Gmina Bargłów Kościelny is located along a modernised, important national road No. 61 – the shortest connection between central Poland and Lithuania and the Baltic countries. The landscape here is varied due to forest complexes, rivers and lakes. When we realise that from Bargłów it is only 13 km to Augustów and 9 km to Rajgród – the well-known Polish tourist resorts – we are not surprised by numerous groups of tourists who stop here while passing through, follow the local trails and stay in agritourism farms.
The advantages of the gmina are: interesting history, valuable monuments, one of the most famous Marian shrines, richness of cultural and culinary heritage and, of course, natural values. Dąbrowa Białostocka (before the war: Dąbrowa Grodzieńska) is located on the route connecting Białystok with Augustów and Suwałki, on the territory of ‘The Green Lungs of Poland’, in the buffer zone of the Biebrza National Park, among picturesque moraine hills. The town is situated by the Kropiwna River, a tributary of the Upper Biebrza. The Biebrza swamps and peat bogs cover the area of about 100 thousand hectares, a refugium for numerous rare species of fauna and flora. Moreover, the Stork Trail runs across the gmina. In addition to white and black stork, in this land you can see mute swan, common buzzard, partridge, crane and peewit. There is also the largest bat refuge in the area of the Upper Biebrza. Attractive natural conditions contribute to the development of tourism and recreation, so in order to support these values, the gmina focused on ecology, successfully reducing dust emission via installing ecological boiler houses, organising waste management and building a sewage system.
The Lazdijai area is a part of southern Lithuania, called Dzukija. The region has long been known for its beautiful natural environment, unspoiled by industry. More than 150 lakes are located in the district.
Goniądz is a small town by the Biebrza, in the centre of Podlaskie Voivodeship. Beautiful, with numerous charming sites and completely unexplored. It is situated on a high escarpment, which offers a wonderful panorama of the Biebrza backwaters. It is located right in the centre of the swampy land and is an excellent starting point for exploring the nearby wild area.
Grajewo – miasto i gmina w województwie podlaskim, nad rzeką Ełk. Od 1 stycznia 1999 roku jest siedzibą powiatu grajewskiego. Według danych z 30 czerwca 2012 miasto liczyło 22 413 mieszkańców. Wikipedia Powierzchnia: 18,93 km²
Gmina Janów lies among the picturesque hills of the edge of the Knyszyn Primeval Forest, on the western upland belonging to the Biebrza Land. As most gminas located along the Biebrza, Janów once had a town charter. The settlement, originally called Przybudek, was established in the 18th century as a result of the colonisation of former primeval forests. A town charter was given to Janów by Jan Stanisław Sapieha. The former glory of the town is proven by its 18th-century urban street layout, as well as interesting wooden buildings from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.
‘Our Amazon Jungle’ – this is how the residents of Gmina Jaświły describe the Biebrza River and its surrounding area. This land, located between the Middle Biebrza Basin and its tributary, the Brzozówka, is connected with the Biebrza in terms of nature and history. In the northern part of the gmina there is the Biebrza Valley with a vast swamp area spreading as far as Woźnawieś near Rajgród. The most natural peat bog complexes in Central Europe are located here. From 1993, the land belongs to the Biebrza National Park.
East of Brzozówka river, the basin of Biebrza, lies the land of Korycin. For centuries the paths of settlers from Masovia, Ruthenia and Lithuania crossed here, and those influences can be seen in the local cultural heritage. The settlers tamed the swamps, cleared the forests, driving out the Yotvingians – the previous inhabitants – of these lands. Today traces of their presence can be found in the names of the villages, such as Czerlona, Kumiała or Skindzierz. By a supposedly sacred spring flowing out of the swamps, a settlement called Kumiała-Dąbrowa was established and later renamed ‘Korycin’. The 18th century was its golden age – the town was granted municipal rights by king Michał Korybut Wiśniowiecki. Situated on important north-south and west-east routes, the land has seen a lot of wartime turmoil. During the Polish-Swedish wars an important battle took place by the Kumiałka River, a battle described by Henryk Sienkiewicz in his novel called Potop (The Deluge). The appearance of foreign armies comprised of Swiss mercenaries allegedly contributed to the fact that a local farm called Kumiała obtained a recipe for homemade maturing cheese. Today the ‘Swojski’ (homely) cheese from Korycin is a prime local product.
