Poland in August: tips for making the most of your summer in Poland
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The average monthly temperature in August – the last summer month in Poland – is 18,5°C / 65°F, and the average monthly rainfall level is 66 mm.
In Poland, the name of the month (sierpień) comes from the sickle (sierp) used during the harvest, which falls in Poland in August.
Bilberry yeast bun – jagodzianka – the best summer treat
Another summer treat: bilberry yeast bun – jagodzianka – beautifully risen yeast dough filled with wild blueberries, and on top with a delicious crumble. You will buy it in July and August in every Polish bakery and cake shop. Traditional Polish way to have a jagodzianka – with a kefir drink!
Golden cereal fields
When you travel in Poland outside the cities in August, you will notice golden cereal fields (mostly rye, wheat, oats) accompanied with red poppies and blue cornflowers. August is the harvest season in Poland. When the crops are already harvested, it’s time to celebrate. The harvest in Poland ends with the festival called in Polish dożynki.
Fresh sunflowers seeds – perfect healthy snack
Don’t miss the season for fresh sunflower seeds in Poland (it lasts until the end of September). You will find plenty of them in local Polish markets.
How do I pick a good sunflower? Anyone who has bought fresh sunflower seeds knows that it is easy to buy one full of empty seeds. It is worth choosing a convex sunflower. The full seeds make the center of the flower stick upwards. Pay attention to the underside of the sunflower. If it is yellow, it is a sign that it has ripened in the sun. The third desirable quality that proves the ripeness of the sunflower is its rigidity. If the sunflower does not bend easily by hand, it means that the sunflower has whole grains in it. Smacznego!:)
The Perseid meteor shower – nights of shooting stars in Poland
The Perseid meteor shower is active from the second half of July until August 24, with a peak on August 12-14. How to observe meteors? Astronomical equipment is not required. It is best to find a place in the area that is least lit so that the lamps do not shine in the eyes. The darker the better, because more meteors can be seen. To fully enjoy this spectacular phenomenon, it is worth going outside the city – where we can see the clear, starry sky.
The below photos were taken in Poland, in the Silesia region.
August is the season for juicy fruits in Poland! Sour cherries, sweet cherries, bilberries, gooseberries, raspberries, currants, brambles. Find out more in our delicious photo guide to the best Polish fruits to eat during summer.
Enjoy in August the seasonal Polish summer foods, including broad bean (bób) – iconic vegetable in Poland and chanterelle mushroom (kurki) – golden queen of summer forest mushrooms in Poland. Find out more in our post: Summertime vegetables you must try while they are in season in Poland.
“Energylandia” – the biggest amusement park in Poland
- South Poland.
- Location: Energylandia, al. 3 Maja 2 Street, 32-640 Zator (location on Google map). 50 km from Kraków, 60 km from Katowice, 250 km from Wrocław, 250 km from Łódź, 340 km from Warsaw, 430 km from Poznań.
- Energylandia – opened in 2014 – is the biggest amusement park in Poland, offering 5 zones for little children, teens, adults: Fairytale Land (characters from children favorite cartoons and films, carousels, mini-coasters, cars), Family Zone (attractions for the whole family, height restriction of 140 cm on some of the rides, several roller-coasters, the water rides, sight-seeing train, race at the Formula Autodrome), Extreme Zone (more than a dozen of extreme rides, the fastest and biggest roller-coasters, the enormous pendulum Aztec Swing, a 40-metre arm of the Space Booster which reaches 100 km/h speed, the Mega Coaster Hyperion – the biggest and fastest roller-coaster in Europe in its category, the Water Coaster Speed – setting the world record among water coasters), Water Park (the largest outdoor water park in Poland; there are 3 pools with a maximum depth of 140 cm, 14 water slides, a beach; the water zone of the amusement park operates mainly in the summer period, in favorable weather when the air temperature reaches at least 20°C.), Dragon Town (a journey to the medieval world of magic and dragons that looks like straight out of The Lord of the Rings, or The Witcher; the main attraction of Dragon Town is the tallest in the world Wooden Coaster Zadra, which reaches the speed of 121 km/h).
- Website in English. Facebook page.
- Online tickets.
Photo source: Energylandia
“Mandoria” – the biggest year-round theme park in Poland, opened in July 2021
- Central Poland.
- Grand opening: July 8, 2021.
- Location: Mandoria Miasto Przygód, ul. Dąbrowskiego 1, 95-030 Rzgów (location on Google map). 15 km from Łódź, 145 km from Warsaw, 220 km from Kraków, 190 km from Katowice, 215 km from Wrocław, 240 km from Poznań, 350 km from Gdańsk.
- The Mandoria City of Adventure theme park will take you back to 1521 – the Renaissance, a fascinating age of discovery and travel. It is a year-round park – over 20 indoor attractions, including 2 roller coasters, a two-level Venetian carousel, a 6-track slide. Most of the attractions are already available to children over 90 cm tall, and adults can use all rides, carousels and other attractions of Mandoria.
- Website in Polish. Facebook page.
- Online tickets.
Photo source: Mandoria
Read about other amusement parks and theme parks in Poland in our post: Amusement and theme parks in Poland: action-packed family day out.
“Park of Poland – Suntago” – indoor & outdoor water park in central Poland, 60 km from Warsaw
- Location: Park of Poland – Suntago, Nowy Świat 1 Street, 96-300 Wręcza (location on Google map). 60 km southwest of Warsaw.
- The largest indoor water park in Europe, including 18 pools with a total surface of 3500 square meters (a tropical pool, a thermal pool, a giant wave pool).
- Attractions for kids include 30 slides with a total length of 3,5 km, a paddling pool, a heated water playground, the adventure river, playgrounds.
- Online tickets. Website in English. Facebook page.
