The famous palace and park ensemble, narrow colorful streets, cozy cafes, tiny stunning embankments — it's all about Gomel, and you may know about it. But what about more specific places for recreation and entertainment, sights and a couple of facts about this city?
Guide to Gomel
VETLIVA reveals popular places of Gomel and invites you to a new tour around the great city of Belarus!
Where is Gomel located?
Surprise-surprise, Gomel is in Belarus! Suddenly, right? More specifically, in the south-east of the republic on the river Sozh. It is the administrative center of the Gomel region and the second most populous city in Belarus. Gomel is divided into 4 districts, and you can get to the capital of the country, Minsk, in 4 hours and $6 in your pocket.
- from Foggy Albion to Gomel you have to fly about 3 hours and such a pleasure costs almost $180;
- sit in your car in Berlin, drive along the A2 highway for about 15 hours — and you are in Gomel;
- from Paris to Gomel it’s about 2.5 days by train and a ticket costs $300.
Do you need visa for trip to Gomel?
From 2018, travelers from 74 countries of the world have the opportunity to enter the territory of Belarus for a period of up to 30 days without a visa getting here through the Minsk National Airport. This is a great chance for you to see the best sights of the country! Check out all these rules here.
VETLIVA reminds: those who come to II European Games 2019 in Minsk from 10th of June to 10th of July do not need visa but the ticket only: get an excursion around Minsk, then get 3 hours to reach Gomel the next day — and here you are!
The climate of Gomel is moderate continental. It is characterized by warm summers and mild winters, the average annual air temperature in Gomel is +7.4°С (temperatures below −10°С in January and above +20°С in July).
Brief history of the city
Gomel is considered one of the oldest cities: the first chronicles of it appeared in the 1st millennium BC. During its long history, Gomel was a part of the Russian Empire, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the USSR.
The dawn of industrial society occurred during the Soviet Union: by 1923, Gomel fully functioned as a profitable city with many factories and cultural sites. After World War II, Gomel was quickly recovering: by 1950, educational institutions and industry had been restored.
The Chernobyl accident in 1986 caused great damage to the city. Gomel was in the zone of radioactive contamination. The ecological situation was aggravated by a deep economic crisis that began in the late 1980s.
However, despite the sad fragment of history, Gomel took heart, managed to cope with most of the consequences and continue to build a fruitful system of life: factories, schools, restaurants, museums, parks, shops — there is not a trace of those sad times in the city.
VETLIVA tells: Pavel Sukhoi, an outstanding Belarusian Soviet aircraft designer of the 20th century. He lived, studied in the Gomel male gymnasium, worked as a teacher of mathematics at school, got married here. We have already told about other famous Belarusians who were noted in our article.
Where to stay in Gomel
- hunt for home comfort in local apartments,
- look for an opportunity to relax in the spa and play billiards in hotels,
- enjoy the outdoors with family and friends in country cottages.
Where to eat in Gomel
We figured out the accommodation, now it's time to fill the stomach with delicious and varied food: from American sandwiches to French crepes, from classic Belarusian pancakes to Italian desserts and pizza. Restaurants, cafes and coffee houses of the Belarusian Gomel are waiting for you, hungry for delicious dishes!
VETLIVA invites: come here and check our gastro tour around Belarus to get acquainted with the most amazing places to eat!
We rested and ate royally, now it's time to pay attention to the sights of the city:
the one and only Palace and Park Ensemble with its gorgeous park, embankments, lovely buildings around and the imposing walls of the palace,
Vashchenko Gallery with a collection of the best masterpieces of Belarusian and foreign masters of brush and canvas,
a puppet theater to be visited in order to get acquainted with the Belarusian Batleyka — the real art of inhuman performances,
Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, which somehow reminds you of the White House,
the main Catholic church of the city — impressive and monumental.
Regional Drama Theater, which is 80 years old in 2019 and which still pleases not only with its repertoire, but also with external elegance and grandeur.
Check the complete list of the city’s various attractions and create your own guide to the unforgettable places of Gomel!
VETLIVA reminds: many of these places are so memorable that you want to take a piece with you. Look for souvenirs with the main sights of the city in local shops, and learn about the most interesting souvenirs from Belarus from our article.
Gomel Trip: along and across the best places
Of course, our mini-guide covered the most significant places and points of Gomel, but Belarus is full of unusual places that you can learn about only by visiting the city personally. It's time to do it! Look for unusual museums, cafes, restaurants, relax in beautiful places and enjoy your holiday with us.
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