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Wildlife Reserve in Białowieża National Park

European Bison Show Reserve

This enclosed animal park around 4km west of Palace Park is your best chance to see an actual bison. It also holds several other species that are typical of the puszcza, including elk, wild boar, wolves and roe deer…
Park in Białowieża National Park

Palace Park

Palace Park was laid out in the 19th century around a splendid residence built for the Russian tsar, on the site of an ancient royal hunting lodge once used by Polish kings. The southern entrance to Palace Park, bes…
National Park in Białowieża National Park

Białowieźa National Park

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 …
Museum in Białowieża National Park

Natural History Museum

Located on the site of the former palace, this museum features exhibitions relating to the park's flora and fauna (mostly forest scenes with stuffed animals and a collection of plants), the park’s history, and the a…
Polish in Białowieża National Park


One of the better choices in the village, this eatery offers decent Polish cooking, including good fried fish, in comfortable digs across the street from the Hotel Żubrówka. There's a small garden at the back.
Polish in Białowieża National Park


Silver-service restaurant in what was once the tsar's private railway station, 2km southeast of the village centre. Specialises in game, such as polędwiczka z dzika (tenderloin of wild boar).
Forest in Białowieża National Park

Strictly Protected Area

This is the oldest section of the Białowieża national park and covers an area of around 47.5 sq km, bordered to the north and west by the marshy Hwożna and Narewka Rivers, and to the east by the Belovezhskaya Pushch…