Poland in April: tips for making the most of your spring in Poland

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The post cover photo presents Wawel Cathedral and Castle in Kraków, Poland, in spring scenery with blooming magnolia trees.

How to help Ukraine (online money donations, collection points in Poland)

Online grocery shopping for the Polish Red Cross warehouse

The products that are needed for Ukraine and for Ukrainian refugees in Poland change and will change in the coming weeks and months. The Polish Red Cross, in cooperation with the online store (applauding for the sponsor of this aid platform – online grocery store: https://koszyk365.pl), have created an online store where you can buy products for Ukrainians. 

The process is simple and similar to shopping in an online store. Go to the website: www.razemdlaukrainy.pl (available in English and Polish), select products from the list (food, cosmetics, etc.) and make payment. All purchased products will be transported to the Polish Red Cross warehouse, from where they will be then handed over by the Polish Red Cross to those in need.

Where to make an online money donation
Making a donation might seem like a drop in the bucket, but it’s a good place to start. Below are some Polish organizations working to help Ukrainians.

Polish Humanitarian Action (Polska Akcja Humanitarna – PAH) is one of the largest Polish NGOs, carrying out support projects in Ukraine since 2014. They give aid to the people of Ukraine who have to flee their homes and their volunteers are now working at Polish-Ukrainian border crossings (they distribute food, hot drinks, hygienic articles, diapers, blankets; provide information, help in finding transport to Poland). Website in English, Facebook.
You can support these activities by making an online donation here: https://www.siepomaga.pl/pah-ukraina.

Polish Red Cross (Polski Czerwony Krzyż – PCK). Within five days of the beginning of the war, over 1,600 people were taken care of by rescuers and volunteers of the Polish Red Cross.
Payments to help Ukraine organized by the Polish Red Cross can be made to the account: 16 1160 2202 0000 0002 7718 3060, transfer entitled “UKRAINE”. IBAN: PL16 1160 2202 0000 0002 7718 3060. BIC/S.W.I.F.T.: BIGBPLPWXXX. Transfer entitled “UKRAINE”.

An NGO run by Ukrainians living in Warsaw (Fundacja Nasz Wybór / Ukraiński Dom), established in 2014. More in Polish about the Foundation. The collected funds are transferred to Ukrainian humanitarian aid organizations. You can support these activities by making an online donation here: https://pomagam.pl/solidarnizukraina (website in Polish, Ukrainian, English).

Collection points set for donations for Ukrainian refugees
To help speed up distribution, it is recommended to note what is included in your donations.

Polish Red Cross (Polski Czerwony Krzyż – PCK) has collection points across Poland. They collect food with a long shelf life (e.g. canned food, oil, sugar, pasta, flour, groats, rice, tea, coffee, sweets, UHT milk, canned vegetables/fruit, dried fruit, nuts), drugstore items (e.g. shower gels, shampoos, soaps, toothbrushes, toothpaste, barrier creams, pads, diapers), medical dressings (especially for cuts and burns), NEW blankets and sleeping bags. Please note they do NOT collect clothes. More in Polish about the collection. The list of collection points in Poland.
Uber offers free rides for those who want to go to the Polish Red Cross collection points. Use the special code to get the collection point (details in English, including the list of codes).

More in our post on the website: How to help Ukraine.

UNESCO World Heritage Site in southern Poland: Historic Silver Mine & underground tourist routes

An interesting and fun idea for a weekend break in Poland – UNESCO World Heritage Site with underground tourist routes. You can visit Historic Silver Mine and take a boat cruise through an underground tunnel. Both attractions are located in the town of Tarnowskie Góry, in the south of Poland. Tarnowskie Góry’s location on Google map.

Our new post on visiting the Historic Silver Mine & underground routes covers:

  • How to get there by train, by car, by plane.
  • The Black Trout Adit: underground tourist route – sightseeing by boats.
  • The Historic Silver Mine: museum, an underground route with boats, ride on a little train in the Open Air Museum of Steam Machines.

Photo source: Stowarzyszenie Miłośników Ziemi Tarnogórskiej, Agnieszka Draus, Sławek Klyczka, Grzegorz Rudnicki, Piotr Korab

Spring is a perfect time to explore Poland! You will find the list of ideas for easy weekend getaways in Poland – from city breaks to nature escapes in our post:
Weekend getaways in Poland: explore the beauty of Poland on a short escape.

Botanical gardens in Poland to visit in April

Spring and April is a great time to admire and observe nature in Poland waking up to life. Where to see nature’s blooming beauty in Poland? There are many wonderful parks in Poland, and botanical gardens are the largest and most diverse oases of nature. The botanical gardens in Poland are run by universities and scientific research institutes and include a wide range of collections of plants – both Polish ones as well as plants from other countries, including exotic ones. Below you will find some examples of botanical gardens in Poland, check our post Botanical gardens in Poland to find the botanical garden closest to your home.

