May 2022 in Warsaw: ideas and tips for making the most of your spring in Warsaw

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How to help Ukraine 

“What is needed” – a website with information on the needs of collection points for Ukrainian refugees in Warsaw

The website (https://copotrzeba.pl) contains information on several collection points in Warsaw (including Wola, Ursynów, Mokotów, railway stations, Żoliborz, Bemowo) along with detailed, updated information on what is currently most needed.

Collection points in Warsaw set for donations for Ukrainian refugees

For those who want to contribute but do not know where to go, we will publish here information about the selected collection points in Warsaw.

A collection point (a tent) next to the Consulate of Ukraine in the Mokotów district. Opening hours: Monday-Friday 7 am – 5 pm, opening hours on weekends published in the Group on Facebook. Location: a tent next to the Consulate of Ukraine, Malczewskiego 17 Street (Mokotów). List of currently needed things (including sandwiches, milk, sweets, bananas, water, juice, apples, tea).

A collection point in the Ursynów district. The point is open until May 31, Monday, Wednesday, Friday 4 pm – 8 pm (after May 31 it will move to a new location). Location: Dereniowa 8 Street (Ursynów). The collection point is located in the former grocery store building. The collection point is coordinated by the Foundation Fundacja Dzieci Rodzice Szkoła (Facebook).

Please note that there is usually a long line of Ukrainian refugees in front of the building who come for clothes and other products. Of course, people who bring clothes and products do not have to queue.

‘Donate a classroom’ local Warsaw initiative – volunteers needed!

Please visit this open Facebook group in English to learn more about the ‘Donate a classroom’ local Warsaw initiative to support Ukrainian refugee children in Warsaw with education (the project is run by Pines Forest School). Volunteers needed!

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 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).

More in our post: How to help Ukraine.

Foreign languages libraries in Warsaw

Great news – the biggest library in Warsaw offering books in different foreign languages is open in a new bigger location! After the move, the library (Obcojęzyczna) is reopened from May 4, 2022. Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10 am – 7 pm, Saturday 9 am – 3 pm. New location: Nowaka-Jeziorańskiego 24 Street (Praga), Gocław Cultural Center (Terminal Kultury Gocław). Location on Google map. Facebook pagewebsite in Polish and English. The library 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

In every district of Warsaw, there are libraries that are available to everyone (including foreigners), free for everyone. Just come, sign up and borrow books! Many of Warsaw’s libraries offer books not only in Polish but also in other languages – books for both adults and children

How to check where libraries are located and which library in Warsaw provides books in foreign languages? There is an easy way to do that! An interactive map of Warsaw has been developed, by clicking on your district you can check the addresses of libraries that borrow books in foreign languages.

Click here to explore the interactive map of foreign languages libraries in Warsaw (by districts, a map available in Polish, English, Russian).

Ideas for things to do in Warsaw in May (indoor & outdoor)

For things to do INDOOR in Warsaw, please read our post that includes the list of ideas for fun (indoor!) activities for a bad weather day in Warsaw: Indoor things to do in Warsaw.

Explore Warsaw with our list of museums and galleries in Warsaw by district – there’s one to suit every interest and many of them are free to visit.

Famous outdoor piano recitals in the Łazienki Royal Park
Location: Royal Łazienki Garden, the area next to the Chopin Monument, closer entrance – from Aleje Ujazdowskie Street. The exact location of recitals on Google Map. Famous outdoor piano recitals of Chopin music in the Łazienki Royal Park are back from May 15, after a two-year pandemic break. Next to the monument of Fryderyk Chopin, in the park, there is a piano on which Chopin’s music is played by award-winning pianists from Poland and abroad. From May 15 until September 25, 2022. Every Sunday, 2 concerts: 12 pm and 4 pm. Free entrance. Our tips in English on visiting the Łazienki Royal Park.

Marc Chagall – a new temporary exhibition at The National Museum
Location: The National Museum in Warsaw (Muzeum Narodowe), Aleje Jerozolimskie 3 Street (city center). The Exhibition runs until July 24, 2022 and presents 14 of Marc Chagall’s works on paper. More in English about the Exhibition.

Summer shows at Multimedia Fountain Park
Location: Multimedia Fountain Park (Multimedialny Park Fontann), a fountain complex located in between the Old Town/New Town area and the Vistula river, location on Google map, free entrance. After a two-year break, the special shows at the Fountain park are back in 2022. Multimedia show (music, lights, water, laser) each Friday and Saturday, 9.30 pm (starting from May). Our tips in English about the fountain park.

Chess by the Vistula River – free event
Location: the Vistula Boulevard, Bulwar Pattona (location on Google map), part of the Boulevard close to the Copernicus Science Center (Powiśle), free entrance, 3 pm – 8 pm. The rules are simple: come and play chess. Free admission for everyone, regardless of the chess level – there are chess instructors on site who will teach you to play chess from scratch. Facebook event in Polish. The event runs every Saturday, throughout the summer and until the end of September.

Rollerblades by the Vistula River – free event
Saturday. Location: the Vistula Boulevard, Bulwar Pattona (location on Google map), part of the Boulevard close to the Copernicus Science Center (Powiśle), free entrance, 3 pm – 5 pm (children aged up to 14), 6 pm – 8 pm (youth and adults). All about rollerblades – for those who are already skating and for those who want to learn. Facebook event in Polish. The event runs every Saturday, throughout the summer and until the end of September.

Re-opening after a winter season of the Upper Garden of the Royal Castle 
Location: the Garden is located at the back of the Royal Castle, in the Old Town. You can enter the lower garden from Wisłostrada Street / the Vistula Boulevard side. During the winter and spring season, only The Lower Garden is available. The Upper Garden is open from May 1. Opening hours: 10 am – 8 pm. Free entrance. More about the Gardens of the Royal Castle in our post.

Alpine Coaster in Warsaw’s Ochota district
Location: Górka Szczęśliwicka hill, Park Szczęśliwicki, Drawska 22 Street (Ochota). Location on Google map. The “Alpine Coaster” in Ochota has been reopened after winter break on March 29. You can enjoy it during the spring-summer season on Górka Szczęśliwicka (the highest hill in Warsaw, 152 m), in Park Szczęśliwicki – the biggest park in the Ochota district of Warsaw. Polish name: kolejka grawitacyjna. The gravity slide has two seats. Speed up to 36 km/h, route length over 700 m. Opening hours: daily from 10 am to 7.30 pm. Price of the slide, 1 point per 1 slide: 1 point 9 PLN, 2 points 15 PLN, 6 points 38 PLN. A slide of 2 people equals 2 points. Minimum age for children: 3 years. Children younger than 8 years old may use the gravity slide only when accompanied by an older person over 8 years old. The gravity slide may be closed in case of rainfall. Website in PolishFacebook page.

