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

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

UNESCO World Heritage Site in southern Poland: Historic Silver Mine & underground tourist routes, the town of Zamość

The town of Zamość

Zamość is a town in south-eastern Poland (Zamość’s location on Google Maps), famous for its unique and well-preserved 16th-century architecture of the Old Town, called the “pearl of the Renaissance”, inscribed on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Zamość escaped the vast destruction suffered by many other Polish towns during the Second World War – the Old City of Zamość today exhibits a high degree of authenticity as an example of a 16th-century town designed and built in accordance with Italian Renaissance theories on the creation of “ideal” cities.

Selected attractions of Zamość for a day trip or a weekend visit include the famous Great Market Square with a magnificent Town Hall, the fortress, underground fortifications tourist route, and a zoo for those who seek a break from history and monuments.

Our post on visiting the town of Zamość covers:

  • How to get to Zamość by train, by car.
  • Main attractions in Zamość.
  • Things to do in Zamość with children.

Click here to read our post on visiting the town of Zamość.

Historic Silver Mine & underground 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 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

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. Check our post: 9 botanical gardens in Poland to find the botanical garden closest to your home (Kraków, Wrocław, Poznań, Gdańsk, Warsaw, Katowice, Łódź).

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 into 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 alpinarium.

Opening hours change every month. The current opening hours can be found on the Garden’s website, “Godziny otwarcia”.

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 an action-packed family day out?;) Click here to read our post presenting 12 amusement and theme parks in Poland.

“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

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. The 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 2023

In April 2023, there are two shopping Sundays in Poland: April 2 and April 30. April 9, 16, and 23 are trade ban Sundays in Poland. Click here to read our post about shopping Sundays in Poland. 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 2023

  • 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 2

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 7

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 8

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, and 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 9

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 the 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 are closed, and only some smaller local convenience stores can be opened and stores at gas stations. Click here to learn more about Easter traditions in Poland.

  • April 10

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 branches or Palms (the ones used for Palm Sunday). Public institutions, stores, malls, shopping centers are closed, and only some smaller local convenience stores can be opened 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.

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, and 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, Palm Sunday falls on April 2 in 2023).

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 for 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 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 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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