On a visit to bison and castles, or Why in Belarus is not worse than in Europe
Have you thought about Belarus not only as a country of potatoes and lakes? But it has long since become, in a European way, cozy and attractive for tourists. Ask why? We will tell about the main advantages of rest in Belarus.
Russia and Belarus have long been united by a single space. There is no state border, you do not need to open a visa to travel. Just a few hours away separates you from the country of bison and medieval castles – in fact, this is the same as going to Poland, only closer, cheaper and you do not need to stand in line at the border.
If you still think that Belarus is a scoop, go to Brest or Grodno. These western cities are imbued with a European atmosphere. Here are the same drowsy cozy streets and old architecture, similar to Polish Krakow or Czech Prague. Why go so far if all this can be seen in Belarus? See for yourself with our selection of the most beautiful sights of Grodno and Brest.
Interesting fact: Farny church in Grodno appeared thanks to the King of Poland Stefan Batory, who loved this city and even made it its residence.
An interesting fact: in spite of the fact that the Old and New castles in Grodno were built in different architectural styles – Gothic and later Baroque – they represent a single manor complex.
An interesting fact: on the pedestrian Sovetskaya street in Brest there is a wonderful tradition: a lamplighter in the form of Peter’s time lights and lights the lights every night manually on it!
And this we have not yet reached the most “tasty”: medieval castles and palaces. Surely, you have already heard and, possibly, have even been to Nesvizh and Mirsky castles. But in Belarus there are other equally beautiful locks! For example, the Puslovsky Palace with twelve towers, which is located in the Brest region, the village of Kossovo.
An interesting fact: the Puslovsky Palace in Kossovo is one of the most mysterious places covered with legends. They say that at night the castle was guarded by a hand lion, in one of the halls there was a glass bottom under which exotic fish swam, and there was also a “musical” staircase …
And here is Lida Castle – one of the oldest castles of Belarus, preserved to our times.
An interesting fact: now the castle regularly hosts knightly tournaments and festivals that enliven the old residence of Prince Gedimin.
For lovers of traveling in national parks, just recall that Belovezhskaya Pushcha is located in Belarus. Yes, in Poland it is also there, but our country is much closer – and there is no need to issue a visa.
And we also have our own Plitvice lakes, like in Croatia: see for yourself!
Interesting fact: The Braslav lakes appeared due to the glacier, so there are many picturesque islands here.
Draniki, sorcerers, machanka: Belarusian gastro-tourism
By the Belarusian national cuisine remain indifferent except those who are on a diet. And this is not only potatoes in all its manifestations. We can try game meat, venison and even bison meat!
And this is not to mention the variety of drinks, many of which are prepared according to the old technology. You can taste the authentic Belarusian dishes, as the princes and gentry ate, on excursions to ethnographic complexes:
Park of the interactive history “Sula”
museum complex “Dudutki”
Museum of Folk Architecture and Life in the village of Strochitsy.
I bet you already wanted to go to Belarus (especially after mouth-watering photos). Well, there is nothing easier! Special excursion tours with departure from Minsk, Moscow and St. Petersburg – this is what you need. In a few days you will visit the most famous places in Belarus, see its European beauty with your own eyes and try to feel the soul of the people hidden in its national cuisine. Excursion programs are thought out to the smallest detail: you just have to enjoy the well-deserved rest!