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Welcome to Bialowieza National Park

Bialowieza National Park

Bialowieza National Park, located on the border between Poland and Belarus, is a heavily protected area that guards the last remnants of a primeval forest that used to cover most of Europe at the time of the last ice age. This ancient woodland is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and an absolutely enthralling place to visit. Visitors can take a guided tour of the forest, and feel as though they are trespassing in a land that time has forgot - the towering trees and the sweet, rich smell of the soil that has sustained life for millennia will not easily be forgotten. An additional bonus is that the Bialowieza National Park is also the last place on earth that tourists can see European bison, huge beasts that once roamed across the continent, living undisturbed in their natural habitats. An ecotourism destination of international repute, the nearby city of Bialowieza can already begun to cash in on the popularity of the National Park, as numerous luxury spa resorts have opened up, offering high-class treatments and supremely comfortable lodgings.

Information & Facts

Forest tours cost about EUR40
The national language is Polish. English is widely understood in tourist areas.

The official currency is Zloty (PLN), divided into 100 groszy. Poland is essentially a 'cash country', and it is difficult to negotiate credit cards and travellers cheques in the cities, and well nigh impossible in rural areas. American Express, Diners Club, Visa and MasterCard are, however, accepted in places frequented by tourists. ATMs are also beginning to proliferate in Polish cities, where the sign 'Bankomat' indicates them. Money (preferably US$ or Euros) can be exchanged in the cities and larger towns at banks, hotels or bureaux called 'kantors', which offer the best rates. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and some are open on Saturday till 1pm.

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