Belarus Travel Guide

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    National Library of Belarus
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Minsk

https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belarus/Minsk-340356/TravelGuide-Minsk.html

454,1150,15

Hrodna

https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belarus/Hrodzyenskaya_Voblasts/Hrodna-342908/TravelGuide-Hrodna.html

113,275,0

Brest

https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belarus/Brestskaya_Voblasts/Brest-344496/TravelGuide-Brest.html

81,219,4

Zaslawye

https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belarus/Minskaya_Voblasts/Zaslawye-334830/TravelGuide-Zaslawye.html

14,38,0

Pruzhany

https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belarus/Brestskaya_Voblasts/Pruzhany-338412/TravelGuide-Pruzhany.html

1,5,0

Orsha

https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belarus/Vitsyebskaya_Voblasts/Orsha-339415/TravelGuide-Orsha.html

6,6,0

Mahilyow

https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belarus/Mahilyowskaya_Voblasts/Mahilyow-340837/TravelGuide-Mahilyow.html

12,27,0

Lida

https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belarus/Hrodzyenskaya_Voblasts/Lida-341214/TravelGuide-Lida.html

1,3,0

Kuchin

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Kosovo

https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belarus/Kosovo-341908/TravelGuide-Kosovo.html

9,0,0

Homyel'

https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belarus/Homyel-342910/TravelGuide-Homyel.html

10,18,0

Ozero Gomel'

https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belarus/Ozero_Gomel-343263/TravelGuide-Ozero_Gomel.html

3,3,0

Bol'shiye Nemki

https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belarus/Homyelskaya_Voblasts/Bolshiye_Nemki-344749/TravelGuide-Bolshiye_Nemki.html

3,5,0

Minsk

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  • Modern National Library of Belarus

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Minsk Things to Do

    Byelorussians are highly critical of the Library, they call it ‘Shurik’s Sharik’ – ‘Alexander’s (Lukashenko, the president) hexagon’. Indeed, it is a hexagon, and loyalists will present is rather as the ‘Byelorussian Diamond’! For my part I see nothing wrong in the architecture. Moreover, at night it does look like a fairytale project with all...

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  • Best Eastern Hotel Belarus

    Minsk Hotels

    Bonjour a tous! Hi everyone! For my first time in Minsk in 2010 I was staying in Tourist Hotel,...

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  • Colossal inflation

    Minsk Warnings and Dangers

    If you go to Belarus, better see to it that you use all the cash you had in your pocket. Coming a couple of years later you may find out that it's worth next to nothing.I mean, we in Russia had our ruble plunge considerably, but here things seem to be even more serious.Just compare: when I visited Minsk in 2014, the bus fare was 3 700 rubles. Now...

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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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  • Cafe Talisman

    Brest Restaurants

    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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  • Hermitage Hotel

    Brest Hotels

    Fancy hotel about 10 minutes walk from the station - officially a business hotel but it's neither...

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  • excellent sushi (and more)

    Brest Restaurants

    A receptionist of the hotel where we were staying recommended this sushi place to us. The selection of food was excellent: plenty of oprions for sushi and sashimi, as well as food from other cuisenes, too... not only Asian as the people next to us were having pizza.Staff are extremely nice and English menus are available - but no one speaks it so...

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Zaslawye

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  • Wooden houses

    Zaslawye General

    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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Pruzhany

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    It was nice!

    by Yogi555 Written Jul 26, 2006

    Favorite thing: It was easy to see sights of the town as they are close from each other

    Fondest memory: I was thrilled to see the Palace, war memorial and the landmark of the rivers

    war memorial Catholic church
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    • Historical Travel
    • Castles and Palaces
    • Architecture

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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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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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Lida

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    Castle of Lida

    by Raimix Updated Feb 27, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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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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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Homyel'

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  • Drink beer without stop

    Homyel' Restaurants

    Piva bes pereriva means Beer without interruption. It also means that the shop is open 24 hours a day. Beer!

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  • Cyril of Turaw statue

    Homyel' Things to Do

    While walking around the centralpark I found this statue. I asked to the people about this personage. At the beginning I thought he was a greek, but no, he was Cyril of Turaw, a bishop and a saint of the XII century. He also was a prolific writer. He was a great man, indeed.

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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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Ozero Gomel'

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  • Getting About

    Ozero Gomel' Transportation

    The best way to get around Gomel is by bus and trolleybus, and the best way to do this is to buy a travelcard for just a few dollars, the buses are fast and frequent, albeit a little crowded, but even in the rush hour its not too bad.

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  • Gomel Markets

    Ozero Gomel' Shopping

    For good value and well varied shopping, try the three markets around Gomel, you can buy just about anything at them and they are extremely cheap compared to western europe. Just about anything from fresh food to clothes to housewares and on and on and on. Not a lot compared to western europe.

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Bol'shiye Nemki

  • My Small Motherland

    Bol'shiye Nemki General

    Neither I nor my father has been here before. But the monument to the victims of the WW II definetely shows - this is my motherland. 6 of 100 family names are mine.I expected to see something like that, but my son was really impressed.

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  • River Besed' (Bel.: Byasedz')

    Bol'shiye Nemki General

    River Besed' splits here two neiboring villages - Big nemki and Small Nemki.It is very slow and calm - really proving it's name which can be from Russian "beseda" - a heart-to-heart talk.

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  • Chernobyl's vestige

    Bol'shiye Nemki General

    There are many points in Gomel' region with spots of radiation pollution. Road to Nemki is not an exception :(Along the road you can see signs: "Radiation pollution! No pasture, no haymaking, no berries or mushrooms gathering!"Though the place is rather far from Chernobyl' pollution map has very curved and unpredictible shape.

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    Jan 10, 2015 at 1:37 PM

    Dear Friends, it appears that 2011 is back except it is now winter and the things are developing very swiftly. From today on foreign currency is unavailable in the exchange kiosks, so do be careful about how much you exchange so as not to be left with a pile of rubles that cost nothing.
    ATMs don't produce any currency now so if you need cash and it won't harm having $100 in small bills (or euro). Ruble is losing value but not too fast consider that as you plan expenses.
    Surely, don't deal with the folks you don't know on the exchange issues. Your any questions on the matter are most welcome here and via PMs.

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