Beautiful places in Poland to see fall colors: our picks for the most spectacular fall foliage spots in Poland
Autumn trees in Poland are full of vibrant colors of orange, yellow, brown, and red. This time in Poland is called poetically ‘Golden Polish Autumn’ (Złota Polska Jesień). Make use of every moment of good weather for a walk and visit a park in any city in Poland in autumn (and take your camera!) – nature will delight you with a unique palette of intense colors.
The peak of the most intense fall foliage colors in Poland is the second half of September and the first half of October.
Here is a list of our picks for the most spectacular spots in Poland for viewing colorful leaves!
The Japanese Garden (Ogród Japoński) in the city of Wrocław
The history of the Japanese Garden in Wrocław dates back to 1913 when it was established as part of the World Exhibition. The garden was revitalized in 1996 and restored again in 1999 after the flood.
The garden is not large, but situated in an interesting and convenient location – during one trip you can visit the Wrocław zoo, Hala Stulecia (Centennial Hall building listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site) or take a walk in the neighboring park – Park Szczytnicki.
Opening hours: 9 am – 7 pm (April 1 to October 31); from November 1 to March 31 the garden is closed. Tickets are available at the Japanese Garden ticket office at the entrance. Regular ticket 8 PLN, reduced ticket 5 PLN, family ticket 20 PLN, children under 3 years old free entrance.
Arboretum Forest Educational Center in Rogów near Łódź, 100 km from Warsaw
Maple leaves in fall foliage colors in this garden look amazing! The Arboretum Forest Educational Center in Rogów is one of the biggest (over 50 hectares) botanical gardens in Poland. The Arboretum in Rogów has one of the most valuable plant collections in Europe. It’s “a forest park”, located in the thinned-out area of the forest. Our tips in English on visiting the Arboretum in Rogów.
Photo source: www.arboretum.sggw.pl
Skałki Twardowskiego Rocks and Zakrzówek Park, 5 km from the city of Kraków
The Zakrzówek Lagoon was created in 1990 after the old limestone quarry was flooded (the water here has a beautiful turquoise color – all thanks to the deposits of limestone that were once mined here; this is also the place where the future Pope Karol Wojtyła worked in the quarry during World War II).
A two-year plan for the development of the Zakrzówek Lagoon has been announced in order to make it available for recreation (so far it is forbidden to swim).
The Old Town of Kraków is visible from several viewpoints on the hill and rocks.
Where does the name of the rocks (the rocks of Twardowski) come from? According to the legend, Master Twardowski ran a school of magic and sorcery among the surrounding cliffs. One day, during an unsuccessful experiment, the laboratory exploded and the explosion created picturesque rocks named after the Master.
Łazienki Royal Garden in the city of Warsaw
The huge park surrounding the summer residence of the last Polish king. A must-see on your Warsaw (and Polish) bucket list! It can be crowded during weekends but it’s also big enough to have a quiet walk in less popular parts of the garden. Amazing during each season – kids can collect chestnuts and colorful leaves during fall, build a snowman and ride a sled during wintertime, observe squirrels in spring, and lie on the grass in summer.
The Botanical Garden in Gołubie, 50 km from GDAŃSK
The Botanical Garden in Gołubie (Pomeranian Voivodeship, 50 km west of Gdańsk) has over 6,000 species and varieties of plants from various climatic zones of the world, including over 200 protected and endangered species. The garden is located in the area of the Kashubian Landscape Park (Kaszubski Park Krajobrazowy).
The garden is open to visitors from April 1 to October 31, daily from 10 am to 6 pm. Admission is paid.
Photo source: Gołubieński Ogród Botaniczny
Rogalin Landscape Park, 20 km from Poznań
Rogalin Landscape Park was established to protect the largest in Europe cluster of centuries-old oaks growing in the Warta river valley. There are 960 oaks in the Park with a trunk circumference of more than 300 cm!
The name comes from the village of Rogalin where there is a Baroque-Classicist palace from the 18th century with a large park surrounding it, which is part of the Landscape Park. The most famous oaks grow in the English part of the Rogalin Palace Park. They are called “Lech”, “Czech”, and “Rus” and have circumferences of 635, 726 and 926 cm. The “Edward” oak with a circumference of 650 cm grows on the edge of the palace park, on the slope of the Warta valley. The age of the “Rus” oak is estimated at 800-850 years!
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