Brest Travel Guide

  • Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas
    Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas
    by HORSCHECK
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    Bust of Adam Mitskevich
    by HORSCHECK
  • Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas
    Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas
    by HORSCHECK

Brest Things to Do

  • Brest Fortress - Memorial Complex

    The history of the Brest Fortress dates back to the middle of the 19th century, when it was built as one of the largest defensive fortifications in the Russian Empire.The fortress played an important role during the WWII Nazi Invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. It is nowadays one of the biggest Soviet WWII memorial complexes, which in 1965 even...

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  • Lenin Statue

    Like many former Soviet cities, also Brest has its own Lenin Statue. Unlike in most other former Soviet countries, the Belarusian government hasn't torn the Lenin statues down.Brest's Lenin Statue was errected in 1958 and stands on a 6 m tall pedestral. Oddly enough Lenin seems to point towards the Catholic Church of Exaltation of the Holy...

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  • Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas

    With its blue cupolas, which are decorated with golden stars, the Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas is probably the most beautiful church in Brest. It was built between 1904 and 1906 on the site of a former wooden church. On one side of the church memorial plaques commemorating the victims of the Russian-Japanese war can be found.During the Soviet...

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  • Brest Millenium Monument

    The Millennium Monument was erected in 2009 to commemorate the millenium of the city of Brest. The 15 metres tall monument is topped by the angel of mercy and surrounded by 6 bronze statues.In 2011 the base of the monument was expanded by bronze high reliefs, which show historically important events such as the beginning of the Soviet-Nazi war...

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  • St. Simeon Orthodox Cathedral

    The St. Simeon Orthodox Cathedral was built in 1865 on the site of a former 16th century church. It is the only church in Brest that has never been closed, despite all political changes in the country.In 2005 a statue of the Belarusian martyr Afanasy Brestsky was erected just next to the church. He is said to have been tortured to death for his...

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  • Church of Exaltation of the Holy Cross

    The Catholic Church of Exaltation of the Holy Cross was finished in 1856. It was constructed from bricks of former Catholic churches and monasteries, which existed in Brest's old town.During the Soviet era the two towers of the church were dismantled, and the building was used as museum of local history. Nowadays church services are held in both...

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  • Brest Fortress - Orthodox Church of St....

    Besides the Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas in Brest's city centre, a second church of the same name can be found on the grounds of the Brest Fortress.It is actually a garrison church and was constructed in Byzantine style between 1851 and 1876. After the almost total destruction during the 1941 siege, the church was rebuilt and renovated.Just next...

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  • Brest Fortress - Kholmsky and Terespol...

    Brest Fortress once had 4 gates, which led into the citadel. Nowadays only 2 still exist; the Kholmsky Gate and the Terespol Gate, named after the Polish cities Chelm and Terespol.The gates were designed in a classic style in the middle of the 19th century, when the fortress was constructed. Especially the Kholmsky gate with its numerous bullet and...

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  • Museum of Confiscated Art

    When we went to the Brest Fortress we came across the Museum of Confiscated Art. Although I am usually not too much interested in visiting museums on dry summer days, we decided to give it a try. The entrance fee cost only 1500 BYR and the opening times seem to be Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 h until 17:00 h. The small museum exhibits all sorts...

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Brest Restaurants

  • Cafe Krez

    On our second evening we directly headed off to the pedestrianised street ul. Sovyetskaya to look for a suitable restaurant for dinner. As a free table on the outdoor terrace of Cafe Krez was available we took a seat here.The menu offers a good selection of local dishes. As main course I opted for a chicken filet with cheese (15260 BYR). Side...

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  • Art Cafe

    On our first evening in Brest we strolled along the pedestrianised city centre, especially the street ul. Sovyetskaya to check for a suitable restaurant to dine.We decided for the Art Cafe, because quite a few people were sitting on the outdoor terrace and some were even having dinner. We took a seat at a free table, so that we could enjoy some...

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  • Cafe Talisman

    On our last day in Brest we had again dinner in one of the many cafes in the street ul. Sovyetskaya. We realised that most of the restaurants and cafes in other streets were often empty. This time we decided for the Cafe Talisman, which like most of the other places, has a small outdoor terrace facing the pedestrianised street, from where we could...

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  • Cafe Zeus

    As our hotel didn't offer any breakfast, we had a look around the city centre in search of a cafe for breakfast. More by chance we spotted Cafe Zeus, which is actually a bakery with several indoor seatings and a Iong glass counter.The interior is relatively large and kept in a simple style. Laminated menus are available on the tables, but most of...

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  • Cafe Citadel

    When we visited Brest Fortress, we decided to have a late lunch snack in the Cafe Citadel, which is actually part of the fortress. The cafe is simply furnished and when we visited the place one early afternoon it was almost empty. A small menu was on the table, but we chose from what was available. I opted for a chiburekki, which is a sort deep...

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  • a lovely place

    The Café is named “U Ozera" (By the Lake). It is on the beautiful shore of Major lake, trimmed by the weeping willows. Potatoe pancakes

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Brest Transportation

  • To Brest by train

    We arrived in Brest by train from Minsk. It was actually a train which came from Novosibirsk in Russia. The trip from Minsk to Brest took about 4,5 hours and a single ticket for the platzkartny carriage cost 21.530 BYR (approx. 3,00 Euro, August 2011).Brest is an important stop on the main railway line between Berlin (Germany) and Moscow (Russia),...

