eh... ;-) o.k., it is a quiet place and quite safe I think (because police is everywhere), people can be very friendly (allthough a lot of people were very uninterested and on a distance, sometimes...
Visa issues keep it out from main tourist routes (which is also a pro)
The corner which still has to be discovered.
Here is a nice recreational area in the very downtown. Sort of Hrodna Central Park. ;)It was dirty and disgusting just a few years ago. But now things changed and it turned into a peaceful place where you can sit on the bench and drink your beer or simply walk around and enjoy yourself.. ;)In the evening it is all lit up and crowded with young...more
Walking around Hrodna is always a nice experience and you can find some very nice places to walk around. There's a pretty central park in the very centre of the town, close to Lenin square, where once again it's easy to meet wedding couples taking nice pictures by the little river and bridges among the green. There are some nice old wooden houses...more
Just beside the Great Synagogue there's quite an unusual tower, which is the former firemen's tower. There was a firemen station there, and still it's there but in abandoned state, like the nearby Jewish temple.I think there are projects for restoration of the old fire station, let's hope to see it back in its glory soon.more
There's a second river in Hrodna, which is called Hradnichanka. It's really a very very small one which flows into the Nioman just below the Old Castle. It flows along the synagogue as well dividing it, with quite a deep gorge, to the park on the other side where the Sts. Barys and Hlieb church is. There around it's full of old wooden houses and it...more
Probably the most historically interesting church in Hrodna, and surely the oldest one, is the church of Sts. Barys and Hlieb, or simply "Kolozha". It's in a very nice park outside the old town and for some strange reason I didn't go there... I just saw it from the Old Castle ruins.So I think it's better to report what Wikipedia says about this...more
There's another orthodox church facing the new castle, I think it's the only one in the old town of Hrodna, close to the ghetto. I have not much information about this church, except the fact it's called Orthodox church and monastery of the Birth of the Virgin and it dates back to 1720; and surely it's a very nice church to take a look at.more
It is not a restaurant tip exactly. I just wanted to let you know that: first, you were used to be allowed to drink beer on the streets, but that changed over the recent year or two (see my pic #2), and second, it is very cheap and tastes pretty good (always make sure you buy Belarussian beer made in Lida, not Hrodno!).more
It`s a new place. Rumor has it, if you get drunk there, they`ll bring you home on their limo. :-) Dunno about that, cause I got pretty wasted and no one offered a ride. I guess it depends on what you drink. I drank Czech beer (~$2 for a pint) but in the menu there were cocktails for $15! IMHO way too expensive for Hrodna.Place also offers water...more
At the very beginning of the Sovetskaya street there's a nice restaurant underground, called Karchma (Карчма) which is THE place to go for dinner if you are in Hrodna... also because there seem to be no other choice, at least in the old town!They have menu in English and the waiters can also speak English,...more
Here is the list of our most decent nightclubs [it is called 'diskotEka' in Russian language]. Opens from 10/11pm, shuts down at 5/6am.Admission ticket is about $10.1) Epolet nightclub (it`s probably the best one). Address: Ozeshko Str., 30.Phone: +375-152-44-83-42.2) Kolizej nightclub. Address: Marksa Str., 31.Phone: +375-152-75-34-88.3) Kazanova...more
We have not been here, to us it didn't look really convincing enough to go there in the evening, but maybe we should have gone there, just for the experience ;-)Now we don't know if it is completely empty (because it is maybe to expensive for the youth) or it is really boring (music too old fashioned) or it is maybe extremely wild (with hardcore...more
Well, we have buses, trolley buses, coaches and taxis within the city.COACH ( Russian word for it - 'marshrutka' ) is a mini bus which can hold up to 15 people. Last time I was in Hrodna the price was 850 rubles per person (~$0.4). You pay to the driver upon entering or you can pass the money through people after you sit down.Don`t be surprised to...more
Minsk Central Bus Station is right next to the Railway Station (Bobryjskaya Str., 12). Look at the picture.Buses from Minsk to Hrodna start running from Central Bus Station at 6.10 am (every day) up till 8.30 pm (every day). There is basically a bus/coach going to Hrodna every 30-40 minutes or so.You have two choices: to take a slower bus (5.30...more
Skidelsky Market or "Bazaar" is an indoor and outdoor market which sells food, drinks, clothes, well, actually everything. In the indoor market hall you can find stalls with quality fresh meats, poultry and fish. If you are going to cook a nice roast dinner I would recommend you this place- the choice is great, you will also find home grown veg...more
