Belarus is a country that not many tourists venture to. However, it has a lot to offer as it possesses amazing plains, beautiful villages, castles and monasteries. Belarus is blessed with a rich historical heritage of architectural monuments going as far back as the 12th century, while for nature lovers there are forests, plenty of lakes and superb scenery.

The capital Minsk has a few surviving old buildings. The city has other charms, though, such as the Svisloch River. Outside of the main city sits Troitskoye Predmestye, which offers stunning 19th century houses and Baroque style cathedrals. These are not to be missed: the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, the Cathedral of St Peter and Paul and the Maryinsky Cathedral.

Take a visit to Logoysk or Krasnoe to view the amazing domes of the Russian Orthodox Church. Those who are interested in religious architecture should also explore the Monastery of the Assumption in the village of Zhirovitsa. Belarus is lucky to have Mir Castle, which is a World Heritage site. It is surrounded by wonderful gardens that can be strolled in.

The oldest city in Belarus is Polotsk. Here you can find superb examples of old architecture. For some specific examples, you may wish to visit the Church of St Sophia, St Ephrosinia of Polotsk, and Epiphany Monastery. Another town worth visiting is Pinsk, where you will find the Polesye, which is a stunning area of low lying land and clear waters.

Belarus has mainly two- and three-star hotels, while the larger cities have two-, three- and four-star hotels. The hotels are friendly and reasonably priced compared to Western prices and the accommodation is quite comfortable.

You can fly to Minsk International Airport but it is often cheaper to fly to a neighbouring country and the transfer by bus or train. The airport operates international flights to most cities in Europe. From London it takes about three hours to fly to Belarus. You can also travel to Belarus by rail or bus, particularly if you are entering from Eastern European countries.