About

Belarus Cheat Sheet (Belarus At a Glance):
 

 Formal Name

 Republic of Belarus (Byelorussia)

 Location of Belarus

 Eastern Europe

 Capital

 Minsk

 Demonym

 Belarusian

 Area

 207,595 km2 (80,153 sq mi)

 Land Boundaries

 Total: 3,642 km, Border Countries (5): Latvia 161 km, Lithuania 640 km, Poland 418 km, Russia 1,312 km, Ukraine 1,111 km

 Population

 9.5 Million

 Ethnic Groups

 Belarusians, Russians, Poles, Ukrainians

 Languages

 Belarusian, Russian

 Administrative and Territorial Structure

 Belarus is divided into six regions and the city of Minsk.

 Religion

 Orthodox Christianity, Catholicism

 Currency

 Belarusian ruble (BYR)

 Time Zone

 UTC +3 (FET)

 Calling Code

 +375

 Internet TLD

 .by, .бел

 Drives On

 Right Side

 Visa on Arrival

 No

 Major Cities

 Minsk, Homyel, Mahilyow, Vitsyebsk, Hrodna, Brest, Babruysk

 

About Belarus

Belarus is a country landlocked in Eastern Europe that recently opened its tourism gates to tourists. And, it’s now becoming a popular travel destination in Europe. The country has two official languages which are Belarusian and Russian. Belarus is 90% covered in forests with lush vegetation and mesmerising countryside. You will find an abundance of wildlife which is out in the forest or in the national parks.

Belarus Geography

Belarus is a heavily forested country with few lowlands. The highest point of the country is the Dzerzhinsky Hill which is about 1,135 ft and the Neman River is its lowest point which is at 90 meters. There are also many streams and lakes which are scattered about the mountainous area of the country.

Belarus Climate and Weather

Belarus has a continental climate with similar moderate characteristics to that of Central Europe. Summers are short and hot, it lasts at least about 150 days and thunderstorms are quite common. Winters are long and cold. There’s snowfall throughout the country from the month of December up to early March.

Belarus History

The history of Belarus started in the 6th century when they were invaded by the Slavic tribes who settled there. Many of the Jewish people were killed by the Germans during their rule. Belarus went through a lot of painful history in both WWI and WWII. And, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, they got their independence on 27th July 1990.

Belarus Culture and Traditions

The culture of Belarus is under the impact and influence of many factors. It has a rich cultural heritage that dates back to centuries whether its food, art, architecture, literal works etc. Now the culture is more dynamic and varied. Most of its culture is seen in its history, fine arts, music, theatre etc.

Belarus Food & Cuisine

The food of Belarus is highly influenced by the cuisine of many other neighbouring European countries. Their food usually consists of meat and a variety of vegetables. Back in the days, people use to eat legumes as a source of protein but now a day’s people eat a lot of pork meat.

Facts about Belarus

1. 40 % of the country is covered in forests.
2. Independence Avenue is the longest street.
3. Potatoes is a common dish.
4. Bison is their national symbol.
5. Most of the monuments are dedicated to Lenin.
6. IT sector is getting bigger in the country.
7. Ralph Lauren, Marc Chagall were from Belarus.
8. Belarus still has the death penalty.
9. It’s the 93rd most populous country in the world.
10. Ice hockey is the most popular sport.

 

Tourism

Belarus Tourism

The country is still a blank page in many of the traveller's map as it’s still undiscovered. Belarus has plenty of attractions, but there are a lot of things they still need to work on before attracting tourists. Belarus has pristine nature and rich wildlife with hunting being a very popular sport among the tourists. Apart from its natural landscapes, it offers visitors enjoy numerous forts and castles which are in so many cities in the country. In Minsk, you will find a number of monuments, building, and architecture to admire. There’s the Independence Square, National Museums, Parks, Theatres etc.

Minsk Tourism

Minsk is the capital city of Belarus with several great places to visit. There’s always something to see and do in the country every season. During the summertime, the grass is greener, the sun shines brightly to enjoy paddle-boating or walking by the green park line. You can walk the streets and find several museums on the way or just gaze at the Soviet- era architecture along the street. In the winter, the streets are filled with snow which is pretty walk able and many cafes and bars will keep you warm all the way. Visit Sts. Simon and Helena Church, or Red Church, Nezavisimosti Avenue, Upper Town and many other places.

Different Types of Tourism in Belarus

1. Historical Tourism in Belarus


Belarus is a country with a great history in the past. It is located in the heat of Europe and thus it appeals to tourists to explore the landmarks of the country and immersed in its rich history and culture. National Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve Nesvizh, Mir Castle, Gomel Palace, St. Francis Xavier Cathedral and many others.

2. Cultural Tourism in Belarus

The most captivating cultural places of interest in Belarus include Marc Chagall Museum, Krevo Castle ruins, Lida Castle, Palace of the Rumyantsevs and the Paskeviches, Ruzhany Castle, Palace of the Puslovskys in Kosovo and many others. With its rich culture, you can visit many of its theatre, music centre’s too and get to know more about their culture.