Horse Racing at Służewiec Racetrack
Location: Tor Wyścigów Konnych Służewiec, Puławska 266 Street, online tickets. Regular online ticket – 12 PLN. Regular ticket bought at the box office on the day of the event – 16 PLN. For children up to 18 – free admission, the free ticket must be collected at the ticket office. Website in English.

Historical picnic at the medieval castle ruins in Czersk
Every weekend in May, June, July, August. Location: Czersk Castle (Zamek w Czersku), Plac Tysiąclecia 1, 05-530 Czersk (40 km south of Warsaw). Everyday life in various historical periods – presentation of old crafts, martial arts, cuisine, tournaments, workshops. Our tips in English on visiting the Czersk Castle.

Gondola, canoes, wooden boats in Park of the King Jan III’s Palace 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: 9 am – 8 pm. The rental is located next to Pompownia building in the park – 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). 30-minutes gondola rides every hour (up to 12 people). You can pay with a card. Facebook page.

The “Breakfast Market” in Żoliborz and Mokotów / Targ Śniadaniowy – an outdoor shopping & street food
Every Saturday in Żoliborz, location: al. Wojska Polskiego 1 Street, corner of Śmiała Street (Żoliborz), 9 am – 4 pm. Every Sunday in Mokotów: location: Skwer Grupy AK “Granat”, corner of Puławska and Woronicza Street (Mokotów), 10 am – 5 pm. Free entrance. Street food, ice cream, bread, pastries, vegan delicatessen, vegetables, fruits, etc. Facebook page. Please note that due to the weather conditions, some of the outdoor events may be canceled last minute (it’s recommended to check their Facebook events for information before heading out).

Ice skating on the indoor ice rink, open until May 15
Location: Torwar, Łazienkowska 6A Street (city center). Tuesday & Thursday 8 pm – 9.30 pm, Saturday 6.30 pm – 8 pm, Sunday 11 am – 12.30 pm (including a separated area for kids) and 6.30 pm – 8 pm. During each slot, there is a rental and a sharpening room available. Website, info about ticketsonline tickets, and Facebook page. The Torwar ice rink is open until May.

The Viewing Platform of the Palace of Culture and Science
Location: Plac Defilad 1 (city center). The platform is located on the 30th floor (114 m high) of the Palace of Culture and Science. Opening hours, every day: 9 am – 8 pm. Online ticketsOur tips about visiting the platform.

A new exhibition: The multisensory exhibition “Retro Warsaw”
Location: Fabryka Norblina, Art-Box Experience, Żelazna 51/53 Street (Wola), level 2+, 10 am – 9 pm, online tickets (children under 5 years old free entrance). The exhibition is based on digitally reconstructed archival materials. Visitors are taken back to Warsaw from 100 years ago – full of bustle, music, and colors of the interwar period. Thanks to the pioneering 360-screen immersive projection system, viewers can literally immerse themselves in the everyday life of interwar Warsaw, feel its rhythm, unique atmosphere, and color. Time of the visit: 40+ minutes. More in English about the Exhibition.

A temporary exhibition at the Museum for Children (Muzeum dla Dzieci) – “Here and There” exhibition about traveling
Until December 31. Location: The Museum for Children is located in the city center (Kredytowa 1 Street). The same building and entrance as to the Ethnographic Museum (Muzeum Etnograficzne). Location on Google map. Opening hours: Monday – closed, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 11 am – 7 pm, Thursday 11 am – 5 pm, Saturday, Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm. Tickets: To visit the exhibition, you need to buy entry tickets to the Ethnographic Museum which houses the Museum for Children. Regular ticket: 14 PLN. Reduced ticket: 7 PLN (students and seniors). Children up to 7-years old free entrance. Free entrance: every Thursday. More in English in our post about visiting the Museum for Children in Warsaw.

An exhibition of buildings and models made of LEGO bricks
Until June 26. Location: Galeria Mokotów shopping mall, Wołoska 12 Street (Mokotów). Location on Google map. Location of the Exhibition on the map of a shopping center. Entrance and ticket office: Level 1 (Poziom 1), next to the EOBUWIE store. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10 am – 10 pm, Sunday 10 am – 8 pm (including trade ban Sundays). Online tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at the ticket office before entering the Exhibition (you can pay by card). There is a measure in the form of a brick at the ticket offices, at a height of 95 cm. If the child fits under the block, he/she enters free of charge. The exhibition covers two floors. The Exhibition includes a playing zone where children can build with LEGO or LEGO Duplo bricks. Information for parents – the exit from the exhibition is through the LEGO store;) More in Polish about the Exhibition. Facebook page in Polish.

Cosmos Discovery – Space Exhibition 
Until July 3. Location: Muzeum Nowa Praga, Jagiellońska 82A Street (Praga), Location on Google map. Open every day 9 am – 8 pm. Tickets are to be purchased on-site or online. Children up to 6 free entrance. The exhibition shows the development of space flights from the first historical attempts up to today’s missions. It features 200+ original objects from the United States, Russia, and Poland. The Exhibition’s Museum website in PolishFacebook event in Polish. The Exhibition runs from September 15 until October 31, 2021. There are 2 versions of the audio guide: one intended mainly for adult visitors and high school students. The second version is simplified and fun in the form of a boy-astronaut conversation, this version is suitable for children under the age of 14. Both versions of the audio guide are also available in English.

Visit to the Chopin Museum in Warsaw and piano recitals
Every Saturday & Sunday in May. Location: Frederic Chopin Museum (Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina), Okólnik 1 Street (Powiśle). Two concerts every Saturday and Sunday: 5 pm and 6 pm. Online tickets (regular tickets 28 PLN, reduced tickets 14 PLN). The concert ticket also entitles you to visit the Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions. The concert lasts only 30 minutes – it’s a great opportunity to introduce children to classical music. Our tips about visiting the Museum. Our feature story about the Museum: You don’t need to leave Warsaw to visit the nineteenth-century Paris salons.

Chopin music piano recitals
Every day at 7 pm. Location: Fryderyk Concert Hall, Podwale 15 Street (the old town), 7 pm, online tickets. The recitals feature Fryderyk Chopin’s most famous compositions. Facebook page in English and Polish. Website in English.

Eating out in one of Warsaw’s indoor food halls (in May, there will be outdoor seating!)
Are you going out for lunch with a group of friends or family, but everyone wants something different? Sounds familiar? Food halls will settle restaurant selection fights. They offer a wide variety of ethnic cuisines and local restaurant concepts. A great solution for breakfast, lunch or dinner in a group – everyone orders from a different restaurant and eats at a common table. Click here to read our post featuring food halls in Warsaw (Elektrownia Powiśle, Hala Gwardii, Hala Koszyki, Browary Warszawskie – Warsaw Breweries, Fabryka Norblina).

