Podlaskie Province is located in north-eastern part of Poland, where have always been an ethnic mosaic of the Poles, Belarusians, Lithuanians, Ukrainians, Russians, Tatars and Jews. That mixture was one of the reason for Ludwik Zamenhof (1859-1917), who was born in Białystok, to create an universal language esperanto.

Discovering the beauty and unrepeatability of our region we suggest beginning your journey with Białystok. One of the most charming places in town is 16th c. The Branicki Palace, a magnificent residence of a great nobel, well known as “Versailles of the North”. There are two gardens behind the palace representing the best preserved  baroque composition in Poland. The Old Farny Church, known as white baroque church was built in 1617 - 1621. Next to the church there stands gloriously and proudly over the Białystok landscape The Assumption of Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral. Nearby you can see the baroque Town Hall built in 1745 thanks to Branicki. Nowadays is a seat of the Podlaskie Museum. Noteworthy is also the majestic classical St. Nicolas Ortodox Church, dating back to 1846.

Traveling to the north east from Białystok you reach Supraśl, boasting 500 years of its history, surrounded by the Knyszyńska Primaeval Forest, from the centuries unite culture, history and art.

The Supraśl Orthodox Monastery is one of the town’s important sights. A part of monastic complex houses the one of its kind Museum of Icons. Recently discovered rich therapeutic mud deposits, gained the town a health resort status In 2001.


Being in the Knyszyńska Primaeval Forest it’s worth visiting the Tatar Router – the Orient of Podlaskie. In Bohoniki and Kruszyniany there are Muslims temples – mosques. Tatar Router offer best opportunity to get to know true Tatars with their religion, culture and cuisine.

In Tykocin – lovely town set on the river Narew, preserve the Synagogue, one of the oldest and the biggest in Poland. Religious and secular mementoes and the Talmudic house remind us today of the town’s Jewish population. Nowadays 17th c. building houses a museum of Tykocin’s history, for ages so very closely related to the Jewish culture.

Nearby Tykocin there is The Narew National Park – the “Polish Amazon”. We encourage you to visit the park and get to know its natural values by to taking a traditional wooden boat  ”pychówka” or kayak and among numerous picturesque water route admire the nature.

About 4000 years ago, the Narw River burst its banks and flooded its whole walley. The natural resources of the park with a buffer zone of 15 498 ha – the habitat for 203 birds species, of wich  28 endangered on a world or European scale, will give you a perfect picture of tranquillity.

The Biebrza National Park protects and preserves Europe’s largest natural peat bogs in Biebrza River Valley. Marshlands covered with a flora carpet and the variety of fauna species are the park’s undoubted value. Kayak routes in Biebrza Valley are extraordinarily interesting and frequently visiting by canoeists.


Augustów – the capital of water sports and active tourism, admired by sailors, canoeists, rowers and water skiers. They come to the Augustów Primaeval Forest and dozen of lakes to enjoy the freedom. The water skiing cable car on Lake Necko is yet another of Augustów’s many attractions. Every July Augustów hosts the International Water Ski Jumping Competition, gathering top European water skiers year by year.


Active Tourists have to become acquainted with Suwalszczyzna on kayak. The big treasure of “green wonderland” is Wigry National Park with 42 lakes. One of the most attractive water routes is Czarna Hańcza Route. Another breathtaking place in the park is Cameldolese Monastic Complex located on a peninsula protruding into the lake Wigry.

For a special attention deserves Zamkowa Góra situated 2 km from Szurpiły, which is one of the most beautiful spot of Suwalski Landscape Park. Park contains 26 lakes, in wich there is the deepest lake in Poland – Hańcza, exellent for divers.

Suwalszczyzna is amazing especially for bicycles enthusiasts. There are a lot of places where you can get only on bicycle. Make it easier 4 international bicycle routes. The longest one – Suwałki Region Bicycle Ring lead through picturesque Rospuda Valley, where you can find  beautiful palace in an English Neo – Gothic slyle in Dowspuda.

Suwalszczyzna is also great place for winter sports. In region of Szypliszki and Jeleniowo there is Sport Centre ”Szelment”, were you can find: 4 ski lifts, special lift for children, skiing slopes, snowboard gutter, snow makers and hotel with restaurants.

From the north of Podlasie we go to the south to Białowieża National Park. It is one of the most precious forest complexes in Europe, ancient, living to its own rhythm woodland, a UNESCO Word Heritage site and Biosphere Reserve, straddles the order between Belarus and Poland. Great place for those who are looking for peace and nature.


South part of region is mostly inhabited by believers of orthodox church.  Thousands of pilgrims from all the Poland come to the Saint Hill of Grabarka – the most important sanctuary of orthodox church.

Podlasie Nadbużańskie is a harmonically combination natural values, picturesque landscapes and unique cultural separateness with architectonical sighs both sacred and secular. Tree reservoirs in Siemiatycze, river Bug is a paradise for fisherman, swimming, sailing and kayaks fans. On River Bug Land there are plenty of bicycle, walking, canoeing and horse routes.


Drohiczyn- the former capital of Podlasie with Góra Zamkowa, attracts flocks of tourists each year. This is a great place to admire river Bug and white the Benedictine Nunnery Complex from 18th c. and 17th c. Franciscan Monastery.

One of the first towns in Podlasie was Mielnik – beautifully situated on the hills. Worth going is Castle Hill with ruins of Holly Trinity orthodox church and synagogue.

We warmly invite you to visit our unique  and beautiful region. Once you come here you immediately fall in love with this world of silence and untouched nature.



© copyright Podlaska Regionalna Organizacja Turystyczna 2011.
Wszelkie prawa zastrzeżone

realizacja KREO.PL