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Belarus Popular Places to Visit

Tower Of Kamyenets

Also known as the ‘White Tower’, the Tower of Kamyenets or Kamenets is actually red in colour due to its construction from red bricks in the 13th century. The tower stands in the town of Kamyenets and in the past the tower was one of several located across Belarus, including in Kamyenets, Brest, and Grodno. Unfortunately, all of these were destroyed during various wars, and now only one remains. Aside from visiting the tower which is a historic site in Belarus, visitors can also stop by a branch of the Brest Regional Museum that is also located on site.

Kamyenets, Belarus

Brest Railway Museum

A quirky and whimsical spot in the town of Brest, located near the south western border of Belarus, the railway museum has fifty-six trains and features steam locomotives, steam cranes, diesel trains, and even a snow plough! The museum opened in 2002 to showcase train travel in Belarus and is the first open-air museum in the country. There are various festivals held at the location so check the listings when you go to see what’s on throughout the year. If you want to do something a little different then this is definitely well worth a visit if you happen to be in Brest.

Brest, Belarus

Berestyle Archaeological Museum

Berestyle Archaeological Museum is one of the more unique museums in all of Belarus, and stands on an important archaeological site outside of the city of Brest that dates from the 13th century. The site is that of a former wooden town that was excavated in the 1960s and turned into a museum in the 1980s when a class roof was placed over the site. Visitors to the area can observe 28 traditional log cabins in addition to 1400 period artefacts from the region that give an amazing glimpse of life in Belarus in the days of old.

Brest, Belarus

Lida

Located in the west of Belarus, the city of Lida is the home of Lida Castle, first constructed in the 14th century. The castle is known for being trapezium in shape, as well as for its crimson walls that are the result of the ornate brickwork.

Also of interest in Lida is the Church of Saint Joseph, a working church that is instantly recognizable due to the dome that tops the main building, and which was built in the 18th century. There is also a large Jewish community in Lida, and visitors will find a wealth of Jewish eateries and shops, as well as a Jewish memorial stone in memory of the victims of the Second World War.

Lida, Belarus

National Park Pripyatsky

National Park Pripyatsky lies in a valley that is also known as the Belarus Amazon, due to the amazing number of forests and swamps found here. Visitors to the region flock here for the sheer diversity of wildlife present, and photography safaris are a popular activity. There are 51 species of mammals in the park including deer, elk, racoons, and beavers, as well as rarer animals such as lynx and mink.

If you like bird watching then you will love it here, as there are over 250 species of birds that migrate to the Pripyat River. The river also offers visitors the chance to take a boat tour to observe the aquatic life up close, and there are fishing and hunting trips available for those who want to explore the park even further. There is also a Nature Museum on site for those who want a more structured tour of the area.

Minsk, Belarus

Brest Hero Fortress Memorial Complex

A memorial complex erected in the city of Brest that stands on the site of the original fortress, Brest Fortress is dedicated to the heroes of the Great Patriotic War. The site features conserved parts of the original ruins of the fortress as well as ramparts, and there are also modern art installations including memorial structures that stand on site.

The fortress is built in the shape of a star, and there is a central island in the centre on which the main citadel of the fortress sits, that has been naturally carved out by the surrounding Bug River.

Brest, Belarus

Grodno

Grodno is a city like no other in Belarus. Located close to the border with both Poland and Lithuania, the city is at a crossroads- being influenced by different cultures and having a troublesome history. Grodno might be the prettiest city in Belarus with cobblestone streets, baroque churches, and also few Soviet remnants that don’t overwhelm.

On the other side of the river from the center, you can see a completely different face of the city where life goes by slowly and the area is full of small and colorful wooden houses. It’s best to visit Grodno in the late spring or in the summertime when the atmosphere is vibrant and the city is alive until late hours.

Grodno, Belarus

Minsk

There are several great places to visit in Belarus, but you will likely find yourself in the capital city, Minsk, at some point when you’re there.  

There is a lot of things to do in Minsk for all types of travelers.  During the warmer months, green parks line the city and you can find people paddle-boating or enjoying cotton candy in them.  During the winter, you will find several museums, cafes, and bars that will keep you occupied and warm.  Oppulent Soviet-era architecture is everpresent and the streets are large, pretty walkable, and clean.  There is also a metro system that connects the city if you want to forego walking.

Minsk is also known for its parks and gardens, so don’t miss a trip to the Gorky Central Children’s Park that features fairground rides as well as an observation wheel that provides stunning views over the city. Dive into Belarusian history at the National History Museum, or take in the cultural sights at the National Art Museum.

Minsk, Belarus

Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park

Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park covers both Belarus and neighbouring Poland, and is a protected area of land as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is famous for its lush landscapes and flora and fauna, the most notable of which is the European Bison, and is one of the few places in the world where these majestic animals can be viewed in their natural habitat. A

As well as bison, there are also semi-wild horse known as konik, wild boar, and Eurasian elk found in the park. If you should happen to come here during the winter months, there is a holiday museum that is set up at the park that features the Belarusian version of Father Christmas and is bound to be a hit with younger visitors.

Grodno, Belarus

Braslav Lake Area

If you want to explore what is left of an ancient glacier then a visit to Braslav Lake Area is something that you can’t miss. There are approximately 300 lakes in the region that are known as the ‘Blue Necklace’ of Belarus due to their azure waters. The area is also studded with rugged countryside such as bays and cliffs, and the lakes contain over 30 species of fish.

Bird watching is a common pastime here as well as rambling and climbing. You can also see the boulders left over as a result of the glacier, some of which can weigh up to 40 tonnes. The most famous of these rocks have names such as Devil’s Footprint and Cow’s Stone due to their size and shape

Braslav, Belarus