A spring walk in the center of Warsaw: Krakowskie Przedmieście Street a car-free zone (every weekend in May)
Krakowskie Przedmieście street changes into a car-free zone, accessible only to pedestrians and cyclists. It is part of the so-called Royal Route, a historic part of Warsaw. Usually, on holidays, the pedestrian-only zone also included the neighboring street – Nowy Świat. However, this year, due to the renovation of the neighboring streets, Nowy Świat Street will be accessible to cars and there will be no pedestrian-only zone here.

Relax in one of many Warsaw parks
After long months of autumn and winter, Warsaw is bursting with intense green! The city comes alive with trees and flowers blooming wherever you look. In addition to the famous Łazienki Park (which we recommend visiting outside the weekend to avoid crowds), we recommend a walk in the Gardens of the Royal Castle, a historic park – Ogród Krasińskich in the city center or the Szczęśliwicki Park in Ochota where the outdoor swimming pool will be open in summer. It’s also fun to visit two roof gardens in Warsaw, in the Powiśle district: the roof garden of the Warsaw University Library and a small garden on the rooftop of the Copernicus Science Center. You can read our tips about 15 parks in Warsaw worth visiting in our post: Discover green Warsaw: charming parks and gardens in the Warsaw area to enjoy the beauty of nature.

Re-opening after a winter season of the rooftop garden of the Copernicus Science Center
Location: Centrum Nauki Kopernik, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street (Powiśle), free entrance. Opening hours, May-August: 10 am – 8 pm. A relatively small garden (more like a green viewing platform) on the rooftop of the Copernicus Science Centre, overlooking the Vistula river and the Old Town. The Garden is open only during the summer season. The Garden is closed every first Monday of the month (except for May 2, 2022). Entrance through a ramp from the southern part of the building.

Events in Warsaw in May

English-language tour of the Centre for Polish Folklore
May 1. Location: Centrum Folkloru Polskiego “Karolin” (Centre for Polish Folklore), Świerkowa 2 Street, 05-805 Otrębusy (a village about 25 km from the center of Warsaw, location on Google map), 3 pm (60 minutes), 20 PLN per person (the tour guide service is included in the ticket price), reservations: +48 22 208 87 00, +48 605 501 770, kontakt@karolinmazowsze.pl. The Centre for Polish Folklore is located in the restored palace – a historic home to Mazowsze – the oldest and biggest Polish folk dancing and singing group. The Exhibition takes visitors on a trip across Poland, with traditional costumes, instruments and dances on display. It provides a colorful and musical introduction to Polish history and culture, as well as the work of the Mazowsze National Folk Song and Dance Ensemble. Facebook event in English. The tours in English are run once a month: May 1, June 19.

Holi Festival of Colors and Street Food Festival in Bemowo
May 6-8. Location: Park Górczewska (Bemowo), Street Food Festival: Friday 3 pm – 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 pm – 8 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish. Holi Festivals of Colors: Sunday 3 pm – 7 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

Fair of used books, vinyls, CDs
May 6-8. Location: Hala Gwardii food hall, Plac Żelaznej Bramy 1 (city center), free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Weekend with Japan at The “Breakfast Market” in Żoliborz and Mokotów / Targ Śniadaniowy – an outdoor shopping & street food
May 7-8. Saturday in Żoliborz, location: al. Wojska Polskiego 1 Street, corner of Śmiała Street (Żoliborz), 9 am – 4 pm. Sunday in Mokotów: location: Skwer Grupy AK “Granat”, corner of Puławska and Woronicza Street (Mokotów), 10 am – 5 pm. Free entrance. Street food, ice cream, bread, pastries, vegan delicatessen, vegetables, fruits, etc. This weekend – Japanese cuisine and products, cultural events. Facebook page. Facebook event in Polish.

Design fair “Wzory” – products of Polish designers and craftsmen (special edition on the occasion of Women’s Day)
May 7-8. Location: Elektrownia Powiśle shopping center, Dobra 42 Street (Powiśle), free entrance, Saturday 10 am – 9 pm, Sunday 11 am – 6 pm. Ceramics, furniture, textiles, lighting, children’s goods, eco-cosmetics, jewelry, posters. Facebook event in Polish.

Outdoor Festival of Japanese Culture – HANAMI
May 8. Location: Agrykola park (city center), free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Railway Models Fair (Giełda Modeli Kolejowych)
May 8. Location: Warsaw Railway Museum (Stacja Muzeum), Towarowa 3 Street (Wola), 10 am – 2 pm (the Museum is open 10 am – 6 pm). A chance to buy model railways and trains and meet railway modeling enthusiasts. During the event reduced tickets for every one (7 PLN, children up to 7 free entrance). The Museum website in EnglishFacebook event in Polish.

Weekend with Japan – Japanese food, products, cultural events
May 13-15. Location: Hala Gwardii food hall, Plac Żelaznej Bramy 1 (city center), Friday 10 am – 8 pm, Saturday 10 am – 8 pm, Sunday 10 am – 5 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Millennium Docs Against Gravity – Film Festival
May 13-22. Locations: Kinoteka, Kino Luna, Kino Muranów, Kino Atlantic, Kino Elektronik, POLIN Museum. The biggest documentary film festival in Poland. Foreign films are screened with Polish subtitles. Most films (all competition films) are screened with English subtitles. The Festival website in English. Facebook event in Polish.

The Long Night of Museums (Noc Muzeów) – events all over Warsaw
May 14. Warsaw institutions open in the evening or during the night: galleries, museums, theaters, government buildings. Facebook event in PolishDetailed agenda.

Runmageddon – mud run & obstacle course race for adults and kids
May 14-15. Location: Zalew Bardowskiego, Piotra Bardowskiego 2a Street (Targówek). The spring edition of the event includes intro, recruit, hardcore, kids, junior, family runs. More in Polish. Facebook event in Polish.

Warsaw Caravaning Festival
May 14-15. Location: Tor Wyścigów Konnych Służewiec, Puławska 266 Street, online tickets. The newest campers and caravans, rental offers, used motorhomes, caravans, and accessories. Website in Polish. Facebook event in Polish.

Classic Automotive – vintage cars, motorcycles, including custom bikes
May 14-15. Location: Tor Wyścigów Konnych Służewiec, Puławska 266 Street. Facebook event in Polish.

Vintage Fair – fair of second-hand clothes, accessories, jewelry, design, vinyls, books
May 14-15. Location: Elektrownia Powiśle shopping center, Dobra 42 Street (Powiśle), free entrance, Saturday 11 am – 9 pm, Sunday 11 am – 7 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

Sunday Yoga in Łazienki Royal Garden
May 15. Location: Łazienki Royal Garden, 10 am, click here to check the meeting point (the area next to the Palace on the Isle). Families with children are welcome. There is no need to sign up. Facebook event in Polish and English.

