Long weekend in Poland in May – what’s all about?

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In Poland, the first weekend of May is traditionally known as the “long weekend”, as it falls around two working free days: May 1 – May Day (St. Joseph of the Worker’s) and May 3, a Polish national holiday commemorating the signing of the Constitution of May 3 in 1791.

And what’s all about?

1st of May used to be an Official Labour Day and – during communism – it was one of the most important national day during the year. Nowadays we call it like “State Holiday” and it is stil a Bank Holiday in Poland.

On May 3, 1791, the Constitution of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was adopted. It was the first constitution of modern Europe and second in the world, following the American one. It was a significant achievement of the Polish Enlightenment thinkers.


What Poles do during the Long Weekend?

The correct answer is everything except of working 🙂 Lots od people leave the city and spend this time on holidays. In the city you can see also many picnics, concerts and other events — it’s all about celebrating and having fun 🙂

What to do in Krakow during long weekend?

First of all, check if all the museums you’d like to visit remains open:

HISTORICAL MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF KRAKÓW
1 May 2014: all branches open (Schindlers Factory and Rynek Undrrground to 6pm)
3 May 2014: all branches closed

NATIONAL MUSEUM IN KRAKOW
1 May 2014: all branches closed
3 May 2014: all branches open 10am-2pm

WAWEL
1 i 3 May 2014: all branches open 10am-5pm (Sandomierska Tower and dragon’s Dan on 1-4 May open 10am-7pm).

MUSEUM OF ARCHEOLOGY
1 May 2014: 9am-3pm
3 May 2014: closed

HOME ARMY MUSEUM
1 May 2014: closed
3 May 2014: 11am-6pm

ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM
1 and 3 MAY 2014: 11am-7pm

MUSEUM OF MUNICIPAL ENGINEERING
1 May 2014: 10am-4pm
3 May 2014: closed

GARDEN OF EXPERIENCES
1 and 3 May 2014: 10am-7pm

MUSEUM OF JAPANESE ART AND TECHNOLOGY MANGGHA
1 and 3 May 2014: closed

MUSEUM OF THE JAGIELLONIAN UNIVERSITY
1 and 3 May 2014: 10am-1pm (interactive exhibition closed)

GALICIA JEWISH MUSEUM
1 and 3 May 2014: 10am-6pm

Auschwitz and Salt Mine are being open so you can easily book one of KrakowShuttle tours.

If you feel like learing Polish we also have a great opportunity for you: singing lesson which starts on Small Market Square on 3rd of May at 5 pm! Come to Kraków’s biggest patriotic singalong on the Constitution Day!