Belarus Experience whispers of the Soviet Union in a country carving its own identity following the fall of the USSR View All Belarus Holidays

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Christina Gibbons
Belarus Travel Specialist

Still a largely rural economy, Belarus is a land of picturesque villages, wide plains, forests, lakes and national parks where bison, bears and wolves still roam free. It may not be one of Europe’s most talked about countries, but it is still certainly worth a visit. Plus, after flying under the radar of western tourists, it remains relatively crowd-free.

Despite the capital’s lack of sights from the pre-war years, travellers can still find many reminders of the Soviet period in Minsk; Communist-era buildings and statues of Lenin now rub shoulders with a growing helping of fine restaurants, trendy cafes, art galleries and a smattering of sophisticated shops.

To get under the skin of the county, opt to travel outside of the capital, where the beautiful UNESCO-listed 16th-century castle in Mir and the former palace of the Radzicili Family are waiting to be discovered.

Belarus has plenty to attract lovers of military history and those fascinated by the Soviet period. Visit the Stalin Line Open-Air Museum to experience the living conditions of the troops inside the pillboxes and battlements, and clamber over tanks and other military hardware from WWII and the Cold War.

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Minsk
Top Destination
Minsk
After total destruction during the Second World War, Minsk, the Belarussian capital, was reconstructed in the 1950s as a model Soviet city. Located on the banks of the Svisloch River, Minsk passed up its post-war chance to Europeanise like its Baltic neighbours,
Brest
Top Destination
Brest
Brest, situated right on the border with Poland, is one of Belarus’ most intriguing and welcoming cities. A visit here is often the highlight of a tour to Belarus as visitors are charmed by the pleasant atmosphere amongst the bright streets lined with trees, wooden buildings and ornate churches, and the carefree attitude of its inhabitants.
Belavezhskaya Pushcha
Top Destination
Belavezhskaya Pushcha
Over 1300sq km of primeval forest thrives here, providing an evocative glimpse into the kind of landscape that was once abundant across Europe. the famous European bison and Tarpan horse, lynx, deer, wolves, elks, otters and mink, inhabit the teeming forest, alongside ancient oak trees.
Pinsk
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Pinsk
Pinsk is a small city to the south-west of Minsk scenically located on the Pripyat River. The two main highlights of Pinsk can be found on the banks of the river; the attractive Assumption Cathedral and the imposing Mannerist Jesuit collegium.

Popular Destinations in Belarus

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   Minsk
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   Brest
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   Belavezhskaya Pushcha



Specialist Recommendations

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   Pinsk


Regent Belarus Specialist


Christina Gibbons
Belarus is one of the easiest places to experience an authentic taste of the Soviet Union; its visa-free entry process makes it a fantastic, cheaper option for visitors interested in visiting Russia but would like to avoid the faff of visiting the embassy in London to arrange their Russian visas. Here, with its perfectly-preserved relics from this fascinating era of history, it can be like stepping back into a bygone era. Society here is incredibly safe and well-ordered, and visitors always experience the friendliest of welcomes.

Christina's Tips
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Head to Belavezhskaya Puscha National Park to experience over 1,300sq km of primeval forest, home to the last European bison.
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At Brest Railway Museum, travellers interested in the Soviet Era can see a locomotive named after Felix Dzerzhinsky, founder of the KGB.
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Sample draniki. Made using potatoes, these potatoes are hot, fluffy and served with homemade sour cream.




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