Photo source: Park of Poland
Water park in the city of Kraków
- Location: Park Wodny w Krakowie, Dobrego Pasterza 126 Street, 31-416 Kraków, 5 km from the Old Town (location on Google map).
- The water park consists of 3 swimming pools with a total water surface area of 2000 m². Other attractions include a paddling pool with the Pirate Island and 3 mini-slides, climbing walls by the pool, 4 external slides and a pontoon internal slide, wild river, dedicated places for water sports: basketball, volleyball, water polo and swimming lanes.
- Next to the water park, there is the Swing hotel (website in Polish).
- Website in English. Facebook page.
- Online tickets.
- Our tips in English on visiting the city of Kraków for a weekend getaway or longer.
Photo source: Park Wodny Kraków
“Termy Maltańskie” – water park in the city of Poznań
- Location: Termy Maltańskie, Termalna 1 Street, 61-028 Poznań, 3 km from the Old Town (location on Google map).
- The Termy Maltańskie Water Park has 18 sports and recreational swimming pools (outdoor and indoor) with a total water surface area of 5,000 m². Two outdoor geothermal pools have the water extracted from a depth of 1,306 meters.
- Other attractions include an outdoor beach, 11 pool slides, 2 playgrounds, a paddling pool.
- 300 meters from the water park is the Novotel hotel (website in English).
- Website in Polish. Facebook page.
- Our tips in English on visiting the city of Poznań for a weekend getaway or longer.
Photo source: Termy Maltańskie
Read about other water parks in Poland in our post: Indoor and outdoor aquaparks in Poland.
The western part of the Polish Baltic coast: the town of Międzyzdroje
Międzyzdroje is one of the most popular seaside resorts on the Polish coast. In summer, bustling with life around the clock – here you will find plenty of cafes, restaurants, and entertainment venues. The town is visited by several hundred thousand tourists each year.
Międzyzdroje, unlike many other Polish seaside resorts, is also open to tourists outside the summer season. Many restaurants, cafes, and attractions of Międzyzdroje are also open in the fall and winter.
The city of Sopot – the resort on the Polish Baltic Sea, where it is easiest to get to (by plane, train, car)
If you do not live near the Polish coast, and you want to go to the Baltic beach – choose the city of Sopot. The city is well connected – you can get there by train (to Sopot or Gdańsk), by plane (Gdansk Airport) or by car – via the highway.
The city is big and you will find many apartments for rent and hotels, including hotels right on the beach.
Sopot is a popular destination for a romantic getaway, meeting friends (there are a lot of restaurants, pubs, discos) but also for a family trip – there are playgrounds on the beach, many restaurants have playgrounds, and hotels offer various attractions for children.
It is worth visiting Sopot in the low season (July, August), also in winter. Tourist infrastructure works here all year round.
Read about other seaside resorts in Poland in our post: Beach towns and Baltic seaside resorts in Poland.
Śniardwy Lake (the largest lake in Poland, called the Masurian sea, with an area of over 100 km²) – is located in Mazury (in the Land of the Great Masurian Lakes – Poland’s largest cluster of lakes connected by canals), in the Masurian Landscape Park, near Mikołajki (the summer capital of Masuria). The lake has 8 islands and numerous bays, some of which are like separate lakes.
Śniardwy Lake has a connection with many surrounding lakes, through which it connects with Lake Mamry (the second largest lake in Poland) creating together the Great Masurian Lakes (Wielkie Jeziora Mazurskie).
The surroundings of the Śniardwy Lake – like all Masuria – offer many tourist attractions and accommodation options.
Drawsko Lake is the largest lake in the Drawskie Lakeland (Pojezierze Drawskie) and the second deepest in Poland. Several holiday resorts are located on its shores (the biggest one in Czaplinek). The lake has as many as 12 islands!
The unusual coastline, cliffs, numerous bays, islands create the extraordinary atmosphere of this place.
Morskie Oko is the largest lake in the Tatra Mountains, located at an altitude of 1,395 m above sea level. You can reach Morskie Oko Lake by foot – the trail is about 8 km long (hiking time is 2 hours 25 minutes). Morskie Oko itself makes a very big impression, also on children – it’s a truly stunning lake. The route to Morskie Oko runs along an asphalt road which is usually walked by hundreds – if not thousands – of tourists (in July and August, Morskie Oko is visited by about half a million tourists). There is only one way to avoid the crowds and enjoy the exceptional nature of the Morskie Oko Lake – set out on the trail when the rest of the tourists is still at their hotels (enter the trail at about 7-8 am).
Click here to read our new post about beautiful lakes in Poland and their locations (lots of amazing photos!).
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- August 1
Warsaw Uprising Remembrance Day (Dzień Pamięci Powstania Warszawskiego)
The anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 against the Nazis. At precisely 5 pm all the Warsaw city sirens sound and lots of cars and pedestrians stop to commemorate and contemplate people who died in 1944.
- August 15
Polish Army Day
Bank/public holiday in Poland. Polish Army Day is marking the 1920 breakthrough battle called Cud nad Wisłą (the Miracle on the Vistula river) between the Poles under Marshal Piłsudski and the Bolsheviks. The main celebrations are held usually at Pilsudski Square (Plac Piłsudskiego), including parades and the president’s speech. August 15 marks also the Assumption of Mary celebrations in Poland which focus on The Sanctuary of Jasna Góra in Częstochowa – on August 15 a pilgrimage (pielgrzymka) destination for many people walking hundreds of kilometers for days from all over Poland. Stores, malls, shopping centers closed, only some smaller local convenience stores can be open (eg. Żabka). You can do basic shopping at gas stations (24h).
In August 2021, there is one shopping Sunday in Poland: August 29. The next shopping Sunday will be on December 12, 2021. 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.
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.