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20.11.2017

Enjoy Belarusian nature on cruise ship Belaya Rus
Cruise motor ship Belaya Rus offers Belarusian nature tours The first Belarus' cruise ship called Belaya Rus is already in demand among Russian tourists. Sailing through Belarus you will enjoy the beauty of Belarus' nature and its villages. Prices range from 300 to 1200 euros. The tour is available from April to October. The route is Brest - Mozyr and back. 523km of waterway passes through such towns as Kobrin, Pinsk, Turov (also spelled as Turau, the most ancient town in Belarus) and others.

16.11.2017

Can tourists travel to Russia from Belarus without visas?
Can you visit Belarus with Russian visa in 2017? By the end of 2017 Belarus and Russia may sign an agreement on mutual recognition of visas. This was announced by the Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei following the meeting in Moscow with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. At the border, Belarus and Russia have no customs and border control for citizens of the two countries. Visas to foreign citizens are issued by each country independently.

13.11.2017

Gary Vandeweghe on USA's Fed Cup win and Minsk
Vandeweghe relative on USA's Fed Cup win and Belarus The cousin grandfather of the American tennis player CoCo Vandeweghe, Gary, visited the Fed Cup final match at Chizhovka Arena in Minsk. "On Thursday I flew from California to Belarus to get to this final and watch the tennis of my grandniece. We have a whole support group here: friends of Coco, a few more relatives. We are in touch every day talking about our family, discussing funny stories, but not tennis.

10.11.2017

Do you need to fill out migration card entering Belarus?
Do you need to fill out migration card entering Belarus? Foreign citizens entering and leaving Belarus will not fill out the migration cards if they are not going to travel to Russia, the Belarus Parliament said. This provision is among the amendments and additions to the agreement between Belarus and Russia regarding the use of a single migration card, which the two countries share. The Protocol on Amendments was ratified by Belarus.

06.11.2017

Belarusian ecotourism: travelling to mysterious island Du
Belarusian ecotourism: travelling to mysterious island Du Belarus has always been famous for its beautiful nature, green forests, blue lakes and rivers. Nevertheless, not many have heard that a country with no access to the sea can be famous for having islands.
Belavia announces flights to Rostov, Kazan for World Cup 2018
Belavia announces flights to Rostov, Kazan for World Cup 2018 At a press conference on the Day of Civil Aviation Workers, representatives of the Belarusian aviation industry told about plans for 2018. During the event, representatives of the aviation industry said what flights Belarus will open in the coming months. The general director of Belavia airline Anatoly Gusarov confirmed that flight from Minsk to Novosibirsk will resume in May according to summer schedule. It will be operated by S7 Airlines, and one will be able to buy the tickets from Belavia thanks to code-sharing.

03.11.2017

Samsung Pay available in Belarus from November 2017
Samsung Pay available in Belarus from November 2017 Samsung Pay is a mobile payment service using Samsung mobile devices. It is accepted for payment wherever it is possible to make a purchase on an ordinary bank card using a contactless technology or a magnetic strip. Before, it was possible to pay with Samsung's gadgets in Belarus only if you used Russian cards. Now Belarusian banks will be connected to the system. 
Warm weather in Minsk during November 2017 holidays
Warm weather in Minsk during November 2017 holidays Warm weather is expected in the coming weekend when Belarus celebrates November holidays. There might be some rain and fog, said deputy head of the meteorological forecasting service of BelGidromet Svetlana Rybakova. MORE: How Belarus celebrates October Revolution Day (yes, it's celebrated in November!)

31.10.2017

New Minsk-Warsaw train costs 18 euros
New daily Minsk-Warsaw train: Price, schedule and other details A new train will go from Minsk to Warsaw and back every day starting from December 2017. Passengers will only have to change trains in Brest, but the cost has significantly dropped to only 18 euros, Belarusian Railways says. Unlike with Russian trains going from Moscow’s Belorusskaya Station to Warsaw (it will continue to go thrice a week), the cars of the new train will not be adjusted to a narrow gauge in Brest.

30.10.2017

Grodno Region hoping for 10-day visa-free regime
Grodno Region hoping for 10-day visa-free regime It has been exactly one year since the visa free regime to Grodno and the Augustow Canal was set. It positively influenced the tourist development of the unique waterworks.
5 new hotels to open in Minsk before European Games 2019
5 new hotels to open in Minsk before European Games 2019 As many as five new hotels will be opened in Minsk before the start of the Second European Games in 2019.

