Białowieża National Park

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Created in 1921, is one of the oldest national parks in Europe. It covers the area of 10517.27 ha, out of which 5725.75 are under strict protection. The park extends over 1/6 of the forest, which is the last fragment of primeval woodland on European lowland. In the past such forest spread over the whole zone of European mixed deciduous – coniferous forests.

Białowieża forest is characterized by amazing biodiversity, occurrence of many endangered species typical of natural woodland, primeval behavior of animals and connections between species, as well as abundance of dead wood in different phases of decay. The symbol of the park is bison, for which, in the first half of the 20th century, the forest turned out to be the last refuge. The present bison population is the biggest wild population of this species in the world.

Białowieża National Park is the only wildlife property designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. It is also a Biosphere Reserve.

Attention: the strict reserve can be entered only with a guide.

Hwoźna District offers 20 km of walking and bike routes that can serve as skiing routes in winter.

 

 







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