Podlaskie Region is often referred to as the lungs of Poland due to its boundless forests and numerous lakes. Therefore, Bialystok, as the capital of the region, is interesting not only for its historic heritage but also perfect for nature lovers and hikers.
Archaeological excavations indicate that the appearance of the first settlements on the territory of modern Bialystok (Białystok) belongs to the Stone Age. At the beginning of the Middle Age, the area was the property of the Teutonic Order, and from the XIV century, it was part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Bialystok was first mentioned in a document in the 16th century. At the end of the 17th century, it was granted city rights by the King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, John III Sobieski.
About 32% of the city is occupied by parks, squares, and forest preserves that create a unique and healthy climate. There are several hundred historic buildings in Bialystok, 150 of which have been registered on a list of historic monuments of Polish, Jewish, Orthodox, and Muslim cultures.
Geographical (the city is close to Belarus, Lithuania, and Russia) and historical conditions have made Bialystok a place where people of different cultures, religions, and nationalities lived together for centuries, which shaped the specific character of the city.
Useful information about Bialystok
Area: 102 km² / 39 sq mi
Elevation: 150 m / 492 ft
Coordinates: 53° 7′ 56″ N, 23° 9′ 33″ E
Population: almost 300,000
Bialystok is the tenth-largest city in Poland located in the northeastern part of the country on the banks of the Biala River.
Where to stay: Best Hotels in Bialystok, Poland
Poland, and Bialystok in particular, is a great place for shopping, therefore I visited this city several times primarily due to a wider range of goods and lower prices than in Lithuania. We even have a weekend train route between Kaunas, the second-largest city in Lithuania, and Bialystok, so getting to this city is easy and convenient. Of course, in addition to shopping, there are also a lot of things to do and see in Bialystok, as it has cultural and historical heritage.
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