One third of the area of the gmina is the Biebrza National Park – home to elk, habitat of a big population of beavers, otters and wolves, nesting ground for 160 species of swamp, water and forest birds. Along with the birds visiting the Biebrza Land, the ornithologists have counted over 257 species of birds here, 21 of which are on the ‘Red List’ of endangered species. Lipsk is surrounded by peat swamp grasslands, remarkably naturally valuable and rich in unique plant communities.
On the edge of the buffer zone of the Biebrza National Park and Knyszyn Primeval Forest lies Gmina Mońki. Due to its location, leading tourists into the Lower Biebrza Valley and one of the most valuable swamp areas in Europe, this gmina is often called ‘the Gateway to Biebrza’ which flows only a few kilometers from Mońki. Nearby lies the Knyszyn Forest Landscape Park, the ‘Narew Valley’ Natural Park and the Osowiec Fortress – a unique system of Russian fortifications from the 19th and 20th century. It was constructed in 1892 in a narrowing of the Biebrza. The fortress was supposed to close the only way through the Biebrza swamps. Osowiec, like the French city of Verdun, claims to have a European fortress that was never conquered. In Osowiec there is also the seat of the Biebrza National Park.
Among tangled thickets and marshy climates, one of the most beautifully meandering Polish rivers – the Biebrza – has its source in the village of Talki. The source is located in Gmina Nowy Dwór, near the Sokółka Hills, from where it heads north and then turns west and flows into a vast ice-marginal valley, then in the Biebrza Valley. Gmina Nowy Dwór is situated in the buffer zone of the Biebrza National Park, in the north-eastern part of Sokółka County. The gmina can boast great natural and scenic values. Except the Biebrza, the Sidra and Nurka rivers flow across its territory. In the village of Bobra Wielka there is a large complex of fish ponds, with the area of several hectares.
Gmina Radziłów – gmina wiejska w województwie podlaskim, w powiecie grajewskim. W latach 1975-1998 gmina położona była w województwie łomżyńskim. Siedzibą gminy jest Radziłów. Według danych z 30 czerwca 2004 gminę zamieszkiwały 5142 osoby. Powierzchnia: 199,4 km²...
Rajgród to miasto w woj. podlaskim, w powiecie grajewskim, położone nad Jeziorem Rajgrodzkim. Siedziba gminy miejsko-wiejskiej Rajgród. W latach 1975–1998 miasto administracyjnie należało do woj. łomżyńskiego. Powierzchnia: 35,18 km²...
The inhabitants of Suchowola boast about the location of the seat of their gmina. As evidenced by any geographical means of measure, the town lies in the exact midpoint of Europe, which was already examined in the 18th century by Szymon Antoni Sobierajski, an astrologer of King Stanisław August Poniatowski. According to his measurements, a point of intersection of lines crossing the length and width of the European continent lies directly in the market in Suchowola.
Szczuczyn to miasto w woj. podlaskim, w powiecie grajewskim, położone 57 km na północ od Łomży. Siedziba gminy miejsko-wiejskiej Szczuczyn. W latach 1975–1998 miasto administracyjnie należało do woj. łomżyńskiego...
The territory of the present Gmina Sztabin was once inhabited by Yotvingians. In 1506, King Alexander Jagiellon gave a part of this area to the Chreptowicz family, who named the local settlement Osinki. In 1760 Joachim Chreptowicz, a Grand Chancellor of Lithuania, marked out a triangular market and a network of streets, and changed the name of the settlement into Sztabin. Soon it became the main trade centre of the Krasnybór estate and began to gain more urban style. In 1766, Sztabin obtained a royal charter for markets and fairs.
Gmina Trzcianne promotes nature and ecology, as nature did not skimp its values here. The gmina lies between the Biebrza and the Narew, in the heart of the Biebrza National Park and over a half of its territory is strictly protected under Natura 2000 network. It is also the land of great historic and cultural heritage, as well as still preserved customs and culinary traditions. The first traces of the local settlement (the one in Niewiarowo) date back to the 13th century, and the parish in Trzcianne is over 500 years old.
Gmina Wąsosz – gmina wiejska w województwie podlaskim, w powiecie grajewskim. W latach 1975-1998 gmina położona była w województwie łomżyńskim. Siedziba gminy to Wąsosz. Według danych z 30 czerwca 2004 gminę zamieszkiwały 4062 osoby. Powierzchnia: 117,9 km²...