The Bialowieza forest (Białowieża in Polish characters) is a primeval forest in eastern Poland,
located along the border to Belarus. It contains the Białowieża national park, a protected area of 105 km², accessible from the village of Białowieża. The Białowieża forest has been a World Heritage site since 1979 and covers a total area of 1419 km².
Tourists are only allowed to visit the forest if accompanied by a registered guide. When visiting the forest we noticed that the forest looked similar to forests near Munich, i.e. it didn't look like a very special place. Perhaps the part of the forest which is open for tourists is a relatively new forest, while older parts are closed for tourists.
In the Bialowieza forest there is a population of European bisons, which have been reintroduced into the wild in the 20th century, after the local population had been exterminated.
How to get to the Bialowieza forest
There is no airport. The only way to reach the Bialowieza forest is to drive by car or take a train.
The village of Bialowieza is a popular tourist destination and has several hotels and pensions, most of them bookable via the international booking portals.