3 Must-See National Parks in Belarus

Bialowieza Forest National Park

Top 3 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 the natural sights of Belarus and why they are so unique.

European Bison
European Bison

Belarus is called the “Lungs of Europe,” It consists of 40% forests, and the “Country of Lakes,” with 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

Bialowieza Forest

5 national parks occupy part of the forests territory. The most famous of them is situated in 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 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 National Park- Must-See National Parks in Belarus
Bialowieza Forest National Park – Must-See National Parks in Belarus

Bialowieza Forest has many things to do for any age. You can visit 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.

Braslav Lakes

Braslav Lake
Braslav Lake

Another popular tourist destination in Belarus is Braslav Lakes. It is a lake group in 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

Braslav lakes
Braslav lakes

For those 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, on the day of the disaster, the wind was blowing on 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 you will be able to enter the reserve.

Pripyat after Chernobyl
Pripyat after Chernobyl

Belarus is very proud of its nature, and if you visit one of the national parks on the country’s territory, you will understand why. Have a great trip!

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