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
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
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
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!