The primeval forest of this National Park is home to over 900 plants and 250 animals and birds, including several rare species
A key tourist attraction of Belarus, Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park is what’s left of the primeval forest which used to stretch from the Baltic Sea to the Buh River and from Odder to the Dnieper River.
The first records of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park date back to the year 983. The name comes from a white tower in the vicinity (Belaya Vezha) erected 700 years ago, and the name Pushcha is mentioned in both Lithuanian and Polish historical documents dating back to the 15th century.
Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park has been a battleground throughout the ages. The Napoleonic War and world wars have all taken their toll on the forest.
In 1939 the land was declared a state reserve and in 1944 part of the reserve was given to neighbouring Poland.
Today Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park is one of the most famous places in Belarus and plays a very important role in the ecology of Belarus.
The park is famous for its ancient named oak trees dating back more than 500 years. In all there are almost 900 species of trees and flowers here including:
Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park is also home to more than 250 animal and bird species, including:
As well as the forest, Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park also boats a zoo, library and a museum, and supports wood processing, handicrafts and various local industries.
The national park Belovezhskaya Pushcha is about 60km to the north of Brest and 20km from the nearest town of Kamenets.
Going to Belovezhskaya Pushcha as part of an organized tour is the best idea because vehicles are not allowed to enter the park without a special permit.
Every day five buses shuttle between Brest and the village of Kamenyuki where the park’s administrative center is located. The timetable is available here.
You can also get there by car after consulting the map from:
Visitors willing to see the national park are invited to stay at the Kamenyuki Hotel that has three wings, a hotel next to the Nature Museum, and small guest cottages in forestry administrations. On the outskirts of the park you can find farm tourism estates that offer cozy rooms styled after the local fashion.
Many tourists prefer staying in Brest hotels and buying a tour to the national park Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
Foreign citizens can see the national park Belovezhskaya Pushcha without Belarusian visas.
The option is available for up to three days if the tourists cross the border via the border checkpoint Pererov–Belovezha, which is located in the center of the ancient forest at the Belarusian-Polish border.
Pedestrians and cyclists are eligible for the simplified border crossing procedure. By the way, it is at this border checkpoint where, following the established tradition, Belarusian border servicemen carry out an original ritual of letting New Year into the country without delays at the end of December.
In accordance with the regulations on foreign citizens’ access to the national park Belovezhskaya Pushcha tourists are supposed to have:
For 72 hours foreign guests do not need visas to travel inside the park along the approved tourist routes (routes for bicycles, pedestrians, and other ones).
There is plenty to keep you busy in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park, but if you are in the region for a while other local attractions include: