Gmina Białowieża

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10 travelers at this place:

  • Day22


    July 23 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Nous voici arrivés au confin de la Pologne et de la Biélorussie. Elles se partagent la dernière forêt primaire d'Europe. Cerfs, élans, loups, lynx mais surtout les derniers bisons d'Europe la peuplent.
    Malheureusement, les chances de les apercevoir sont plus qu'infimes malgré les 4 heures passées en son sein. Au tableau de chasse, photographique bien entendu, de vénérables chênes quadri-centenaires et un énergique pivert, tout à son affaire sur des troncs pouvant atteindre 55 mètres de haut.
    Heureusement, une réserve toute proche nous a permis d'admirer ces fiers bisons.
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  • Day521

    Day 522: Eastwards across Poland

    July 21, 2018 in Poland ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Lots of driving today across Poland, after leaving Gdansk in the morning. Our next two World Heritage sites are in the far east of Poland, just near the borders with Belarus and Ukraine. So off we went! Six hours is a long drive, though we've done a lot of long drives lately.

    This is the trouble we've been having lately - we want to go to very specific places now, and there's not really any more low-hanging fruit in terms of World Heritage sites. And since we kind of have a deadline of finishing Europe by mid-October, we're just stuck with long drives and awkward connections. Oh well.

    Finished our driving around 4pm in the village of Bialowieska where we checked in to our guest house and later had dinner at a nearby restaurant with excellent Polish food - potato pancakes!
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  • Day522

    Day 523: Bialowieza Forest

    July 22, 2018 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Today's WHS was the Bialowieza Forest just outside town. This is an old-growth forest, the last remnant of a huge forest that once covered much of northern and central Europe. It's also the refuge for the last remaining European bison, so off we went.

    First stop was the bison breeding reserve, since our chances of spotting bison in the wild was basically zero. It's got quite a sad history - as with the North American bison, it was hunted to extinction because of the meat, fur and skins. The last one was shot by German soldiers in 1919, apparently only days before the Versailles treaty was signed and the Germans were forced leave the area. At this point the species was extinct in Europe, and around 50 animals remained in captivity around the world. The new Polish government bought 4 animals and set up a breeding program in the forest, so that now these days there's a few hundred animals - about 30% of the total population.

    It was basically a small zoo here, in addition to the bison they had wolves, deer, moose, lynx and a few others. Got some interesting footage and then headed off.

    Next up we went to the Palace Park, where the Russian Tsar had built a palace in the 17th century. Only a couple of outbuildings remain, since the Germans used it for an army HQ during WW2 and the Red Army burned it down in 1944 during their advance - not sure whether they were more disgusted by Nazis or Romanovs.

    From here we had a quick bite for lunch and then headed off on a short forest walk. Most of the really old growth sections are off limits without a guide (Polish spoken only of course), so we just sort of fumbled around filming and talking. At least with forests you can film a bunch of footage along the same trail and have it all look quite different, very nice!

    Back home in the afternoon to relax and escape the heat, before heading back to the same restaurant as yesterday for dinner. We both kind of wished we'd splurged on the nice hotel in town that had a swimming pool, but in the end we saved about $70 per night staying in a small guesthouse so it was all OK.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Białowieża, Bialowieza, Gmina Białowieża, Bialoviežos valsčius, Comuna de Białowieża, Бяловежа, Ґміна Біловежа

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