Fortresses

Nyasvizh Castle Peek into the aristocratic lifestyle of the Radziwill family at this historic palace-fortress.

Mir Castle Set on a too-perfect-to-be-true pond, Mir's castle is the ultimate selfie spot.

Brest Fortress This 19th-century bastion on the Bug River became a legend in WWII.

Independence Palace Lukashenko’s monumental HQ is a figurative fortress in modern-day Minsk.

Art & Architecture

Pr Nezalezhnastsi Minsk's main drag is the world's foremost showcase of Stalinist Empire architecture.

Vitsebsk Poke around Marc Chagall's hometown, which has several museums dedicated to his life and art.

Belarusian State Art Museum Underrated collection of Soviet realism plus older works by Russian masters.

Hrodna Enjoy this city's pre-WWII architecture, rebuilt churches and artistic gems hidden in its museums.

Parks & Gardens

Belavezhskaya Pushcha National Park Cycling this forested wilderness where European bison roam is a pleasure.

Homel Trails in the fabulous city park lead to picturesque footbridges and tsarist palaces.

Pripyatsky National Park This glorious wetland park yields prime birdwatching and occasional bison spotting.

Minsk Stalin's post-WWII plans called for hectares of Utopian parks, which today make for great cycling.

Museum of Folk Architecture & Rural Lifestyle A bucolic open-air museum outside Minsk, evoking 19th-century village life.

War History

Museum of the Great Patriotic War No museum better depicts the horror of WWII in Belarus.

Stalin Line Museum A treasure trove of Soviet war machinery set around WWII bunkers on the Minsk steppe.

Khatyn Powerful testament to the hundreds of Belarusian villages wiped out by the Nazis.

Brest A key Western city in WWII, now full of war monuments and museums.