Best Time to Visit Poland

Poland's historical collection and natural heritage have maintained it among the best tourist places in the world. If you're planning to pay a visit, read on to learn about the best time to visit Poland for your favourite activities.

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Best Time to Visit Poland for Ideal Weather

Spring and Autumn is undoubtedly the best time to visit Poland. Visiting Poland from May to June and September to October is considered the best time. However, like most European countries, Poland can be visited throughout the year and offers a perfect vacation depending on what you have planned.

Mid-September sees the beginning of fall in Poland, with temperatures ranging between 5°C and 15°C. The days are pleasant with cooler nights and wonderful for trekking or exploring Poland's historical sites.

Polish spring lasts from March to May when the winter frost stops appearing. The temperature ranges from 0°C to 5°C and is perfect for exploring Poland under ideal weather.

However, in spite of distinct seasons, Poland also sees very unpredictable weather. For this season, the spring and autumn months in Poland are perfect for almost every activity. This time is also less crowded than other seasons, which makes it perfect for those who wish to explore Poland without a lot of crowds.

Poland: Quick Temperature Guide

Poland sees a temperate climate with all seasons. However, winter in Poland is the longest and spans over 4 months. Take a look at Poland's different seasons if you're planning to visit any time soon:

Seasons Temperature Weather Description
Winter -12°C to 4°C  Heavy snowfall
Spring 2°C to 17°C  Pleasant with occasional rain
Summer 12°C to 26°C  Comfortably warm with heavy rain
Autumn 5°C to 15°C Pleasant with occasional rain

Best Time to Visit Poland for Festivals

Spring and autumn are the best time to visit Poland if you're interested in their various cultural and religious festivals. From music festivals to food and film festivals, Poland has them all.

Spring in Poland sees an average temperature between 0°C and 5°C, with somewhat chilly but pleasant weather. The temperature rises gradually until April and offers a great chance to explore the country through its different events.

Some notable spring festivals in Poland include the Ludwig van Beethoven Festival held in Warsaw, the Film Music Festival and Night of Museums, all held in April and May.

Autumn in Poland is also considered its shoulder season, as September and October are perfect for travelling due to fewer crowds. This is also a time when hotel stays and flight tickets are lower than usual. 

Autumn is also great for attending different Polish festivals, with temperatures ranging from 4.4°C to 12.3°C. Some of the most popular ones are the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music held in September, the Festival of Four Cultures celebrating Polish, German, Russian and Jewish cultures held during September and the European festival of taste held in Lubin during September.

Things to Do in Poland

Poland is much more than a cold winter paradise; it has stately castles, green forests, historical monuments and stunning natural attractions. Take a look at some of the best places to visit in Poland below:

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Poland's most popular and stunning natural wonder, Wieliczka salt mine is the oldest and longest-working salt mine in the world and dates back to the 13th century. It is now endowed with four chapels, statues, and corridors all carved out of salt walls. Tourists come here to visit the 12 metres high Chapel of St. Kinga and the stunning Erazm Baracz Chamber.

Wroclaw

Poland's fourth-largest city is also considered the Capital of Culture. The city has been heavily influenced by different rules, from Bohemia to Germany and finally a part of Poland. Most popular tourist attractions here include the Wroclaw City Museum, the Lubomirski Museum, and Wroclaw's oldest area, the 13th century Main Market Square. Make sure to try exploring this city by their iconic open-top buses to get a tour of the city. The city is also called Venice o Poland, with over 100 bridges crossing the Oder River.

Tatra National Park

Located close to the Slovakian border, Tatra National Park is surrounded by Swiss pines and towering mountains. One of its key attractions is the Morskie Oko Lake, known for its peculiar deep blue shade that changes throughout the year. It is also home to more than 600 caves, and numerous waterfalls, including the famous Wielka Siklawa. It is also a popular hiking area, with more than 270 km of different trails.

Malbork

Most famous for its 1409 gothic castle, Malbork is a small town that attracts a lot of visitors. The castle is also the largest Gothic castle in Europe and has been acclaimed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While Malbork Castle is the key attraction for many visitors, don't forget to check out the Skwer Esperanto and Malbork Castle Museum.

Best Time to Visit Poland for Sightseeing

While Poland sees its peak season during summer from July to August, these are the most crowded months as tourists from all over the world visit Poland for its sunny beaches and pleasant conditions after a long winter. This is a great time for sightseeing in Poland with temperatures ranging between 12°C and 26°C.

If you want somewhat less crowd, then without a doubt, autumn and spring is the best time to sightsee in Poland. During this time, the Polish weather is most predictable, other than the rain. 

April to June is a great time to explore Poland, the temperature varies between 2°C and 17°C and by late April, it becomes warm enough to travel throughout the country. Visitors can also participate in many festivals held during this time, which are held for many days and attract artists and visitors from all over the world.

Most Affordable Time to Visit Poland

Poland has held its place among the most preferred tourist destinations in the world and is always full of tourists. Even outside its peak season, Poland has visitors trying to explore it on a budget. If you're looking for an affordable time to visit Poland, the shoulder seasons from March to August are your best option. The weather during these months isn't too hot or cold and visitors can still explore both the cities as well as the country's natural attractions. 

Another alternative is to visit Poland from December to March when not many people visit Poland due to its harsh cold. The temperature during this time range between -12°C and 4°C, and if you're looking for a snowy wonderland or winter sports then this time is perfect. Most accommodations are offered at the lowest possible rates and booking flights in advance will help you cut down the cost considerably.

Pro Tips Before You Visit Poland

  • Travelling during spring is suggested, however, it is pretty chilly at night so it is suggested to pack accordingly.
  • If visiting Poland during the shoulder season, make sure to confirm the closing hours of attraction as they may be closed or have shorter operating hours
  • Poland is not entirely a cold place, depending on the city you may have to drop that fur coat completely. Carry sufficient summer clothes as the climate varies from oceanic to continental across the country.
  • No matter what season you decide to visit Poland in, be prepared for rain. Poland is notorious for its unpredictable rain and it will do you good to carry a waterproof bag or umbrella whenever you step out.

Finally, add an adventure sports cover to your international travel insurance plan for Poland as soon as your tickets are finalised, so that there is no possible financial emergency to ruin your budget.

 
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