Białystok is the capitol of Podlachia and a pot of nationalities and religions, the capitol of polish puppetry and wonderful “kresowa” cuisine. It is a XVIII-century hub of political intrigue and centre of culture and art.
It is a XIX-century textile industry hub, known in Europe and beyond. Walking throughout today’s city centre, the tourist will see Białystok known and unknown. Even the citizens more and more often discover the city anew.
Białystok is the capital of podlaskie voivodeship and the biggest city in north-eastern Poland. 193km from Warsaw and barely 50 km to the west from Belarusian border, the closest border crossing is in Bobrowniki. It lies upon river Biała from which the name comes from. It currently takes an area of over 100 sq km. The city is inhabited by around 300 thousand permanent denizens. Out of all voivodeship cities it hold a second place – right after Warsaw in population density – and 11th in total population. Administratively it is divided into 28 neighbourhoods. The city is considered one of the greenest cities in Poland and around 20% of its area consists of forests. When it comes to demography it is one of 25 cities where the natural population growth is still positive – it is the city of the young.
Białystok lies in North-eastern Poland’s harsh climate zone, which means shorter vegetation with specific flora. This unique region gives an amazing opportunity to see unaccountable natural attractions. Within region’s borders you will find the most valuable natural regions of the world. Among them: Białowieża Forest, Narwia’s valley, Biebrza’s valley and many other protected forest complexes. That’s why the term “Poland’s Green Lungs” is more than justified. The city is teeming with life and breathes deeply like none other.
There is one more thing, Białystok is a city which from its very beginning was shaped by a live mix of culture, languages and religions. Beside Polish people Jews, Belarusians, Russians, Tatars, Ukrainians and Roma lived here. Białystok have always was one of the most ethnically diverse city (organism). The influence on that was coming from geographic localisation, historical events and other factors.
Wandering around the city’s centre we’ll meet traces of XVIII-century city’s greatness, XIX-century industrial city and we’ll see how it is today. Socialist realistic buildings crowded in among silent witnesses of city’s former greatness. When you’ll use your opportunity and come to visit Białystok you will notice, that it is beautiful and totally different than your earlier expectations of it.
Then you will realise that: “Białystok is beautiful entire year, you’ll find traces of history on every step”
Aware of amazing impressions that you will experience we encourage you to visit Białystok and its surroundings.