3 Must-See National Parks in Belarus
Belarus is a country in Eastern Europe that is very underrated by tourists. It is a beautiful country proud of its unique nature, medieval castles, long and rich history and traditions. Today, I will tell you about natural sights of Belarus and why they are so unique.
Belarus is called the “Lungs of Europe”, as it consists in 40% of forests, and the “Country of Lakes”, as it has about 11 thousand lakes. Moreover, about 20800 rivers are situated on its territory, but Belarus hasn’t got a title for them yet.
National Parks in Belarus
5 national parks occupy part of the forests territory. The most famous of them is situated on the west of Belarus and is called Bialowieza Forest National Park. It is the largest and oldest forest in Europe, where numerous rare and endangered species of animals and birds live. Among them is the largest animal in Europe, European Bison, which weighs on average 600 kilograms, is 2 meters tall and 3 meters long.
Bialowieza Forest has many things to do for any age. You can visit the Father Frost (Belarusian Santa Claus) residence, rent and ride a bicycle on one of the forest routes, visit the museum of local lore or even stay in a hotel in the middle of the forest.
Another popular tourist destination in Belarus are Braslav Lakes. It is a lake group on the north of the country that consists of dozens of lakes. On its territory, you can find both lakes with good infrastructure, hotels and spa resorts, and wild ones, where almost nobody goes. Braslav lake group is also a protected zone and one of the 5 national parks in Belarus.
Polesie Radiation Reserve
For those, who are interested in the tragic consequences of the crash at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, it is recommended to visit Polesie Radiation Reserve. The power plant was situated on the territory of Ukraine, close to the Belarusian border. But, at the day of the disaster, wind was blowing in the Belarusian side, so most of the acid rain fell on the territory of Belarus. It was the reason to create Polesie Radiation Reserve to inspect the nuclear elements influence on the plants and animals.
Entrance to the territory of the reserve is limited, you can get in by a prior notification and request to enter. After that, you will have to go through two checkpoints, and then you will be able to enter the reserve.
Belarus is very proud of its nature, and if you visit one of the national parks on the territory of the country, you will understand why. Have a great trip!