Eastern and Central Europe becomes more popular tourist destination every year.
Today I would like to introduce you to one of the less explored Eastern European countries – Belarus. On 9th January this year, Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko signed the document which introduces the visa-free entry through the border checkpoint at the Minsk National Airport and the visa-free stay in Belarus for up to 5 days for the citizens of 80 states and India is one of them.
I couldn’t benefit from 5 days non-visa rule, as I traveled to Belarus with my friends on motorbikes, but I equally could enjoy the country’s culture and spirit.
Why did I choose Belarus amongst so many stunning European countries?
The 5 days visa-free entry
As I’ve just said, this didn’t apply to me, but if you happen to be visiting Poland for example, Belarus is just around the corner, available to reach by a cheap flight to Minsk. As long as you have Schengen visa, there will be no more formalities for you to visit at least the Belarussian capital.
Flying to Minsk will not break your bank account for sure. The prices of food and accommodation are lower than in many European countries. You can stay at Airbnb in beautiful wooden houses with all your family for only 50 euro per night.
As the Belarusian people do not travel much they are very pleased to see tourists in their country. You will see them smiling to you and trying to be as much helpful as they can. Not many of them speak English, but their warm welcoming nature will pay off.
Frozen in time
You will see a completely different world to the one from the Western Europe. Some parts of the country and its capital seem to be living at its own pace. Massive monuments and buildings from Soviet times will show you the past glory of this territory which not so long ago was still a part of Soviet Union.
Beautiful Folklore Art
Belarusians are proud of their Eastern Slavic culture and traditions. The main Belarusian handcraft feature is Rushnyk – cloth embroidered with symbols and cryptograms of the ancient world which have been used in sacred Eastern Slavic rituals, religious services and ceremonial events such as weddings and funerals.
Rushnyk is everywhere in Belarus, even on bread foil and it some patterns has even sacred meaning!
Despite the country frozen in time spirit, you will still enjoy the commodities of the modern world. In Minsk, you will find shopping malls, elegant cafes, restaurants, and even McDonalds.
A perfect mixture of modern, classic and towering architecture will make visiting Minsk an unusual and unforgettable experience.
Ready to go?
If you have other good reasons that I haven’t mentioned, please leave a comment below and like it if now you’re considering visiting Belarus.