Republic of Belarus
Location: Belarus occupies 207.6 thousand square kilometers. in the eastern part of Europe and shares borders with next countries: Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia and Ukraine.
Official languages: Belarusian and Russian.
Population: we are 9.5 million people and Belarusians, Russians, Poles, Ukrainians, Jews and representatives of other nationalities live together on the territory of our country.
Money: Belarusian ruble, major European and international credit cards, including American Express, Euro/MasterCard, Visa are accepted.
Transport: The national airline is Belavia (B2), it offers a great number of international flights. Lufthansa, LOT, Aeroflot, Etihad, Austrian, Air China, ElAl, Air France, Air Baltic provide a regular service from Minsk to most European capitals. International airport: Minsk-2 (MSQ) is located 40 km from the city.
Trains accessing to Belarus are available from various other Western and Eastern European cities. Trains run regularly from Minsk to all other towns.
Nature: we are very proud of our unique nature. It’s easy to breathe in Belarus, because forests occupy a third part of the country’s territory. The north of the country is the region of lakes, the south of the country is a swampy area — the famous Belarusian Polesie. We call Belarus “the country with blue-eyes” for its many lakes and rivers. In those areas where unique landscapes, rare species of plants and animals have been preserved, national parks and reserves were created. We invite you to visit Belovezhskaya Pushcha, Braslav Lakes, Pripyatsky and Narochansky National Parks (https://npbp.by/eng/). Our country is an excellent choice for those who like fishing, hunting and bird watching, hiking, horseback riding and hiking in the swamps (https://34travel.me/gotobelarus/en/post/birdwatching-en).
Climate: the climate of our country is moderately continental, it is influenced by the location, the prevalence of flat relief and the distance from the Atlantic Ocean. As each season has its own charm and features, your holiday in Belarus will be interesting at any time of the year.
Cuisine: Once upon a time, Slavic, Baltic, Jewish and German culinary traditions intertwined here, that’s why we have such a variety of delicious dishes on our table. Be sure to try machanka with pancakes and vereshchaka, homemade sausages, potato pancakes, sorcerers, dumplings, cold soup from sorrel. And we are also called «Bulbash» (“people made from potatoes” as bulba is potatoes in Belarusian) because we eat it too much. Do not forget about cheeses made from cow and goat’s milk, sweets made from honey, apples and cranberries. Try our kvass, zbiten and traditional liqueurs.
Religion: Belarus is a friendly home for representatives of different religions: Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism and Islam
UNESCO sites: the National Park «Belovezhskaya Pushcha», the castle complex «Mir», the architectural and cultural complex of the Radziwills residence in Nesvizh are included in the World Heritage List and points of the Struve Geodetic Arc. The list of intangible cultural heritage is supplemented by the Belarusian ritual «Christmas carols», the spring rite «Yuryevsky round dance» and the celebration in honor of the Budslavskaya Icon of the Mother of God (Budslavsky fest).
Famous natives: Belarus is proud of famous figures of culture and science, Olympic champions and renowned scientists such as the national hero of Chile — Ignat Domeyko; scientists Alexander Chizhevsky, Zhores Alferov and Sofia Kovalevskaya; artists Marc Chagall and Napoleon Orda; Nobel laureate in literature S.Aleksievich and many others, whose names are named streets of cities. You will hear about many outstanding people during excursions around Belarus.
Souvenirs from Belarus: products made of flax, straw, clay and wood; products with Belarusian ornaments; cranberries in sugar and marshmallows; mead and tincture.
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10 things to do in Belarus:
1.to spend a couple of days alone with nature (get lost in the forest and walk through the swamp)
- to meet a bison
3.to try potato pancakes
- to learn a few Belarusian words («dzyakui», «da pabachennya», «ya tsyabe kakhai»)
- to back to USSR by walking along the streets of one of the Belarusian cities
- make sure if all Belarusians are fair-haired and blue-eyed
- to dance «lyavonikha» or «kryzhachek»
8.to visit the capital — the city of Minsk
- to learn ancient Belarusian traditions by visiting an old estate
10.to find the center of Europe in Polotsk.