- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
The republic of Belarus is situated in the center of Europe on the watershed of the Baltic and Black Seas. The capital is the city of Minsk. Belarus borders on Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia and Ukraine. The total length of the state border makes up 2,969 km. Geographic and climatic conditions favor the development of transport and economic relations.
Though numerous wars and rebellions have resulted in the destruction of many architectural landmarks, Belarus has plenty of tourist attractions undiscovered by mainstream tourists from the West.
Tourist Destinations in Belarus
The capital city of Belarus, as well as its largest city, Minsk has a population of over two million. Minsk hosts the Grand Opera and Ballet Theatre, numerous churches and museums, and city night-life to keep you entertained. The city has been much regenerated but still retains its old-world charms.
Belarus is a very hospitable country and, as a tourist, you will be welcomed. However, it is always wise to check local travel information before departing, to make sure that the areas you plan to visit remain safe – especially important if traveling in the winter months, due to Belarus’ harsh winters.
Thanks to many years of protective efforts, the forest has survived in near-pristine condition, and is a popular UNESCO World Heritage Site amongst tourists. Perfect for hiking or relaxing by the waterside, this forest borders Poland.
This fortress is one of the most important Soviet World War II monuments, commemorating the Soviet resistance against Germany. Now, the fortress is a tourist attraction, and its square layout offers a central courtyard and many rooms to explore. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site tentative list.
Pripyatsky National Park
Located in the Gomel Region, this park surrounds part of the river of the same name and was set up to protect and preserve the areas around that river. The species in the forest include elk and red deer, making this the perfect place to see wildlife.
This site of national architectural importance, this castle lies within Minsk but makes a day trip all of its own. Often called the Belarusian Bastille, it is beautiful to behold. Whilst not open to the public, this castle and the surrounding area is worth a visit for its beauty.
Tower of Kamyanets
Originally built as a military stronghold, the tower now hosts a branch of the Brest Regional Museum. You may be tempted to call it by its other name, the White Tower, but this is a misnomer. The tower is built entirely of brick, making it very unique in the country.
These castle ruins cut through the rolling hills to form a beautiful vista. Perfect for a day’s exploring, or for a longer visit there are many charming villages in the area in which to stay.