Poland is a fairly large country and even within a few weeks it is hardly possible to see and appreciate the whole of it. For that reason I concentrated my visit solely on the southeastern half of the country. My previous article showed the best parts of the cities and national parks close to the borders of Czech Republic, Slovakia and Ukraine. Continuing north there was a final National Park for me to explore. A place that is of greatest significance in Europe's natural history and one of the most famous national parks of the continent.
Białowieża National Park
Białowieża National Park stretches over an area of 150km² over Polish and Belorussian territory. Its best preserved part is one of the last remaining primeval forests in Europe and provides a glimpse of how large parts of this continent used to look like after the last ice age around 20,000 years ago.
The forest is however not only a place to see untouched landscapes, it also a refuge for countless threatened animal species. Apart from countless bird species, deer, brown bear and even four distinct wolf packs it is especially known for being a habitat of the few remaining wild European bison.
Without adding many explanations I'd just like to show some of the serene atmospheres of the misty forest in the early morning.
Situated in the Polish heartland the capital Warsaw is the most important cultural and commercial hub of the country. Warsaw is the 7th most-populous capital city in the European Union with its 1.8 million inhabitants. Like with so many polish cities and towns the historical Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This concludes my Poland series. I hope you found some enticing imagery and maybe even some inspiration towards your next holiday.