Belarus Travel Guide

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Minsk

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404,991,13

Hrodna

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115,289,0

Brest

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78,214,2

Mahilyow

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12,27,0

Zaslawye

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14,38,0

Mir

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15,35,0

Kosovo

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9,0,0

Orsha

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6,6,0

Homyel'

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8,17,0

Nesvizh

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9,17,0

Kamyanyets

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15,32,0

Ashmyany

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2,4,0

Lida

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1,3,0

Gudogay

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16,29,0

Baranavichy

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2,3,0

Baranavichy

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10,30,0

Stolin

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1,18,0

Slutsk

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Polatsk

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0,1,0

Novaya Zemlya

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Naliboki

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Mazyr

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1,21,0

Kamenka

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Bol'shiye Nemki

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3,5,0

Babruysk

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3,13,0

Minsk

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  • Modern National Library of Belarus

    4 out of 5 stars

    Minsk Things to Do

    Obviously not located in the east of Minsk to just house the books, the National Library of Belarus is called "the diamond of knowledge". A 23-floor 74-meter tall building, it still isn't the tallest one in Minsk though one of the ugliest ones. It employs the personnel of a 1000+ and can store up to 14m books (out of which 10m are there). On top...

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  • Hotel Europe

    Minsk Hotels

    Internatsionalnaya Str. 28, Minsk, 220030, Belarus

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • ‘Prince Igor’ in Minsk Opera

    Minsk Things to Do

    ‘Prince Igor’ is the staple Russian opera, the right thing to strike acquaintance with this Belarusian theatre. Any office clerk will rebuff a new task with ‘…there is neither sleep, nor rest for his tormented soul’ (Prince Igor’s aria, Act II), and on Friday afternoon he will whistle ‘…oh, freedom, freedom must I have!’ (same aria).You can google...

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Hrodna

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  • Local cheap market

    Hrodna Shopping

    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...

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  • Beer and Chips, Belarussian style

    Hrodna Restaurants

    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!).

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  • International buses from Hrodna

    Hrodna Transportation

    You can take a bus from Hrodna to: Byalostock (Poland); Warsaw (Poland); Lodz (Poland); Druskeniki (Lithuania); Ivanovo (Russia, via Moscow); Kaliningrad (Russia); Vilnus (Lithuania); Kaunas (Lithuania); Prague (Czech Republic).

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Brest

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  • Brest Fortress - Memorial Complex

    Brest Things to Do

    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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  • Atel Belarus

    Brest Hotels

    For Soviet citizens it was always practically impossible to lodge in a hotel "Intourist". The best...

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  • Lenin Statue

    Brest Things to Do

    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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Mahilyow

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  • Greek Theme

    Mahilyow Restaurants

    Dionysus Restaurant – Greek God of wine & food. It has a real nice setup, clean, good prices. Even though it is a ‘Greek’ theme restaurant, the menu is definitely Russian. Menu – Typical Russian single spaced menu with No photos, but very extensive. Had the solianka soup, a chicken dish with fries and a tall glass of special Belarusian beer. Serve...

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  • favorite place to eat pizza & cold beer

    Mahilyow Restaurants

    Parmesan Pizza (located in city center) - this is my favorite, it has a very well rounded menu (English subtitles!) and the interior has a contemporary style. Nice selection of food and drink on the menu, plus some have photos to assist you with a decision (have not seen too many resturants that do this). Pizzas are very tasty! Get a table by the...

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  • Classy Decor

    Mahilyow Restaurants

    Modern Restaurant –Wide range of items on the menu (English subtitles!) and a really classy décor. I will go back again next time I am in town and I would recommend this to a friend. More of a dinner place than for lunch. Tucked away from the main street and the parking is not too good, but that is not a problem in Mogilev.

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Zaslawye

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  • Wooden houses

    Zaslawye Favorites

    I really liked the wooden houses in Zaslavl. There are some impressive ones on the corner of Sovetskaya and ul. Pochtovaya and elsewhere along Sovetskaya. Goats also seem quite popular in Zaslavl. I saw a woman walking one across the railway tracks.The town was very laid back on a Saturday and pleasantly quiet, a typical country town. Zaslavl has...

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  • Monument to Rogneda and Izyaslav

    Zaslawye Things to Do

    This monument is not very old but it is historically important. Due to the legend there was a settlement and a small castle which was built by Vladimir, the Novgorod duke, for his wife Rodneda who was the daughter of the Polotsk duke Rogvolod. The story goes that Vladimir fell madly in love with Rodnega and wanted to marry her but she refused. So...

