Poland lies in the humid continental climate zone. The average temperature in summer is 16.5-20°C (62-69°F) and -6 – 0°C (20-32°F) during winter. Moreover, because the biggest mountains in Europe, the Alps, are oriented east-west, Poland often catches some puffs of hot air from the Mediterranean Sea or a few whiffs of the continental climates. This lying in a ‘draft’ between two contradictory climate zones makes Polish weather fickle, thus a common subject for everyday small-talk. As a result, be prepared to experience everything. From the heaviest downpours, 3-day-long drizzles, scorching draughts and heat waves in summer, to loads of snow and severe frosts in winter. Nothing is certain, however, almost snowless winters and hot summers happen recently.
Winter is the best time to visit Poland’s biggest attractions, which will be more quiet and pleasant to visit. Moreover, according to CNN Travel, Kraków with holiday markets, mulled wine and the unique “szopki” culture, may be the most traditional December destination in the world. To read more about it click here. Those who prefer active ways of spending their time can choose between skiing, dogsledding, horse drawn sleigh rides, thermal baths and much more.
Zakopane, winter capital of Poland and queen of Polish ski resorts, offers pistes to suit all skiers. Other popular ski resorts are not so big but also worth visiting, and not far away there are Slovakian ones, with the largest ski arena – Jasná Nízke Tatry resort that offers 49 km of slopes on altitude of 2 000 m a.s.l.
A Man Feeding Swans in the Snow
Above photo was taken in Krakow 3 years ago. Shortly after Ryczek published it on a Facebook profile, the photo became a viral hit. It was appreciated both by the public and professionals, who bequeathed him awards in competitions such as LensCulture and The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition. Winning the Fine Art category at The Last Picture Show in New York on 20th November is yet another success for the photo.
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