What do you know about the city of Grodno? There is hardly a lot of, because this is not Berlin or Warsaw, certainly not London or Tokyo. Grodno is much more: the combination of stern lines in architecture and the smooth sophistication of modernity makes it attractive in the eyes of tourists for many years.
Want to know more about it? Here is an instruction from VETLIVA how to spend the day in Grodno!
Guide to Grodno
Where is Grodno?
As you might have guessed, Grodno is located in Belarus, it is also the administrative center of the Grodno region, and the city itself is divided into two districts — Octyabrsky and Leninsky. Where is Grodno located on the world map?
from Berlin to Grodno: almost 1000 km, by plane you can fly in 1 hour and 10 minutes, and the flight will cost about $140;
from London to Grodno: 2100 km, will have to fly 2.5 hours, and the ticket costs about $180;
Do you need visa for trip to Grodno?
In 2018, awesome news was waiting for foreigners: now you can enter Belarus and Grodno itself for 30 days without a visa. This applies to residents of 74 countries of the world, a complete list and details can be found here.
VETLIVA reminds: those who come to II European Games 2019 in Minsk do not need a visa: you will need to get to the country through the Minsk National Airport, and then you can safely take a ticket to Grodno (ok, by the way, it costs about $5).
The climate in Grodno is moderately continental, so wear light pants or shorts and a tank top in the summer (the average temperature in summer is about 18 degrees on C or 64,5 on F). In winter, wear warm pants and put on a big down jacket and a hat (average winter temperature is 5,5 degrees on C or 23 on F).
Brief history of the city
Grodno was first mentioned in the annals in 1005, which makes it one of the oldest cities in Belarus. It was founded and documented in 1128. In the middle of the XIII century Grodno became part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
The city is one of the most important historical and cultural centers of Belarus, as one of the oldest cities in the republic, which has preserved unique historical buildings. At different times, the city was part of different states, adopting and preserving their culture. It was the second largest city of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, as well as for some time the residence of the Grand Duke of Lithuania.
Where to stay in Grodno
You can always rent a room in the hotels of Grodno, where you are always waited with quality service, comfort and reasonable prices. Want to have a rest in nature and at the same time explore Grodno? Check out one of these luxury cottages and enjoy.
Where to eat in Grodno
After settling you will surely want to eat, and here every man for himself:
And do not forget that we have already created a super-full guide to the most delicious places in Belarus!
Have you eaten deliciously and are ready to go in search of adventure? It's time to visit in Grodno:
Kalozhskaya church, which stands on the banks of the Neman since the time of Ancient Rus;
Farny Church — the favorite place of the Polish king Stephen Batory;
Main synagogue — a place with a touch of mystery of past centuries;
Jean Emmanuel Gilibert Park — a piece of France in the center of Belarus.
And here you will find a complete list of all the sights of Grodno. Also in Grodno you can visit an unusual museum of life, an iron museum, look at the Augustow Canal and explore all this as part of our excursions!
Grodno Trip: the day comes to an end
Before you leave the royal city, do not forget to drop in on shopping to bring souvenirs and local sweets to your relatives (by the way, we already wrote an article about unusual gifts from Belarus!).
Grodno is a city with a long history and a true touch of romance. We hope your day here will give you as much pleasure as we received from the story about this City.