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Today is 18 October
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Juliana, Łukasza, Bogumiła

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When is best time for you to come to Poland?

The date you visit Poland determines the reason one travels. If it is you who decide when to come here are some things to consider and decide upon to make your decision easier.

If your destination is by the seaside and you want to spend some leisurely time the best time to come will be July and August when the air and water temperatures are at their highest for the average of the year. The alternative dates are June or September with lower but reasonable temperatures and visibly smaller crowds. With a bit of luck both months should be mostly sunny and warm.

If the idea of coming to Poland is to ski or for winter sports the best time is between December and February with snow in the Tatra Mountains as well as the Sudety and Bieszczady. But looking at the metrological tendencies for the last few winters it is really hard to say what month is best and guarantees snow around the skiing facilities. The weather has gone rather unpredictable and it may be that the best season and a lot of snow will be November and December with no snow at all in January. The only advice is to watch weather forecasts before planning the trip, e.g., www.pogoda.onet.pl. (one of the Polish weather services)

If your destination is one of the big and well-known Polish cities and you plan to sightsee, visiting museums and the local attractions, it would be best to come in Spring (IV-VI) and Autumn (even at the end VIII-X). Temperatures are moderate and there are fewer tourists.

Table 1. High tourist season by month and region
 
 
Sea, Lakes
Mountains
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One more factor in choosing the best time for your visit is to take into consideration our national holidays or ‘long weekends'. Both make big cities lazy and some services close down or are limited. On the other hand, all important tourist places and regions get very busy and are usually fully booked. We have a custom here in Poland; we prolong our holidays for as long as possible. Once every four years we have ‘the longest weekend in modern Europe' as we like to call these special days off which last 9 days! It happened in 2007 with Tuesday (1 May) and Thursday (3 May) our national holidays. Whoever could take the days off on Monday, Wednesday and Friday could organise a long weekend of 9 days! We love this type of sport and whenever we can we use all the opportunities to prolong the weekends and to fill gaps in the calendar. This is important to know because many holiday resorts and popular spots will be booked up by us for our long weekends!

Days off - fixed dates in Poland
1 January - New Year
1 May - Labour Day
3 May - Constitution Day
15 August - Church holiday Assumption of Virgin Mary
1 November - All Saints Day
11 November - Independence Day
25 December - Christmas Day 1
26 December - Christmas Day 2
 
Days off - not fixed dates in Poland
Easter Monday (in 2008 - 24 March)
Corpus Christi (in 2008 - 22 May)

Last but not least, please note the summer and winter holidays for schools in Poland. If you want to come to Poland on these dates you would be well advised to book in advance. This is the seasonal peak demand time.

The summer holidays start in the 3rd week of June and last till the 1st of September. All schools are closed during this time across Poland.

The winter break comes in January and February. This lasts two weeks and Poland is split into regions where winter holidays are taken on different dates. This prevents crowding with all the children out at the same time filling up the resorts for their 2 week winter hols. It also prolongs the winter season into two months for the enjoyment of tourists as well as tourist organizers.

So think about the dates we have written about and pick the dates best for you. But whatever the time you choose we wish you an enjoyable and successful stay in Poland!

Last update May 2009