Industrial Tourism in Belarus: What Is It and Why Is It So Popular?

Industrial Tourism in Belarus: What Is It and Why Is It So Popular?

Belarus is known not only for its marvelous forests and lakes but also for its industrial landmarks, such as the BelAZ plant, the world's largest manufacturer of haul trucks, the Alivaria brewery producing beer and soft drinks, and Kommunarka Confectionery Factory. 

These and many other enterprises have significant potential for industrial tourism, which allows visitors to witness the production processes and learn more about the technologies used in various industries. 

Belarus is also famous for its historical and cultural attractions, which may be of interest to tourists. In the article we will look at the largest industrial facilities which our country is famous for.


The BelAZ plant (Belarusian Automobile Plant) is the world's largest producer of haul trucks, dump trucks, excavators, and bulldozers, as well as their spare parts. Founded in 1948, the plant is located in Zhodino, Belarus, covering an area of approximately 3.5 square kilometers and employing over 11,000 workers. 

What makes the BelAZ plant interesting:

  • It manufactures haul trucks with a payload capacity ranging from 30 to 450 tons.
  • It exports its products to over 50 countries worldwide, including Russia, China, India, South Africa, and Australia.
  • It is a supplier of haul trucks to major international companies such as Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, and Vale.
  • The factory also has partnerships with leading mining equipment manufacturers like Caterpillar and Komatsu.

Tourists can explore the plant's history and development, observe the production process of haul trucks and other mining equipment, and visit the museum on the factory grounds, featuring vintage models of haul trucks and other interesting objects. The factory offers guided tours in various languages, including English and Chinese.


The Alivaria Brewery Company offers tourists the opportunity to delve deeper into the fascinating world of beer. The brewery was established in 1864 and is now a part of the Carlsberg Group, the third-largest brewing group in the world. Alivaria produces a variety of beer types, including:

  • Pale lagers,
  • Dark lagers,
  • Pilsners,
  • Fruit beers,
  • Porters,
  • Wheat beers,
  • Ales.

Alivaria also manufactures soft drinks, energy beverages, and kvass. Tourists are invited to visit the modern brewery, explore the late 19th-century building, and learn about the beer-making process. You can journey through the halls with antique equipment as well as modern production areas, discover beer life hacks, and taste the brewery's products.


Kommunarka is one of the largest confectionery factories in Belarus, with a century-long tradition of producing over 300 confectionery items, including:

  • Chocolates,
  • Bars,
  • Chocolate and caramel candies,
  • Pastille,
  • Gift sets,
  • Waffles,
  • Toffee.

Approximately 25% of the plant's production is exported to countries such as Russia, Azerbaijan, the United States, Canada, Germany, Israel, and Japan. The plant is famous for legendary candy brands such as Alenka, Stolichnye, Grilyazh, Truffles and Ptichye Moloko.

Kommunarka offers guided tours, allowing visitors to explore the confectionery production process. They also organize masterclasses where you can create confectionery products, decorate them, and taste them.

Bakery Plant No. 6

Visiting a bread factory is challenging but worthwhile. To attend, you need to book your visit a month in advance and provide a medical certificate. Bakery Plant No. 6 produces:

  • Bread,
  • Confectionery and bakery products.

During the tour, you will learn about the bread and bakery product production process, participate in a quiz, and taste the renowned products.

Industrial tourism in Belarus is an engaging and informative tourism sector that allows both guests and residents to see prominent and well-known factories and enterprises, test their products, and become acquainted with advanced production technologies.
Industrial Tourism in Belarus: What Is It and Why Is It So Popular?