Bialowieza Travel Guide

  • Bialowieza
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  • Bialowieza
    by kriskos1
  • Bialowieza
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Bialowieza Highlights

  • Pro
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     The primeval forests, the bison, the beautiful nature 

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     Mosquitos 

  • In a nutshell
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     Bialowieza – reminder of medieval forest of Europe. 

Bialowieza Things to Do

  • Oldest preserved house

    It is counted as the oldest surviving building in Belowieza. Possibly it was built at the end of 19th century, when it was hunting place of Russian tsar. Actually house has traditional Russian looking style, with beautifully carved details. Such style appeared in this region due to few reasons: firstly, Russians were moved here and started to build...

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  • Former manor

    Some parts of former manor from Russian empire times still left in Bialowieza. It was built in the end of 19th century (1888) and was called as summer residency of hunting. The palace got burned at 1944, so nowadays here is the main building of Bialowieza national museum. Some parts of manor still left as some utility rooms, stable, old gates.

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  • Forest of Bialowieza

    Forest of Bialowieza is one of the most preserved in Europe. It consists mostly of leafy trees. The most famous plants here – old and massive oak trees. The main symbol of this natural reserve is recently reproduced European bisons. Nowadays there are about 250 bisons in Polish part of the forest. Actually European bisons naturally grow only in few...

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  • Bialowieza National Park museum

    Museum buildings seems to be new one, it was built instead of burned main palace of Tsar’s manor. The exhibition was extremely nice and modern. Actually the exhibits (mainly flora, fauna) were shown as copies of natural surroundings with special lights, targeted into places of interest and special voices, repeating animals.The museum has small...

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  • Reserve of Bialowieza forest animals

    Reserve nearby Bialowieza is made to demonstrate bigger animals of forest. It is as zoo – looking place, there is possible to see famous Europeans bisons, wolves, wild horses, boars, deer, foxes, lynxes and so on. The entrance of reservoir is full of sellers, who offer postcards, fresh honey, holy grass for vodka and other souvenirs.

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  • The European Bison Show Reserve

    This is an absolute must do when you are staying in Bialowieza as it may be your life chance to see a live European bison. There a few herds of bison living in the wild in the primeval forest on the Polish side of the border (450 animals altogether) but you are not likely to meet them there as roaming in the forest on your own without a guide is...

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  • go visit the bisons

    Bialowieza National Park is Poland´s oldest national park, home of the largest bison population as well as of boars, wolves, deer etc. It is a "protected zone" which you may enter only with a guide/ranger of the national park for security reasons

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  • Biking

    Biking in and around Bialowieza is an experience on its own. You will be able to move quickly and discover the place not only using your eyes, but also your ears and nose. Bialowieza has amazing sounds and aromas.We rented our bikes from a local place located in the elementary school across of Orthodox church and entrance to the Park.The reason we...

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  • Cemeteries

    There are nice cemeteries and churches in and around Bialowieza.If you have a car it is great idea to take a sightseeing tour to the nearby towns and villages.See my pictures

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  • Folk Museum near Bialowieza

    The Folk Museum near Bialowieza is a must see if you visit the area. It displays a number of traditional thatched cottages, a tiny chapel, some windmills, and other old farm buildings typical of the area. It's a living museum - a number of enthusiasts live there to demonstrate the traditional ways of life and the local handicrafts to the...

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  • Skansen museum

    The open-air museum in Bialowieza. You can see here a typical old Polish village: old wooden huts with the straw thatchs, old wooden little Orthodox church, windmills and so on.The entrance - 2zl, but when I was there this was for free.

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  • houses

    The typical hous in this region of Poland is wooden. This on the pic is new, but there are many old houses. They look very nice. The people here are very friendly and they are famous of they hospitality. Sometimes the bisons come from the primeval forest to the courtyards of houses, wich are located on the border of village :)

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  • The Natural History Museum of the BNP

    "The most modern nature exhibition in Poland, where, inside of play of lights and sounds, we move to the magic world of nature of the Bialowieza National Park and the Bialowieza Primval Forest. The exhibition is divided into 9 sections: bison, royal hunting, forest agglomerations, predatory and herbivorous invertebrates, herbivorous mammals,...

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  • offers in Bialowieza

    Bialowieski National Park has been included on the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage.On the place there are a lot of offers:- cart wheel riders- bicycle rent- horseback riding- guided tours to the Palace Park and the European Bison Reserve- feasts in the wildernes by bonfires and with music- sleigh riders- outdoor events- small tracks train...

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  • The ancient oak tree reserve

    Have you ever seen hundreds' year old oak trees? If not, visit Stara (Old) Bialowieza, where the Polish and Lithuanian kings and princes who used to come to hunt in that forest planted an oak tree each. The trees actually bear their names so that you know who planted what. In fact, the forest owes its present perfect natural conditions to the...

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Bialowieza Hotels

Bialowieza Restaurants

  • Old Polish cuisine

    We didn't have any meal there as it was booked for a wedding reception when we chose to go there on a Saturday evening. What a pity, it was only 10 minute's walk from our guesthouse!It is at the charming Soplicowo business and recreation complex in Bialowieza, built in the 19th c. style of Polish nobility mansions. I understand the cuisine is also...