Fair of Dresses – spring edition
May 15. Location: Centrum Praskie Koneser (Praga Koneser Center), Plac Konesera (Praga), free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

25th Science Picnic (Piknik Naukowy)
May 21. Location: Centrum Nauki Kopernik, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street (Powiśle). Free entrance, 11 am – 8 pm. A huge outdoor event promoting science, organized by the Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Centre in cooperation with universities, research institutes, museums, cultural institutions. They present the behind-the-scenes aspects of their everyday work through experiments, demonstrations, and interactive exhibits. More in Polish. Facebook page in Polish.

Exhibition of Orchids, Bonsai, Succulents & Carnivorous Plants Festival
May 21-22. Location: PGE National Stadium, Al. Ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1 Street (Praga), Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday 10 am – 5 pm. Children up to 3 free entrance. Exhibition of Orchids, Bonsai, Succulents: online tickets. Facebook event in Polish. Carnivorous Plants Festival: online tickets. Facebook event in Polish.

Fair of slow fashion, accessories, products for children, design
May 21-22. Location: Elektrownia Powiśle shopping center, Dobra 42 Street (Powiśle), free entrance, Saturday 11 am – 9 pm, Sunday 11 am – 7 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

Holi Festival of Colors and Street Food Festival in Ursynów
May 21-22. Location: Park Romana Kozłowskiego – ‘Kopa Cwila‘ (Ursynów), free entrance, 12 pm – 8 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

“Warsaw of Comics” – comics books festival (Komiksowa Warszawa)
May 26-29. Location: Plac Defilad, a square next to the Palace of Culture and Science (city center). Facebook event in Polish.

Fair and Festival of upcycling and handicrafts (“Przerób-My“) 
May 28-29. Location: Centrum Praskie Koneser (Praga Koneser Center), Plac Konesera (Praga), free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Sunday Yoga in Łazienki Royal Garden
May 29. Location: Łazienki Royal Garden, 10 am, click here to check the meeting point (the area next to the Palace on the Isle). Families with children are welcome. There is no need to sign up. Facebook event in Polish and English.

What to do in Warsaw in the open air on the weekend: Horse Racing at Tor Służewiec Racetrack

Are you looking for an idea of how to spend an interesting weekend in Warsaw outdoors? One of the ideas for spring and summer is Saturday or Sunday spent among beautiful nature, horses and jockeys.

The Służewiec Horse Racetrack is not only a horse race but also an important monument in Warsaw – the track was opened in June 1939, at that time it was the most modern and largest horse racing track in Europe.
Of course, you don’t have to play sports betting if you don’t want to. It’s fun to watch the horses (sometimes you can even get up close), the children can play on the playground, you can eat something, and the race area itself is a huge green space!
It is also worth paying attention to the kilometer-long wall separating the area of the Racing Track from Puławska Street, which has become a street gallery of Polish graffiti artists.

  • Horse racing in Warsaw takes place almost every weekend, from April/May to mid-November. In 2022, the season began on April 24. Race weekend calendar.
  • How to get there? The racecourse is located in Ursynów (Puławska 266 Street, location on Google map). The easiest way to get there is by car, through the main gate at Puławska Street, where there is a large parking lot. You can also take tram no. 4, 10, 35 to the terminus. Dedicated bus line no. 300.
  • Online tickets. Regular online ticket – 12 PLN. Regular ticket bought at the box office on the day of the event – 16 PLN. For children up to 18 – free admission, the free ticket must be collected at the ticket office.
  • Website in English.

Vistula river cruises & kayaking in the Warsaw area

Please note that due to weather conditions or the high water level in the Vistula river, some cruises can be temporarily suspended. It’s recommended to check the Facebook page of a cruise provider before heading out.

1.5-hour cruises on the Vistula River
Guided cruises on the 80 passenger “Loewentin” ship from 1892, taking place on the Warsaw section of the Vistula, lasting 1.5 hours. The cruise schedule is updated several days in advance on the website, where you can buy tickets online for the cruise of your choice. Children up to 6 years of age go for free. The cruises start and end at the “Barka Warszawska” (location on Google map) on the Jan Karski boulevard near the Royal Castle, between the Gdańsk Bridge and the Śląsko-Dąbrowski Bridge. The cruises take place between the Gdański and Siekierkowski bridges. Website in English.

All-day cruises to Serock near Warsaw, to Zegrzyńskie Lake
Trips take place on Saturdays and Sundays from May 1 to September 25, and additionally on May 2 and June 17. The 98-seater “Zefir” boat departs at 9 am from the marina at the Żerański Channel/Żerań (near the Cementownia 02 stop, location on Google map), at 12.30 pm arrives in Serock to set off for Warsaw at 2.30 pm. The cruise ends around 6 pm. More in English (including a map, timetable). Online tickets.

Free ferries across the Vistula river
Starting from May 1, 2022 until September, there are 3 free ferries:  Cypel Czerniakowski – Saska Kępa, Most Poniatowskiego – Stadion Narodowy, Podzamcze-Fontanny – ZOO. May 1 to June 30 and September 1-25: ferries run on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays (additionally on weekdays on May 2 and June 17). From July 1 to August 31, ferries run daily. More in English (including a map, timetable).

Gondola, canoes, wooden boats in Park of the King Jan III’s Palace 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: 10 am – 9 pm. The rental is located next to Pompownia building in the park – 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). 30-minutes gondola rides every hour (up to 12 people). You can pay with a card. Facebook page.

Taxi Wisła – the Vistula river cruises on a traditional wooden 12-seater boat
“Taxi Wisła” offers (from May till October) one-hour cruises, crossings to the other side of the Vistula, and further trips for individuals and groups. To order/book Taxi Wisła: +48 605143904, kontakt@taxiwisla.waw.pl, or send a message on Facebook. There is a set of life vests on board. You can pay with a card. Website in Polish.

Ferry across the Vistula river near the town of Konstancin (transport of people, bicycles, cars)
Prom Gassy-Karczew connects the municipality of Konstancin-Jeziorna and the municipality of Karczew (the route on Google map). On weekdays the ferry operates from 6 am to 8 pm, on Saturdays – from 8 am to 8 pm, 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. Cash only. Website in Polish. Facebook pageThe ferry has reopened for a new season on April 22, 2022.

