Poland in September: tips for making the most of your autumn in Poland
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The cover photo features Solińskie Lake in Bieszczady Mountains in south-eastern Poland.
September marks the end of summer in Poland. Technically, the summer season lasts until September 23 but September in Poland is considered as an autumn month. After all, it’s the month with the first day of school at Polish schools (in 2021: Wednesday, September 1).
The average temperature in September in Poland is 14°C / 57°F (just like in May). The average rainfall level in September in Poland is 53 mm (for comparison, July has the highest average rainfall in Poland: 89 mm, and February the lowest: 31 mm).
The astronomical (the autumnal equinox – the sun is directly over the equator) first day of autumn in Poland in 2021 falls on September 22 and the meteorological first day of autumn on September 23. After the autumnal equinox, the day in Poland gets shorter and the night longer until the winter solstice on December 21 – the day with the fewest hours of sunlight in Poland in the whole year.
For many, September is their favorite month in Poland – neither too cold nor too hot and ideal for walking and admiring the fall foliage. This time in Poland is called poetically ‘Polish Golden Autumn‘ (Polska Złota Jesień). Nature in September will delight you with a unique palette of intense colors.
September is one of the few months in Poland with no public/bank holidays.
- September 1
Commemoration of the anniversary of the outbreak of World War II
September 1, 2021 marks the 82nd anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. Events commemorating the outbreak of the war are held in various Polish cities.
The first day of school at Polish schools
The event includes short formal ceremonies (it’s not a regular full school day so parents may need to take a day off). The school year in Poland is divided into 2 terms: the winter term (pierwszy semestr) and the summer term (drugi semestr). While the first and last days of school are set the same for all of Poland (the last day of school in Poland in 2022: June 24), the winter break (ferie zimowe) times differ for each Polish province/voivodship. Our post covers winter 2022 school breaks dates in Poland by voivodships. You will find updates regarding schools and covid in Poland in our post: updates on the coronavirus regulations in Poland.
- September 18
World Cleanup Day
Different locations all over Poland. Volunteers across 160+ countries will gather on September 18 to clean up litter and waste. World Cleanup Day – Poland (Facebook page, including events in Poland). World Cleanup Day – global website in English.
- September 22
The first day of autumn
The astronomical (the autumnal equinox – the sun is directly over the equator) first day of autumn in Poland in 2021 falls on September 22 and the meteorological first day of autumn on September 23. After the autumnal equinox, the days in Poland get shorter and the nights get longer until the winter solstice on December 21 – the first day of winter and the day with the fewest hours of sunlight in Poland in the whole year. Read more about the weather, changes in nature, seasonal fruits and vegetables in Poland in September, October & November.
- September 30
Boy’s Day (Dzień Chłopaka)
This holiday in Poland is the equivalent of Women’s Day, which is celebrated in Poland on March 8. On Boy’s Day, ladies give their loved ones (younger and older) a gift or prepare another surprise.
In September 2021, there is no shopping Sunday in Poland. The next shopping Sunday is on December 12 and December 19. Click here to read our post about shopping Sundays in Poland in 2021. Read our post with the list of online stores in Poland delivering groceries to home.
Visit a park in September with your camera
Nature’s signs of autumn in Poland include changes in the landscape – trees are full of vibrant colors of orange, yellow, brown, and red. The leaves begin to drop off, giving children a chance to play in the leaf piles or collect and dry colorful leaves.
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.
Visit the Polish forest for a photo session with heathers
Heathers in Poland begin to bloom at the turn of August and September. It is worth hurrying to have a walk in one of Polish forests – we have time to admire them more or less until mid-September. The Polish name of September (wrzesień) comes from the heathers (wrzosy). Heathland in Polish – wrzosowisko – hard to pronounce, isn’t it?
Buy local fruits and vegetables available fresh in September
Don’t miss the season for fresh sunflower seeds in Poland (it lasts until the end of September). In September, you can also buy walnuts and hazelnuts on Polish vegetable stalls. They offer also various species of wild mushrooms. And last but not least: the king of fruits in September in Poland is the apple.
Decorate your home with September flowers
Polish gardens are still in bloom in September, the most popular autumn flowers include asters (aster is a floral symbol of autumn in Poland), chrysanthemums, roses, sunflowers. Visit forests in Poland in September to admire colorful heather/calluna flowers (you can also buy them at the florist).
Look up high and watch the Polish sky Look up high and watch the Polish sky
Birds’ migration begins in the autumn in Poland. As early as September, you can see in the Polish skies the characteristic V-shaped flight formation of wild geese or cranes (the V shape in Poland is called klucz – a key).
Go hunting for chestnuts, acorns, and rowan red berries
The end of September is the time of the year in Poland when kids go chestnuts-hunting in the parks. Later, at kindergartens or schools, they create fantastic figures with chestnuts (the majority of chestnuts in Poland are not edible!) and acorns (oak nuts) or beautiful rowanberry necklaces. Chestnuts (kasztany), acorns (żołędzie), colorful autumn leaves, and rowan red berries (jarzębina) are perfect materials for arts and crafts activities for children (and adults…). September in Poland is the best for anyone who loves DIY natural projects!
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 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.
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
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 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.
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.
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The city of Poznań – where centuries-old tradition meets a modern vibe
The city of Poznań is a perfect weekend city break in Poland. Poznań is full of monuments, but at the same time, it’s a very modern, innovative, and… green city. Try delicious Poznań pastry (rogal), visit 2 zoos, take a photo with the fighting billy goats, learn about the origins of Polish history.
