The Best Time Of Year To Visit Poland

Got a craving for pierogi or a hankering for a shot of vodka that actually tastes good? Poland is waiting with open arms (and a whole lot more to offer than vodka!) Poland, like many European countries, is a year-round destination. It has a typical Central European climate of hot summers and cold winters, with four — or even six — defined seasons, according to Britannica. The capital, Warsaw, sees average lows of 25 degrees Fahrenheit in the coldest month of January, and highs of 78 degrees Fahrenheit in August, though the temperature can go well above and below this.

It's worth bearing in mind that the weather in Poland is quite unpredictable, Treksplorer writes. So while you might have warm, sunny days throughout July, you may also experience showers and a chilly breeze blowing in off the sea. Deciding when to visit Poland will depend a lot on what you plan to do, but if you want to combine sightseeing and some outdoor activities, certain months are better than others.

Visiting in Spring and Fall

Late spring and early fall are the best times of year to visit Poland. The weather is at its most pleasant, and places are less crowded than in the summer months. As states, spring can be broken into two seasons in Poland: early spring and spring. They recommend visiting in May, which is spring-proper, and into June, when temperatures are warmer and precipitation less likely. However, it's worth paying attention to Treksplorer's advice to always travel with a raincoat in Poland, as you can get caught in a shower at any time of year.

When it comes to fall, Treksplorer recommends traveling to Poland in September or October, as November can be chilly and wet. September often sees warm temperatures in what is called babie lato (Grandma's summer), and in October, you'll have the chance to experience złota polska jesień (Polish golden autumn) when the leaves burst into color. Treksplorer goes on to say that late spring and early fall are excellent times to explore some of Poland's best attractions and hiking trails without the crowds.

Visiting in Summer and Winter

Contrary to some misconceptions, Poland is not a freezing wasteland, though it does have some great conditions for winter sports. Krakow Buzz writes that if you fancy skiing and snowboarding at far lower prices than you'll find in Western Europe or the U.S., you should head to Poland's Carpathian Mountains in January and February. Treksplorer also has a soft spot for winter travel, saying that Christmas markets in Poland lend a magical atmosphere to cities like Kraków and Gdańsk. Just make sure to wrap up warm and grab yourself a mug of grzane wino (mulled wine.)

If you're heading to Poland for a beach holiday, the Baltic coast has its best weather in July and August. However, this is also school holiday time, so beaches will be busy, according to Treksplorer, and there's always a chance of rain. However, The Planet D prefers traveling to Poland between June and August, writing that the warm weather is perfect for enjoying some outdoor dining.

As you can see, there's no one answer to the question of when to visit Poland. Luckily, pierogi and vodka are served all year, so whenever you come, you won't miss out.