Białowieźa National Park

Białowieźa National Park information

Location
Poland
Address
20km E of Hajnówka
Telephone
+48 85 682 97 02
Telephone
+48 85 681 22 95
Getting there
Bus: from Hajnówka or Białystok
More information
www.pttk.bialowieza.pl
Prices
full zl12.00, , licensed guides: zl195.00, horse-drawn cart: zl162.00, bikes: zl25.00
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Once a centre for hunting and timber-felling, Białowieża (Byah-wo-vyeh-zhah) is now Poland's oldest national park. Its significance is underlined by Unesco's unusual recognition of the reserve as both a Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site.

The forest contains 120 species of birds, along with elk, wild boars and wolves. Its major drawcard is the magnificent European bison, which was once extinct outside zoos, but has been successfully reintroduced to its ancient home.

Note that the reserve does close sometimes, due to inclement weather.