Discover Podlasie
PODLASKA REGIONAL TOURIST ORGANISATION
02.02
2016

PODLASKIE

This region in Poland is sometimes called the "Wild East". It still has not been affected to any great extent or overwhelmed by today's great movement in tourism. It is, in fact, totally unspoiled. Not everyone knows that apart from the pristine quality of its natural surroundings, a fascinating borderland culture awaits those who wish to explore this region. And where do we find this mysterious place? The Podlaskie region, the best kept secret in Poland.

The Podlaskie region lies in the north-eastern corner of Poland, right next to the borders with Lithuania and Belarus. Here, the civilizing progress of modern times is constantly losing its battle with nature and tradition.  

            Every tourist in Podlaskie is welcomed by its hospitable and proud inhabitants – proud of their history and ability to coexist in harmony with people of different nationalities and religions present in the region – Poles, Belorussians, Lithuanians, Russians, and Tartars. This cultural diversity was one of the reasons Ludwik Zamenhof created an international language – Esperanto.

            The people of Podlaskie can also be proud of their respect for nature and its laws. Areas with the most precious environments are preserved in four national parks and three landscape parks. These places of great scenic beauty attract not only tourists, but also photographers and film makers looking for exceptional settings for their works.

Visit Białowieża National Park and see Europe’s last primeval forest, butting on the border with Belarus and virtually unchanged for thousands of years. Stay overnight to visit the Bison Reserve and see those magnificent animals together with some other forest inhabitants. Side trips include the extraordinary Russian Orthodox church in Hajnowka, with its Gaudí-esque flowing roofs and domes, and main Polish Orthodox sanctuary on the Holy Mountain of Grabarka, often called the Hill of Crosses. The central area of the region is bisected by two unique rivers which are surrounded by extensive swamp lands, the Biebrza River which is
a refuge for more than 270 different species of bird, including the endangered aquatic warbler and the ruff, is regarded internationally as a treasure and the River Narew, which is one of only two plaited rivers in the world. Both rivers are protected by national parks.

            The trip through the region is facilitated by a system of well marked trails totaling 3000 km altogether. Some of them coincide with international trails and, with only an identity card, one can continue the trip as far as Lithuania. Canoeing on the Czarna Hańcza river as well as rafting on the Biebrza and Narew rivers are a source of unforgettable memories from the trip. Lovers of horseback riding will find trails designed especially for them and their hoofed animals. Thrill-seekers could try tourist balloon flights, sport planes flights or motor gliding.

            Every year the possibilities for tourist accommodation grow in number and quality, especially in farm tourism. More and more often their owners offer much more than just overnight stays. At some farms guests have the opportunity to bake a traditional cake – sękacz, or try their hand at weaving or pottery.

            A visit to the region would be incomplete without trying its cuisine. No matter if you are invited to a family or eat at a regional restaurant, you can await a feast ahead of you. Traditional Podlaskie foods include babka  (potato pie) or kiszka  (potato sausage), but the most popular dish has to be pierogi. These ubiquitous dumplings made of finely rolled dough can be stuffed with any number of savory, spicy or sweet fillings.       

            A tour of Podlaskie should be a must to those in need of calm and peaceful places, those who want to forget their everyday routine and haste. Anyone seeking undisturbed nature and close contact with it will not be disappointed. Hospitable inhabitants will open the doors of their houses to all in need of rest, who want to stop for a while and discover a bit of unknown. Come and see, and we hope you will return here…

                                                                                              A hearty welcome to Podlaskie.

This region in Poland is sometimes called the "Wild East". It still has not been affected to any great extent or overwhelmed by today's great movement in tourism. It is, in fact, totally unspoiled. Not everyone knows that apart from the pristine quality of its natural surroundings, a fascinating borderland culture awaits those who wish to explore this region. And where do we find this mysterious place? The Podlaskie region, the best kept secret in Poland.

The Podlaskie region lies in the north-eastern corner of Poland, right next to the borders with Lithuania and Belarus. Here, the civilizing progress of modern times is constantly losing its battle with nature and tradition.  

            Every tourist in Podlaskie is welcomed by its hospitable and proud inhabitants – proud of their history and ability to coexist in harmony with people of different nationalities and religions present in the region – Poles, Belorussians, Lithuanians, Russians, and Tartars. This cultural diversity was one of the reasons Ludwik Zamenhof created an international language – Esperanto.

            The people of Podlaskie can also be proud of their respect for nature and its laws. Areas with the most precious environments are preserved in four national parks and three landscape parks. These places of great scenic beauty attract not only tourists, but also photographers and film makers looking for exceptional settings for their works.

Visit Białowieża National Park and see Europe’s last primeval forest, butting on the border with Belarus and virtually unchanged for thousands of years. Stay overnight to visit the Bison Reserve and see those magnificent animals together with some other forest inhabitants. Side trips include the extraordinary Russian Orthodox church in Hajnowka, with its Gaudí-esque flowing roofs and domes, and main Polish Orthodox sanctuary on the Holy Mountain of Grabarka, often called the Hill of Crosses. The central area of the region is bisected by two unique rivers which are surrounded by extensive swamp lands, the Biebrza River which is
a refuge for more than 270 different species of bird, including the endangered aquatic warbler and the ruff, is regarded internationally as a treasure and the River Narew, which is one of only two plaited rivers in the world. Both rivers are protected by national parks.

            The trip through the region is facilitated by a system of well marked trails totaling 3000 km altogether. Some of them coincide with international trails and, with only an identity card, one can continue the trip as far as Lithuania. Canoeing on the Czarna Hańcza river as well as rafting on the Biebrza and Narew rivers are a source of unforgettable memories from the trip. Lovers of horseback riding will find trails designed especially for them and their hoofed animals. Thrill-seekers could try tourist balloon flights, sport planes flights or motor gliding.

            Every year the possibilities for tourist accommodation grow in number and quality, especially in farm tourism. More and more often their owners offer much more than just overnight stays. At some farms guests have the opportunity to bake a traditional cake – sękacz, or try their hand at weaving or pottery.

            A visit to the region would be incomplete without trying its cuisine. No matter if you are invited to a family or eat at a regional restaurant, you can await a feast ahead of you. Traditional Podlaskie foods include babka  (potato pie) or kiszka  (potato sausage), but the most popular dish has to be pierogi. These ubiquitous dumplings made of finely rolled dough can be stuffed with any number of savory, spicy or sweet fillings.       

            A tour of Podlaskie should be a must to those in need of calm and peaceful places, those who want to forget their everyday routine and haste. Anyone seeking undisturbed nature and close contact with it will not be disappointed. Hospitable inhabitants will open the doors of their houses to all in need of rest, who want to stop for a while and discover a bit of unknown. Come and see, and we hope you will return here…

                                                                                              A hearty welcome to Podlaskie.

Kategoria: Promotional activities, Autor: IK, Data publikacji: 2016-02-02