The city of Poznań (pronunciation: poz-nan) is the 5th largest city in Poland by population (after Warsaw, Kraków, Łódź, and Wrocław), and the capital of Wielkopolskie Województwo (province). The Warta river flows beautifully through the city (the second longest river lying entirely in Poland, after the Vistula). One of the oldest Polish cities, it was the cultural and political center when Poland was created in the 10th century. Gniezno (a city located 50 km east of Poznań) was the first capital city of Poland. Poznan is full of monuments, at the same time it’s a very modern, innovative, and… green city (30% of green areas).
How to get there? What are the top attractions? Find out more in our post about visiting Poznań.
The Białowieża Forest – bison, ancient forests, hiking and biking trails
The Białowieża Primeval Forest (Puszcza Białowieska) was created without human intervention and is the only natural place in Poland entered on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
It is a unique place on a European and global scale – most of Europe’s natural forests have been cleared in the last few hundred years. Their place was taken by crops, meadows, pastures, villages, cities. The Białowieża Primeval Forest is exceptional in Europe. It is here that for thousands of years uninterrupted natural processes have been taking place. As a result, this forest is characterized by an extraordinary abundance of fauna and flora.
Białowieża National Park (17% of the area of the Polish part of the Białowieża Primeval Forest) is a protected area famous for its ancient forest that survived in its natural state to this day and large bison population, as well as hiking and biking trails. It is a perfect place for all those who love nature. The area gives a unique opportunity to observe nature, exceptional biodiversity, rare species of fauna and flora. The Białowieża Forest is known worldwide for the European bison – the largest land mammal in Europe.
How to get there? What are the top attractions? Find out more in our post about visiting Białowieża.
The city of Toruń – one of the oldest cities in Poland
Toruń is a medieval city picturesquely located on the banks of the Vistula River, known in Poland for two things: the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus and… gingerbread cookies.
The city of Toruń (pronunciation: ˈtɔ.ruɲ) is one of the oldest cities in Poland (established in the 13th century by the Teutonic Knights), and unlike many other cities in Poland, it avoided substantial destruction during the Second World War. Most of the important architectural monuments are originals, not reconstructions. Toruń is a city full of Gothic art and architecture (in Poland, only Kraków is “more Gothic”). The medieval part of Toruń is listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
What we love about Toruń is that every major tourist attraction is within walking distance (even for children!).
If you want to explore Poland, if you enjoy cities with a historic vibe, and if you like spiced ginger cookies… Toruń is your perfect weekend destination.
How to get there? What are the top attractions? Find out more in our post about visiting Toruń.
The city of Kraków – rich in history, culture, nature, and tourist attractions
Kraków (in English Krakow or Cracow) is a city located in southern Poland on the Vistula River – the second-largest city in Poland (after Warsaw) in terms of population and area. The former capital of Poland and seat of Polish kings. On one hand, it’s small enough that you don’t feel overwhelmed here. On the other hand, it is so rich in history, culture, nature, and tourist attractions that you want to stay here longer or come back again!
The uniqueness of Krakow has been recognized by UNESCO that placed the Historic Centre of Krakow on its list of World Heritage Sites.
Finding accommodation in Krakow is easy. There are many hotels in different price ranges located close to the main tourist attractions as well as a wide selection of apartments for short rent if you prefer that option.
There are plenty of restaurants in Krakow serving traditional Polish dishes, but also restaurants with international cuisine. As in other large cities in Poland, it is not difficult to find a child-friendly restaurant – with a special kids menu, a play area, changing facilities.
How to get there? What are the top attractions? Find out more in our post about visiting Kraków.
The city of Wrocław – a nice destination for every season
Wrocław is the fourth largest city in Poland (after Warsaw, Kraków, and Łódź), a vibrant student city, attracting many international businesses and thousands of tourists from Poland and abroad. Although the name of the city is difficult to pronounce for foreigners (‘vrotz-wav‘), Wrocław is a city open to tourists and offers many great attractions. From Gothic architecture to picturesque bridges, comforting gardens located in the heart of the city, the only oceanarium in the world dedicated to Africa’s water wildlife and over 300 small bronze figures of… dwarfs scattered around the city. Wrocław offers plenty of things to do on a rainy day, indoor attractions to escape the cold or the heat so you can enjoy the city at any time of the year. You should definitely consider Wrocław when you are planning your next weekend getaway in Poland and include it in your list of places to visit in Poland.
How to get there? What are the top attractions? Find out more in our post about visiting Wrocław.
The National Census of Population and Housing is carried out in Poland every 10 years. This year’s edition started on April 1 and will last until September 30, 2021. The Census is mandatory for each resident of Poland, including foreigners living in Poland on a temporary or permanent basis.
Each resident of Poland is required to complete the ONLINE form. Parents or legal guardians make the census on behalf of the children. For foreigners without a PESEL number, a separate login mode using e-mail is available. Only in exceptional cases, when the person covered by the census cannot complete the form online, data is collected over the phone or in person.
- Find out more in our post: Mandatory National Population and Housing Census in Poland in 2021: info, links, guidelines.
Subscribe to our monthly newsletters in English to explore Poland and to learn about Poland! Once a month you will receive a Newsletter: ‘Explore Poland with Kids‘. You will find there family-friendly destinations in Poland – beautiful places in Poland worth visiting with children – from city break destinations to hiking in the mountains (lots of practical tips!); things you can’t miss in Poland in a given month; dates to remember, holidays, observances in Poland in a given month so you can mark your calendars accordingly.