Ten reasons to visit Minsk
For many travellers, Minsk evokes far-flung Soviet gloom. Many more would struggle to name a single sight in Belarus’ capital...
Places in Belarus
Leave Minsk and you're quickly in another world. The concrete landscape gives way to pastoral scenes and undulating flat green plains rich in simple bucolic beauty – a river wending its way gently past thick forests, fields of cornflowers in bloom and small villages populated entirely by pensioners. It's not dramatic, but this is the 'real' Belarus.
In the north of the country, Vitsebsk is the most obviously appealing destination for travellers, with its dramatic river, a clutch of lovely churches and the artistic heritage bequeathed by Marc Chagall. Also of interest is lovely Hrodna, one of the few towns in the country not destroyed in WWII.