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  • By train from Minsk

    Zaslawye Transportation

    There is a brand new comfortable Swiss train running from Minsk to Zaslavl. Please note that the railway station of Zaslavl is called "Belarus".For our journey to Zaslavl which took about half an hour by the modern train we bought the ticket the previous day which is not really necessary though. It cost in August 2011 exactly 2000 BYR. Please note...

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Mir

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  • UNESCO World Heritage place

    Mir Favorites

    Small city of Mir is famous because its castle complex, that was inscribed into UNESCO World Heritage list in the year 2000. One criterion, why it was made is the mix of three architectural styles of castle - Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. All these styles represent historical changes of Mir and fits well to architecture of castle. It is said,...

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  • Another UNESCO place - Nesvizh

    Mir Off The Beaten Path

    Nesvizh, located some 50 kilometers from Mir, is another tourism place of Belarus. Nesvizh city is famous because of its castle - the residence of Radziwill family. The castle was built at 16th century and all that time was the place for culture of that region, the mix of Western and Southern European cultures and architectural styles. The castle...

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  • Former Yeshiva building

    Mir Things to Do

    Yeshiva building was constructed at 1815. It is a construction, where local Jewish were taught. Near it there was synagogue. Some steps from Yeshiva you can see wooden houses with three windows to street side. It is a special style of Karaites nation houses. Mir was the place for different nations’ people: Jewish, Tartars, Gypsies, Karaites,...

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Kosovo

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  • rude airport staff

    Kosovo Warnings and Dangers

    The country is not such a mess as it is presented, and the cost of amenities is quite low. However, be ready for a disappointment right as you arrive. The airport of Prishtina recently taken over by Limak will await you with bad services, rude staff and security and stale food at the restaurant. So be careful and move out of thee place as fast as...

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  • Tourist Trap organization

    Kosovo Tourist Traps

    A tourist trap is an establishment, or group of establishments, that has been organized with the aim of attracting people and their money Tourist Trap is a way to travel to many country without spending much money good things

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  • Visoki Decani Monastery

    Kosovo Things to Do

    The monastery isn't exactly undiscovered (it's a UNESCO World Heritage site), but not many people go there - or at least there weren't many visitors there at the time I was. Apart from myself, most of the people who weren't monks were UN (or possibly KFOR ?) Italian soldiers coming to pray. I got there by taxi from Gjakove/Dakovica. (Not far, and...

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Orsha

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  • Car Parking Near Orsha Railway Station

    Orsha Transportation

    If, like us, you take your car to Orsha you will probably need somewhere to park it at night. There is not much parking space near accomodations and for security it is best to use a secure car park.Along the road that runs past the railway station, just behind the small market is a car park. For 2000 BYR a night, you can leave your car here. The...

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  • Hold on to your bag!

    Orsha Warnings and Dangers

    Orsha and Belarus in general is a very safe place to visit and the people are very friendly. The dangers here are no different from anywhere else in the world.When visiting the large market, be very careful of your money as this is a popular place for pickpockets to operate.At night, some of the local drunks can get a bit rowdy. Be careful going...

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  • Don't take a train, grab a table!

    Orsha Restaurants

    The Railway Station is the Jewell in the Crown of Orsha's establishments. It is very clean and modern, air conditioned and has an international feel to it. Amongst the shops, bars and banks inside, is a first floor restaurant. Follow the signs to it from the entrance.Once upstairs, you will enter a spacious lounge. The restaurant is very clean with...

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Homyel'

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  • Avoid Radioactive Food

    Homyel' Warnings and Dangers

    A lot of radioactive fallout from the 1986 Chernobyl accident fell around Gomel (See this MAP). Many areas remain in the countryside which may still carry radioactive particles. Food, particularly short stalked vegetables like mushrooms, and fresh-water fish may carry radioactive particles and pose a danger to life.Most cultivated food is grown in...

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  • Country Cooking!

    Homyel' Restaurants

    Unlike in most of Western Europe, in Belarus you can have a barbeque almost anywhere in the country. Additionally, the country is not as dense with population is most of Western Europe is, so you are more likely to be undisturbed.On this occasion we visited a Dacha, a village house, and walked out into the countryside to a forest to cook Shaskliks,...

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  • Traditional Belarussian Cuisine

    Homyel' Restaurants

    Karchma Budzma is a new Gomel restaurant offering traditional Belarussian village cuisine. The restaurant is located close to the city center, on Privokzalnaya street, and inside is decorated like a Belarussian village house. The decor is nice and the restaurant is cosy.Each evening the restaurant also hosts dancers who, sporting traditional...

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Nesvizh

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  • UNESCO site and place of Radziwili...