The Botanical Garden in the city of 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 garden is open daily from April 1 to October 31.

Photo source: Ogród Botaniczny Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego

The Botanical Garden in the city of 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.

The Garden is open all year round (information about opening hours and tickets).

Photo source: Ogród Botaniczny Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego

The Arboretum Forest Educational Center in Rogów, 40 km from ŁÓDŹ & 100 km from WARSAW

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.

Opening hours change every month. The current opening hours can be found on the Garden’s website (only on Polish language version), “Godziny otwarcia Ogrodu”.

Photo source: Arboretum SGGW w Rogowie

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

Amusement and theme parks in Poland to visit in April

April is the time when outdoor amusement parks open in Poland after the winter break. Ready for action-packed family day out?;)

“Energylandia” – the biggest amusement park in Poland

Photo source: Energylandia

“Bałtowski Kompleks Turystyczny” – the first in Poland Dinosaur Park, Amusement Park, Zoo, Horse Riding Center, Miniature Park, Prehistoric Oceanarium, Witches’ Village

  • From April 1, 2022, the park is open daily.
  • Southeast Poland.
  • Location: Bałtowski Kompleks Turystyczny, ul. Bałtów 8a, 27-423 Bałtów (location on Google map). 200 km from Łódź, 160 km from Warsaw, 180 km from Kraków, 250 km from Katowice, 390 km from Wrocław, 390 km from Poznań, 520 km from Gdańsk.
  • Website in PolishFacebook page.
  • Online tickets.

Photo source: Bałtowski Kompleks Turystyczny

Read about other amusement parks and theme parks in Poland in our post: Amusement and theme parks in Poland: action-packed family day out.

Weather in Poland in April

April in Poland has a similar saying as March about mixed weather conditions (‘Kwiecień plecień, bo przeplata – trochę zimy trochę lata‘ – April interweaves a little bit of winter and a little bit of summer), however, with the climate change, April in Poland is relatively warm and considered by many people (along with May) as the most beautiful time of year in Poland. An average monthly temperature in April in Poland is 8,5°C / 47.3°F and the average monthly rainfall level is 37,3 mm (the second-lowest after February).

The Polish name for April – kwiecień – leaves no doubt, and the explanation of its origin is very simple – it comes from the flowers that are blooming in Poland in April (kwiat means flower in Polish).

Read more about the weather and changes in nature in Poland in spring.

Shopping Sundays and trade ban Sundays in Poland in April 2022

In April 2022, there are two shopping Sundays in Poland: April 10 and April 24. April 3 and 17 are trade ban Sundays in Poland. Click here to read our post about shopping Sundays in Poland in 2022. Read our post with the list of online stores in Warsaw and other cities in Poland delivering groceries to home.

Dates to remember in Poland in April 2022

  • April 1

April Fools’ Day (Prima Aprilis)
A day of pranks and jokes. Don’t trust anyone;) Including Polish media which also participates in the celebrations with lots of fabricated stories.

  • April 10

Palm Sunday (Niedziela Palmowa)
It starts the Easter celebrations. There are processions around the church to commemorate the day Jesus entered Jerusalem. People bring „palms” (palmy wielkanocne) made of paper flowers, dried flowers, and twigs. Click here to learn more about Easter traditions in Poland.

  • April 15

Good Friday (Wielki Piątek)
Good Friday commemorates the passion and crucifixion of Jesus. In major cities in Poland, there are processions on the streets – people carrying a huge cross and contemplating the passion of Jesus. In Poland, for many people, it’s a day of fasting – no meat, no parties, no alcohol.

  • April 16

Holy Saturday (Wielka Sobota)
People bring to churches baskets (called in Polish święconka) filled with food to get a special blessing. Baskets usually include eggs as a symbol of rebirth (pisanki – boiled eggs painted in various colors and patterns), bread, salt, sausage, sometimes other food – chocolate, cake, horseradish etc. Food from święconka basket is shared the next morning during festive Easter breakfast. Click here to learn more about Easter traditions in Poland.

  • April 17

Easter Day (Wielkanoc
A public/bank holiday in Poland. Easter Sunday commemorates the resurrection of Jesus. Many people in Poland start the day with 6 am morning mass (Rezurekcja). The key event of a day – a family breakfast that starts with eating Święconka, then żurek soup (also known as white barszcz), bigos, sausage with horseradish, mazurek cake. Public institutions, stores, malls, shopping centers closed, only some smaller local convenience stores can be open and stores at gas stations. Click here to learn more about Easter traditions in Poland.

