The 10 Best Things to Do in Podlaskie Province, Poland

September 12, 2017 Joeann Galban

Discover the best top things to do in Podlaskie Province, Poland including Kruszyniany Mosque, Bialowieza Forest, Branicki Palace, Kosciuszko Market Square, Muzeum Ikon/ Museum of Icons, Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Tykocin Synagogue, Bialowieza National Park Tours, European Bison Reservation, Gora Grabarka.
Restaurants in Podlaskie Province

1. Kruszyniany Mosque

Kruszyniany, Krynki 16-120, Poland +48 502 543 871
Excellent
75%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
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4.5 based on 112 reviews

Kruszyniany Mosque

There is a Mosque (quite rare in Poland), one of two in Poland and mizar (muslim cementary) - very interesting tourist place.

Reviewed By Panhirsch - Krakow, Poland

History to learn, stories to hear. Not too often can you have a chance to visit a mosque in this part of Europe. Tatars are a strong and proud community. Not excellent since the guided tour was a bit rushed. Still - very enjoyable and insighful.

2. Bialowieza Forest

Bialowieza, Poland
Excellent
79%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 210 reviews

Bialowieza Forest

Reviewed By Venimus_vidimus_ - Poland

The most beautiful forest in Europe.
The last primeval forest on our continent
- with gallant and perspicacious wolves :)
- with aurochs - a large wild Eurasian ox that was the ancestor of domestic cattle. It was probably exterminated in Britain in the Bronze Age.
- with clear rivers
and
- with countless birds.

3. Branicki Palace

ul. Lipowa, Bialystok, Poland +48 85 748 56 14
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 344 reviews

Branicki Palace

Reviewed By Ryjones - Toronto, Canada

I spent a portion of the afternoon wandering around the Branicki Palace grounds - they are beautiful. The university offers a bit of a medical tour as well, which I took advantage of. The tour guide was great - a young man that spoke several languages and was able to conduct the tour in all of them. You go through several old medical rooms with old equipment - it's interesting for the short time provided to view them. The final part of the tour is the best - the grand foyer, staircase and balcony overlooking the Gardens.
Great for an hour or more, if you explore the grounds. Really quite a beautiful spot in the centre of the city.

4. Kosciuszko Market Square

Lipowa, Bialystok 15-426, Poland
Excellent
57%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 214 reviews

Kosciuszko Market Square

Reviewed By azafiris - Athens, Greece

This very nice square reminds me Esterern Europe. Old marvelous buildings with new ones but in harmony... Nice cafe and galleries...

5. Muzeum Ikon/ Museum of Icons

ul. Klasztorna 1, Suprasl 16-030, Poland +48 85 718 35 06
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 93 reviews

Muzeum Ikon/ Museum of Icons

Reviewed By jack c - London, United Kingdom

A fascinating tour of the Icons with a highly knowledgeable guide who clearly enjoyed sharing (a fraction of!) her knowledge - a unique and inspiring visit. Well worth visiting the monastery afterwards if you can...

6. Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

ul. Koscielna 2, Bialystok 15-087, Poland +48 85 741 58 90
Excellent
60%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
7%
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0%
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4.5 based on 68 reviews

Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Reviewed By hoosainnarker - Cape Town Central, South Africa

The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Maryin Bialystok is a monumental complex comprising a neo-Gothic Cathedral, an adjacent parish church built in late Renaissance (the oldest brick building in Bialystok) with a baroque presbytery built in 1761. It consists of two interconnected buildings - an old church from the early seventeenth century and the early twentieth century church. This connection is the result of the unusual history of Bialystok. When in the mid 19th century the church's capacity became insufficient because of the increase in number of parishioners – the church officials applied to the Tsar's authorities for permission for building a new church. After a wait of 40 years, permission was granted in 1899, but only for an “annexe” rather than a separate temple. The works commenced in 1900 and after six years the building was accomplished. Due to the combination of the two different styles, a new building was created which seems to be a very interesting architectural solution.
In the church there are sarcophagi containing hearts of Stefan Mikołaj Branicki and his mother – Katarzyna Aleksandra Branicki nee Czarniecka, a headstone of Jan Klemens Branicki's heart (marble mausoleum) and an embroidered epitaph for J.K. Branicki's third wife – Izabela Branicka nee Poniatowska. The latter one was buried in a crypt – a stone vault beneath the floor of the church.