    Nesvizh Favorites

    Belarus has two UNESCO architectural and historical objects - it is Mir and Nesvizh. The ways, why Nesvizh was inscribed into list, are: First of all, Radziwilli family buildings complex represented that time the most modern style of architecture - baroque - to Eastern Europe. Buildings represent the mix of Western and Eastern European styles....

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  • Smell of toilet

    Nesvizh Warnings and Dangers

    Near the castle of Nesvizh we found building from bricks – public toilets. It looked quite soviet. There are holes instead of closets and the smell, overwhelming everything. It is better to breathe much fresh air before or to go to restaurants’ toilets.

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  • Towh Hall building and square

    Nesvizh Things to Do

    Nesvizh town hall was built at the end of the 16th - beginning of the 17th century. Now the town hall square is surrounded by modern buildings, like city municipality and some other soviet structures. For me Nesvizh town hall building looks like Kaunas (Lithuania) town hall, but smaller and not so graceful.

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Kamyanyets

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  • Lenin Monument

    Kamyanyets Things to Do

    Like in almost all Belarusian towns also Kamyanyets has a Lenin Monument. It was erected during the Soviet era, but unlike in most other former USSR countries, the Belarusian government hasn't torn the Lenin monuments down.Lenin, who was born Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, led the October Revolution in 1917 and is seen as the founder of the Soviet Union....

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  • Tower of Kamyanyets

    Kamyanyets Things to Do

    The Tower of Kamyanyets (Kamyanyetskaya Vyezha) is the main landmark of Kamyanyets and also a national historic site of Belarus. It is also often referred to by the misnomer White Tower. The 30 metres high tower was errected as a castle keep between 1271 and 1288 by Oleksa, who was a prominent architect of the region. Nowadays the well preserved...

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  • Church of St. Simon

    Kamyanyets Things to Do

    The Russian Orthodox Church of St. Simon (Svyata Simonovskaya Cerkov) was finished in 1914. It was several times rebuilt after fires.The church consists of an apsis, a refectory and an entrance hall. Inside a beautiful wooden three storey iconostasis can be seen. When we visited the church it was closed, but an old lady opened the church for us and...

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Ashmyany

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Lida

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    by Raimix Updated Feb 27, 2011

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    Lida castle was built at first half of 14th century by Duke Gediminas. No one believed that castle could be built on very sandy area, but it happened like that. Lida castle is the biggest structure of such type castles in Belarus (and probably all former Grand Lithuanian Duchy territory) - dimensions are about 80x80 meters. The castle was a part of defensive system of castles in medieval Lithuania. Other famous castles of the same system are in Novogrudok, Krevo, Trakai, Vilnius, Medininkai.

    Lida castle is only one castle of such type (rectangular castles), that is almost fully restored. Other rectangular type castles (they are oldest castles in this region) from Grand Lithuanian Duchy are still in ruins (Medininkai and Krevo as an examples).

    It is public opinion, that castle was rebuilt not professionally, using too much modern materials. Anyway, nowadays it is one of tourist spot in Belarus.

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Gudogay

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  • 3 grocery stores within walking distance

    Gudogay Shopping

    If you dont possess visas, and have a wait on your hands, armed guards kindly offer (or perhaps they insist upon) an escort to the local grocery store (which was just a little shack a few hundred metres away... but it has everything you need for a short stay).All in all we took 3 trips to the store for further "liquid" provisions, having discovered...

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  • Laser Disco Lights

    Gudogay Nightlife

    If they like you the kindly Guards may put on a "disco laser light show" especially for their special guests!All in jest! In January - many layers!

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  • souvenier shop at bthe train station.

    Gudogay Shopping

    there is a little souvenier at the train station where you can buy cigarets, babushkas and belarus bra's before you board the train back to vilnius.very interesting little shop. babushkas and booze are probaply the best choices.

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Baranavichy

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    by minchanka Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Museum of Locomotives contains many samples of old steam-engines made in early 20th century in Germany, Poland and Russia; different equipment related to railway maintenance; photos, pictures and historical documents. The entrance is free.

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    May 8, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Attention to those who've received their tourist visa invitations from travel agents in or outside Belarus. The embassies of Belarus across the world have introduced a new form of invitation and forgot to inform anyone (quite typical of them). They call agents asking to supply the new form from some consulates (UK) and in some just turn back applicants (Germany). Ask your travel agent if the invitation you are holding is the updated form (looks like a chart listing your passport data, your employer and industry vs. the old form with a few paragraphs of info).

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Known for its onion-dome architecture, freezing cold temperatures, and strong liquers, Belarus emerges from one of the murkier political pasts in Europe. Visitors to Belarus travel to see the Brest...