Kayak and canoe rental – kayaking trips along the Vistula River
Various routes are available – different in terms of the length of the trip (from 1,5-hour trip to weekend trips). The most popular 1,5-hour trip (10 km) along the Vistula river starts at Plaża Romantyczna (“Romantyczna Beach”) in Wawer and finishes in the area of Saska Kępa (location on the map, details), 2-person kayak for this trip: 95 PLN. Life vests are available for adults and children. To order kayaks: biuro@nakajak.com, +48796188809. Website in PolishFacebook page.

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 near Plaża Romantyczna (“Romantyczna Beach”), Rychnowska Street and finishes in the area of Saska Kępa, Wał Miedzeszyński 399 Street (locations on the maps, details in English), 2-person kayak for this trip: 95 PLN, 1-person kayak 65 PLN. Life vests are available for adults and children. Online schedule and bookingWebsite in EnglishFacebook page.

Kayak rental – kayaking trips along the Świder River
Świder is a picturesque winding river near Warsaw, it flows into the Vistula River on the border of the towns of Józefów and Otwock. Various routes are available – different in terms of the length of the trip (from 2-hour trip to weekend trips). 2-person kayak: 90 PLN. Life vests are available for adults and children. Kayak rental is called “Przystań Emów”, contact them to book a kayak: + 48 607 582 757, przystan@emow.plWebsite in PolishFacebook 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. 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). In May and June, sightseeing cruises are organized on weekends and in selected days during the week (depending on weather and relevant demand). You can also arrange a private cruise. Website in English. Facebook page. New season – from May long weekend.

Kayak rental in Park Skaryszewski
Location: Park Skaryszewski, Aleja Zieleniecka 2 Street (Praga). The Skaryszewski Park – one of the largest parks in Warsaw – is located in the Praga district. You will find there a Kamionkowskie Lake which used to be a part of the Vistula river (today’s area of Skaryszewski Park and Saska Kępa used to be an island, and then a peninsula). The Lake is located within the Skaryszewski Park, swimming in the lake is not allowed. Kayak rentals are available at the restaurant on the lakeside called “Przystań” (opened for a new season from April 29, 2022). Life jackets for kids are available. Website in PolishFacebook page. Our tips in English about the Skaryszewski Park.

Day trips from Warsaw

Medieval castle ruins in Czersk, 40 km from Warsaw

The medieval, Gothic castle in Czersk was built at the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries. Although it has been heavily damaged over the centuries, its gothic towers and walls still attract those who love history.
There is another reason why it is worth visiting Czersk – great views of the Vistula river valley, space, and relaxing silence. Especially during spring or summertime when it is green all around.

Every weekend from the beginning of May to the end of September, special events take place at the Castle – historical picnics (they present everyday life in various historical periods – presentation of old crafts, martial arts, cuisine). Weekend attractions include knight’s tents, including one open to the public, an armory, an archery track and fencing with safe training weapons, medieval board games and other games, presentations of selected crafts, and medieval fashion shows.

Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Castle (tickets, opening hours, etc.).

Photo source: Zamek Czersk

Retro train trip for tourists – narrow-gauge train

The trips are organized by the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum in the town of Sochaczew (60 km from Warsaw). Tours are organized from the end of April to September/October.

The train is driven by a pre-war steam locomotive or a diesel locomotive. The train route is 18 km long and ends in a village which is the “gate” to the Kampinos National Park. Next attractions include a guided tour of the Kampinos Forest and a picnic with a fireplace. Then the train returns to the Museum in Sochaczew.

Starting point/location: Muzeum Kolei Wąskotorowej, Licealna 18 Street, 96-500 Sochaczew, the Museum’s location on Google map.

In 2022, a new attraction was introduced during the trip – the option to visit the family amusement park of Śmiechominek (the park’s Facebook). Buying tickets with the option of visiting the amusement park changes the schedule of the trip, replacing a guided walk in the Forest and a picnic. Passengers are transported by a bus to an amusement park for approx. 2.5 hours.

Click here to read our tips in English about retro train trips (tickets, etc.).

Photo source: Stacja Muzeum Sochaczew

Click here to find out more about one-day trips from Warsaw in our post. 20+ spots to explore in the Warsaw area (how to get there, opening hours, tickets info, photos).

Weather in Poland in May

May in Poland is usually warm and reasonably dry. Sunny weather can even turn hot. The average monthly temperature in May in Poland is 13,7°C / 56,7°F, and the average monthly rainfall level is 62,1 mm.

The name of the month (maj) comes from the Latin name Maius. May and March are the only months whose Polish names derive from Latin. Polish names of the remaining months have Slavic roots.

Lilac (bez) is a queen among spring flowers that bloom in May in Poland. In Poland, the most common are purple and white lilacs. It smells awesome but unfortunately, it is very fragile and withers quickly in the home vase. Lilac came to Poland from Turkey through the Balkan Peninsula. For years, an essential part of Polish rural gardens. Blooming usually lasts only up to two weeks so hurry to admire lilac in May!

Poland in May turns into an orchard full of blooming fruit trees. It’s the time when fruit trees are in fool bloom. Wonderful sakura cherries receive special admiration in Japan. In Poland, in the spring, pear, apple, cherry, plum trees bloom. Apple trees, however, dominate in Poland, with their white, slightly pinkish flowers. May also means the start of a busy season for bees!

You can’t miss the pinkish-white cone-shaped flowers of chestnuts (kasztan) that have become a symbol of high-school final exams in Poland (in Polish: matura) that take place in May.
In Poland, chestnuts grow mainly in parks and along roads. It is a huge tree – in Poland, the largest chestnut trees reach about 30 m in height and about 600 cm in the circumference of the trunk. The oldest chestnut in Poland grows in the Wielkopolskie Province and is over 200 years old!

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

Public holidays & dates to remember in Poland in May 2022

In May 2022, all Sundays in Poland are trade ban Sundays. The next shopping Sunday in Poland is June 26, 2022. 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.

  • May 1

Labor Day
A public holiday in Poland. Stores, malls, shopping centers are closed. Only some smaller local convenience stores can be open. Stores at gas stations are open every day, 24 h. Usually, in Warsaw and other major cities in Poland, there are political marches to promote workers’ rights.

  • May 2

Flag Day
A regular working day (Monday in 2022). It’s a relatively new holiday in Poland (introduced in 2004). You can notice Polish flags in some private windows and balconies as well as displayed in public institutions buildings.

  • May 3

Constitution Day
A public holiday in Poland. The May 3rd Constitution was passed in 1791 and is claimed to be the first written constitution in Europe and the second one in the world (after the American one). Usually, Constitution Day is celebrated with speeches, military parades, and picnics.

  • May 26

Mother’s Day
It is a day when you call your mum, send her a card, flowers or other gifts. Father’s Day in Poland is celebrated on June 23.

Click here to read our post about public holidays and dates to remember in Poland in spring.

