Brest Local Customs

  • Bilingual street sign - Belarusian and Russian
    Bilingual street sign - Belarusian and...
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  • Directions inside Brest's train station
    Directions inside Brest's train station
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  • Belarusian beer: Lidskoe Pivo
    Belarusian beer: Lidskoe Pivo
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    Official languages: Belarusian and Russian

    by HORSCHECK Written Oct 9, 2013

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    Directions inside Brest's train station
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    As Belarus is still widely undiscovered by tourists, it is quite unsual to find anything in English language.

    The two official languages of Belarus are Belarusian and Russian, which are both written with Cyrillic letters and share many similarities. So at least a basic knowledge of the letters or even better of the Russian language seems to be absolutely necessary for an individual trip through the country.

    All street signs, timetables and other travel related things are in Belarussian and/or Russian only. Also in restaurants we hardly found any English menus. So be pepared for an adventure not to miss.

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    Local currency: Belarusian Ruble

    by HORSCHECK Written Oct 9, 2013

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    50 Belarusian Rubles
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    Belarus is a country of cash, so credit cards are not as widely accepted as in Western Europe. The local currency of Belarus is the Belarusian Ruble, which exists since about 1992. Due to massive inflation the Belarusian Ruble has been redenominated with 3 zeros chopped off in 2000.

    The current Belarusian Ruble is abbreviated BYR. The subunits are kopeykas, but actually don't really exist. 11 different Banknotes of amounts between 10 and 100.000 Belarusian Rubles are in circulation.

    We got our Belarussian Rubles from cash points (ATM), which are widely available in bigger cities. Exchange Offices can be found at major airports, train stations and hotels.

    I found it quite interesting to see that petrol stations display the prices alternating in Belarusian Rubles, Russian Rubles, Euro and US Dollars.

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    Belarusian beer

    by HORSCHECK Written Oct 9, 2013

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    Belarusian beer: Brestkoe Pivo
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    Restaurants and pubs in Belarus often offer imported beers from other countries. The Russian beer Baltika seems to be one of the most popular ones.

    The local beer of Brest is called Brestkoe Pivo, which is brewed by one of the two state owned beer producers. The company was founded in 1971.

    My first proper local Belarusian beer was an Alivaria Zolotoe. The Alivaria brewery was established in 1864 in Minsk. Nowadays the beer brand belongs to the Carlsberg group. I also drank a Rechitskoe pivo, which is brewed in Rechitsa in the Gomel region.

    On our last evening in Belarus I tried a Lidskoe Pivo. It is produced in Lida in the Hrodna region. The brewery has been taken over by the Finnish Olvi drinks company.

    All Belarusian beers were quite okay and absolutely drinkable. If I had to chose one as my favourite it would probably be Lidskoe Pivo.

    Alivaria - Website: http://www.alivaria.by/

    Lidskoe - Website: http://lidskoe.by/

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    Catholic Church in Brest

    by Dirim Written Feb 17, 2006

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    There is a tiny minority of Poles living in Belarus (about 2% of the total population) and most of them lives in Brest region and they are mostly Cathlics. This is the Catholic Church in Brest.

    It is located at the southern corner of Ploschad Lenina, at the opposite side of Lenin monument.

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