Learn the best time to visit Belarus for amazing weather and activities, budget trips, and less crowded visits. We’ll also share the worst time to go and tips for your stay!
What Is the Best Time to Visit Belarus?
- Overall best time to visit: June-August
- Cheapest time to visit: September-November
- Least busy time to visit: March-May
- Worst time to visit: December-February
If you’re thinking of planning a trip to Belarus, the time of year you choose to go will majorly affect the activities and weather during your stay.
Learning the best time to visit Belarus will help you plan for the perfect time of year, no matter what your goals are for the trip.
Summer, from late June to August, is the best time to visit Belarus overall. Fall, from September to November, offers cheaper prices and spring (March to May) is the least crowded season to go.
Winter, from December to February, isn’t ideal for tourists in Belarus due to its cold, snowy weather that makes outdoor activities less appealing.
We’ll cover each season in more detail below. But first, let’s talk about why you might want to visit Belarus to begin with!
Why You Should Visit Belarus
Come for the stunning cathedrals and churches, time-weathered stone castles, and gorgeous countryside made up of flat, forested lowlands interrupted by rolling hills, marshes, and lakes.
You can even visit the Geographic Center of Europe located in the small town of Polotsk in northern Belarus!
The amazing architecture of Mir Castle makes it an impressive visitor favorite, along with the luxurious Niasvizh Castle, the Old Castle with its stained glass windows, and the red-brick Lida Castle.
Visitors enjoy visiting the National Library of Belarus in its architectural wonder, the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre, and the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus.
The Museum Strana Mini is a great place to stop and learn about all of Belarus in a day, from the castles around the country to the historical sites you’ll find here.
Belarusians love spending time outdoors exploring and enjoying the countryside. Foraging is a favorite activity here, with locals and visitors alike picking berries, mushrooms, hazelnuts, moss, and more.
Since about 40% of the country is covered in dense forests straight out of a fairytale, make plans to grab a basket and do some foraging of your own (only if you can properly ID, of course!) while you’re here.
Is Belarus Safe to Visit Right Now?
Belarus is bordered by Russia on the eastern and northeastern sides, Poland to the west, Ukraine to the south, and Latvia and Lithuania to the northwest.
With current conflicts occurring in the immediate area, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs has issued a Level 4 travel advisory: Do Not Travel.
Risk of detainment, the nearby Russia-Ukraine conflict, and growing numbers of Russian forces along the border are listed in the current travel advisory.
These travel advisories can be updated at any time, so keep an eye on your country’s advisories to ensure it’s safe to travel to Belarus before planning your visit.
Overall Best Time to Visit Belarus
The summer season from late June to August is the overall best time to visit Belarus with warm weather ideal for exploring the countryside and longer days.
July is the hottest month of the year in Belarus, reaching average highs around 74F. July and August are the driest months of the summer, making them especially ideal for a visit.
June, on the other hand, is the wettest month of the year here and the country has about 10 rainy days throughout the month.
While the temperatures are pleasantly warm in June and peak season begins, it’s better to wait until the end of the month to arrive as the rains begin to subside.
The warm, not-too-wet weather is perfect for sightseeing around the country and major cities, visiting castles, museums, memorials, monuments, and more.
Summer is the ideal time for foraging chanterelle mushrooms, wild strawberries (June-July), blueberries (July-August), cowberries (August-September), and the prized cranberries (August-October).
You can expect to pay somewhere between $40-$150/night in July, the peak of the high season. Most mid-range hotels are priced around $75-$100/night during the summer.
Cheapest Time to Visit Belarus
September to November is the cheapest time to visit Belarus, as fewer tourists arrive during fall. This leads to lower rates on hotels and activities.
From September to November, monthly rainfall totals in Belarus begin to decrease and cooler weather sets in. Tourist numbers dwindle, leading to lower prices that can make your trip more budget-friendly.
September is still relatively warm and pleasant, but October and November’s temperatures take a sharp nosedive and hit highs around 40F-50F.
We found rooms ranging from $31 to $150 per night during the fall, with more options around the $50/night mark than in the summer or spring.
Fall is an excellent time for foraging in Belarus. Look for cowberries and cranberries along with russula, kozlyaki and zelenushki mushrooms.
If you plan to visit during fall time, September has slightly higher rates, but rewards you with warmer weather and more opportunities to spend time outdoors.
Least Busy Time to Visit Belarus
March to May is the least busy time to visit Belarus and still offers nice weather, little rainfall, and beautiful views of the springtime countryside.
There may technically be fewer visitors arriving during the winter, but spring is the best time to visit with fewer crowds that lead to shorter lines at attractions and museums and better hotel availability.
You’ll even benefit by getting lower rates at local hotels during spring. We found hotels offering rooms for $28 to $102/night during spring, with most rooms costing $40-$70/night at this time of year.