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  • boar and wisent on the plate

    in the typical wooden structure of houses in Bialowieza, this is one of the biggest restaurants, adjacenct to a guesthouse which is also quite cozy and centrally located. food is filling and of the hearty Polish kind that comes very welcome on a cold winter day boar pate

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  • Your everyday place to eat

    The place is located in the middle of Bialowieza. Close to the museum and to the orthodox church.It has typical polish food. There is a large, bright room downstairs and nice outdoor garden at front and on the sides.They have a waiter service, but if you in a hurry you can order at the bar and the waitress will bring it to you.Staff is very nice...

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  • fancy, fancy

    It is probably the best restaurant in 100 km radius.I remember it from my childhood as a train station with small ticket office and beautiful tiled furnace. I used to take a train from there to go to local town Hajnowka shopping with my grandmother. When I came back about 10 years ago....the place was abandoned and destroyed. It was used by local...

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  • Run away from this restaurant-it is hell...

    I would like to write about dodgy restaurant.I wanted to have my wedding there.They were blackmailing me 2 weeks before my wedding.They almost destroyed my wedding.They ignored all the arrangments,gave me a list of food I haven't wanted without prices even.When I have asked about prices they told me: it is not your business .I must pay what they...

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  • Ever had wild boar?

    The roast young wild boar was a great treat! We placed a special order at the Zajazd Mysliwski for a particular date, they roasted it for us during the day (It takes several hours), and we came late afternoon to pick it up and take it to our guesthouse in Bialowieza for an outdoor dinner and beer in the yard. Of course they gave us also the huge...

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Bialowieza Shopping

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    Local handicraft: a horse, a colt  and a cart.

    by evaanna Updated Jan 9, 2010

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    The stalls and individual sellers just outside the Bison Reserve are well-worth a look.
    Selling the local handicraft: handwoven baskets, embroidered table linen, objects made of straw or grass (very cute toy mice, for instance), they charge less than the city shops where you can also find some of these things. So get your souvenirs and presents while you are there. You'll pay much more for exactly the same products at the Cepelia shops.
    In the picture: rather big samples of local handicraft outside the local bar.

    What to buy: Local handicrafts, a special kind of grass repelling moths (zubrowka). Mind, the name Zubrowka is also a name for a famous Polish vodka with a few blades of this grass inside the bottle, so you should say "trawa zubrowka" when asking for just the grass.

    What to pay: Real bargains!

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    • Road Trip

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Bialowieza Local Customs

  • Drink local beer!

    Zubr is one of the two local beers coming from the Dojlidy brewery in Bialystok. You may find it is a bit on the stronger side with the 6.2% alcohol content but it's really nice!"Zubr" is the Polish word for "lowland bison" so it's the beer to try if you go to Bialowieza :-) You can actually by this beer all over Poland, and it is well-known for a...

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  • Holes in the stem of century old Pines

    Holes in the stem of century old Pines is the natural place of living for bees. Honey from Bialowieza is well known, though less and less produced this way

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Bialowieza Warnings and Dangers

  • Mind the Belarussian border

    While wandering around the primeval forest outside the strict reserve, be careful not to cross the border with Belarus or you might be in for trouble. Some stretches of the border look just like an ordinary path so better check on the map. Have your passport on you, just in case, and don't carry anything of value or it might be legally taken away...

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  • Make sure to drink the right beer!!!

    When traveling it is important to comply with general rules.So, while in Bialowieza make sure you are drinking the right beer.ZUBER beer is one of your choices.Please, make sure to be extra careful. You don't wan to be caught with let say.... a budwaiser.... That would be a shame!

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  • Just a warning

    If you're travelling by car on the Catholic holiday of Corpus Christi, be prepared to come across numerous processions in little villages and towns as well as in the streets of big cities. They may be taking place at various times of the day so you never know! Just relax and wait, get out of the car to strech your bones, theres not much point in...

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Bialowieza What to Pack

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    Pack anything you may need in the forests

    by gosiaPL Updated Jan 25, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking shoes.
    Raingear for sure!!! Even during hot summer the weather in the forests can change from day to day.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellant plus something to cure mosquito bitten skin!!! Remember you'll be in the forests and some areas are damp.

    Photo Equipment: Camera is an obvious must if you love the nature :-))

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Eco-Tourism

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Bialowieza Favorites

  • Watch the bison while you can

    I haven't been to Bialowieza for a few years and it will now be even harder for me to get there as it is such a long way from Gdynia, where we moved two years ago. So I was thrilled to discover a website where you can watch the European bison when they come to feed in Bialowieza forest in wintertime. The view from the webcam is available only until...

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  • Bialowieza in wintertime

    I have never been to Bialowieza in the winter but this year my cousin went there with her friends for the New Year's Eve. They seem to have enjoyed it enormously, especially the bonfire and the fairytale scenery of the winter forest. See for yourselves as I have been given permission to post their pictures. What they did not like was the drive from...

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  • Topilo Lake in the forests

    If you have enough time, take the little old choo-choo train that goes into the Topilo lake, a beautiful site deep in the forests. There is a little pier, bonfire place and wooden tables for you to have a picnic. If you don't take food with you, there's a little bar that sells hot and cold drinks as well as some basic meals, including grilled...

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