Belarus is a land of earthy humour and friendly people. Outside the capital, Belarus offers a simple yet pleasing landscape of cornflower fields, thick primeval forests and picturesque villages.While travellers will always be subject to curiosity, they’ll invariably also be on the receiving end of extremely warm hospitality. While the country’s flattening in WWII means that there’s relatively little of historic interest to see, Belarus’ three most appealing cities - Minsk, Brest and Vitsebsk - offer a surprising amount to visitors - from nightlife and cosmopolitan spark in the capital, to the tragic remnants of the Brest Fortress, and the childhood home of painter Marc Chagall in Vitsebsk.
The country also offers two excellent national parks, both well worth a visit. Europe’s largest mammal, the zoobr, or European bison, can be seen at Belavezhskaya Pushcha National Park, while the Pripyatsky National Park, the ‘lungs of Europe’, offers great birdwatching in its vast wetlands.
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