Belovezhskaya Pushcha is one of the most interesting excursions in Belarus. Tourists do not ignore the local attraction, because nature here has been preserved in its original form, and rare species of wild animals can be shown to children. The article will tell you about the features of the place, the nearest infrastructure and tourist nuances.
Interesting facts about Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Belovezhskaya Pushcha is a part of a primeval lowland forest where rare species of animals and plants lived. The reserve is still inhabited by representatives of flora and fauna, which are listed in the Red Book of the Republic of Belarus. The Pushcha got its name in honor of the local town of Bialowieza, now located in Poland.
Populations of bison (the last representatives of wild bulls in Europe) remain the pride of the reserve. At one time this species was on the verge of extinction, but now the population has increased markedly.
The reserve was many times larger, but the tragic events of the First World War did not pass it by. Part of its territory was cut down and 4.5 million cubic meters of valuable timber was sent to Germany.
20 years after the war, Pushcha passed into the possession of the Byelorussian SSR, and in 1945 part of the park was given to Poland.
1992 left a mark on the history of the reserve, because this year Belovezhskaya was included in the UNESCO list, and a year later it received the status of a biosphere reserve.
Location of Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Belovezhskaya Pushcha is located mostly on the territory of the Republic of Belarus in the Brest region, but part of the reserve went to Poland.
Tourists from the CIS countries visit this reserve from the Belarusian territory, because in this case, there is no need for a visa. If you go to Belovezhskaya Pushcha from Minsk, you will have to cover a distance of 380 kilometers in the southwest direction.
Tourists are usually guided by the city of Brest, because it is located in close proximity to the reserve. Having reached Brest, you will have to drive only 60 kilometers to Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
How to get to Belovezhskaya Pushcha
You can get to the reserve in three convenient ways: by excursion, by bus, by private car. Details about excursion tours can be clarified by your travel company, the bus schedule depends on the point of your stay.
The best option would be to get to Brest by train. Train timetables are available at poezd.rw. 7 buses are sent from Brest to the reserve every day, so you will still have a choice of a convenient timetable.
Hotels near Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Tourists are offered several types of accommodation, depending on the budget and preferences. The total number of hotel beds is 250.
• The hotel complex Zharkovshchina is located in the Svisloch district of the Grodno region, located on the territory of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha".
• Guest house of the hunter Pererov is surrounded by the age-old nature of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
• Voitov Most Hotel is located near the nature reserve, some of the hotel rooms have balconies.
Cafes and restaurants in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
You should plan your trip carefully, with the option to stop for lunch. We offer several cafe options to choose from.
• Restaurant "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". The restaurant's menu includes dishes of Belarusian and European cuisine, as well as original specialties and game dishes.
• Cafe "Alesya". There is also a menu of national dishes, but visitors can also order some delights of European cuisine.
• "Trading Rows" are located 12 km from the central estate of the national park.
Excursions in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Belovezhskaya Pushcha provides a choice of several excursions for every taste and budget:
• Sightseeing tour of the reserve;
• Museum of Nature;
• Father Frost's estate;
• Archaeological open-air museum;
• Excursion aviaries;
• Photo tour, where you can take unique pictures of nature, etc.
The details can be obtained from your tour operator or on the official website of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
Rent of tourist equipment in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
All conditions for a comfortable stay of tourists have been created in the reserve, so sports and tourist equipment is available for hire every day. At the same time, a route map is issued with a brief description of the attractions that are encountered during the trip.
The following equipment is presented in the reserve:
• children's electric cars;
• children sledges;
• camping equipment;
• Sports Equipment;
• fishing rods and spinning rods.
Visiting Belovezhskaya Pushcha without a visa
Foreign citizens can stay in Belovezhskaya Pushcha without a visa for no more than 10 days inclusive.
You can use the visa-free regime only through the checkpoint Pererov-Belovezha, located in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The basis for this is a document granting a foreign citizen the right to visit the national park.
Attractions near Belovezhskaya Pushcha
An interesting tourist attraction is the church in Chernavchitsy - a church built in 1733. Some tourists from afar think that the temple looks like a toy.
To the north of Brest is the village of Skoki. Its main architectural and historical heritage is the Nemtsevich estate - a brilliant example of baroque architecture. The estimated date of construction is 1777. The estate is a two-storey stately building surrounded by a regular park. There is a historical and memorial museum inside.
In Kamenets, north of Brest, there is a wonderful monument of defense architecture of the 13th century. A branch of the Brest Regional Museum operates here.
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