Poland in July: tips for making the most of your summer in Poland
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The cover photo features Lake Wigry National Park in Northern Poland.
Weather in Poland in July
July is a month characterized by hot weather and warm nights in Poland. The average monthly temperature in July in Poland is 19°C / 66°F, and the average monthly rainfall level is 89 mm. July is the warmest month in Poland, also in July, the highest rainfall is recorded. There is a Polish proverb about July: “W lipcowym skwarze w Polsce jak na Saharze” (In the heat of July in Poland it is like the Sahara).
The name of the month in Polish (lipiec) comes from linden trees blooming at that time (lipa in Polish).
Read more about the weather in Poland in summer and the colorful changes in nature you can’t miss.
Things you can’t miss in Poland in July
The season for juicy fruits in Poland
July is the high season for 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 the seasonal Polish vegetables
July in Poland is a paradise for people who appreciate healthy local food. Enjoy in July the seasonal Polish summer foods, including broad bean (bób) – an iconic vegetable in Poland and chanterelle mushroom (kurki) – the 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.
Try the flavorful soup served only in summer
Delicious Polish soup of summer season – chłodnik. It’s a cold (chłodnik meaning ‘chilled’) beet soup served with hard-boiled eggs. Polish answer to gazpacho;) It’s easy to prepare when you keep some cooled botwinka soup (you can freeze it and use it later). Mix in a bowl or a pot: cooled botwinka soup, grated raw cucumbers, grated radishes, chopped dill and/or chives and yogurt, kefir or sour cream. Season with salt and pepper. Smacznego!:) Click here to read how to prepare botwinka soup.
Linden – the queen of summer trees in Poland
The name of the month in Polish (lipiec) comes from linden trees blooming at that time (lipa in Polish). In Poland, many park avenues were planted with lindens. There is a reason for this – these trees provide shade on hot days and are famous for their relaxing properties.
It is also worth buying linden products for the winter – linden tea (herbata lipowa) gives many health benefits and linden honey (miód lipowy) – no need to advertise!
Gladioli in a vase – colorful home decoration
Among the many beautiful summer flowers in Poland, it is worth paying attention to and enjoying gladiolus (in Poland, the flower is called gladiola or mieczyk – the sword lily – gladius in Latin simply means the sword). They are unique and available for sale in Polish flower shops and stalls for only a short period in summer (the upside is that they stay fresh for up to two weeks in a vase). They can also be found in traditional Polish home gardens.
Water parks in Poland
July is the warmest month in Poland. Also in July, the highest rainfall in Poland is recorded. Water parks are the perfect way to escape the heat or hide from the rain!
Our post Water parks in Poland features 10+ aquaparks – most of them offer outdoor pools as well, which is worth taking advantage of it now – the best weather for outdoor swimming in Poland is usually only in July and August.
Tropikana Water Park in Gołębiewski Hotel in Mikołajki, Masuria – the region of lakes
- Location: Park Wodny Tropikana, Hotel Gołębiewski, ul. Mrągowska 34, 11-730 Mikołajki (location on Google map).
- A family aquapark with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, located in the hotel in the heart of the Masurian Lake District, in northern Poland.
- The aquapark is open to people who are not hotel guests.
- In the summer, outdoor pools and summer attractions are available: a sports pool, a recreational pool with water jets, a paddling pool for children, a sandpit, a sun terrace with deckchairs, and 2 beach volleyball courts.
- The indoor part includes sports swimming pool (length 25m, width 12m, depth from 1.6m to 2.5m), recreational swimming pool (length 20m, width 10m, depth 1.6m), summer/winter swimming pool with hydro massage, river swimming pool, paddling pool for children.
- Website in English. Facebook page.
Photo source: Hotel Gołębiewski
“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
Read about other water parks in different regions of Poland in our post: Indoor and outdoor aquaparks in Poland.
Beach towns and Baltic seaside resorts in Poland
The western part of the Polish Baltic coast: the town of Świnoujście
Świnoujście is located on the northwestern edge of Poland, right on the border with Germany. The town comprises 44 islands, three of which are inhabited.
The beach in Świnoujście is 10 kilometers long (4 km on the Uznam island and 6 km on the Wolin island). In summer, the waters of the Baltic Sea near Świnoujście are the warmest on the Polish coast.
