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Review of Bialowieza Forest

Bialowieza Forest
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Bialowieza
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266 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed July 15, 2013

You will have to book a guide (you can do this at the PTTK office) in order to enter the restricted area of the forest. We hired an ornithologist and met at 6 a.m. for a 4 hour tour; she was knowledgeable about birds, trees, mushrooms, and the forest in general. This is well worth the time, but it does require quite a lot of walking. And take mosquito repellant: I've never seen such swarms!

Visited June 2013
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10 reviews
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“into the wild”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

amazing experience of a rich and incredible ecosystem preserved by local respectfull people. During 3H you're walking, listening, watching all this nature, animals, insects... Every second is a surprise. You're feeling like being so small. You really how small you are in the all ecosystem. It is important than Unesco preserved such place on the planet.

Visited June 2013
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Sentosa Island, Singapore
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“Beautiful and Pristine”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

If you would like to enjoy a retreat in the green and serene environment, Bialowieza has that to offer with the feel of mystique of the forest. A good place for reflection, inspirations and rest. The Russian Village was also a really interesting place to visit apart from the horse carriage ride that is a "must not miss"

Visited June 2012
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Warsaw, Poland
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“One of the last wild places in Europe!”
Reviewed November 29, 2012

All Bialowieza Region is magician. But Bialowieza city is an informal capitol of province.
If you have a 2-3 days to meet last natural forest at this part of Europe, visit this place. Do not worry about hotel booking, even skip it, since in the Internet you can find only the most expensive places. Just come and go to Main Street of Bialawieza. On almost each, build from wood old house you will find B&B sighs. Come in and ask for offer which usually contain bad in nice room (or very often entire house) very often with fireplace, and sauna! For breakfast you can expect sort of fresh regional products. Everything is in walking distance. You can dinning in plenty of nice restaurants.
Do not forget to visit interactive Museum of Bialowieza National Park located in main building of National Park Office. Enjoy your time!

Visited October 2012
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Newcastle, Australia
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“Lots of gorgeous walks to be had”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

We visited the area in autumn so we were treated to some great autumn colours on the trees. Strolling in the managed part of the forest was fantastic, gorgeous trails for either walking or cycling. The area is pretty flat so it is very easy walking and cycling.

We were there in late October so most of the bird life was gone by the time we were there. We saw plenty of track of bisons but weren't lucky enough to see them in the wild.

It was the end of mushroom season and managed to get a good amount. Luckily, a Polish friend of ours was with us and she could point out the good ones. NOTE: make sure you know what you are doing when picking mushrooms. You can get very sick if you select the wrong ones. Locals also sell wild mushrooms, so that is also a good option.

We based ourselves in the town of Bialowieza and found that it was very central, plenty of food to pick from and lots of accommodation.

The National Park buildings are also worth a visit as is a guided walk in the national park.

Visited October 2012
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