Poland in June: tips for making the most of your summer in Poland
- Jump to amusement and theme parks in Poland, including a new Majaland Park opened in May 2022
- Jump to beach towns and Baltic seaside resorts in Poland
- Jump to beautiful lakes in Poland
- Jump to fruits and vegetables picking in Poland
- Jump to weather in Poland in June
- Jump to things you can’t miss in Poland in June
- Jump to shopping Sunday and trade ban Sundays in Poland in June 2022
- Jump to public holidays and celebrations in Poland in June 2022
- Jump to ideas for outdoor activities and things to do outside in Poland
- Jump to how to help Ukraine (online grocery shopping for the Polish Red Cross warehouse, online money donations, collection points in Poland)
The cover photo features the Polish coast of the Baltic Sea, the city of Sopot
“Majaland Warsaw” – a new park, opened in May 2022
- East-central Poland, 25 km east of Warsaw.
- Location: Majaland Warszawa, ul. Przelotowa 1, 05-462 Góraszka (location on Google map). 310 km from Kraków, 310 km from Katowice, 360 km from Wrocław, 150 km from Łódź, 25 km from Warsaw, 330 km from Poznań, 380 km from Gdańsk.
- “Majaland Warsaw” is a year-round park – there is an outdoor and indoor part. The park is open every day. One of the attractions that is open only in summer is the outdoor swimming pool with slides.
- The main attractions of the park are related to Vic the Viking, Heidi, Maya the Bee and her friends.
- There are 26 attractions in the park, located inside the hall and outdoor. Attractions include a water playground, Sky Fly, carousels, boats, slides, and a rollercoaster.
- The attractions are dedicated to children aged 2-10.
- Parents, don’t forget to pack a change of clothes for the kids (there is a water playground and fountains).
- Website in English. Facebook page. Instagram.
- Online tickets.
Photo source: Majaland Warsaw
Read about other amusement parks and theme parks in Poland in our post: Amusement and theme parks in Poland: action-packed family day out.
Hel Peninsula / Półwysep Helski – for those looking for wide sandy beaches or those who want to learn windsurfing
Hel Peninsula is one of the most picturesque destinations in Poland. Just beautiful. It’s 34-km long, narrow (100 m at the entry to the Peninsula in Władysławowo, 3 km at the end in Hel city) sandy land with pine forest and dunes.
Along the Peninsula there is a road, bike path, and rail track – so you can get there even by train – no need to suffer in holiday traffic!
From the north, there are wide sandy beaches of the Baltic Sea, and from the other side, there is the Bay of Puck (Zatoka Pucka) which offers good conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing. The Peninsula is so narrow that it is easy to walk from one shore to another. The perfect destination for families with smaller children, as well as with older kids who want to learn windsurfing.
If you would like to learn or practice windsurfing and kitesurfing go to Chałupy (the number one destination in Poland for surfers). You can go windsurfing in Jastarnia and Jurata too.
Go to Jurata if you are looking for beaches that are not very crowded even during the high season. It’s a perfect destination for family holidays. The only disadvantage… in most of the restaurants in Jurata, prices are higher than in Warsaw;)
Jastarnia offers more restaurants, stores, and hotels than Jurata and it’s cheaper. However, more crowded.
Władysławowo is one of the most popular summer destinations in Poland, meaning – extremely packed during holidays.
Hel – a city at the end of the Peninsula. Staying at the Hel Peninsula you can go there for a half a day trip on rainy days (to visit the port, lantern, and seal center).
Read about other seaside resorts in Poland in our post: Beach towns and Baltic seaside resorts 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 (the 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.
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 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 are still at their hotels;)
Read about other lakes in Poland in our post: Beautiful lakes in Poland to admire, swim, sail, camp, kayak, bike along.
You will find some options for the upcoming weeks in Poland on this website (myzbieramy.pl), you can search by region. Please note that you need to contact a selected orchard/garden/farm to book a slot in most cases.
The most popular fruits include strawberries, honeyberries (jagoda kamczacka), sweet cherries, sour cherries, rasberries and finally apples. Some farms offer vegetable picking too.
The astronomical first day of summer (when the Sun reaches its highest point in the sky – the summer solstice) falls on June 21. 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 2022: June 24). 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).
Queen of June in Poland – strawberry
Some strawberry species in Poland are entered into the register of Protected Geographical Indications, for example, truskawka kaszubska (from Kaszuby – the Kashubian District in Pomorskie Voivodeship) which is famous for larger sugar content in fruit (which makes it a perfect strawberry to prepare jams).
There is a long tradition in Poland to sell strawberries in a special punnet (a fruit basket made of woodchips, about 2 kg of strawberries) called in Polish łubianka or kobiałka. Punnet is one of the pioneers of fruit reusable containers in Poland. It’s obvious to Poles that when they go strawberry shopping they take their kobiałka from home.