The Słowiński National Park – mobile sand dunes, lakes, wetlands, and forests by the sea
Słowiński National Park (Słowiński Park Narodowy) is located in the Pomeranian Province, in the central part of the Polish sea coast, 100 km from the city of Gdańsk. The most popular tourist destinations within the Park include Rowy, Łeba, Smołdzino.
The biggest attraction of the Park, unique in Europe, is the desert dune landscape. The mobile dunes are huge – they can reach a height of over 30 meters. The dunes, constantly moving, change the landscape, covering trees and paths with sand.
The Słowiński National Park is one of 11 UNESCO biosphere reserves in Poland.
Read about other seaside resorts in Poland in our post: Beach towns and Baltic seaside resorts in Poland.
Beautiful lakes in Poland
Wigry Lake (Jezioro Wigry) – one of the cleanest lakes in Poland, also called a crystal-clear lake
Wigry Lake is the biggest lake within the Wigry National Park, located in north-eastern Poland (the Masurian Lake District and Augustów Forest), only 50 km from the border with Lithuania.
Wigry Lake is available for tourism, with beaches and a bike trail around the lake. The lake is also perfect for sailing and kayaking. The waters are a so-called “quiet zone”, which means that motorboats are not allowed on the water.
Czorsztyńskie Lake (Jezioro Czorsztyńskie) – two castles on the shores of the lake
Czorsztyńskie Lake – located in southern Poland between Pieniny Mountains and Gorce Mountains – is an artificial water reservoir on the Dunajec River, created by building a water dam in Niedzica town.
From its surface (lake cruises are available – with a boat or a gondola) you can enjoy beautiful views. There is also a free guarded beach (Plaża Pieniny) and a bike trail around the lake.
The highlights of the area – on the shores of the lake there are two castles: Czorsztyn Castle (magnificent ruins of the castle from the fourteenth century) and Niedzica Castle (Zamek Dunajec). Both castles are open to tourists, and small cruise marinas have been built next to them.
Read about other lakes in Poland in our post: Beautiful lakes in Poland to admire, swim, sail, camp, kayak, bike along (lots of amazing photos!).
Fruits and vegetables picking in Poland
You will find some options for the upcoming weeks in Poland on this website (myzbieramy.pl), you can search by region. Please note that you need to contact a selected orchard/garden/farm to book a slot in most cases.
The most popular fruits include strawberries, honeyberries (jagoda kamczacka), sweet cherries, sour cherries, raspberries and finally apples. Some farms offer vegetable picking too.
Ideas for outdoor activities and things to do outside in Poland
July is the warmest month in Poland, it’s time to enjoy the outdoors! Meet your friends outside, take your workout outside, explore the best photo spots, take a hike, ride a bike, or just go for a walk.
Below you will find our posts recommending outdoor destinations in Poland where you can get your fill of fresh air:
- NATIONAL PARKS. National parks in Poland contain many of the most treasured landscapes, from the majestic mountain ranges to the beaches, ancient forests, and lush green valleys. Some of the national parks in Poland are located close to big cities, so you can go there without staying overnight – for a day trip. Our post features 9 national parks in Poland: by the Baltic sea, the Kampinos Forest near Warsaw, the Białowieża National Park in eastern Poland famous for bison, and six mountain national parks located mostly in southern Poland.
- ZOOS. Like all over the world, zoos are one of the most popular family-friendly attractions in Poland, a great day out for the whole family or a date. One of their main advantages is that most zoos in Poland are open every day, including on public holidays. Our post features the seven most popular zoos in Poland: from the largest to the oldest, and the most fascinating.
- WATER PARKS. Aquaparks are great fun for adults and children in good and bad weather. Our post features 13 water parks in Poland – most of them offer outdoor pools as well, which is worth taking advantage of it in warm spring and summer.
- AMUSEMENT & THEME PARKS. Perfect for an action-packed family day out offering fun attractions for all ages. Our post features eight amusement and theme parks in Poland.
- BOTANICAL GARDENS. The best places to visit in Poland to admire nature’s blooming beauty! There are many wonderful parks in Poland, and botanical gardens are the largest and most diverse oases of nature. Our post features 9 botanical gardens in Poland: in Kraków, Wrocław, Poznań, Gdańsk, Gołubie (50 km from Gdańsk), Mikołów (the Katowice area), Rogów (near Łódź), Warsaw, and Powsin (near Warsaw).
