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Finding the Best Time to Visit Poland

Bobolice Castle in Poland

High & Low Season Facts

High Season: May-September
Low Season: November-February
Shoulder Season: March, April & October

Weather & Climate Summary

Although Poland has fairly unpredictable weather due a mix of climates, the weather is generally temperate with warm summers, crisp, bright autumns and frosty winters. 

Summer finds plenty of sunshine with warm temperatures between 25-35°C, but can also bring unexpected rains, so be prepared. Conversely, winters can be icy with the chance of snow from November till March. Spring and autumn tend to bounce between moderately warm to cold. May and September specifically, are arguably some of the best times to visit Poland as the country is markedly cheaper, easier to travel in temperature wise, and ripe for off-season exploration.

Spring (March–May)

If you dream of strolling through endless fields of flowers and hiking wild, unspoiled mountains then spring in Poland is the time for you. Spring has bright (though sometimes drizzly) days, and is the ideal season for outdoor enthusiasts wanting to explore the countryside and do some serious hiking in the Polish mountains. 

With the snow now melted, clean rivers flow gracefully all over the country, plants burst with colour and newly born animals roam freely without the disturbance of many tourists. This is one of the best times to visit Poland. 

Summer (June–August)

Although not so popular with international visitors yet, Poland’s high season can still draws big local crowds to the larger cities. Summer brings plenty of sun, the reopening of major attractions, and consistent temperatures around 28°C, particularly on the Baltic coast where the sandy-beach resorts can get very busy. With such nice weather, this is a great time to visit major cities and smaller towns when everything is open till late.

Given Poland is considerably cheaper than other European countries, you can see and do more without breaking the bank. Take full advantage of the summer by traveling slower.

Autumn (September–October)

The cultural season in Poland comes to life during autumn, with plenty of festivals and events taking place during these months. The demand for accommodation also increases during these events, so booking ahead is a good idea if your trip is centred on the season’s celebrations.

Meanwhile, outside the cities, autumn casts an enchanting golden spell on the countryside, penetrating the deepest forests with hues of red, yellow, orange and brown. Visiting Poland in autumn is especially memorable if venture out into the woods and get involved in some mushroom picking with locals!

Winter (November-March)

Churches will be packed and so will the ski fields as winter brings out both snow and important religious dates in the Polish Catholic calendar. Expect December and early January to be crowded as Christmas markets and decorations take centre stage in town squares across the country.

Beyond the metropolitan areas, the central plains will be bleak during the end of the year, however winter sports enthusiasts will find themselves at home in the southern mountain regions where the skiing is very affordable. Generally speaking, winter is the cheapest time to travel to Poland.

Winter also provides an excellent opportunity for next level wildlife watching where you can track animals in the wildest parts of Poland. Nature fanatics are known to head out into the pristine, snowy landscape at the height of winter to track bears, wolves, bison, and even the rare European lynx. If this is your thing, book an eco-friendly tour for the wildlife experience of a lifetime.

Hiking in the Polish Tatra Mountains
The High Tatry mountains in Poland's South
 

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