The small provincial city of Sebezh is located very close to a triangle of international borders between Russia, Latvia and Belarus. As a frontier city it has been fought over for centuries and it has even found itself on the other side of the border as part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and traces of this period can be found today in some distinctively Polish architecture. During the Second World War it was occupied by the Nazis.
Just to the south of the city, the Sebezhsky National Park begins, which was established to protect the natural landscapes surrounding the many lakes here. Tourists though should be aware that part of the park is located within a Border Security Zone and permission from the FSB is required to visit.