Eastern Poland

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Nature untouched by man, historic cities, mighty wisents and picturesque landscapes - these are only a few reasons to visit the eastern part of Poland.

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For those who like nature, the primeval forest of Białowieża is a real must-see. Here you can wander in the same forest that for hundreds of years civered the majority of the European lowland. Enjoy your walk amonst the ancient treees and try to spot the forests famous inhabitant - the mighty wisent (ie the European bison). There mammals were almost extinct, but luckily a part of the population was saved and their ancestors can be mest in the very forest next to Białowieża.

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Talking of nature: do not miss the wetlands around the Biebrza river. Here you will find a fascinating landscape of dry bogs, marshes and reeds. Rare plants and rich birdlife leave no nature lover indifferent.

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Not far away from these two nature treasures lies the city of Białystok - a monument of the Polish golden age. The Branicki family founded Białystok as their... private city! During the whole history of the city various cultures have dwelled here: Poles, Lithuanians, Belarussians, Jews... And it was exactly here that Ludwik Zamenhof coined esperanto.

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If you leave Białystok for the countryside and visit the villages of Bohoniki and Kruszyniany, you can easily meet the Polish Tatars - a Muslim minority that has settled here in the 17th century. Their wooden mosques are one of the biggest cultural treasures of Eastern Poland. Why not pay a visit to the Tatar restaurant in Kruszyniany?

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Don't drive past Zamość - a city called for 'Padua of the North'. If you want to see a perfect - and fantastically preserved - example of a renaissance city, then Zamość is a must-visit. A posh market square with a mighty city hall, colourful burgher houses, unique atmosphere - all this is waiting in Zamość.

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Along the Vistula river lies Kazimierz Dolny - one of Poland's most picturesque towns. Charming streets, beautiful castle ruin, street artists and a great atmosphere is characteristic for this town with a big city attitude.

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In the town of Krosno you'll find several glassworks presenting the best global level. Visit the factory outlet and get enchanted by the numerous masterpieces made by local glassblowers.

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In South-Eastern Poland lies a paradise for those who love to hike in the mountains. The Bieszczady mountain range presents unbeatable views that are easily accessible. The majority of slopes are covered by forests, but every now and then you'll see a dome of a small orthodox church: the Bieszczady mountains have always been a melting pot for various cultures (Polish, Ukrainian, Ruthenian...)

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And last but not least, in the town of Łańcut you'll fins probably the poshest of all Polish residences. This palace belonged to the Lubomirski family. It's difficult to describe the complexity of the interiors and the facade - you must see this with your own eyes.

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Discover the Eastern part of Poland where primordial nature meets impressive traces of the past!

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