One of my favorite places I visited in my late teens was a county I had never heard of before I went- Slovenia. Many of the best countries to visit are off our radar. Today we have a guest post by Dronina Inessa from Visit-Belarus to put this European country onto your list.
Belarus is called “the lungs of Europe” because of the abundance of forests on its territory, they occupy ⅓ of the entire area of the country.
In the Northern part of the country there is a huge number of lakes, while to the South lies the woodland and marshland near the river Pripyat. Another feature of the Belarusian land is a dense network of rivers and lakes that run throughout the country. It forms several well-known groups of lakes: Braslav, Naroch and Usha. Picturesque natural landscape filled with diverse species of flora and fauna attracts foreign tourists to Belarus. To protect its natural treasures Belarus has established five national parks:
● Belovezhskaya Pushcha (well known for their relict ancient forests)
● Berezinsky biosphere reserve
● Braslav lakes
Each of them displays a part of the unique ecosystem of Belarus. Anyone can visit them without any problems.
Castles and ancient cities
Castles of Belarus are living symbols of country’s history. They are important sights of Belarus, which are definitely worth a visit for every tourist. There are dozens of castles on the territory, but unfortunately, few have survived to the present day. The best known are: Mir and Nesvizh. The most ancient stone castles you can see in Lida, Krevo, Kossovo, Lyubcha, Ruzhany, Novogrudok and Grodno. Also you can visit ancient cities of the country that are rich in history and monuments: Polotsk, Grodno, Novogrudok, Slutsk, Pinsk, Mstislavl and others.
Minsk is the capital of Belarus, which is located in the heart of the country. The city has retained a lot of architecture and buildings of its Soviet past. However, the Old town with its small streets, the Town Hall and the Cathedral nearby are worth visiting. At the Independence Square you can see the Central Catholic Red Church and Belarusian State University. Also, the Main library of the country is one of the popular attractions because of its unusual shape.
There are lots of places for evening and night outs in Minsk – Belarus has always been famous for its ballet and theater, as an example. There are also many interesting museums, enough for the first meeting with the country. There are cafes and restaurants for every taste.
Thanks to the convenient location, Minsk can be reached by car or train from any place of Belarus. It is not difficult and will not take a lot of time even for a tourist-beginner.
You do not need a visa if you fly to Belarus for a period of no less than 5 days, however, this rule applies only if you arrive through the national airport in Minsk. It simplifies your journey and it is enough for the first meeting with the country.