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Places to visit in Belarus


This section includes all sights and places to visit outside Minsk or the Minsk region. To see sights in Minsk please click on Places to visit in Minsk




What to see in Belarus in 5 days?
What to see in Belarus during 5-day visa-free regime? It's now easier to explore Belarus - you can come without a visa for five days without problems. Although most tourists spend all their time in Minsk, there are still many reasons to go to other places in Belarus to see forests and lakes, historical castles and manors. Here's a list of ideas for you.


Why visit Svityaz Lake in Belarus?
Why visit Svityaz Lake in Belarus? According to a legend, the lake was formed on the site of Svityaz, which by the will of the locals fell to the bottom, so as not to be captured by the enemy. This lake has an almost perfect round shape. The length of the coastline is about 4.5-4.6 km. You can walk around it in 1.5-2 hours. The walk round the lake is worth it, because you can thus plunge into the fabulously mythical atmosphere of this lake. 


Bialowieza Forest into The Telegraph's top 25 tourist destinations in Eastern Europe
Bialowieza Forest into The Telegraph's top 25 tourist destinations in Eastern Europe The Telegraph has made a list of the top 25 places in Eastern Europe to be seen. In the top five are Tallinn, the Danube in Romania, Riga, Montenegro's national parks, and Lake Bled in Slovenia. Moscow and St. Petersburg are also there. When it comes to Belarus, the journalists offer to visit the Bialowieza Forest. This national park is ranked 18th. "2,000 kinds of plants, 200 species of birds, well restored and the largest fragment of the ancient European forest," reads The Telegraph's article.


Summer holidays: why travel to Belarus?
Summer holidays: why travel to Belarus? Not as many Belarusians as in previous years will cross the Belarusian-Ukrainian border for holidays in the neighboring country. Formerly, it was hard to reserve a seat on a train to the Crimea. Now trains don't travel to Simferopol and lovers of Crimea's south coast don't know what alternative to choose. Few will dare to go to Turkey after numerous explosions. Egypt has lost popularity in recent years too.


Mstislavl residents joinly restoring ancient church
Mstislavl residents joinly restoring ancient church An ancient church is being restored in Mstislavl, Belarus. It was built back in 1834. And in the beginning it was the main temple of the city. Over more than 150 years, the building witnessed WWII, religious persecution and more. Valentina Timashkova has donated money for the renovation of the church for the second time. As an employee of a museum, she is well aware of the importance of this deed.


Nesvizh Castle claims Europa Nostra 2016 award
Nesvizh Castle claims Europa Nostra 2016 accolade Nesvizh Castle has won a high award. The national historical and cultural museum-reserve was awarded the prize Europa Nostra 2016. This is a pan-European federation of organizations working in the field of cultural heritage. The jury was impressed by the monumental work done in just a few months. The project to create the museum included the beautification of 30 halls and stock storing 20,000 items.


Best street art works of Belarus
Best street art works of Belarus Belarusian street art has a worthy place on a global scale. Our artists are well-known overseas; foreign graffitists enjoy their participation in street art contests that are held in our country.


Igor Marzalyuk, doctor of historical sciences, member of the upper chamber of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus adopts black diggers decree Belarusians are now forbidden to buy, sell, give, exchange and put in pawn archaeological artifacts. Excavation with the use of metal detectors is now possible only with a special permission. This week the President signed a decree, which is designed to help preserve the cultural heritage lying literally under our feet and, of course, to deal with so-called "black diggers". For the man in the street a "black digger" is anyone who takes up a metal detector and a shovel but for real hunters such term is akin to a personal insult.  


Belarusian nuclear power plant gets mobile app
Belarusian nuclear power plant gets mobile app A special mobile application "NPP in plain sight" (Russian: АЭС на ладони) has been developed in Belarus. It can be used to study the Ostrovets nuclear power plant, which is now under construction: look inside, learn how it works, go through the virtual corridors of the station and find out about the Belarusian nuclear power plant’s security system.