ul. Kozia 2, Tykocin 16-080, Poland +48 85 718 16 13
Excellent
60%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
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4.5 based on 95 reviews

Tykocin Synagogue

Reviewed By Miriam D - Ra'anana, Israel

The 400-year-old Synagogue in the small town of Tykocin is one of the few Jewish houses of prayer that has managed to stay standing in Poland, despite the depredations of time, pogroms, Nazis, and post-war Communists. Partially restored in the 1970s and turned into a museum, it is a beautiful small early baroque building with high arches, tall columns and traditional verses and images on the walls. It is a sad jolt to learn that during WWII, the town's entire Jewish population, about 8,000 people, was herded into the town's market place, then marched out into the nearby forest and shot en masse into large pits they had been made to dig themselves expressly for that purpose. The empty Synagogue, today being respectfully looked after by non-Jewish caretakers -- the day we were there workmen on scaffolding were tending to the wall of the Torah ark -- is a silent, moving testament to that horrific end to hundreds of years of Jewish life in this little town.

8. Bialowieza National Park Tours

Bialowieza, Poland +48 692 807 216
Excellent
68%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 100 reviews

Bialowieza National Park Tours

Oferujemy usługi przewodnickie w obiektach Białowieskiego Parku Narodowego - Muzeum Przyrodniczo-Leśne, Obszar Ochrony Ścisłej,Rezerwat Pokazowy Żubrów, Park Pałacowy- w regionie Puszczy Białowieskiej oraz na terenie województwa podlaskiego.

Reviewed By Monika V - Greater London, United Kingdom

If you love nature you will love the Bialowieza National Park. The Park information center is very well prepared and they speak many languages. If you want to enter the reserve area you need a guide that easily can be organised by the ifo center. I'm recommending regional food at the Palace Park Restaurant as well as a hire a bicycles. The town has fantastic cycling routes. Lots of fresh air and beautiful nature.

9. European Bison Reservation

ul. park Palacowy 11, Bialowieza 17-230, Poland +48 85 682 97 00
Excellent
44%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 220 reviews

European Bison Reservation

Reviewed By sir_meeshoo - Gdynia, Poland

I have not, so I enjoyed it. So did the children. This is a semi-natural habitat, so some luck/patience is required to fully enjoy the animals from a close distance. I would recommend to do a full circle should bisons decide to hide, maybe a short picnic (there are lots of suitable places for that). Besides bisons, the animals are rather common for those who had a chance to visit this part of Europe. Modest pricing, no long walks from the parking.

10. Gora Grabarka

Nurzec Stacja, Nurzec Stacja 17-330, Poland +48 85 655 00 10
Excellent
68%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
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4.5 based on 54 reviews

Gora Grabarka

One of the most visited places in Poland. A pilgrimage site for the Orthodox Church and great tourist attraction of East Poland

Reviewed By tzd60820 - Vancouver, Washington

It is a biggest pilgrimage place in Poland for Orthodox church followers. Therefore check for their holidays and special days before your trip. You want to be alone there, not surrounded by crowd. 
We visited in summer day at late afternoon and it was empty. From the parking lot, there are very picturesque stairs to the top to the small chapel. Around it, there are thousands of crosses, in a nicely green/woody area. The crosses create a very peaceful and spiritual
atmosphere. 
Little distance to the back of chapel is a souvenir store, and then buildings of the female monastery. The smallest cross in the store costs 20 zlotych, can borrow a permanent pen from a clerk to write the thanks and wishes.
 
There is no restaurant or any food place there. Sometimes, the mobile coffee truck is there on parking lot. 
The fame of Grabarka started in XVI century, when the epidemic outbreak of cholera was taking a lot of human lives. The only survivors came to the hill with the crosses, washed their bodies in the spring and prayed. Therefore, the spring is considered to have the healing properties. The water hand pump of the spring is located at the corner of the parking lot. 

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