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  • To Brest by bus

    We left Brest by bus to Hrodna. This route is served several times per day. We took a bus at 07:50 h in the morning and arrived in Hrodna at around lunch time. The bus took one break after approximately 2 hours of driving.We bought the tickets in advance at Brest's bus station on the evening before our departure. A single ticket cost 54850 BYR...

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  • Explore Brest on foot

    Although, with almost 300.000 inhabitants, Brest is the 6th largest city of Belarus, it is still best explored on foot as most sights are located within the city centre.Only the fortress, which is actually the most important tourist attraction in Brest, is situated approximately 2 km west of the city centre. A walk there takes about 30 minutes.

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Brest Local Customs

  • Official languages: Belarusian and...

    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...

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  • Local currency: Belarusian Ruble

    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...

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  • Belarusian beer

    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...

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Brest Warnings and Dangers

  • Boundary transition "the Warsaw bridge"

    It is impossible to express all unpleasant emotions which fill me when I recollect a word "Brest" and an awful place - boundary transition "the Warsaw bridge". Six years, since 1999 we pass an execution in aspiration to drive to Poland, and then in two weeks - to return back.The smallest waiting time in turn for these years - 4 hours (for a bribe)....

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  • Boundary transition (from Poland side)

    The situation on the opposite side of the boundary transition (from Poland side) is a little bit better then from Bylorussia side. This year (2006) we passed a border during two hours. It is a record! Though last years it was necessary to wait for from 4 - to 6 hours...

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  • Additional fee on the border !

    When crossing the border from Belarus to Poland you may be asked by Belarussian officers for showing a bill for ecological fee. You can buy it on the train station at the bank. It is app. below 2 USD.If you cannot show it to the border officer you will have to be back to pay for it.It is another idea of Lukaszenko (the presdient of Belarus) for...

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Brest What to Pack

  • Travel guide books - Belarus

    Belarus is still a very undiscovered country, therefore an up to date guide book is highly recommended for individual travels.Unfortunately, the only guide book in English seems to be the Bradt travel guide - Belarus. In the past I was usually quite happy with Bradt guides for other countries, but I must admit that the Belarus guide couldn't keep...

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  • There are ATMs in Brest!

    Last time I was in Brest (May 2002) I saw several ATMs (near the banks), but no one of them had accepted my VISA Electron. They accepted (as far as I remeber) Cirrus/Maestro and (or) Eurocard/Mastercard cards (ask local people in forum for details). Fortunately, I could get the cash directly in the bank.

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  • Packing List

    You may have trouble with ATMs and traveller's cheques in many places in Belarus. With the exception of Minsk. You will still be able to find ATMs in Brest, but (they may be broken and you can hardly count on them being repaired promptly) if you wish to be more secure you will not find yourselves without any money in your pockets... Take cash,...

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Brest Off The Beaten Path

  • Day trip to Kamyanyets

    During our 3 days in Brest we also took a day trip to Kamyanyets, which is located about 35 km north of Brest. The small town has approximately 9000 inhabitants and it was recommended to us by a young Belarusian couple, whom we had met earlier in Minsk.The most importnat sight of the town is the Tower of Kamyanyets, whose history dates back to the...

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  • Lenin Monument in Brest

    It is located in Ploschad Lenina. Unlike the most of ex-USSR states, the Lenin Monuments still exist in Belarus.

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  • Home of Belarusian Santa

    In the heart of Belovezhskaya Pushcha NP, 70 km from Brest to the north, a new tourist attraction has appeared amid the primeval forest in December 2003. That is the permanent residence of the Belarusian Ded Moroz (Father Frost). Visitors are amazed by the fairy-tale palace where Father Frost lives with his granddaughter Snegurochka (The Snow...

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Brest Sports & Outdoors

  • Dinamo Brest

    Dinamo Brest is the major football team in Brest. They are playing for the middle levels in Belarus Primiere League. Unfortunately I could not go to any matches as there was a break for one week, but I have seen the team in their bus.In the second photo you can see the door of the management office. (It was also closed)

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  • Chess!!

    Chess was a very popular game in SSSR. Nowadays only old people are playing. In the park which is located at the northern corner of ul. Lenina there is center where the Chess Club is located. You can see old men playing chess outside the garden in summer.

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  • Brest Stadium

    Brest Stadium or its official name: GOSUDARTSVENNIY OBLASTNOY SPORTVONNIY KOMPLOEKS BRESTSKIY"For me one of the excitements in a city abroad is to go to a football match. The best thing about Belarus is that the football season covers Summer as it is very cold in the winter. So, you may have opportunity to go to a football match.The Brest Stadium...

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  • Parks and monuments

    The history of Brest's City Park dates back to 1906 when it was created by Russian soldiers. Just recently it was widely redesigned for it centenary and officially named "First of May Culture and Entertainment Park".It is the largest park in the city. Near its eastern entrance on the street vul. Lenina a "War Memorial" commemorating the WWII...

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  • History

    Brest (Berestie) is mentioned for the first time on pages of "the Story of temporary years" in 1019. In XI century it is an old Russian trading center and a fortress on a board with the Polish and Lithuanian possession. In the XII century the wooden castle served by strengthening for trading caravans was constructed there. In 1390 Berestie the...

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  • kittivitti's General Tip

    The night spent on the border, waiting for a crossing. 13 hours to wait!!! Compared to Polish-Czech border crossing time - 10 minutes!!!The reason is that most of Brest people do bordercrossing to sell some stuff to Poland and get some money.

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