Location: Global Expo, Modlińska 6D Street (Białołęka). Free online tickets (required registration code: KinoHumanites). Facebook event in Polish.

Several drive-in cinemas will be launched in Warsaw this summer. The locations in Warsaw include the National Stadium, Żerań (Białołęka district), Soho (Praga district), Bemowo.

Kayaking in Warsaw & Vistula river cruises in the Warsaw area

In recent years, the Wisła river in Warsaw during summertime has been full of cruises, ferries, water trams, kayaks. This year is different on the Vistula river too… This season, not all options are available, but you can still find some interesting ones in Warsaw!

Ferry across the Vistula river near Konstancin 
Prom Gassy-Karczew connects the municipality of Konstancin-Jeziorna and the municipality of Karczew (the route on Google map). On weekdays (until August 31) the ferry operates from 6 am to 8 pm, on Saturdays – from 8 am to 8 pm, and on Sundays and holidays – 9 am – 8 pm. The cost is 3 PLN per person (children up to 7 free). Additionally, bicycle – 2 PLN, motorcycle – 5 PLN, car – 9 PLN. Website in Polish. Facebook page.

Cruises on the Vistula river
Daylight and evening one-hour / 9 km cruises on the boats (glass-covered main deck and sun deck). The lower deck is completely built-up (with huge windows) and safe for little children. Reduced capacity during covid pandemic: 6 passengers. Regular ticket: 49 PLN, reduced ticket for children up to 15: 24 PLN (daily cruise), evening cruise – 45 PLN (online tickets). Start and finish at the Vistula Boulevard, close to the Old Town (location on the map). Website in English. Facebook page.

Taxi Wisła – the Vistula river cruises on a traditional wooden boat
The cruise takes about 45 minutes. To order/book Taxi Wisła call them (+48 605143904) or send a message on Facebook. Reduced capacity during covid pandemic: 6 passengers (before it was 12). There is always a set of life vests on board, you don’t need to have your own. Weekend 30 PLN per person, from Monday to Thursday 25 PLN per person, 5 PLN discount for children up to 12. You can pay with a card. Website in Polish.

Kayak rental – kayaking trips along the Vistula River
Various routes are available – different in terms of the length of the trip. The most popular 2-hour trip (11 km) along the Vistula river (“Wawer-Śromieście”) starts at Plaża Romantyczna (“Romantyczna Beach”), Rychnowska Street and finishes in the area of Saska Kępa, Wał Miedzeszyński 399 Street (locations on the maps). 2-person kayak: 90 PLN, 1-person kayak 65 PLN. Life vests are available for adults and children. Online schedule and booking. Website in English. Facebook page.

Rental of canoes and wooden boats in Wilanów (Wilanowskie Lake)
Location: the park of Wilanów Palace, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street (first you need to buy an entrance ticket to the park). Opening hours weekdays: 10 am – 6 pm, weekends: 10 am – 8 pm. The rental is located next to Pompownia building – a pumping station at the Jezioro Wilanowskie Lake. There are available life vests, wooden boats (for 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children; 30 min – 40 PLN, 1 hour 60 PLN, 2 hours 100 PLN) and kayaks (for 2 adults with an additional child seat; 30 min – 20 PLN, 1 hour – 30 PLN, 2 hours – 50 PLN). You can pay with a card. Facebook page.

Shopping Sunday and trade ban in Poland in June 2020

In June 2020, there is one shopping Sunday in Poland: June 28. 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.

ONLINE events at international schools and preschools in Warsaw in June 2020

  • June 6

Virtual Open Day at the British School Warsaw
Learn more in English.

  • June 27-28

Online Recruitment Weekend at Akademeia High School 
Learn more in English.

Holidays, observances & celebrations in Poland in June 2020

  • June 1

Children’s Day 
Kids receive gifts. Schools and kindergartens host special events for kids – picnics, concerts, games, sports competitions, etc. There are many events for children organized all over Poland by the city authorities, institutions, theaters, restaurants. Let’s see what will be on in Poland in 2020!

  • June 11

Corpus Christi / Boże Ciało
Bank/public holiday in Poland. Stores, malls, shopping centers are closed. Only some smaller local convenience stores can be open and stores at gas stations. The Catholic church organizes in each parish huge outdoor procession (in many places in Poland traffic is stopped during the processions). The procession stops at four altars temporarily built on the streets. Girls dressed in white scatter flower petals. The altars are decorated with birch-tree twigs which can be later taken home and are kept the whole year to protect a family.

  • June 20

The astronomical first day of summer
Meteorologically speaking, summer begins on June 22. The beginning of astronomical summer is also the longest day of the year. The sun will rise at 4.14 am and the sunset will start at 9 pm. Our post about the weather in Poland in June.

  • June 23

St. John’s Night / Wreaths (Noc Świętojańska / Wianki)
The holiday has a pagan background (a pagan name is Sobótka meaning fire). Nowadays, it is mostly the opportunity to celebrate midsummer with various festivities, including concerts, singing songs, bonfire jumping. Women wear wildflower wreaths that later are thrown into a river or pond.

Father’s Day
It’s not as loudly celebrated as Mother’s Day (celebrated in Poland on May 26), however, each mother makes sure that children at least hug their father;)

  • June 26

End of the school year in Polish schools
The last day of the school year is celebrated with speeches, concerts, shows. Teachers get flowers. Parents of younger kids usually take a day or a few hours off to participate in the ceremonies. It hasn’t been announced yet if the schools would reopen in June. In 2020, the school year will resume on September 1.

  • June 28

Shopping Sunday
In June 2020, there is one shopping Sunday in Poland: June 28. 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.

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