3. Nature Tourism in Belarus

Belarus is a forested country which makes it an excellent place for nature lovers to explore the country’s natural wonders. You can visit some of its best reserves and parks such as Belavezhskaya Puscha, Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve, Braslavskiy Ozera National Park, Narachansky National Park and Pripyatsky National Park, all of which are beautiful.

4. Sports and Adventure Tourism in Belarus

Holiday in Belarus offers a great opportunity to take part in great outdoor activities such as hunting, skiing, hiking and fishing. Its landscape and climate make it ideal for such sports and activities. There are many forests, farmland which is ideal for hunting deer, wolves, bison etc. Fishing is great by the Vitebsk region, skiing in many mountain regions and hiking by the landscape of forest, lakes and rivers.

5. Honeymoon Tourism in Belarus

Belarus is an upcoming honeymoon destination as it has ideal places for couples to relax and spend good time together. The chalk quarries are a great place and a popular landmark of the country. The turquoise water and amazing landscape make it a nice romantic spot for a couple. There are other interesting romantic places such as Island of love on Minsk Sea, Loshitsky park, Belarussian castles, theatres etc.

6. MICE Tourism in Belarus

Business tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors in Belarus and its hospitality has been known for many years. The country has standard facilities for business and corporate tourism along with being located in the centre of Europe. Every year the country hosts a number of trade fairs, exhibitions, conferences, workshops etc. And, being a global player, it also regularly hosts to diplomats, political figures, government organisations, celebrities etc.

7. Health and Wellness Tourism in Belarus

Belarus has been long known for being a recreational centre due to its beautiful nature, salutary air, environment, climate, experience medical and healthcare personnel etc. The Belarus sanatoria are the best centres and it’s unique in its own way. It offers mineral water and therapeutic treatments in highly efficient procedures.

8. Culinary Tourism in Belarus

The cuisine of Belarus is amazing with a variety of dishes and cuisine similar to Polis, Lithuania and other Slavic cuisines, but the traditional food is found only in its country. Some of their famous dishes are Draniki, Kletski, Tsibriki, Sashni, Zhurek, Machanka, Borscht and many others.

9. Nightlife Tourism in Belarus

Minsk has great nightlife as it’s is active and wide awake at night especially in the summertime. There are many clubs which has been styled up in a pleasant taste with an impressive design such as Rich cat, the Dozari Club, Blackhouse club, next club etc. However, the street light up at night with nice shows, the restaurants also get lighted up and served good food and drink to enjoy at night.

10. Winter Tourism in Belarus

Winter in Belarus is a perfect time to explore and walk along the forest paths, catching snowflakes and enjoying the chills. But, above this there much to do in winter such as visiting Beloovezhskaya Pushcha which is one of the most ancient forests in Europe, climb the Mayak mountains and have the best view of Braslaw lake where you can even observe animals. Others to see are Berezinsky biosphere reserve, Logoysk ski complex, Solnechnaya Dolina Park and many others.

Travel Guide

Belarus Tour and Travel Guide

Belarus is mostly visited for its natural beauty, landmarks, hospitality and museums. The war complex is liked by many tourists, an old fortress which is a memorial for the bravery of the Belarus people during WWII. The Mir castle is another attraction which is on the popular sight; it is a UNESCO World Heritage site which has a nice small park and chapel outside the castle. The tourists are also really fond of Belarusian State Museum as it’s simply the experience to get in here and see the big monument, statutes just surrounded by Victory Park.

Minsk Travel Guide

Minsk is a big city for everyone to see and do, with some of its biggest attractions as well as the most exciting events. The main landmark of the city is Independence Avenue which is 15 km long; it has much architectural building built in the 1950s in Stalin style. Some of its biggest squares are October Square, victory square, Yakub Kolas square.  The neo-Gothic church is another enchanting attraction in Minsk which was built in memory of aristocrat Edward Woynillowicz. Right around the corner is the underground city which has many shopping centres etc.

1. Accommodation in Belarus

The capital city has all the lion’s share of the hotels in Belarus. The rates of the rooms start at $100 a night which is a standard budget hotel. There is also relatively bed and breakfast which are equipped with good and standard facilities and less expensive than a hotel stay.

2. Transportation in Belarus

You can hire a car with or without a driver, but it is recommended to hire a driver as most of the traffic signs are in Cyrillic script only. There are a number of taxis which can cost quite a lot. For those of you interested in cycling, you can rent a bike and ride about the parks and bike paths.

3. Shopping in Belarus

There are fascinating products which you can find in Belarus, and the capital city, Minsk has the best shopping centres. Stolitsa is a famous multi-storey underground mall which sells a number of local and international products. If you want local products, Komarovsky is a great market to get souvenirs such as Matryoshka dolls, linen, painted products etc.

4. Best Time to Visit Belarus

It's best to visit Belarus when the temperature drop after the month of August, most tourist prefer to visit this time of the year as the weather is very pleasant. If you enjoy winter, the month of November is good, and it’s best to avoid the rainy season which is from the month of June to August.

5. Belarus Travel Tips

Minsk International Airport is just 40kms from Minsk.
Train is cheap and travel between major cities.
Buy drinking water.
Wash your fruits and vegetables.
Avoid walking alone at night.
Must try vodka to herb infused balsams.
Look for Okyabrskaya, the street of art.
Visit Miniature Museum.

Visa Information

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