Poland is a year-round destination with four distinct seasons. The most popular time to visit is from June through September, when summer events, open-air festivals, and other warm-weather activities attract visitors. The least popular time is during November and the winter months of January through March, when the weather is usually cold and the days are relatively short. However, snow in the mountains of southern Poland attracts winter sports enthusiasts. Spring and fall offer off-peak prices, and pleasant weather that's ideal for tours, cultural events, and outdoor activities. December has rather unpredictable weather, but is filled with holiday season festivities.
- high season: June to September
- low season: January to March, November
- shoulder season: April to May, October, December
During the summer, temperatures average 76 degrees, with some days hitting over 86 degrees. The coldest months are January and February, with temperatures dropping to a few degrees below zero. Snow falls liberally in the mountains.
January, February, and March are the least crowded months. Major cities, especially Warsaw and Krakow, can be crowded all year long.
Most hotels, shops, and venues in Poland remain open year-round. Exceptions include small seaside and lakeside villages, where they are usually closed from October to May. Opera and major theater season starts in September and ends in June.
When to Save
To save money, the best time to go is during the shoulder and low seasons, when airfares are at their lowest.
When to Book
Book two to three months in advance, especially for hotels in Krakow, Warsaw, and Gdansk.
Information provided by the Polish National Tourist Office.