Minsk region occupies the central part of Belarus and it is the largest region among other regions of the country. The regional center of the region is the city of Minsk which is also the largest city in Belarus.
The region has the second highest number of reservoirs. Total Minsk region has more than 450 rivers and 500 reservoirs, besides on the territory there are a lot of artificial reservoirs. The largest lakes are Naroch and Svir.
The Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve with a given status of international is partially located in Minsk region. The national park “Narochansky”. The region undoubtedly has a high level in organization of excursions, celebrations and festivals. Most frequently visited attractions, symbolizing the tragedy and incredible courage of our people in the days of the Second World War, are such memorable places as Khatyn, Stalin’s line, Mound of Glory, Second World War Museum are located within Minsk and Minsk region that is why it is worth visiting. Belarusian Ethnographic Museum “Dudutki” is very popular among tourists.
This museum opens the doors to the past and visitors can get acquainted with the culture and traditions of the Belarusian people. Within the complex festivals and national celebrations are constantly held. The palace and park ensemble in the town of Nesvizh is certainly worth visiting, it is protected by UNESCO. The castle was the residence of the powerful dynasty of the Radziwill family. So what can be seen in Minsk?
The list of monuments of architecture, archeology and religion is simply enormous. Having gone for a walk or a sightseeing tour of capital, one should definitely see the most famous church, or as they call it in the capital – the Red Church, visit the island of tears, an interesting architectural solution – the National Library, constructed in the form of a diamond, the Trinity Suburb, the City Hall, the Botanical Garden.
The tours within Minsk region are always characterized by their uniqueness and richness. Belarus is a hospitable country with many attractions, recreation zones, amazing nature and local color.
Vitebsk region is another picturesque corner of Belarus. With its natural beauty and unique flora and fauna and an amount of reserves, it can not be put on an equal footing with other regions of the country.
The region occupies the north-eastern part of Belarus. In the east it borders on Russia, in the north-west – on Latvia, in the west – on Lithuania.
Vitebsk is located in the Euroregion Lake District, where there are more than 2,800 lakes and 500 rivers. That is why health improving tourism and agrotourism are well developed there.
Lands of Vitebsk region are famous for Polotsk Principality, which was in the basins of such rivers as the Western Dvina and Berezina. The Principality had a convenient geographical location, there was a famous trade route “from the Vikings to the Greeks”. The trade was conducted with Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic and other countries. The main center of the principality – Polotsk, which is still famous for its history and preserved monuments.
Also, the area is a home for famous people: Euphrosyne of Polotsk, Ivan Hruptsky and Simeon of Polotsk who were born and lived in the Vitebsk region. It was Polotsk that gave the world the great Francis Skaryna – the famous humanist and printing pioneer.
Besides, Vitebsk region has been a major religious and cultural center. There are a lot of monasteries and cathedrals on its territory. The famous St. Sophia Cathedral is located in Polotsk. Going there, you can feel the whole spirit of the holy land, and touch the relics of St. Euphrosyne of Polotsk.
Vitebsk region is also known for its national and international festivals. The most famous of them is “Slavic Bazaar” in Vitebsk, which annually invites Belarusian and foreign stars. During this period, tours to Vitebsk are especially popular.