To paint a picture of Belarus would be to sketch out wide plains, forests, lakes, and national parks, interspersed with pretty villages. It also fills pages in the history books, thanks largely to Brest, awarded Hero City Status after the second world war, the ancient cathedral in Polotsk, and remains of a Soviet past which can be seen all over capital city Minsk. Here you can walk a route past Stalin-era gems, including the Post Office and Palace Of Culture. Back to nature though, and no tour of Belarus would be complete without visiting the Belavezhskaya Pushcha National Park. Glimpse into the past at the thriving primeval forest and find out about its famous oak trees.