Białowieża, the hidden gem of Poland - August 2019

by Steveandjustyna October. 17, 2020 55 views

Białowieża, is a village of around 2600 people (as of 2002) in Poland’s Podlasie Province (in the far east of Poland), in the middle of Białowieża Forest. It was officially established in 1699. Before 1426 a wooden hunting lodge was built for King Władysław Jagiełło on the river in the middle of the forest. The lodge was probably one of the area’s first permanent settlements, though the forest had already been penetrated by hunters from nearby areas and the King himself, who hunted there. The wooden lodge was painted white and became the namesake for both the future village and the forest (Białowieża means White Tower in Polish). by Wikipedia.com

We were both charmed with this speck of civilization in the middle of primeval forest. The river going right trough the middle of the village (together with a centrally located park) was a great focal point to this little community. This area is very popular among bicyclists (we saw many bicycle-travelers). We will never forget loud howling of wild animals at night from the nearby depths of Puszcza Białowieska (Primeval Forest of Białowieża).

Warning! The land of Bison!

Warning! The land of Bison!

A wooden bison sculpture.

A wooden bison sculpture.

At the information center of the "demonstration preserve".

At the information center of the "demonstration preserve".

Białowieża's first train station (Białowieża Palace Station) was opened in 1897. It was on September 9th that year when the Russian tsar arrived on the train to Białowieża Primeval Forest, one of his favorite hunting locations. The whole purpose of building this train line was to bring tsar and his guest to the forest for ceremonial hunts. In 1903 a second train station (Białowieża Towarowa, ang. Białowieża Freight Station) was opened to relieve the first, passenger type station. The train line was functional for almost a 100 years. Today it is not used anymore, but the remaining buildings of the Freight Station have been renovated and converted into a restaurant and a luxury apartment hotel.

One of the old engine cars left at the Białowieża Freight Station.

One of the old engine cars left at the Białowieża Freight Station.

This renovated train car resembles train cars used by tsar and his entourage.

This renovated train car resembles train cars used by tsar and his entourage.

In front of Tsar's Restaurant (Carska Restauracja), inside the old but renovated Freight Station.

In front of Tsar's Restaurant (Carska Restauracja), inside the old but renovated Freight Station.

This is one smiling train engine!

This is one smiling train engine!

The most charming cottage in Białowieża, in my opinion.

The most charming cottage in Białowieża, in my opinion.

This is where you'll find the little Białowieża.

This is where you'll find the little Białowieża.

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Jay Boggess 2 days, 18 hours ago

Lovely series! Thanks for sharing these w/us!
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Steveandjustyna Replied to Jay Boggess 1 day, 6 hours ago

Thank you Jay!!! Always a pleasure!😊🧡🌺

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Jay Boggess Replied to Steveandjustyna 23 hours ago

The pleasure was all mine! Keep those adventures coming!
Always a treat for me, and the rest of us, I'm certain!
Safe Travels!
+1grinning+1

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Bill Birdsong 2 days, 23 hours ago

Very intersting subjects...places most of us have never seen.  And, as usual, what a lovely model!  Uh.....you, too, Steve!

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Steveandjustyna Replied to Bill Birdsong 1 day, 6 hours ago

Thank you Bill!!! We are so grateful we were able to visit all these beautiful spots in Poland. World is a wonderful place. We are looking forward to seeing even more.

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