Ideas for things to do in Warsaw during the May long weekend – what’s open on May 1-3

What’s open/available every day on May 1-3

“Food Town” at the Fabryka Norblina / Norblin Factory
Location: Fabryka Norblina, Żelazna 51/53 Street (Wola), 9 am – 10 pm. The biggest food hall in Warsaw (five historic factory halls). 23 restaurant concepts, 4 bars. Website in PolishFacebook Page.

Hala Koszyki food hall
Location: Hala Koszyki, Koszykowa 63 Street (city center). May 1, 2, 3: restaurants open 12 pm – 12 am. An underground parking lot available. Besides the food hall (15 restaurants), there are also some shops. In selected restaurants, you can eat outside. Located in a historic market hall built in 1906-1908, renovated and reopened in 2016. Website in English. Facebook Page.

Elektrownia Powiśle food hall
Location: Elektrownia Powiśle shopping mall, Dobra 42 Street (Powiśle).  May 1: 11 am – 10 pm, May 2, 3: 12 pm – 10 pm. An underground parking lot available. A historic power plant turned into a modern shopping center, located next to the Copernicus Science Center, opened in May 2020. 17 culinary concepts serving cuisines from all over the world. Includes the outdoor area. Website in English. Food Hall’s Facebook.

Browary Warszawskie – Food Hall Browary (Warsaw Breweries)
Location: Browary Warszawskie, Grzybowska 58 Street (Wola/city center). May 1-3: 12 pm – 10 pm. An underground parking lot available. A new (opened in 2021) urban space in the Wola district, very close to the city center – apartments, office space, restaurants, stores. Website in EnglishFood Hall’s Facebook.

Summer shows at Multimedia Fountain Park
Location: Multimedia Fountain Park (Multimedialny Park Fontann), a fountain complex located in between the Old Town/New Town area and the Vistula river, location on Google map, free entrance. After a two-year break, the special shows at the Fountain park are back in 2022. Multimedia show (music, lights, water, laser) each Friday and Saturday, 9.30 pm (starting from May, including May 1, 2, 3). Our tips in English about the fountain park.

An exhibition of buildings and models made of LEGO bricks
Location: Galeria Mokotów shopping mall, Wołoska 12 Street (Mokotów). Location on Google map. Location of the Exhibition on the map of a shopping center. Entrance and ticket office: Level 1 (Poziom 1), next to the EOBUWIE store. Opening hours: May 1, 3: 10 am – 8 pm, May 2: 10 am – 10 pm. Online tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at the ticket office before entering the Exhibition (you can pay by card). There is a measure in the form of a brick at the ticket offices, at a height of 95 cm. If the child fits under the block, he/she enters free of charge. The exhibition covers two floors. The Exhibition includes a playing zone where children can build with LEGO or LEGO Duplo bricks. Information for parents – the exit from the exhibition is through the LEGO store;) More in Polish about the Exhibition. Facebook page in Polish.

Fun Park Digiloo – indoor playing area
Location: Fun Park Digiloo, Merliniego 2 Street (Mokotów). May 1: 9 am – 8 pm, May 2, 3: 10 am – 8 pm. Website in Polish & English. 

Historical picnic at the medieval castle ruins in Czersk
Location: Czersk Castle (Zamek w Czersku), Plac Tysiąclecia 1, 05-530 Czersk (40 km south of Warsaw), 11 am – 7 pm. Special attractions are planned at the Castle during the long May weekend: every day, April 30 – May 3. Attractions include knight’s tents, including one open to the public, an armory, an archery track and fencing with safe training weapons, medieval board games and other games, presentations of selected crafts, and medieval fashion shows (around 3 pm).Our tips in English on visiting the Czersk Castle.

Retro train trip for tourists – narrow-gauge train
The trips are organized by the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum in the town of Sochaczew (60 km from Warsaw). Starting point/location: Muzeum Kolei Wąskotorowej, Licealna 18 Street, 96-500 Sochaczew, the Museum’s location on Google map. The train is driven by a pre-war steam locomotive or a diesel locomotive. The train route is 18 km long and ends in a village which is the “gate” to the Kampinos National Park. Next attractions include a guided tour of the Kampinos Forest and a picnic with a fireplace. Then the train returns to the Museum in Sochaczew. In 2022, a new attraction was introduced during the trip – the option to visit the family amusement park of Śmiechominek. Buying tickets with the option of visiting the amusement park changes the schedule of the trip, replacing a guided walk in the Forest and a picnic. Passengers are transported by a bus to an amusement park for approx. 2.5 hours. Click here to read our tips in English about retro train trips (tickets, etc.). The trips run on April 30, May 1, 2, 3.

Warsaw Zoo
Location: Ratuszowa 1/3 Street (Praga), opening hours in May-September: weekdays 9 am – 6 pm, weekends & public holidays 9 am – 7 pm. Last admission is one hour before the Zoo closes. Online ticketsThe Zoo is open every day, including all public holidays! Website in English.

Relax in one of many Warsaw parks
After long months of autumn and winter, Warsaw is bursting with intense green! The city comes alive with trees and blooming flowers. You can read our tips about 15 parks in Warsaw worth visiting in our post: Discover green Warsaw: charming parks and gardens in the Warsaw area to enjoy the beauty of nature. Please note that you will need to buy tickets to selected parks: Wilanów, Botanical Garden in Powsin, Botanical Garden in the city center, Park in the birthplace of Chopin (not all of them are open every day – details below).

Botanical Garden of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Powsin
Location: Prawdziwka 2 Street, 02-973 Powsin. The Garden is located in Powsin, in the suburbs of Warsaw – between Wilanów and Konstancin. Opening hours in May: 9 am – 8 pm (every day, including public holidays). Our tips on visiting the Garden (ticket info, location, photos).

Botanical Garden of the Warsaw University
Location: Aleje Ujazdowskie 4 Street (city center), the garden on Google map. The Garden is located next to the Łazienki Royal Park (in 1818, the Botanical Garden was separated from the Łazienki). Opening hours in May: 10 am – 8 pm (every day, including public holidays). Our tips in English on visiting the Garden.

Swimming in “Wodny Park Warszawianka” – indoor water park in Mokotów
Location: Wodny Park Warszawianka, Dominika Merliniego 4 Street, 02-511 Warszawa (location on Google map). 6.30 am – 10 pm. 4 km from the city center (in the Mokotów district). The recreational part of the Water Park includes a recreational and swimming pool with a maximum depth of 1.40 m, a paddling pool for children with an elephant-shaped slide, an artificial river, pipe-shaped slides (45 and 72 meters long) with separate landing pads, an open slide inside the swimming pool hall (15 meters long), outdoor year-round heated pool, connected to the main pool hall. The sports part of the Water Park includes 50-meter “Olympic” swimming pool with 10 lanes. Website in EnglishFacebook page.

