Białowieża Forest - a miracle of nature
The Bialowieza Forest is a symbol of Poland's natural wealth and diversity. The unique value, not just for Poland, of the Bialowieza National Park is recognized by UNESCO as part of the World Heritage and the World Biosphere Reserve.
This large expanse of the natural forest is located on Poland's eastern border and distributed roughly equally between Poland and Belarus. The Belarusian part is also listed by UNESCO.
Bialowieza is the only remaining original lowland forest in Europe, retaining much of its primeval landscape as well as its plant and animal life. The Bialowieza Forest, which in part grows on swampland, is covered with mixture of vegetation and is untouched by man. Oak, hornbeam, spruce and pine are the predominant species.
The most valued section, about half of the forest, is strictly protected within the boundaries of the Bialowieza National Park. This nature reserve can only be entered under the supervision of a guide and toured on foot along signposted trails or more comfortably, by horse-drawn carriages.
Other places of interest in the national park include the Palace Park, the Natural History Museum and the Bison Reserve, where this rare species of forest animal are kept in large enclosures. The greatest attraction of this park is undoubtedly a herd of bison, part of which is allowed to roam freely in the neighbouring forest area.
Approximately 100,000 tourists come to the Bialowieza Forest each year. Most of them stay in the village of Bialowieza, which has ample hospitality facilities to host individual tourists, conferences and incentive travel groups. The village is located in the very heart of the Bialowieza Forest.
The Bialowieza region has more attractions to offer the discerning visitor such as picturesque landscapes, multicultural rural communities with their folklore and original timber architecture.