Białowieża Forest

One-day trip: “Bison Hits” [“Żubrowe hity”]

  • Arrival in Białowieża and meeting with the guide
  • Visit to the Nature and Forest Museum [Muzeum przyrodniczo-leśne] including the observation tower (1.5 h) – we will receive the basic information about the uniqueness of Białowieża Forest’s nature, about its history and cultural value. We will also learn about the bison bonasus species.
  • Walk around Palace Park [Park Pałacowy] – we will find remnants of the buildings which used to belong to the tsarist hunting residence, and the oldest object in Białowieża which is an obelisk commemorating one hunt by King Augustus III (0.5 h).
  • Trip around Białowieża (1 h – by bicycle, 0.5 h – by car) – on the way, we will stop by St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus Catholic church (interesting décor made of tree roots and antlers), in Directorial Park [Park Dyrekcyjny] (preserved tsarist buildings), by the old railway station Białowieża Towarowa (today: a restaurant and hotel complex).
  • Walk around the Trail of Oaks of Kings and Grand Dukes of Lithuania [Szlak Dębów Królewskich i Wielkich Książąt Litewskich] (1 h) – we will learn about what was the relation between the Polish Kings and Lithuanian Grand Dukes and the Białowieża Forest.
  • Visit to the European Bison Show Reserve [Rezerwat Pokazowy Żubrów] (1 h) – we will meet face to face with the bison family, but also with other natural inhabitants of the forest: wolf, deer, wildcat, and lynx. We will see on our own eyes what resulted from “close encounters” between the bison and domesticated cattle (the żubroń). After the visit we may purchase souvenirs from the Białowieża Forest in one of the many souvenir stands.
  • Travel to Hajnówka and visit to the Holy Trinity’s Church [Sobór Świętej Trójcy] (0.5 h) – an Orthodox church of modern architecture and an interesting interior where the ceramic iconostasis and the unusual panikadiło (chandelier) deserve particular attention.
  • Return travel

 

Weekend trip “Białowieża Forest”
Friday

  • Arrival in Białowieża
  • Visit to the Nature and Forest Museum [Muzeum Przyrodniczo-Leśne] including the observation tower (1.5 h) – we will receive the basic information about the uniqueness of Białowieża Forest’s nature, about its history and cultural value. We will also learn about the bison bonasus species.
  • Walk around Palace Park [Park Pałacowy] – we will find remnants of the buildings which used to belong to the tsarist hunting residence, and the oldest object in Białowieża which is an obelisk commemorating one hunt by King Augustus III (0.5 h).
  • Trip around Białowieża (1 h – by bicycle, 0.5 h – by car) – on the way, we will stop by St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus Catholic church (interesting décor made of tree roots and antlers), in Directorial Park [Park Dyrekcyjny] (preserved tsarist buildings), by the old railway station Białowieża Towarowa (today: a restaurant and hotel complex).
  • Relax in one of the hotel SPA centers in Białowieża.

Saturday

  • Journey into the heart of the Forest (3 h). We will be led through the southern part of the Reserve Protected Area [Obręb Ochronny Rezerwat], the most precious area of Białowieża National Park, “To the Jagiełło Oak” trail. Relief from civilization is guaranteed along the way, and the Białowieża guide will show us the natural richness of the last primeval forest in Europe.
  • Walk around the Trail of Oaks of Kings and Grand Dukes of Lithuania [Szlak Dębów Królewskich i Wielkich Książąt Litewskich] (1 h) – we will learn about what was the relation between the Polish Kings and Lithuanian Grand Dukes and the Białowieża Forest.
  • Ride through the forest villages of Pogorzelce, Teremiski, Budy – it is worth to try specialties of the Podlasie cuisine.
  • Visit to the European Bison Show Reserve [Rezerwat Pokazowy Żubrów] (1 h) – we will meet face to face with the bison family, but also with other natural inhabitants of the forest: wolf, deer, wildcat, and lynx. We will see on our own eyes what resulted from “close encounters” between the bison and domesticated cattle (the żubroń). After the visit we may purchase souvenirs from the Białowieża Forest in one of the many souvenir stands.
  • After the efforts of taking trips around nature we could use some relax at the Water Park in Hajnówka – swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and sauna complex.

