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Introduction

Knyszyn Forest – the Land of Peace and Quiet. It is the birthplace of nature and relaxation. Here time flows more slowly. In many locations you can take a break from the sounds of a ringing phone – the lack of mobile phone coverage is one of the highlights of this place. Knyszyn Forest is…

Introduction

Knyszyn Forest – the Land of Peace and Quiet. It is the birthplace of nature and relaxation. Here time flows more slowly. In many locations you can take a break from the sounds of a ringing phone – the lack of mobile phone coverage is one of the highlights of this place. Knyszyn Forest is a detox from the hardships of life, noise and hustle of a big city. For Varsovians, it is only a two-hour drive away on the newly opened S8 expressway in the direction of Białystok. Already after a dozen or so minutes from Białystok, you will find yourself in the shade of the healing pine trees of Supraśl. The Knyszyn Forest offers a variety of attractions for the whole family, for those looking for peace and quiet, but also for the lovers of history, cultural heritage and sport. A short walk along numerous hiking trails already gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the magic of this region of Podlasie. Well-marked hiking trails will lead you, through marshes, meadows located in the outline of the Knyszyn Forest and colourful trees, to an encounter with history. The primeval forest hides graves of the insurrectionists of the January and November Uprisings, as well as soldiers of the 20th-century wars. It also has many sacred places associated with three monotheistic religions. Gródek, Supraśl and Krynki, charming towns, offer tourists numerous monuments showing the religious diversity of Podlasie. Wandering through the forest towns you will visit the only Icon Museum in Poland, a synagogue or a Tatar mosque. Forest paths are a perfect place for horseback riding, cycling, cross-country skiing and Nordic walking. If what you crave is more water-related, you can rent canoes and enjoy the peace of the Sokołda River. The unique microclimate of the Knyszyn Forest helps cure numerous illnesses in the sanatorium/health resort in Supraśl. And once you get to Supraśl, you will also find places well known from the Podlasie film trilogy ‘U Pana Boga. . .’ (‘In heaven as it is on Earth’) The Knyszyn Forest is a perfect combination of nature, culture and history, enriched with the hospitality and kindness of the locals. Local artists will teach you the unique handicraft, tell you about the healing powers of native herbs and their folk healers (the so-called Szeptuchas, ‘whisperers’), and invite you to weave decorative ornaments smelling of local lavender. For foodies, it is an extremely attractive region offering delicacies of the Eastern borderland, Jewish, Tatar and Belarusian cuisine. Babka ziemniaczana (hash browns), pelmeni and Tatar pierekaczewnik taste delicious in local taverns and restaurants. On top of that homemade kompot, tea with aromatic mint from the garden or local water ‘Krynka’ from Krynki. It is very easy to fall in love with the Knyszyn Forest. One misses this place and returns to it with joy. Peace of mind can be found here at any time of the year…