Cosmos Discovery – Space Exhibition 
Location: Muzeum Nowa Praga, Jagiellońska 82A Street (Praga), Location on Google map. 9 am – 6.30 pm. Tickets are to be purchased on-site or online. Children up to 6 free entrance. The exhibition shows the development of space flights from the first historical attempts up to today’s missions. It features 200+ original objects from the United States, Russia, and Poland. The Exhibition’s Museum website in PolishFacebook page in Polish. There are 2 versions of the audio guide: one intended mainly for adult visitors and high school students. The second version is simplified and fun in the form of a boy-astronaut conversation, this version is suitable for children under the age of 14. Both versions of the audio guide are also available in English.

The Park of the King Jan III’s Palace in Wilanów
Location: Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street (Wilanów). The park is a part of the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace – a baroque summer residence of King Jan III Sobieski and his wife, Queen Maria Kazimiera (the museum building is closed on May 3 and open on May 1 and May 2). It’s a vast 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 in May: 9 am – 9 pm (last entry 8.30 pm). The park is open every day. Regular ticket 7 PLN, reduced ticket 4 PLN (children up to 7 years old – free entrance), tickets for children from the European Union – 1 PLN. The ticket area starts in the courtyard (it used to be free). You can buy tickets onlineMore about the park and beautiful photos in our post.

Indoor mini zoo/petting zoo  
Location: Mini Zoo, Kolorowa 19/156 Street, poziom/level -1 (Ursus), May 1: 10 am – 6 pm, May 2: 11 am – 7 pm, May 3: 10 am – 6 pm. At the Mini Zoo, you can feed and stroke the animals. The visits take place in the company of a Mini ZOO employee who will show and teach how to deal with animals. The Mini Zoo is located in the indoor heated room; tickets are available for purchase on-site, and no reservation is required. Facebook pageWebsite in Polish.

The exhibition of live spiders and scorpions
Location: the Palace of Culture and Science, pl. Defilad 1, entrance from Marszałkowska Street, 10 am – 7 pm, online tickets: regular 25 PLN, reduced 20 PLN, family 2+2 75 PLN, children up to 4 free entrance. Each weekend (every hour on the hour), the visitors can hold a spider (the most gentle tarantula) in their hand and take close photographs with the assistance of an exhibition employee. More in Polish about the Exhibition.

The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews [city center/Muranów]
Location: Anielewicza 6 Street (Muranów). 10 am – 6 pm. Our tips in English on visiting the Museum. Our featured story on visiting the Museum with children.

Free entrance to a kids-dedicated educational space in POLIN – Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Location: POLIN – Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Anielewicza 6 Street (city center), the ground floor, on the left, behind the ticket offices. Free entrance (free ticket to be picked up at the ticket office). April 30: 11 am – 1.30 pm and 2 pm – 6 pm, May 1, 2, 3: 11 am – 1.30 pm and 2 pm – 6 pm. The space (mainly for children aged 0-10) is called King Matt’s Family Education Area (Miejsce edukacji rodzinnej “U króla Maciusia”). It’s a colorful space with lots of educational materials and toys, including a seating area for parents. Kids can just play, draw, paint, read books from the library, etc. Click here to read our tips in English on visiting the POLIN MuseumClick here to read about visiting the POLIN Museum with children.

An idea for a spring walk: Roof Garden of the Warsaw University Library 
Location: Dobra 66 Street (Powiśle), the building of the Warsaw University Library. The roof garden is closed during the winter season and opens on April 1st. Opening hours in May: 8 am – 8 pm. Free entrance. Open every day. From the top, you will have a wonderful view of Warsaw, including the Vistula river and the Palace of Culture and ScienceMore in English about the Roof Garden and lots of photos in our post.

An idea for spring hiking: the Kampinos Forest near Warsaw
The Kampinos Forest (Puszcza Kampinoska) is located right next to the northwestern border of Warsaw. Most of its area is protected within the Kampinoski National Park (admission to the park is free). In our post on the website, you will find a detailed description of selected hiking trails (e.g. starting point, where to leave a car) and our tips.

Dzielnica Filmowa amusement park, 25 km from Warsaw
Location: Dzielnica Filmowa, Wczasowa 1 Street, 05-540 Zalesie Górne, location on Google map.. April 30 – May 3: 10 am – 6 pm. Dzielnica Filmowa amusement park – it is a combination of an outdoor film & cartoon museum, playground, forest, and picnic area (a collection includes several dozen of the most famous movie and cartoon cars and motorcycles; replicas of robots from popular film productions; monster trucks, giant mushrooms, dinosaurs). More in English about visiting the Park.

Educational park in the Wkra river valley in Pomiechówek
Location: Park Dolina Wkry, Nasielska 1 Street, Pomiechówek (40 km from Warsaw). April 30 – May 3: 11 am – 6 pm. Attractions include a rope park, a nature educational trail, an observation deck, a playground, and a treetop route. The park includes almost 10 hectares of land with educational routes. More in English about visiting the educational park in Pomiechówek.

Magiczne Ogrody / Magic Garden – a fairytale theme park, 140 km from Warsaw
Location: Magiczne Ogrody, Trzcianki 92, 24-123 Janowiec (Magiczne Ogrody’s location on Google map). Attractions in the park are intended for children of all age groups. There are only two age-restricted zones: the newest attraction, a treetop route, available for children 4+ with a parent, or 8+; and the mysterious Mroczysko zone – available only to children 6+. More in English about visiting the Park.

Chopin music piano recitals
Location: Fryderyk Concert Hall, Podwale 15 Street (the old town), 7 pm, online tickets. The recitals feature Fryderyk Chopin’s most famous compositions. Facebook page in English and Polish. Website in English.

Be Happy Museum – Selfie Point
Location: Atrium Reduta shopping center, al. Jerozolimskie 148 Street (Ochota), online tickets. May 1-3: 10 am – 8 pm. Dozens of scenes to take photos and rooms with the illusion (e.g. a pool with Marshmallow foams, a banana swing, magical unicorns). More in English about the Museum.

A new exhibition in 2022: The multisensory exhibition “Retro Warsaw”
Location: Fabryka Norblina, Art-Box Experience, Żelazna 51/53 Street (Wola), level 2+. 10 am – 10 pm, online tickets (regular ticket: 55 PLN weekend, 45 PLN weekday, reduced ticket 45 PLN weekend, 35 PLN weekday, family ticket 2+3 120 PLN weekend, 105 weekdays, children under 5 years old free entrance). The exhibition is based on digitally reconstructed archival materials. Visitors are taken back to Warsaw from 100 years ago – full of bustle, music, and colors of the interwar period. Thanks to the pioneering 360-screen immersive projection system, viewers can literally immerse themselves in the everyday life of interwar Warsaw, feel its rhythm, unique atmosphere, and color. Time of the visit: 40+ minutes. More in English about the Exhibition.

