Białowieski National Park

Bialowieski National Park has the head of European Bison as a logo – this is, in fact, to indicate that the 152 square kilometres of this pristine forest under strict state protection is the largest breeding ground of this largest European land mammal that used to be on the brink of extinction. Called "the last untouched wilderness in Europe", Bialowieski National Park was established in 1921 and, together with the Belarusian part of the primeval forest, it now constitutes a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tour Overview

Set your foot in one of the few Europe's places left unspoilt by humankind: Bialowieski National Park. See the dense ancient woodland whose landscape has not changed much since 8,000 B.C. Visit the European Bison Breeding Centre where 578 herd members live under careful protection. Watch and take memorable pictures of more than 11,000 animal and 1,200 vegetation species that found their shelter there. Traverse the walking and cycling trails of the pristine forest of Bialowieza.

Bialowieski National Park is a special area located in North-eastern Poland, just at the border with Belarus. This primeval woodland needs 3 hours of a travel from Warsaw to Hajnowka to be reached, with 20 kilometres more taken to the cosy village of Bialowieza, housing the park's headquarters. The landscape of Bialowieski National Park, occupying a portion of European Plain, has been treated in a special way for over 200 years. This made it regain a lot of its ancient features up to this day. The exploration of the core of Bialowieski National Park needs a half a day to be devoted to. A few different guided routes (with the limit of 20 tourists composing a single group), separately ticketed areas and exhibition facilities have been prepared for the visitors to the park. Due to the strict protection measures, the wild nature of the carnivore-inhabited place and the vicinity of the extra-EU border, the assistance of a guide is obligatory while sightseeing the particular protective units of the park.

The ecosystem of Bialowieski National Park is composed of extraordinarily undisturbed nature which has been noticed by UNESCO in 1979. The forest (mostly of primeval lowland mixed type, predominantly including pine, oak, beech, spruce or alder, dead wood remnants included), as well as the wet meadows and river valleys of the area, provide a habitat to such species as elk, lynx, wolf, stag, roe deer, ermine, badger, wild boar or otter. The most notable animal to roam the vast space of the park is yet the European bison, miraculously saved from extinction in the heart of Bialowieza forest and with its population continuously increasing. Aside from an interesting show reserve of tarpans, with a considerable number of bats and birds that found shelter in the boggy parts of the forest (e.g. black storks, tawny owls or Pomeranian eagles), Bialowieski National Park has always been an excellent destination for those who enjoy immortalising nature with their own pictures taken.

The range of activities allowed for undertaking in Bialowieski National Park is quite impressive. You may cycle along the special trails of the primeval forest either on your own or with a licensed guide if you decide to cycle through the former "Strict Nature Reserve". There are five walking trails set within the park borders (with longest one leading to dead "Jagiello Oak" of 6-metre perimeter) and one educational path that enables you to learn of the importance of dead wood to the ecosystem of the forest, discover the human-built structures in the woods and come across a number of natural monuments. It is possible to traverse the Bialowieski National Park on horseback or in a horse-drawn carriage, as well as to undertake canoeing along the Narewka or angling at one of its banks. Sightseeing the forest-adjoined Palace Park (by the former Tsar hunting lodge and residence) is free of charge, while a small fee will let you visit the modern and informative Nature and Forest Museum, comprised of a number of exhibits concerning zoology, botanics, beekeeping or the historic aspects of the exploitation of Bialowieza forest. The observation tower topping the museum is yet another side attraction you will be offered upon coming to the most valuable forest of entire Europe.

Interested in exploring the ancient woodland of Bialowieski National Park? Contact us to have your trip to the intact pristine forest of Bialowieza arranged!

Tour Details

  • It is possible to visit Bialowieski National Park regardless of your place of stay in Poland. Simply, inform us of where you are and what the date of your intended visit is - we will do the rest!
  • The price includes: transport (pre-arranged hotel pick-up and drop-off), admission fees to the attractions chosen, the assistance of a guide to individual tourists / small groups of visitors.
  • It is not allowed to stay in the territory of the park after dusk, bringing any alcoholic beverages to the site or littering the area.

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