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Review of Bialowieza Forest

Bialowieza Forest
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Bialowieza
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

Took a 3 hour guided trip. The guide was more interested in talking about the trees, rather than showing us the birds which was our primary aim or this trip.

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Reviewed March 6, 2012

Białowieża National Park is very pleasant place for long walk or bike trip, but not expect seeing something more than trees :) For that better solution is staying couple of nights in nearby villages - people often see bizons walking out of the forest. European bison Show Reserve is also an option, it's cheap and interesting altough a bit small and sometimes animals are too far from viewers. Nature and Forest Museum should only be addition, it's a bit oldfasioned and some guides present catastrophal level of english.

2  Thank Jakub G
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Reviewed November 19, 2011

Visit the museum and the exhibition before you go to the forest - it helps put it into context. Be careful of the guide that you hire at the PTTK office - check their English is competent. Beware that it is rare to see any animals - you have to go to the reserve for that.

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Reviewed July 24, 2010

In June of 2010 we went with our guide Waldemar Krasowski to learn about birds and natural history of two National Parks in Northeast Poland. The Bialowieza Forest is a primeval place with old growth trees and habitat which remains basically undisturbed by humans. There are lovely paths through most of the forest which are open to the public. However,
access to certain sections is restricted to guided groups only.
There is a very nice visitors center at the entrance to the park with some signage in English.

6  Thank ul_bosler
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Reviewed November 25, 2008

Our main reason for returning to poland was to see the world Heritage park. The material we read online painted such a wonderful picture. We had expected to see some wildlife at the very least.
Unfortunately as you are limited to entering the forest with a guide , who we then found was limited to where they can take you. The chances of quitely walking into wildlife is almost nil. the walk is a easy flat 11 - 12kms. Our Guide spoke good english, yet she was some what limited in what she could talk about outside the topic of the ecology of the forest.
It was explained to us why there was limitations on what could and coudn't be done in the forest. Basically it is the border between Poland and Belarus. So there are border issues, and if you didn't have a compass you would certainly get lost.
We did see Biscon in a small wildlife park a couple of minutes out from the township heading north.
The gardens area of the park headquarters is worth a walk around. You will see some very good examples of the different tree species. The Museum was closed the day we went there. It looked interesting from outside.
We traveled a long way to have a expensive guided walk around a horse track.

3  Thank Trelawn
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