Nestled on the banks of the Biala River in northeastern Poland, Białystok is packed with green spaces and historical landmarks. Thanks to its close position to Belarus, Lithuania and Russia, Białystok also boasts a diverse culture and welcoming spirit.
You’ll find plenty of architectural jewels while exploring Białystok. The sprawling Branicki Palace dates back to the 18th century and features a chapel, fountains, sculptures and gardens. Be sure to take a guided tour of the Baroque complex, where you can learn why Białystok was once known as the ‘Versailles of Podlasie’. Made with striking red bricks and topped with towers reaching over 70 metres high, the Białystok Cathedral is hard to miss. This grand Gothic monument dates back to 1905 and is attached to a 17th-century Renaissance church, which boasts a heavenly decorated interior.
Białystok is filled with plenty of things to see and do on holiday. Founded in 1953, the Bialystok Puppet Theatre features entertainment for kids and adults alike, making it a great outing for the family. For a day outdoors, head for Planty Park near Branicki Palace. You can take a stroll along the park’s avenues and admire the sculptures, ponds and rose garden. Białystok is known for the high quality of its air, and this huge landscape is the perfect place to enjoy it.