September is a perfect time to make a trip to Krakow, Poland. The summer tourists are gone and the local kids are back in school, leaving the cafes, pubs, and attractions less crowded. And the weather will cooperate.
Daytime highs range mostly in the 60s Fahrenheit, with the average high at the beginning of the month a gorgeous 71 degrees, which slowly falls to an average high of 62 degrees by month's end.
Prepare to wear sweaters. Nighttime temperatures range from 52 to 45 degrees in September.
During the month, the sun will start to recede, and by the end of September, daylight will have diminished by 1 hour and 47 minutes. In September, there is still plenty of warm sunshine and daylight for sightseeing and having dinner al fresco at a cafe or pub. Also, September is sunny more than half the time, another bonus for travelers, and it is one of Krakow's drier months, precipitation-wise, with chances for rain falling as the month progresses.
What to Pack
September's mild weather makes it one of the easiest months for which to pack when traveling to Krakow. Jeans or khaki pants, long-sleeved shirts and tops, a pullover sweater or two, and a lightweight jacket, denim jacket, cardigan or lightweight cape-style wrap with or without sleeves are all you need; jackets or wraps at night, with shirts and/or a sweater perfect for daytime sightseeing, shopping or cafe-sitting.
Take along comfortable, closed shoes that are easy on your feet for walking. If you are a fan of ankle boots, they won't be too warm for this seasonal weather.
Holidays and Events
If you are a music lover, find exactly that in Krakow in September, when music festivals fill the cultural calendar. The Sacrum-Profanum Music Festival is a week-long exploration into contemporary music at multiple venues.
The International Guitar Festival and the Krakow Jazz Fall Festival give you more musical options.
For the annual Dachshund Parade, Dachshund owners dress up their dogs and parade them through Krakow's historic district. Prizes are given in a variety of contest categories. It's a fun and unusual diversion for dog lovers.
The Jewish Culture Festival also occurs during September in Krakow. Movies, music, live performances, and exhibitions tell the story of Jewish culture and tradition and how it intersects with Polish culture, with an emphasis on understanding and respect for differences, along with a remembrance of Poland's past. This event draws thousands of participants to Krakow each year.
September's weather makes it easy to check out Old Town Krakow on foot. Using a map, walk from Main Market Square to Wawel Castle – you'll find plenty of shops and attractions along the way. Take a break partway through the walk with a stop at a pub or cafe for a drink and some people-watching.