Travel to Poland during the summer months of June, July, and August, and you will be welcomed with festivals, outdoor concerts, and warm weather.
Poland's climate can be divided into three distinct parts—the coast, inland areas, and the mountains—each of which has its own slightly different weather patterns throughout the season. In summer, the coastal cities like Gdynia, Szczecin, and Gdansk and the inland cities like Warsaw experience warm, mild days and chilly nights while cities in the mountains like Zakopane experience colder days and nights year-round.
When you visit this season, opportunities abound for outdoor fun and leisure. Enjoy the sunshine on historic squares and relax with a cool Polish beer or your favorite flavor of lody (“ice cream” in Polish ), or take tours to countryside attractions to learn more about what the country of Poland has to offer.
Poland Weather in the Summer
Summer is Poland's warmest seasons across the country. As a result, even the mountain villages can see temperatures in the upper 50s and 60s while lowland areas see temperatures up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius). Overall, the country experiences an average daytime temperature of 63 degrees Fahrenheit (17 degrees Celsius) and an average nighttime low temperature of around 48 degrees Fahrenheit (9 degrees Celsius).
|Gdansk||66 F (19 C) / 52 F (11 C)||70 F (21 C) / 55 F (13 C)||70 F (21 C) / 55 F (13 C)|
|Sniezka||50 F (10 C) / 39 F (4 C)||54 F (12 C) / 45 F (7 C)||54 F (12 C) / 45 F (7 C)|
|Warsaw||72 F (22 C) / 52 F (11 C)||75 F (24 C) / 55 F (13 C)||73 F (23 C) / 54 F (12 C)|
Unfortunately, summer is also the rainiest season for much of the country, when cities across Poland can see rainfall on up to 10 days a month. While Poland doesn't get that much rainfall overall for the year, it receives between two and three inches each month of the summer, no matter where you visit.
What to Pack
Whether traveling to the mountains or the coast, you'll need to bring a variety of clothing you can layer for the changing temperatures from day to night. While you can get away with shorts and a t-shirt during the day along the coast, you may want to opt for pants and a long-sleeved shirt if you're heading to the southern mountains. Be sure to pack an umbrella and waterproof shoes, too, since thunderstorms are an almost daily occurrence across much of the country.
Summer Events in Poland
Summer travel to Poland requires advance planning, especially if you will arrive at your destination city prior to or during a major festival like Wianki. During these annual events, streets are packed with locals and tourists alike, and hotels and restaurants often fill up well before the event even starts. To avoid the hassle, check the events calendar for festival dates this summer before you go.
- Juwenalia: This summertime music festival usually occurs in late May or early June and offers students an excuse to party off the stress accumulated from a year’s worth of study.
- Wianki: This midsummer Polish tradition takes place along riverbanks, such as the Vistula in Krakow, where wreaths are floated downstream in a continuance of a summer solstice practice dating from Pagan times.
- International Festival of Jewish Culture: This festival in Krakow draws thousands of visitors to Poland's cultural capital in the early parts of summer for a variety of performances, processions, and religious services at synagogues around the city.
- Folk Art Fair: This festival in Krakow takes place during June or July each year and celebrates the city's rich culture of folk art.
- Krakow Summer Jazz Festival: One of the largest celebrations of jazz in Europe, the Krakow Summer Jazz Festival is an annual tradition that usually takes place in July or August.
- Summer Festival of New Town: Warsaw’s parks and gardens offer an annual program of outdoor concerts throughout the summer. Stop by for genres and performances from around the world.
Summer Travel Tips
- June, July, and August are the most popular times to visit Poland; tourist centers are packed with visitors from all over the world sightseeing, snapping photos, shopping, and eating.
- These crowded areas attract pickpockets, so be aware of your surroundings and keep your belongings close to your body at all times.
- Most cities by waterways—including Warsaw, Sandomierz, and Stalowa Wola—offer river cruises, which is a great way to take in the view. For a fun summertime afternoon, consider seeking out park musical performances such as those dedicated to Chopin in Warsaw’s Lazienki Park.
- If you are traveling in the western part of Poland, go on a hunting expedition for dwarfs in Wroclaw; in coastal cities such as Gdansk, it’s possible to sunbathe or look for amber nuggets on the beach.
- When you have exhausted your options within major cities, take to the countryside to visit attractions that are especially appealing when the weather is warm and tours are plentiful.
- From Krakow, it’s possible to visit the cool, underground chambers of the Wieliczka Salt Mine or the hallowed Black Madonna of Czestochowa. From Gdansk, Malbork Castle is a short train ride, but many other Polish Castles and Polish World Heritage sites can be accessed from destination cities.
- You can also use the summer to visit some of Poland’s regions. For example, Silesia is known for its eye-catching natural landscapes and for notable sites like the Peace Churches of Swidnica and Jawor. Meanwhile, Malopolska is rich with castles and history.