It’s cheaper than the high season, but not as cheap as the low fall and winter seasons.
March is the driest month of the year in Belarus, so it’s a great (but chilly) spring month to visit if you plan to explore Belarus’ beautiful countryside or enjoy outdoor activities.
Expect highs around 40F in March, 53F in April, and a pleasant 65F in May while you’re in Belarus. Things warm up quickly, the but rise in temperatures also means more rainfall.
If spending time outdoors is your priority, it may be worth waiting until May for the warmer weather, though it’s rainier than March and April with about 2″ of rainfall during the month.
Worst Time to Visit Belarus
December to February may be the worst time to visit Belarus with cold temperatures and snow dampening your chances to enjoy outdoor activities here.
Temperatures during the winter average 23F (January) to 27F (December) in Belarus. The below-freezing weather makes sightseeing a challenge and downright unpleasant.
January is the snowiest month of the year in Belarus, with the country receiving up to 6.4″ of snow during the month on average.
December and February see their share of snowfall with monthly totals at 4.9″ and 5.6″, respectively.
It’s not a huge amount of snow, but it’s enough to make wandering the countryside or strolling through the cities much less enjoyable.
You’re better off waiting until March, April, or May to visit when temperatures are warming up, the landscape is turning green, and sightseeing is better.
Things to Consider
Before you start planning a visit to see the architectural and natural wonders of Belarus, there are a few things you should keep in mind for the best possible stay.
Here’s what you should consider before you go!
- Pay attention to travel advisories. Right now, many countries have travel advisories issued warning against traveling to Belarus due to the nearby Russia-Ukraine military conflict. Heed these warnings and always double check travel advisories before you officially plan a visit to a foreign country.
- Visit the best mushroom picking spots. The large Khatyn Forest near Minsk, Logoyshchina, Molodi, and Aleshniki are excellent places for picking mushrooms in Belarus and give you the best chances of finding the most popular species.
- Be careful with foraging. Foraging berries, mushrooms, nuts, and plants in Belarus is a common activity, but it should be done with lots of caution as poisonous varieties often grow in the same places as the sought-after ones. Never pick or eat a mushroom or berry you can’t ID with certainty, as illness or death could be the result of a misidentification!
- Mind the language barrier. Belarus citizens usually speak Russian or Belarusian, but very few people speak English here. You’ll need to learn a few key phrases in Russian or Belarusian before you travel to ensure you’re able to communicate effectively with people.
- Head to the capital, Minsk. Minsk is the capital of Belarus and offers tons of opportunities for sightseeing, foraging, dining, accommodations, and more. If you’re not sure where to head, you really can’t go wrong with Minsk because it offers just about everything Belarus is famous for.
Frequently Asked Questions
Still have a few questions about the best time to visit Belarus and how you can start planning a great trip? Check out the most frequently asked questions to learn more.
Is Belarus good for tourists?
Belarus is normally a nice place for tourists due to the landscape of flat lowlands and rolling hills, historic castles and cathedrals, and dense forests perfect for foraging and hiking.
Belarus is not a good place for tourists currently due to its close proximity to both Russia and Ukraine, which flank the country.
How many days do you need in Belarus?
Plan on spending at least 4-5 days in Belarus, which gives you enough time to explore the capital, Minsk, as well as the surrounding countryside and forests.
For a deeper exploration of the country or if you plan to visit areas outside the capital, you'll want to spend 7-10 days in Belarus.
Is Belarus a cheap country to visit?
Belarus is a relatively cheap country to visit, with a low cost of living and affordable rates on hotels, retail products, and food in the country.
You can expect to spend anywhere from $28 to $150+ per night on a hotel room here, which can help stretch your travel budget further.
Is Belarus safe for a holiday?
Belarus is not considered safe to visit for a holiday right now due to the tensions and conflict between the surrounding countries of Russia and Ukraine.
Should Americans go to Belarus?
The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs advises Americans not to travel to Belarus right now in light of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The country is under a Level 4 travel advisory currently.
So, What’s the Best Time to Visit Belarus?
The best time to visit Belarus is in the summer, especially from late June to August. The weather is warm, the land is green and lush, and activities like sightseeing are at their best.
To save money, aim to visit in the fall from September to November. In September, it’s still pleasantly warm and foraging is at its best.
Avoid big crowds of the peak season by visiting Belarus during spring from March to May. It’s still chilly in March, but very dry and quickly warms up to around 65F in May.
The worst time to go is during the winter, from December to February. It gets very cold and snowy in Belarus and sightseeing and outdoor activities are unpleasant.
Above all, keep the current safety recommendations in mind and follow the advice of your country’s government to determine if visiting Belarus will be safe for you.