6 reasons you should visit Belarus

6 reasons you should visit Belarus

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.

Minsk. Photo: FreeUsername1313 Licenced by CC 4.0 International


Economic Destination

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.


Welcoming People

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.

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Local on the traditional street Market © Malgosia

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.

Spaso-Preobrazhensky orthodox churchin Zaslavl. Photo: Krugli. Liencesed CC 3.0 Unported

Tank Monument in Minsk. Photo: Hanna Zelenko. Licenced by CC 4.0 International

Metro wagon dedicated to the Victory Day. Photo: Brateevsky. Licenced by CC 4.0 International


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!

Traditional stripes © Malgosia

Straw dolls on traditional market © Malgosia


Modern Minsk

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?

Independence Avenue in Minsk. Photo: Ian Kalkbrenner. Liecenced 4.0 International

Exhibition center in Minsk © Malgosia

Church of Saints Simon and Helena. Photo: tortic84 Licensed by CCO.

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.  

Written by Malgosia Ruszkowska View all posts by this author →

Małgosia lived in 9 different countries in last 17 years. She now lives in Warsaw where she works as growth hacker and runs her project The Alternative Ideas about traveling and social tendencies. She loves philosophy, dance and driving a motorbike. Her life mission is to contribute to peace in the world.

There are 20 comments for this article
  1. Glory at 10:44 pm

    Belarus looks like the perfect town. Would love to get a chance to vist. Thanks for the info on the 5 day visa free entry.

  2. alisonrost at 2:00 am

    What a beautiful place Belarusian is and your photos are as pretty as postcards! Maybe one day my husband and I will be able to visit. I adore old churches and Spaso-Preobrazhensky is lovely. Especially against that stunning night sky!

  3. Catvills at 7:09 am

    Oh wow. Why did I not know about this? Belarus is beautiful! I think we have a Europe trip this year, although plans are not final yet. I will have to talk with my husband and include Belarus in our itinerary. We might as well take advantage of the 5 day visa free entry!

  4. MELANIE EDJOURIAN at 1:10 pm

    It does look like a beautiful place to visit. It also seems to be quite a popular location for this year I have hear quite a few people mention Belarus recently. Good to hear flights are not too expensive.

  5. Jessica at 2:10 pm

    I would love to be able to travel to Europe. I read a lot of blog posts about destinations. Belarus looks beautiful! I love the pictures of the buildings, especially the frozen in time. I am in love with things that have a rich history.

  6. Voice of Vera at 2:46 pm

    Beautiful post! I loved the pictures and your reasons for visting have really peaked my interest. I think my hubs would love too go for his birthday. Thanks for all of your travel posts. They are very inspiring!

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