Visa-free travels for foreigners to Bialowieza Forest, only passport needed The Belarus government approved the procedure for foreigners visiting Bialowieza Forest. They can now stay in the national park up to three days, having passport or any other document replacing it. Also, you must fill in the permit form in advance. The document that gives foreigners the right to visit the forest is located on the website of the national park.


Unique "Belarus Castles" photo album presented in Minsk Belarus Through Castle Windows. The largest publishing project has been presented in Minsk. About 40 photographers and historians worked on the album, which features monuments from around the country. The book is really impressive. It weighs almost 5kg and the length of some photos reaches 1.5 meters. The publication has received numerous awards. 20 photographers from across the country, 18 best Belarusian researchers and two years of painstaking work. These are the figures characterizing the most ambitious publishing project in Belarus.


Novy Dvor: Village saved by an icon Novy Dvor, which is located in the Svisloch district of the Grodno region, remembers much of the history of Belarus. In ancient times, dukes of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania feasted there and important trade routes passed through this place. Of course, wars didn’t stay away from this place either.


Zhdanovichi: Sanatorium with mineral waters Not far from our capital, there is a small village, which is located in one of the most beautiful parts of Minsk region. The village is young, but it is located in a very ancient place. Village of Zhdanovichi, Minsk district, Minsk region, Belarus. The first settlement appeared here in the IV century. Village of Zhdanovichi appeared thanks to a very interesting, extraordinary man - doctor  Ivan Ustinovich Zdanovich.


Bystrica: The oldest village in Belarus
Bystrica: The oldest village in Belarus The village of Bystrica is located on the riverside of the Vilya. It is considered the most ancient settlement in Belarus, connected with Migration Period and the Krivichy tribe who moved eastwards. The Viliya became an obstacle for the Krivichy. The tribe were looking for a possible crossing and eventually found it. A suitable place was found at the confluence of the Bystrica and the Vilya. The Bystrica is a small but fast river.
Roman Catholic chapel in Skidel
Skidel: Restored Roman Catholic chapel Once this place in the Grodno region was called ”Skid”. This name comes from the old Baltic word ”skidos”, which means ”a shield” (from the Russian language). The warriors lived in this place. In the 16th century, the Skidel [Skidzyel] village was in the center of the volost (a small rural district), with three voivodeships being its parts. Despite all this, the settlement itself was very small. Perhaps, the size of the settlement would remain so small, but Władysław IV Vasa decided to found a small town on the territory of Skidel.
Holy Trinity Church in Volno
Volno village: Holy Trinity Church Volno village in the Baranovichi district, the Brest region, was founded by resilient people who could and were good at making their own choices. Together with Belarusian monuments, antique names such as “Volno” were preserved. “Volno” comes from the old word “will” and “will” sounds the same way in the different languages and means “strength”, “expectation”, “power”, and “choice”.


Druya Village
Druya Village, Vitebsk region Druya is a village situated on the left bank of the Zapadnaya Dvina, near the confluence with the river Druyka. It is not known exactly when the village was created: in the Stryikovsky chronicle, it dates back to 1386, while in other chronicles the beginning of the 15th century is mentioned.
Kreva Castle remains
Kreva Village: The place of Grand Dukes' intrigues The history of Krevskiy Castle [Kreva Castle] is quite rich but one can find only its ruins at present. In 1338 Gediminas, The Grand Duke of Lithuania, handed over the reins of government to his son Olgerd [Algirdas]. This is the first documented mention of Kreva Castle and it is considered the first construction date. After the death of Olgerd, Yagaylo became the owner of castle. One of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania - Kęstutis - was strangled in the basement of this very castle.


Minsk Sea (Minskoye More Lake) HOW TO GET TO MINSK SEA From the center of Minsk, take the highway Minsk - Molodechno (journey time is about 25 minutes).  Another option is a train service from the Minsk railway station in the direction of Molodechno to the stop "Minskoye More". ***