If you gained your shape and wanna show-off your sport-skills, you can look up several sport activity clubs – Belarus offers lots of options for extreme vacations – wakeboarding and SUP-boarding, wind- and kite-surfing, airsoft and paintball, high-rope courses and outdoor volleyball championships.
Minsk has three major parks with amusement rides for kids (no, really, don’t expect them to be extreme rollercoasters) and three water-parks, and there are some more in smaller cities.
But who needs this concentrated amusement when we can go to see a man-made miracle of the Maternity Lake? It’s a secret treasure that would not be considered as a typical tourist attraction, yet locals keep coming there to experience a unique atmosphere of industrial landscape in the middle of the lake. Technically, there are two lakes on both sides of the road – the natural Maternity Lake, and a water reservoir for the power station, yet, you can walk along the reservoir and take amazing pictures for your Instagram. By the way, according to hygienic criteria, Maternity Lake meets the requirements for recreation zones and can be considered a beach.
Another activity (tried to make my hand type “entertainment”, failed) available in the country is hunting. This is no surprise, 40% of the territory of Belarus is covered with forests. There are several agencies that can organize a hunt in the appropriate season, and even provide an accompanying translator.
But if you want, if you really want to make the most out of what Belarus can give, after hard months of work, if your body and you mind a begging to relax, then agro tourism is one of the best options for you. It is also one of the most popular types of recreation in Belarus, which has developed very rapidly in the last few years. What do we mean by that? Well, let’s see…
Yes, it’s a countryside escape, a hideout place surrounded by the woods, to be rented for healing your respiratory organs – and your soul. Many farmsteads look like houses that have been there for hundreds of years, only with all modern conveniences inside. If you are not the type of office-worker, who hates humanity by the time their vacation starts, you can also go out to try traditional Belarusian dishes, or one of the traditional types of Belarusian rest, such as Russian sauna (obviously, they don’t call it Russian, they don’t call it anyhow at all, they just put you in a damn hot wooden shed and beat you up with a switch of birch twigs) fishing, mushroom- and berry-hunting in the forest. This type of tourism is a unique opportunity not only to relax, but also to somehow absorb the authentic Belarusian culture.
National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha
If more nature and more adventure is what you need – visit National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha on the Polish border of Belarus, 380 kilometers southwest from Minsk.
It is a major biosphere reserve under UNESCO protection. Belovezhskaya Pushcha is famous for its centuries-old trees and the diversity of fauna – more than 220 species of birds and almost 60 species of mammals, among which you can see the mighty bison, bears, deer and many other animals. They live in natural surrounding, and one can feed them and touch them, can ride a bike along the roads of this authentic forest, can rent a hotel room or a cabin and spend unforgettable weekend, taking moments to admire oaks, whose age exceeds five centuries, as well as centuries-old pines, spruces, ash trees and lindens, communicating with nature and exploring what is yet to be discovered.
The list could go on endlessly, and so could our warmest welcome for you to visit Belarus in summer! In the times when one has been endued with power to pick the dates of their own summer according to their work/family schedule (and plane ticket prices), it could be refreshing though, to stay in a risk zone, where 1-week vacation could turn out to be sweater weather, and see places really worth the risk.