Bialowieza Forest, Bialowieza
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Białowieża Forest is one of the last and largest remaining parts of the immense primeval forest that once stretched across the European Plain. The forest is home to 800 European bison, Europe's heaviest land animal. UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) designated the Polish Biosphere Reserve Białowieża in 1976 and the Belarusian Biosphere Reserve Belovezhskaya Puschcha in 1993. In 2015, the Belarusian Biosphere Reserve occupied the area of 216,200ha, subdivided into transition, buffer and core zones. The forest has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an EU Natura 2000 Special Area of Conservation. The World Heritage Committee by its decision of June 2014 approved the extension of the UNESCO World Heritage site “Belovezhskaya Pushcha/Białowieża Forest, Belarus, Poland”, which became “Białowieża Forest, Belarus, Poland”. It straddles the border between Poland (Podlaskie Voivodeship) and Belarus (Brest Voblast and Hrodna Voblast), and is 70km north of Brest, Belarus and 62km southeast of Białystok, Poland. The Białowieża Forest World Heritage site covers a total area of 141,885ha. Since the border between the two countries runs through the forest, there is a border crossing available for hikers and cyclists.
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  • A moment of de-connection and reconnecting with nature, its beauty, its calm and serenity. I highly recommend!
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  • A fantastic experience for nature lovers. A pristine forest. a beautiful and rare. Visit in the autumn it was magical.
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  • This is a remarkable place. For what it means, for the landscape, for the bisons... Whether you are a nature lover or not, this should be a place on your bucket list!