  • April 18

Easter Monday (Poniedziałek Wielkanocny), “Wet Monday” (Lany Poniedziałek)
A public/bank holiday in Poland. Śmigus dyngus – an old tradition in Poland in which people use buckets (kids usually play with water guns) to soak each other with water. It’s safe to stay home on Wet Monday and avoid street water fights;) Another Easter Monday tradition is to beat legs with willow branch or Palms (the ones used for Palm Sunday). Public institutions, stores, malls, shopping centers closed, only some smaller local convenience stores can be open and stores at gas stations. Click here to learn more about Easter traditions in Poland.

  • April 19

Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (1943) and the Daffodils Campaign
The major celebrations of the anniversary of the uprising in the Jewish ghetto in Nazi-occupied Warsaw are held each year at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes and POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. POLIN Museum created the Daffodils (żonkile) Campaign to commemorate the Warsaw ghetto uprising. Every year on April 19th, hundreds of volunteers hand out paper daffodils to raise awareness of the uprising and its significance (Marek Edelman, the last leader of the Uprising, before he died in 2009, used to lay daffodils at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes every anniversary). Click here to read our tips in English on visiting the POLIN Museum, and here to read about visiting the POLIN Museum with childrenClick here to read more in English about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

Read more about public holidays and dates to remember in Poland in spring 2022.

Easter traditions in Poland

If you think that there are many Christmas traditions in Poland, read about how Easter is celebrated in Poland!;)

Tones of food, painted eggs, egg tapping game, Polish Water Fight Day, a basket with food samples. A feast for all foodies who love cakes - Easter delicacies are hard to resist.

Read more in our post: Easter traditions in Poland that kids and adults will love.

Things you can't miss in Poland in April

Colorful tradition - Easter palms

The Easter "palm" is a symbolic twig prepared before Easter in memory of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. The palms are blessed in churches during the celebration of Palm Sunday (Niedziela Palmowa, in 2022, Palm Sunday falls on April 10).

Polish palms are long bunches made of young tree twigs, herbs, and flowers. Traditionally, they should include willow twigs - a symbol of life and resurrection - the first green signs of spring in Poland. The palms are also decorated with ribbons and dried or artificial flowers.

Different regions of Poland have different techniques and patterns of making Easter palms. Competitions for the most beautiful and largest palms are held every year.

Click here to read our post about Easter traditions in Poland that kids and adults will love.

The pictures below show traditional Polish Easter palms in Kraków.

Go out of town to watch storks - the symbol of Poland (next to the eagle)

It’s April when over 40,000 white storks (in Polish: bocian) arrive from Africa to Poland (20% of their world population). Shortly after arrival they are improving their old nests or are starting to build new ones. The stork inhabits all of Poland, except for the mountain ranges. The northeastern part of the country is populated very densely. Storks spend around 5 months in Poland after which - about mid-August - they fly away to wintering grounds in Africa.

Observation of storks in Poland is not difficult at all and does not require binoculars or great patience, as in the case of birdwatching of rare speciesWhile driving along the streets of Polish villages, you will notice stork nests on poles or roofs of houses. In spring and summer meadows and fields in Poland, you can spot storks looking for food. It is also not uncommon to see a stork in full flight.

Try rhubarb compote or rhubarb pie
Rhubarb/rabarbar - the first fresh fruit in Poland in springtime
The rhubarb season in Poland begins in April. Although the plant grows throughout the spring and summer, it's recommended to buy it by mid-June.
Rhubarb (actually a vegetable) is one of the first plants that grow in the open air (not in the greenhouses or plastic tunnels). Rhubarb is known for its sour taste (it’s rarely eaten raw) and it’s usually cooked with sugar (only thick stalks, not leaves). Rhubarb bun with crumble (drożdżówka z rabarbarem), pies, tarts, are very popular in Poland in spring and early summer. Rhubarb drink / kompot rabarbarowy (peel some of the skin, cut, add water and sugar and boil; serve chilled) was a number one summer drink for every Polish kid back in the times when sodas and juices were not popular or available in Poland.
Fall in love with the colors of spring in Poland
In April, nature in Poland finally comes to life. The Polish name for April - kwiecień - leaves no doubt, and the explanation of its origin is very simple - it comes from the flowers that are blooming in Poland in April (kwiat means flower in Polish).
Daffodils (żonkil) are the flowers that are associated in Poland with the arrival of spring and Easter. Forsythia (forsycja) is another flowering plant in Poland in April (it is frost-resistant), very popular in Polish gardens and parks. Other April flowers include crocuses, primroses, hyacinths, violets, daisies, pansies, tulips. The queen of April flowers in Poland is sweet violet (fiołek). In the second half of April, the first fruit trees begin to bloom.

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