Autumn is our favorite time of the year, and definitely, it is worth visiting Poland in autumn. You don’t need to worry about the rain and cold that much. It is late October now, the weather is sunny, and we don’t even wear a jacket. Although starting the 23rd of September, the day in Poland gets shorter, we start noticing it only from November when it gets dark around 4 PM.
Why is it worth visiting Poland in autumn?
- Just as the Japanese are waiting for the cherry blossom, we in Poland also celebrate the seasonal beauty of nature. “Golden Polish Autumn” is a short period, usually in October, when trees are full of warm, vibrant colors, and leaves are shimmering in the sun until they finally drop off. The weather often is sunny and warm, so parks and forests are full of people enjoying their time close to nature.
- Polish people love collecting mushrooms. If you are going to pick mushrooms for the first time, remember that many species of mushrooms you can find in the forest are poisonous. The best idea is to go with some locals who can explain to you what to look for.
- We have delicious seasonal cuisine based on local root vegetables, such as cabbage, pumpkin, tomatoes, pepper, courgette, potatoes, carrots, and beetroots as well as fruits: apples, pears, peaches, and plums. During autumn, we love cooking nutritious soups and finish our meals with a warm piece of apple pie.
Dates to remember while visiting Poland in autumn
- The 1st of November is All Saints Day. It is a public holiday in Poland and day when entire families visit cemeteries to lay flowers and light the candles on the graves of their loved ones. It is also an opportunity to meet with distant relatives who often travel from the other part of Poland to visit the cemeteries and remember about those who passed away. Every year we visit the cemeteries after dark. The smell of chrysanthemums and thousands of burning candles it is nostalgic and beautiful at the same time.
- The 11th of November is our National Independence Day and also a public holiday. There are many different ways to celebrating this day, starting from the official parade in Warsaw, finishing on small ceremonies in polish towns.
- The 11th of November is also the Saint Martin’s day celebrated in Poznan, where the Saint Martin street is the main central street in the city. Only on this day “Saint Martin’s croissant” are baked and sold not only in Poznań but also in other cities in Poland. They are delicious, sweet, and full of flavors.
- Saint Andrew’s Day (“Andrzejki”) is celebrated on the 30th of November. On this day, many dance parties or smaller house parties are organized, and people attending the party try to predict the future in different ways. One of the methods is to pour hot wax through the hole in a key into cold water and try to guess what the pattern represents.
- The autumn time change in Poland falls at the end of October, at night from Saturday to Sunday. In 2019, on Sunday night, the 27th of October, at 3 AM, clocks are turned backward 1 hour to 2 AM.
Places in Poland worth visiting in autumn
Polish Baltic coast
Although swimming in the Baltic Sea in autumn is not the best idea, it is worth going to the Polish coast after the season. There are significantly fewer tourists, and walking on the beach at different times of the day is pure pleasure. If you are lucky you may find a real amber on the beach! If not, you can buy it as it is one of the most popular souvenirs from Poland. Autumn (and winter) is the time when the largest amount of iodine is released by the sea, which, when inhaled, has a positive effect on health. Also, visiting the Baltic coast after the season is cheaper than during the summer. Accommodation prices can be even lower by a third, and the waiting time at the restaurants is much shorter.
If you like vivid cities, we recommend visiting the Tri-City (Gdańsk, Gdynia, Sopot), which starting October is full of students who replace tourists in restaurants and pubs. There is also a great selection of tourist attractions – monuments, museums, galleries, and cultural events. Even if the weather is bad, you will not be bored.
If you prefer active leisure and bicycling, visit the Hel Peninsula or the islands of Uznam and Wolin. There are also additional attractions such as museums, fortifications, and lighthouses, as well as beautiful beaches. There are also few National Parks close to the Baltic coast – Slovinski National Park and Wolin National Park. If you are a fan of the birdwatching, the Vistula estuary is a must-see. It turns into one of the best areas in Europe for bird watching.
Spend a few days in the capital of Poland. Visit the most interesting Polish museums, such as the Warsaw Uprising Museum, National Museum, Polin Jewish History Museum, or the Copernicus Science Center. Go to Łazienki Park, play with squirrels and watch the falling leaves, and finally visit the Powązki Cemetery, where the most prominent Poles rest.
Autumn is also a perfect time to visit an atmospheric cafe and enjoy hot and aromatic drinks. There are plenty of charming places in Warsaw serving good quality coffee and variety of teas inspired by flavors from around the world. September, October, and November is a time of increased activity of cultural institutions. After the stagnation of the holiday period, theaters and studio cinemas prepare refreshed repertoires, and concert halls invite to concerts. Our favorite events are the Warsaw Film Festival and the Five Flavours – Asian Film Festival.
Wroclaw and Lower Silesia region
Lower Silesia is one of the most beautiful areas of Poland. It is a historical and cultural gem of south-western Poland and attracts nature lovers and fans of architecture and history. Lower Silesia is the land of many magnificent castles and palaces, as well as tourist cities and towns.
Read our list of top one day trips from Wroclaw, where we include even more ideas for great autumn activities.
Wrocław is the capital of Lower Silesia and our home town. It is one of the most famous Polish cities. One of the biggest attractions of Wrocław worth visiting in autumn include:
- Old Town and colorful Market Square
- Ostrów Tumski and Cathedral – the oldest part of the city
- the Centennial Hall listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- many parks and gardens (including Botanical Garden and Japanese Garden)
- Wroclaw ZOO, the oldest zoological garden in Poland, and Africarium
- Old Jewish Cemetery
It is worth going to the picturesque Karkonosze mountains for the autumn weekend. Every year Karkonosze mountains are visited by tourists who appreciate peace, quiet, and incredible views. One of the biggest attractions of this area is the Kamieńczyk Waterfall – the largest Polish waterfall. It is located in the Szklarska Poręba. If you are a fan of hiking and mountain climbing, we recommend visiting Karpacz, famous for its beautiful mountain trails with the highest peak of Karkonosze mountains – Śnieżka.
Kraków is the most touristic Polish city, therefore, visiting Krakow in the autumn is an excellent alternative for those who try to avoid crowds. When planning a trip in autumn, you can prevent masses of tourists and peacefully visit places such as Wawel, St. Mary’s Church, and St. Florian’s Gate. Kraków, at this time of the year, looks colorful, cheerful, and beautiful. Mark parks are sparkling with all the colors of autumn. To enjoy this wonderful time of the year, go to Stefan Żeromski Park, Town Hall Park, Meadows of Nowa Huta, or Józef Mehoffer’s Garden or Planty.
Just like in Warsaw, Krakow is full of charming and cozy pubs and cafes. Have a warm drink, such as pumpkin latte, hot chocolate, herbal tea and grab some “zapiekanka”. Our favorite cafes and restaurants are located in the Kazimierz district.
If you have more time, plan your day trip from Krakow. You can visit the Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oświęcim, which is the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp. Our next recommendation is to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, which is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Poland, featured on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List.
We hope that we convinced you to visit Poland in autumn and gave you with all the information you may need before your trip. If you have any questions, let us know in the comment.