1) This BIRCH VODKA 'Berezovaya' (spirit 40% Vol) is an excellent product! Not only it took 3rd place in the International Tasting Competition 'Drinks Industry' in Moscow in 2005. It is also in the group of 10 best vodkas of the word.It`s smooth, light, doesn`t give a headache afterwards. The bottle looks cool, so you can buy it as a present too....more
In Denmark the price for at visit to a dentist is very expensive.When I came to Grodno first time I asked for the prices and I understand I could save about 90% by doing my teeth in Grodno. Our family found clinic with high educated dentist. And now it’s done. I have my mouth renovated. Many new crowns and bridges. The budget in DK was near 20000...more
Belarussian billboards are reminicent of Soviet ads - done in propaganda style. See the pictures (I wrote the English translation underneath each picture).Explanation:1 picture: AZOT is one of the largest chemical manufacturers in Eastern Europe. Produces ammonia, nitric fertilizers, sulfuric acid and other chemicals. Located on the outskirts of...more
Americans celebrate Mothers Day, French - Grandmothers Day, Japanese - Girls Day.. and Belarus has Women`s Day for females of all ages.A hundred years old this bank holiday is celebrated on the 8th of March. It is one of a few times a year when our ladies get small gifts, flowers and chocolates from husbands, sons, boyfriens and even classmates and...more
I didn't notice anything while there, but I spent in Hrodna just a bit more than half a day, but I found on internet several websites denouncing a big danger for parts of Hrodna's heritage, due to the President's decision to build new modern complexes over old houses. I don't know how much is real danger, but surely it's worth to inform about it...more
Saturday, July 7th we passed the border between Poland and Belarus by car. A true nightmare. Four and a half hour before we were free to leave this control and unlimited registration. The passport was checked by one office. In the other end of the border place and another office, we had to buy the mandatory insurance. Back to passport office to...more
Unless you have learned all traffic rules in Belarus, have an all-risk insurance, it is absolute not
recommendable to go into Belarus by car. The traffic rules are in a few points different from the rules in the western world. It means that you for small offence may loose your driving license. And without driving license it is difficult to leave the country.
The Belarusian people don’t cross the road for red light. Even not for fun. If you be cached by the police it will cost you will be heavily fined.
The tree lakes 20 km from Grodno. To be honest – I don’t know how to get there, but if you ask in Grodno. I’m sure people know which road you have to drive. The direction is north-east.You don’t have to miss swimming in clean water. For years people from Grodno go here to have a fresh swim or to catch fish. At the same time you can have a look at...more
You can have an outdoor picnic with fire in our forests. It`s a really popular thing to do: spend a day in the wild and fry some meat (usually pork). The way we cook it is called 'shashlik' and everybody loves it. Usually alhocol is involved too.The way you prepare shashlik:Marinate small pieces of pork and onion rings for 1-2 days in the vinegar...more
Looking for the Nioman Hrodna stadium was not on my plans this time (I was already satisfied with the Dinamo Minsk one), but destiny decided that I had to see this stadium as well, since it was just in front of the Hotel where I was sleeping into.
And it's not just a stadium, it's a big, modern and really beautiful sports complex, proud creation of the sports maniac President Lukashenka. There's a football stadium with athletics pitch, another smaller football field, an indoor ice-hockey palace and probably much more than I could see.... All around there's the park and a nice district of old wooden houses. Really a nice part of the town and not so far from the centre.
Do you consider to bring your dog to Belarus, you need certificate for Rabbies vacination. Are you EU-citizen you have to make an EU-passport for your dog. When you arrive to the border and when you leave Belarus you have to pay a fee of 15000 BYR - about 5 Euro. A veterinarian look your dog and make a certificate to pass the border.more
Maybe you are like me, you have to check your email sometimes. If you have your Notebook you can join the net by telephone. The broadband is not so developed and it is not all who can use it. But if you want the net to work normally, you should pay a visit to the internet café at Telegraph Street. When you walk from Leninska Square towards Karl...more
When we decided to go to Grodno by car, the big question for me was: Is it possible to have lead-free petrol? My car is only for lead-free petrol. But no problem – in Grodno they have all what you need. You find a wide selection of petrol stations, where you can buy both green, octane 95 and normal petrol, octane 92,95,98. You may have gas, diesel...more