The travel industry is swiftly adapting to the rise of new technology. One of the latest tech innovations to find a place in tourism is the drone. Thanks to drones equipped with cameras and regulations, people can visit many popular destinations around the globe and see what they have to offer from a bird’s-eye view. One of these destinations is the Eastern European country of Belarus. So, this is how you can visit Belarus by drone.
After emerging from a troubled past, Belarus is now becoming a hit destination among travelers. With around forty percent of its territory occupied by forests, the country has plenty to present to nature lovers. Further, it doesn’t lack in the unique architecture department. Belarusian cities are filled with historical castles as well as characteristic Soviet architecture. Moreover, the country can boast of four UNESCO World Heritage sites. Indeed, something can be found for everyone.
So, let’s explore Belarus by drone. We’ll fly over its capital, Minsk, the town Grodno, the Mir Castle, the Dudutki complex, and over natural marvels like the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park.
As the largest Belarusian city, the country’s capital is a pleasure for the senses. The main street that runs through the city is Independence Avenue. All of the restaurants, cafes, stores, and clubs vie for the visitors’ attention.
Sprawling across 7 hectares on Independence Avenue is Independence Square. Being one of Europe’s biggest squares, you can see people walking in the evening there and relaxing among the fountains and lights.
With the Nyamiha and Svislach Rivers flowing through it, marvelous scenery is easily found. Furthermore, you can find plenty of parks, public gardens, such as the Gorky Central Children’s Park and the Island of Tears. These are often the places where people row on paddle boats while munching on cotton candy and snacks.
The city’s turbulent past has left dozens of landmarks that leave visitors in awe. For art lovers and history fans, the city has a wide variety of museums, theaters, and cultural hotspots. The National History Museum, the National Art Museum, National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre, among many, are the ones that often top the list.
Additionally, the exterior of the National Library of Republic of Belarus, which is located in Minsk, is a real treat for the eyes and is frequently captured in drone footage. Take a look at the video above to experience Minsk from a bird’s-eye view like never before.
Mir Castle Complex
Located in the town of Mir, the castle complex is a blend of many architectural styles. Its original construction started at the end of the fifteenth century in the Gothic style. Since then, it was enlarged and restructured in the Renaissance and in the Baroque style, too.
At some point in the past, it belonged in Polish territory. Subsequently, it witnessed a couple of battles and was almost a victim of a fire. However, it’s fully renovated now. Nowadays, you can enjoy a stroll in the flower gardens, along the lake, and across the whole complex, and even visit an on-site museum. The castle grounds are a frequent go-to spot for cultural events, too.
At the beginning of the millennium, the complex was recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. You can witness all of its glory from an exceptional perspective by a drone, which is shown in the video above.
Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park
When you need a break from the crowded cities, a visit to one of Belarus’s most gorgeous national parks is a place to go to. Situated around 43 miles (70 km) from the city of Brest, the national park lies in both Polish and Belarusian territory. Also, it’s another UNESCO World Heritage site in Belarus.
Furthermore, Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park represents home to many plants and animals. Out of them, the European bison is the most popular. Besides it, you can get a chance to see a wild boar, the elk native to Eurasia, and more.
According to the drone laws and regulations in Belarus, national parks, as well as reserves, may require permission. Having in mind that it’s a national park, it’d be best to consult with the authorities of the park if some drone limits exist.
Probably among the most popular and picturesque cities in Belarus, Grodno is a blend of a difficult past and a variety of cultures. It’s located near the border with Lithuania and Poland.
With a plethora of castles, it justifies why Belarus is often referred to as a land of castles. In Grodno, tourists can explore streets of cobblestones, parks, captivating medieval and baroque cathedrals and churches, and even a water park. A whole section of the city consists of compact and colorful houses that you should check out. See how it all looks like from up above on the video.
Dudutki Museum Complex
This ethnological museum is a place where Belarusian history and traditions intertwine. Located around 27 miles (43 km) from Minsk, it features a historic windmill, shops where blacksmiths, potters, weavers, and carpenters utilize old equipment to make crafts as well as a forge.
The complex was founded by an admirer of the Belarusian culture and history, so it’s understandable why the details of old times are pronounced in detail. What’s more, Dudutki is the first of a few places across Belarus that have a license to manufacture the iconic vodka known as samogon.
Though it doesn’t require much time to walk through it all, there are plenty of views that will make it all worth it.
Moreover, its unique beauty is best observed from above. Just make sure you check the drone regulations that apply to the place. In case you wish to enjoy everything it has to offer like we do, don’t hesitate to watch the video of the Dudutki complex above.
Enjoy Belarus by Drone – Laws and Regulations
Besides a drone and a camera, this type of cyber tourism needs drone regulations and laws set in place. No matter if you’re using drones for commercial or recreational purposes, make sure to check out the Belarus drone laws.
Related to this, a Drone Readiness Index (DRI) ranks countries’ preparedness to regulate drone technology. So, before you fly your drone in Belarus, you might want to check where it stands, too.
Further, have in mind that some areas of big cities, airports, and similar may be declared as no-fly zones. That’s why we always advise people to fly safely and legally.
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