Description of region
In the eastern part of Poland, near the border with Belarus, there is the Białowieża Primeval Forest – one of the most treasured forest complexes in Europe, the last natural lowland forest and the kingdom of the biggest European mammal – a bison. The Białowieża Forest Region is an ideal place to rest for the tourists missing peace and contact with nature. Thanks to the network of tourist trails you will reach the most charming spots of the forest, while educational paths will let you get to know various curiosities and its inhabitants.An unusual attraction is a ride on a narrow-gauge railway to the settlement in the middle of the forest - Topiło where in beautifully situated ponds you can catch a really big fish, and nearby have fun at a bonfire or simply go for a walk. Equally interesting places to rest are artificial lakes: Siemianówka, Repczyce and Bachmaty where you can angle, do water sports and in their surroundings pick fruits of the forest. The valleys of Narew and Narewka rivers offer their treasures to nature lovers, anglers and ornithologists. Cultural values of the Białowieża Primeval Forest Region are extremely precious. In the place where different nationalities have lived next to each other for ages, a specific climate has been created. Polish, Belarusian and Ukrainian cultures have formed an unusual composition. Old customs, holidays and a local dialect are characteristic features of this region. Roman Catholic and Orthodox religions played an important role in shaping of the present community of the region. Local architecture delights you, both splendid Orthodox churches and wooden houses decorated with fine ornaments. In many of these houses there are agro-tourism lodgings whose owners extend a cordial welcome to tourists tired of the hustle and bustle of city life. Charming home flower beds encourage to meet friends and spend your time breathing heady forest air.