Vitebsk region is another picturesque corner of Belarus. With its natural beauty and unique flora and fauna and an amount of reserves, it can not be put on an equal footing with other regions of the country.
The region occupies the north-eastern part of Belarus. In the east it borders on Russia, in the north-west – on Latvia, in the west – on Lithuania.
Vitebsk is located in the Euroregion Lake District, where there are more than 2,800 lakes and 500 rivers. That is why health improving tourism and agrotourism are well developed there.
Lands of Vitebsk region are famous for Polotsk Principality, which was in the basins of such rivers as the Western Dvina and Berezina. The Principality had a convenient geographical location, there was a famous trade route “from the Vikings to the Greeks”. The trade was conducted with Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic and other countries. The main center of the principality – Polotsk, which is still famous for its history and preserved monuments.
Also, the area is a home for famous people: Euphrosyne of Polotsk, Ivan Hruptsky and Simeon of Polotsk who were born and lived in the Vitebsk region. It was Polotsk that gave the world the great Francis Skaryna – the famous humanist and printing pioneer.
Besides, Vitebsk region has been a major religious and cultural center. There are a lot of monasteries and cathedrals on its territory. The famous St. Sophia Cathedral is located in Polotsk. Going there, you can feel the whole spirit of the holy land, and touch the relics of St. Euphrosyne of Polotsk.
Vitebsk region is also known for its national and international festivals. The most famous of them is “Slavic Bazaar” in Vitebsk, which annually invites Belarusian and foreign stars. During this period, tours to Vitebsk are especially popular.