Esperanto appeared in Bialystok as a synthesis of the citys multiculturalism, multi-ethnicity, and what follows, many intermingling languages. Its creator, Ludwik Zamenhof, wanted to create a universal and neutral language. Esperanto was to be a communication bridge over the nations and the cultures. Thus, the easiest language of the world was created, with only 16 rules without exceptions.
The Esperanto Trail shows the most important places related to Esperanto and its creator. You will see Ludwik Zamenhofs birthplace, the street where he use to walk, his school, the family houses of Ludwik Zamenhof and Jakup Szapiro a devoted propagator of Esperanto. The Trail will lead you also to Ludwik Zamenhof Centre, opened in 2009 at No. 15 Warszawska Street, where an interactive Zamenhof Museum, showing Bialystok seen by the eyes of young Ludwik, is located. In the Centre you will also find collections of relics and objects related to Esperanto, a spacious library and an Esperanto multimedia library. Esperanto is alive in Bialystok. At the rail station, there are timetables in Esperanto. Twice a year there are celebrations related to Esperanto in the city. On December 15, the anniversary of Zamenhofs birthday is celebrated, and on April 14 the anniversary of his death. It is the tradition that the celebrations are accompanied by events related to Esperanto, film shows, concerts, theatre shows all in Esperanto. In Fama Caf and Caf Esperanto, open lessons of Esperanto are organized. On the Internet you can watch programmes of Esperanto television. They are designed to help practical language study and comment the events in the city and in the country.