Find out more about other summer fruits in Poland in our delicious photo guide to the best Polish fruits to eat during summer.
Strawberry’s smaller sister – wild strawberry, woodland strawberry (poziomka)
Wild strawberries in Poland grow in open fields, forests, meadows. They look like tiny strawberries, and are extremely delicate and rare. Their taste and aroma are exceptional. In the past, when many children in Poland spent their summer holidays in the countryside, kids used to put strawberries on dry blades and offered them to their mothers and grandmothers. You don’t have to go to the forest for wild strawberries anymore. You can buy them at local bazaars – they are sold in small boxes and are usually quite expensive (especially compared to regular strawberries).
Find out more about other summer fruits in Poland in our delicious photo guide to the best Polish fruits to eat during summer.
Polish fields of gold – rapeseed/canola
Countless petals – peonies
Peony is one of the most popular flowers found in Polish traditional home gardens. It has many colors (pink, red, white) and a very nice fragrance. The beauty of these plants lies in the multitude of flower petals, which, when developed, often form the perfect ball.
Red poppies and blue cornflowers
In June 2022, there is one shopping Sunday in Poland: June 26. Click here to read our post about shopping Sundays in Poland in 2022. Read our post with the list of online stores in Poland delivering groceries to home.
- June 1
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.
- June 5
Whit Sunday / Pentecost / Zielone Świątki
A public/bank holiday in Poland (always on Sunday anyway). The Day of Descent of the Holy Spirit – Zielone Świątki (Green Holidays). In Poland, some people decorate their homes with branches with green leaves.
- June 16
Corpus Christi / Boże Ciało
A public/bank 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 21
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. Click here to read more about the weather in Poland in the summer.
- 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, and bonfire jumping. Women wear wildflower wreaths that later are thrown into rivers or ponds.
It’s not as loudly celebrated as Mother’s Day, however, each mother makes sure that children at least hug their father;)
- June 24
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. In 2022, the school year will resume traditionally on September 1. Click here to read our post about summer and winter school breaks in Poland.
The weather in Poland is warmer by the day, it’s time to enjoy the outdoors! Meet your friends outside, take your workout outside, explore the best photo spots, take a hike, ride a bike, or just go for a walk.
Below you will find our posts recommending outdoor destinations in Poland where you can get your fill of fresh air:
- NATIONAL PARKS. National parks in Poland contain many of the most treasured landscapes, from the majestic mountain ranges to the beaches, ancient forests, and lush green valleys. Some of the national parks in Poland are located close to big cities, so you can go there without staying overnight – for a day trip. Our post features 9 national parks in Poland: by the Baltic sea, the Kampinos Forest near Warsaw, the Białowieża National Park in eastern Poland famous for bison, and six mountain national parks located mostly in southern Poland.
- ZOOS. Like all over the world, zoos are one of the most popular family-friendly attractions in Poland, a great day out for the whole family or a date. One of their main advantages is that most zoos in Poland are open every day, including on public holidays. Our post features the seven most popular zoos in Poland: from the largest to the oldest, and the most fascinating.
- WATER PARKS. Aquaparks are great fun for adults and children in good and bad weather. Our post features 13 water parks in Poland – most of them offer outdoor pools as well, which is worth taking advantage of it in warm spring and summer.
- AMUSEMENT & THEME PARKS. Perfect for an action-packed family day out offering fun attractions for all ages. Our post features eight amusement and theme parks in Poland.
- BOTANICAL GARDENS. The best places to visit in Poland to admire nature’s blooming beauty! There are many wonderful parks in Poland, and botanical gardens are the largest and most diverse oases of nature. Our post features 9 botanical gardens in Poland: in Kraków, Wrocław, Poznań, Gdańsk, Gołubie (50 km from Gdańsk), Mikołów (the Katowice area), Rogów (near Łódź), Warsaw, and Powsin (near Warsaw).
- LAKES. Poland is rich in lakes, most of which are located in the northern part of the country. The lakes are a beautiful part of the Polish landscape – picturesque postcards of the Polish countryside with a lake in the background. Our post features five picturesque lakes to check out: to admire, swim, sail, camp, kayak, and bike along.
- MOUNTAINS. Mountains in Poland are, next to the Baltic Sea and lakes, one of the biggest attractions for tourists who value contact with nature. Those who like mountain hiking can choose among various trails in Poland, including trails suitable for families with children, seniors, and all those who love nature. Our post features 3 main mountain ranges and several smaller mountain ranges within them: the breathtaking scenery, towering peaks, dense forests, and postcard-perfect views.
- BALTIC BEACHES. Our post features Polish Baltic coast & seaside resorts in Poland: beach towns and Baltic seaside resorts in Poland – the perfect destination for those looking for wide sandy beaches.
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), has 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.
How to talk to children about war? What to do when your child is afraid? In our post, a family & relationship coach explains how to talk to children about war.
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