- LAKES. Poland is rich in lakes, most of which are located in the northern part of the country. The lakes are a beautiful part of the Polish landscape – picturesque postcards of the Polish countryside with a lake in the background. Our post features five picturesque lakes to check out: to admire, swim, sail, camp, kayak, and bike along.
- MOUNTAINS. Mountains in Poland are, next to the Baltic Sea and lakes, one of the biggest attractions for tourists who value contact with nature. Those who like mountain hiking can choose among various trails in Poland, including trails suitable for families with children, seniors, and all those who love nature. Our post features 3 main mountain ranges and several smaller mountain ranges within them: the breathtaking scenery, towering peaks, dense forests, and postcard-perfect views.
- BALTIC BEACHES. Our post features Polish Baltic coast & seaside resorts in Poland: beach towns and Baltic seaside resorts in Poland – the perfect destination for those looking for wide sandy beaches.
Sunday trade ban in Poland in July 2022
In July 2022, there is no shopping Sunday in Poland. The next shopping Sunday is on August 28. Click here to read our post about shopping Sundays in Poland. Read our post with the list of online stores in Poland delivering groceries to home.
How to help Ukraine (online money donations, collection points in Poland)
Online grocery shopping for the Polish Red Cross warehouse
The products that are needed for Ukraine and for Ukrainian refugees in Poland change and will change in the coming weeks and months. The Polish Red Cross, in cooperation with the online store (applauding for the sponsor of this aid platform – online grocery store: https://koszyk365.pl), has created an online store where you can buy products for Ukrainians.
The process is simple and similar to shopping in an online store. Go to the website: www.razemdlaukrainy.pl (available in English and Polish), select products from the list (food, cosmetics, etc.) and make payment. All purchased products will be transported to the Polish Red Cross warehouse, from where they will be then handed over by the Polish Red Cross to those in need.
Where to make an online money donation
Making a donation might seem like a drop in the bucket, but it’s a good place to start. Below are some Polish organizations working to help Ukrainians.
Polish Humanitarian Action (Polska Akcja Humanitarna – PAH) is one of the largest Polish NGOs, carrying out support projects in Ukraine since 2014. They give aid to the people of Ukraine who have to flee their homes and their volunteers are now working at Polish-Ukrainian border crossings (they distribute food, hot drinks, hygienic articles, diapers, blankets; provide information, help in finding transport to Poland). Website in English, Facebook.
You can support these activities by making an online donation here: https://www.siepomaga.pl/pah-ukraina.
Polish Red Cross (Polski Czerwony Krzyż – PCK). Within five days of the beginning of the war, over 1,600 people were taken care of by rescuers and volunteers of the Polish Red Cross.
Payments to help Ukraine organized by the Polish Red Cross can be made to the account: 16 1160 2202 0000 0002 7718 3060, transfer entitled “UKRAINE”. IBAN: PL16 1160 2202 0000 0002 7718 3060. BIC/S.W.I.F.T.: BIGBPLPWXXX. Transfer entitled “UKRAINE”.
An NGO run by Ukrainians living in Warsaw (Fundacja Nasz Wybór / Ukraiński Dom), established in 2014. More in Polish about the Foundation. The collected funds are transferred to Ukrainian humanitarian aid organizations. You can support these activities by making an online donation here: https://pomagam.pl/solidarnizukraina (website in Polish, Ukrainian, English).
Collection points set for donations for Ukrainian refugees
To help speed up distribution, it is recommended to note what is included in your donations.
Polish Red Cross (Polski Czerwony Krzyż – PCK) has collection points across Poland. They collect food with a long shelf life (e.g. canned food, oil, sugar, pasta, flour, groats, rice, tea, coffee, sweets, UHT milk, canned vegetables/fruit, dried fruit, nuts), drugstore items (e.g. shower gels, shampoos, soaps, toothbrushes, toothpaste, barrier creams, pads, diapers), medical dressings (especially for cuts and burns), NEW blankets and sleeping bags. Please note they do NOT collect clothes. More in Polish about the collection. The list of collection points in Poland.
Uber offers free rides for those who want to go to the Polish Red Cross collection points. Use the special code to get the collection point (details in English, including the list of codes).
More in our post on the website: How to help Ukraine.
How to talk to children about war? What to do when your child is afraid? In our post, a family & relationship coach explains how to talk to children about war.
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