The Copernicus Science Center
Location: Centrum Nauki Kopernik, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street (Powiśle), 9 am – 8 pm. Our tips in English on visiting the Center.

Planetarium in the Copernicus Science Center
Location: the Planetarium building next to Copernicus Science Center, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street (Powiśle), 10.30 am – 7.30 pm, online tickets. The Planetarium screens films for adults and kids of different ages – some for 3+ audiences, 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). Admission to the Planetarium is only for children over 3 years old. Click here to read our tips on visiting the Planetarium.

The Warsaw Railway Museum 
Location: Stacja Muzeum, Towarowa 3 Street (Wola), open every day, 10 am – 6 pm. Free entrance on Mondays, children up to 7 free entrance. The museum is located in the former main train station in Warsaw, at the junction of three districts: Wola, Śródmieście, and Ochota. In addition to the exhibition inside the building (the history of railways in Poland and in the world), 50 rail vehicles built in different periods of history can be seen on the platforms of the former railway station. Online ticketsThe Museum website in English.

The Museum “World of Illusion” 
Location: Świat Iluzji, Rynek Starego Miasta 21 (the Old Town Market Square), May 1-3: 10 am – 9 pm, online tickets. More in English about the Museum.

Museum of Life under Communism 
Location: Muzeum życia w PRL, Piękna 28/34 Street, next to Plac (Square) Konstytucji (city center). 10 am – 6 pm. The Museum presents how people used to live during communist times in Poland. There are a few different sections where you can experience propaganda, lifestyle, politics, or ordinary day from the times. The exhibition has descriptions in Polish and English. There is also an audio guide available in English (to be downloaded on the phone). More in English about the Museum.

The Museum of Warsaw
Location: Muzeum Warszawy, Rynek Starego Miasta 28-42 (the Old Town Market Square), online tickets. 11 am – 6 pm. More in English about the Museum.

The Neon Museum 
Location: Muzeum Neonów, Soho Factory, Mińska 25 Street, building no. 55 (Praga). Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 12 pm – 6 pm, Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm. The Neon Muzeum is dedicated to the documentation and the preservation of Cold War era neon signs. More in English about the Museum.

What’s open on Sunday, May 1 (a public holiday in Poland)

Hala Gwardii food hall
Location: Hala Gwardii, Plac Żelaznej Bramy 1 (city center). A combination of food hall and food/shopping market. Located in a historic building that was developed in 1899-1902.Website in Polish. Facebook Page.

Polish dumplings cooking class in English
Location: Pierogi & More cooking school, Stawki 3 Street (city center), 10 am. During this experience you will prepare pierogi with meat and/or vegetarian fillings. At first, you will get to know how to knead the dough, then you will learn various techniques of folding the dumplings and discover hacks that make them really tasty. Lastly, at the end of the culinary workshop, you will enjoy a plate full of dumplings. Facebook page in English. Website in English.

English-language tour of the Centre for Polish Folklore
Location: Centrum Folkloru Polskiego “Karolin” (Centre for Polish Folklore), Świerkowa 2 Street, 05-805 Otrębusy (a village about 25 km from the center of Warsaw, location on Google map), 3 pm (60 minutes), 20 PLN per person (the tour guide service is included in the ticket price), reservations: +48 22 208 87 00, +48 605 501 770, kontakt@karolinmazowsze.pl. The Centre for Polish Folklore is located in the restored palace – a historic home to Mazowsze – the oldest and biggest Polish folk dancing and singing group. The Exhibition takes visitors on a trip across Poland, with traditional costumes, instruments and dances on display. It provides a colorful and musical introduction to Polish history and culture, as well as the work of the Mazowsze National Folk Song and Dance Ensemble. Facebook event in English. The tours in English are run once a month: May 1, June 19.

Visit to the Chopin Museum in Warsaw and piano recitals
Location: Frederic Chopin Museum (Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina), Okólnik 1 Street (Powiśle). Two concerts: 5 pm and 6 pm. Online tickets (regular tickets 28 PLN, reduced tickets 14 PLN). The concert ticket also entitles you to visit the Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions. The concert lasts only 30 minutes – it’s a great opportunity to introduce children to classical music. Our tips about visiting the Museum. Our feature story about the Museum: You don’t need to leave Warsaw to visit the nineteenth-century Paris salons.

Picnic on the occasion of the 18th anniversary of Poland’s accession to the European Union
Location: Royal Łazienki Garden, Agrykola 1 Street. Attractions include military band parades (11 am – 2 pm), live music, games and workshops, free entrance to the exhibitions/museums in Łazienki, including Palace on the Isle (10 am – 6 pm). Click here to read our tips in English on visiting the Park. More in Polish about the event.

Free entrance to the exhibitions/museums in Łazienki, including Palace on the Isle 
Location: Royal Łazienki Garden, Agrykola 1 Street. May 1: 10 am – 6 pm. The Park is open every day (6 am – 9 pm). Click here to read our tips in English.

Horse Racing at Służewiec Racetrack
Location: Tor Wyścigów Konnych Służewiec, Puławska 266 Street, online tickets. Regular online ticket – 12 PLN. Regular ticket bought at the box office on the day of the event – 16 PLN. For children up to 18 – free admission, the free ticket must be collected at the ticket office. Website in English. The event runs on April 30 and May 1.

What’s open on Tuesday, May 3 (a public holiday in Poland)

The Chopin Museum in Warsaw
Location: Frederic Chopin Museum (Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina), Okólnik 1 Street (Powiśle). 11 am – 6 pm. Online tickets (regular tickets 28 PLN, reduced tickets 14 PLN). Our tips about visiting the Museum. Our feature story about the Museum: You don’t need to leave Warsaw to visit the nineteenth-century Paris salons.

The Warsaw Royal Castle
Location: Zamek Królewski, Plac Zamkowy 4 / Castle Square 4. 2 pm – 5 pm. Our tips in English on visiting the Castle.

Picnic on the occasion of the 231st anniversary of the Constitution of May 3
Location: Royal Łazienki Garden, Agrykola 1 Street. Attractions include horse parade (1 pm – 1.30 pm), cavalry shows (2 pm – 3 pm), free entrance to the exhibitions/museums in Łazienki, including Palace on the Isle (10 am – 6 pm). Click here to read our tips in English on visiting the Park. More in Polish about the event.

Free entrance to the exhibitions/museums in Łazienki, including Palace on the Isle 
Location: Royal Łazienki Garden, Agrykola 1 Street. May 3: 10 am – 6 pm. The Park is open every day (6 am – 9 pm). Click here to read our tips in English.

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