Sunday

  • Walk along the footpath to the Place of Power [Miejsce Mocy] (2 h) – a mysterious glade where there are trees unusual for the Białowieża Forest such as the pear or Crataegus, and where we can spot a stone circle. Probably, it is an ancient place of worship characterized by positive energy (4 km in one direction).
  • Trip on a narrow gauge train through the Forest (3 h) – on board of the train we will go deep into the southern part of the Białowieża Forest. On the Topiło station, there will be a chance to spend an hour of free time walking around. Return to Hajnówka along the same track.
  • Visit to the Holy Trinity’s Church [Sobór Świętej Trójcy] (0.5 h) – an Orthodox church of modern architecture and an interesting interior where the ceramic iconostasis and the unusual panikadiło (chandelier) deserve particular attention.
  • Return travel.

 

One-week trip
1st day

  • Arrival in Białowieża
  • Learning about the Białowieża Forest: visit to the Nature and Forest Museum; walk around Palace Park and to the most precious area of Białowieża National Park, former Strict Nature Reserve. Hike along the “To the Jagiełło Oak” trail.

2nd day

  • All-day bicycle trip:
  • Ride around Białowieża (St. Nicholas Orthodox church, St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus Catholic church, Directorial Park, Białowieża Towarowa, geometric center of the Białowieża Forest).
  • Walk along “The Forest’s Trees” [Puszczańskie Drzewa] educational trail.
  • Visit to the European Bison Show Reserve (bison, tarpan, wolf, deer, lynx, wildcat, żubroń).
  • Ride along the Narewkowska Road to the Old Białowieża wilderness preserve and walk along the Trail of Oaks of Kings and Grand Dukes of Lithuania.
  • On the way back to Białowieża, visit to the Wood Architecture of the Ruthenian People of Podlasie Open-air Museum [Skansen Architektury Drewnianej Ludności Ruskiej Podlasia].

3rd day

  • Nordic walking (about 9 km) along the “Near Krynoczka” [“W pobliżu Krynoczki”] path – to a wonderful Orthodox church and a healing spring.
  • Travel on a narrow gauge train through the Forest from Hajnówka to Topiło and back. In the meantime, walk along a part of a nature trail.
  • Visit to the Holy Trinity’s Church [Sobór Świętej Trójcy] and the Podlasie Monuments’ Miniatures Park [Park Miniatur Zabytków Podlasia].
  • Relax at the Water Park in Hajnówka.

4th day

  • Visit to the Forest Education Center [Ośrodek Edukacji Leśnej] “Jagiellońskie” and walk along “The Forest Landscapes” nature trail.
  • Ride on handcars to the mysterious “Place of Power” and back to Białowieża.
  • Relax in one of the hotel SPA centers in Białowieża.

5th day

  • Visit to the bison refuge “Kosy Most” – perhaps there will be a chance to spot the largest European mammal in its natural environment.
  • Visit to Narewka – the Tamara Sołoniewicz Gallery, Beekeeping Museum, or the forgotten Jewish cemetery.
  • Kayaking trip down the Narewka river to Kapitańszczyzna (11 km – about 3 h).

6th day

  • Early-morning bird observation at the Siemianówka Reservoir, walk along the nature trail to the observation tower.
  • Active rest at the Touristic, Recreational, and Cultural Center [Ośrodku Turystyczno-Rekreacyjnym i Kulturalnym] in Stary Dwór (courts, pitches, sports equipment rental), relax at the Siemianówka Reservoir.
  • Trip to the Land of Open Shutters [Kraina Otwartych Okiennic] – villages with beautifully decorated houses and sacred objects.

7th day

  • Travel through the north-western part of the Białowieża Forest, the Lady Forest [Puszcza Ladzka].
  • Visit to Father Gabriel’s Skete, located in the picturesque Narew Valley.
  • Saying goodbye to the Białowieża Forest and return travel.