Flights to Belarus
Formerly part of the USSR Belarus has been an independent country since 1991 though it still retains strong ties for the former USSR. Belarus is situated in Eastern Europe and it’s entirely landlocked, consisting of 40% forest, making this an attractive destination.
International flights to Belarus will arrive at the Minsk International Airport (airport code: MSQ), about 40 kilometres outside the capital city. When coming from South Africa flights to Belarus are limited. South African Airways and Lufthansa offer the same route for their flights to Belarus, with one stop in Frankfurt. Virgin Atlantic makes its connection in London instead. British Airways offers the only 2-stop flight, with transfers in London and Moscow. Either way, the flight is around 20 hours.
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The Tourist Attractions of Belarus:
Belarus is gaining in popularity as a tourist destination though it hasn’t quite made it on to the ranks of some its neighbours as yet. The capital city, Minsk, has some beautiful architecture, as does the city of Brest, and there are several UNESCO World Heritage Sites across the country to visit.
Belarus’ capital and largest city is Minsk, centrally located within the country. It’s not as popular a destination as the city of Brest but it does still have a number of attractions, offering something a little different to typical tourist cities. The Former Residence of Lee Harvey Oswald is one such attraction. This famous man (accused of assassinating JFK) lived here in Minsk in 1959.
More typical tourist attractions include a number of churches the oldest of which is Saint Peter and Saint Paul Church which was originally constructed in 1613 and restored in 1871. You might also like to visit the National Museum of History and Culture.
A short distance outside the capital of Belarus is the Mir Castle Complex. This is one of the country’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and dates back to the 15th century, while nearby another World Heritage Site, Nesvizh Castle, is located.
Brest is fairly well known as a tourist destination and it’s located right near the border with Poland, in the south west of Belarus. The best known and most popular attraction here is the Fortress of Brest, a huge fortress that was built by the Russian Empire. It now contains a museum and is opened for tours both inside and outside in the gardens.
Known as the cultural capital of Belarus, the city of Vitsyebsk (also known as Vitebsk) is in the north east of the country.
The city was founded in 974, so it’s very old, and offers a number of historic buildings including old wooden Orthodox churches and an attractive city hall. The main attraction is the arts and cultural scene and there are often fairs and craft shows going on here.
When Should You Visit?:
Finding the best time to visit Belarus can be a challenge! Summers are the warmest time of year though average high temperatures barely reach 20C and this is the wettest period. Winters can be quite cold and harsh so not very good for sightseeing, and spring and autumn are very short.