Top things to do in Belarus

Top Choice Palace in Nyasvizh

Nyasvizh Castle

Over a causeway leading away from the town with lovely lakes on either side lies this palace-like castle and park complex. Erected by the Radziwill family in 1583, it has been rebuilt and restored often over the cen…
Top Choice Castle in Mir

Mir Castle

The 16th-century Mir Castle, reflected magnificently in an adjoining pond, resembles something straight out of Disney. A recent renovation has the place looking simply lovely, with gorgeous grounds and impressively …
Top Choice Museum in Minsk

Museum of the Great Patriotic War

Housed in a garish new building, Minsk's best museum houses an excellent display detailing Belarus' suffering and heroism during the Nazi occupation. With English explanations throughout, atmospheric dioramas and a …
Top Choice Belarusian in Minsk

Kukhmystr

A stone's throw from the president's office, this charming Belarusian place boasts wooden beams, a tiled fireplace, wrought-iron light fittings and antique knick-knacks. Staff are equally pleasant, and the menu is a…
Top Choice Bistro in Minsk

Enzo

A hip and happening bistro worthy of the hip and happening street that it’s on, Enzo is justifiably popular, mainly for its burgers and succulent steaks served on bread boards, but also for its towering salads and i…
Top Choice Bistro in Minsk

Bistro de Luxe

Housed in a gorgeous space with chandeliers, sleek brasserie-style furnishings, a chessboard floor and luxury toilets, Bistro de Luxe has charm and atmosphere in spades. The food is excellent – it leans towards Fren…
Top Choice Bar in Homel

Kvartirnik

Homel's best bar is down by the river in the basement of Provence restaurant. DJs, live music and vinyl nights ensure a lively crowd every night of the week. The decor is a hodgepodge mix of Jimi Hendrix, surfing an…
Top Choice Bar in Minsk

Hooligan

The haphazard look is very much by design at this brick-walled hipster hangout on vul Kastrychnitskaya. Belly up to the recycled-wood bar, play table football under exposed pipes or kick back in old leather couches.…
Top Choice International in Brest

Jules Verne

Decked out like a traditional gentlemen's club and with a travel theme, this dark, atmospheric joint manages to be refined without being stuffy. It serves up cracking dishes, from mouthwatering Indian curries and Fr…
Top Choice Palace in Homel

Homel Palace

Homel's signature attraction was built by Field Marshal Pyotr Rumyantsev in the late 19th century, soon after Homel became part of the Russian Empire. He couldn't have picked a more beautiful spot, high above the So…