There are thousands of reviews from tourists who visited different cities of Belarus on TripAdvisor, one of the most popular travel websites. The reviews of those who were impressed by the country’s history, fall in love with our nature, food or people. The country that leaves no one indifferent!
BelarusFeed looked through the most popular sights, landmarks and museums in Belarus to compile a list of top 5 things what to do and to see in Belarus, according to tourists.
Memorial Complex Brest Hero-Fortress
The war complex takes first place of the ranking with 905 positive reviews and 5.0 mark.
“The Great Patriotic WAR started here.
The old fortress is a memorial of the hardship and the bravery of the Belarus people during the Great Patriotic War or Second World War as called in the west.
Belarus suffered greatly during the war. More than 30% or 2,5 million died during the war from 1941 to 1945. Germans attacked the fortress June 22 at 4 am 1941.
Moving statues in memory of those who fought and perished during that war. The fortress walls show where cannon missiles hit.
The fortress is located about 20 minutes walk from the city centre. The fortress should be visited in respect of the Belarus people,” writes Dag W from Norway.
The Mir Castle Complex, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the second popular sight on TripAdvisor with 702 reviews.
“Mir Castle has been restored several years ago. Enough parking spaces near the castle, cheap entrance fee (3-4 Euro per adult), audio guides available in English.
Visiting the main exhibition and 2 towers may take a couple of hours. Plenty of nice shot points for landscape pictures – definitely better to visit during the warm time of the year.
Most of the stairs are really narrow and steep, so small children will need a hand, as well as people with restricted physical conditions.
Outside of the castle there is a small park and a chapel (included into the entrance fee of the castle ticket).
A small pond between the castle and parking place offers paddleboats rent. After visiting the castle we have had lunch in the castle restaurant.
Belorussian cuisine is slightly different from the most european cuisines: plenty of potato dishes, salads are more like mixed fresh vegetables – but definitely worth a try.
We have also learned that there are live concerts in the castle – most probably week-ends in summer.
Visit to the castle can be combined with visiting of Nesvizh Castle, which is about 30 km far from Mir.”
Belarusian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War
“Don’t know how to explain the experience, simply mind boggling. This place you can’t miss.
There is a big monument outside and few statues as well. The museum is surrounded by Victory Park, which is nice to walk around.
The museum has an entry fee of around 3 to 4 dollars. My hotel gave me discount vouchers, so I ended up paying less.
You pay 50 cents to get a sticker on mobile phone or camera if you want to take photos inside the museum.
You can deposit your id at front desk and get a free audio guide as well. Staff are really friendly. The museum is spread across 3 floors. Its immaculate, pristine clean.
I was told before hand by my hotel staff that I can expect lot of visitors crying and I might see people praying for fallen soldiers and civilians who died.
Everything from the great war kept in good conditions in the museums and each item is very well described as well, both in English and Russian.
Things range from prisoner tooth picks to tankers, everything there. The guns, ammos used during the war is a collection not to miss.
Also the medical equipments, printing presses etc also there. Army heroes’ pictures, belongings and their uniforms, everything can be seen.
They have put in serious amount time and effort in collecting the items and maintaining this museum, this is like no other museums.
The top floor is pinnacle of architecture and tribute to fallen heroes. All the millions of soldiers who died, names carved on marble.
Just beautiful and soul touching. I ended up spending almost 2 hours or so in this place, loved every minute of it.
Hats off to the management team of this museum. Please don’t miss it,” writes an unnamed user from Dubai, UAE. The museum has 512 reviews and 4.5 stars.
Church of Saints Simon and Helena
Also known as the Red Church.
“Now this does not look too good from the outside at the moment because of the fences around it and the building work.
However one of the nicest things about it is the location where it resides, beside all of the Stalinistic buildings next door.
In one way it looks so out of place (being red Polish brick rather than concrete), but in another it it looks just right because of the clash of styles and the history of the place.
The best is undoubtedly the inside. There are nice wooden stations of the cross around the building (carved pictures) and the drapes hanging down really catch the light from the coloured glass windows.
Ignore the building work outside and pop in for a few minutes to have a look around. I suspect that you will not be disappointed,” shares his impressions Colin D in one of 703 reviews.
746 reviews and 4.5 stars go to the one and only Nesvizh Castle.
The Architectural, Residential and Cultural Complex of the Radziwill Family at Nesvizh is a well deserved UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in the ancient and small town of Nesvizh in Minsk region.
About 120 km away from Minsk and, just 30 km away from Mir Castle. It’s ideal for a day-trip. Plus, there are another places of interest near as well.
The castle was reconstructed, restored and renovated throughout the years. It has a mix of architectural styles (Renaissance and Classicism, Baroque and Rococo, among others).
This beautiful place has a lot of political and cultural history. There is a museum, a hotel and a restaurant.
You can take a guided tour or have an individual visit (Audio guide available). The landscaping of the surrounding area is truly beautiful!
There is a park ensemble (Castle Park, Old Park, English Park, Japanese Park and Marysin Park among others). Lots of interesting sculptures in the Old Park.
Also, there are an Eternal Flame and a Monument to Soviet Soldier in memory of the liberation of the town from German troops (Memorial complex). Lots of photo ops!
The lake is amazing! Beautiful at any time of the year. Beautiful at any time of the day. For a lot of good reasons it’s considered the most beautiful palace in Belarus.
It’s really very popular. Frankly is best reached by car but is accessible by public transportation as well. Around the castle ensemble there are a lot of cafes/restaurants and souvenir shops.
Overall, you will enjoy a very pleasant, relaxing and romantic walk. A delightful visit. Well worth a visit. Highly recommended.”
This is a review from Ana C. from Moscow, Russia.