29.10.2017

Augustow Canal's bicycle route to be included into GREEN VELO network
Augustow Canal's bicycle route to be included into GREEN VELO network The Augustow Canal will soon be part of the transborder water and bicycle routes. The visa free regime at the Canal attracted many tourists. Since the beginning of 2017, some 85 thousand people visited the place. That is 14 thousand tourists more than in 2016. The number of foreign tourists increased by about three times. At the moment the “Avgust Velo” route is being developed there. The route will then be included into the GREEN VELO international network.

28.10.2017

Belarus rated 109th in Individual Passport Power Rank
Belarus rated 109th in Individual Passport Power Rank Holders of Belarusian passports may visit 39 countries without a visa and 32 countries give visas on arrival. The Individual Passport Power Rank of the Arton Capital company shows residents of which countries may visit most of all countries without a visa. Belarus holds the 109th position between Thailand and Nauru.

27.10.2017

Visa-free regime in Belarus may be extended up to 30 days
Belarus may extend visa-free regime to 30 days Belarus may increase the period of stay without visas to 30 days, Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei told Financial Times. "Our initiative is designed to facilitate business contacts between Belarus and the EU, to promote the development of tourism. And this is not the limit: we intend to increase the duration of stay in Belarus without visas to 10 or even 30 days. But we will approach this gradually.
Lebyazhy water park in Minsk among 11 best in the world - Tripadvisor
Lebyazhy water park in Minsk among 11 best in the world in 2017 - Tripadvisor Minsk's waterpark Lebyazhy has got into the list of 25 best water parks in Europe, according to Tripadvisor. This year, it took 11th place, rising eight notches as compared to 2016. Tripadvisor annually makes ratings of the best tourist sites in Europe and the world based on reviews of travelers from different countries. The lists include hotels, resorts, museums and other facilities, including water parks. Lebyazhy (in English: Swan) took 11th place, overtaking some parks of Spain, Portugal, Britain and Lithuania.
What Chinese don't understand in Belarus?
What Chinese don't understand in Belarus? Every Sunday, Chinese students meet with Belarusians in the Pushkin library in Minsk. On October 22, the two nations discussed each other's gastronomic preferences. On the eve of the meeting, one hundred Chinese students were interviewed. We found out that weather is one of the things Chinese don't like in Belarus. But there are many more questions about Belarusian cuisine. "Boiled potatoes?" asks Fu, who teaches Chinese to students at the Belarusian State University. "How can you eat it without sauce or something spicy?"

24.10.2017

Mindaugas and Mickiewicz cycling routes being created in Belarus' Novogrudok region
Mindaugas and Mickiewicz cycling routes to appear in Belarus Four new tourist bike routes along historical trails around the places of King Mindaugas and the poet Adam Mickiewicz will appear in the Novogrudok region, Belarus. Each will pass through the most important historical places. One of them, a roundabout, about 2 km long, will bear the name of King Mindaugas. Another one - 12-km long - will get tourists familiar with the places connected with Adam Mickiewicz. Both routes will start from the tourist center in the town of Novogrudok.

20.10.2017

Signallers troops exhibition opens at Stalin Line
Signaller troops exhibition opens at Stalin Line near Minsk A new exposition of equipment for the Day of Signaller Troops was opened in the historical and cultural complex "Stalin's Line". Among the exhibits are all kinds of equipment: from telephone and telegraph to space technologies.  There are also unique ones. The first visitor received an original gift from the chief of the signalers troops of the Belarusian army.

17.10.2017

Belarus in Hollywood movies
Belarus in Hollywood movies Did you know that Belarus has something to do with Hollywood? Well, it turns out Hollywood has many roots from Minsk, Bobruisk, Vitebsk, and Grodno. Belarusian blood flows both in the creators of the factory of dreams and in top-level actors. A roaring lion is the symbol of the company created by a native of Minsk. Lazar Meir worked for a long time on the lion's share of what would later be called Hollywood, and invented what millions of people wait eagerly every year - the Oscars.

16.10.2017

British ambassador travelling to ancient town of Turov
How British ambassador to Belarus travelled to ancient town of Turov Many high-ranking foreigners open countries anew thanks to a diplomatic mission to a certain state. Fiona Gibb, the British Ambassador to Belarus, admired the beauties of the Pripyat together with her mother. The high guests from the Foggy Albion chose probably the most "British" weather to feel the unique atmosphere of Polesie. You walked a lot in the woods today, how do you like the weather? It seems to me that it is already quite cold!

12.10.2017

Belarus presents portal for online booking of tourist services
Belarus presents portal for online booking of tourist services A web portal of online booking of tourist services in Belarus was presented at the Days of Minsk in Moscow. The Forum for Business Cooperation was held in Moscow which discussed the development of the two capitals.  Experts also exchanged experience in energy saving, construction and repairs.
Fiona Gibb: About 9,000 tourists from UK expected in Belarus in 2017
Fiona Gibb: About 9,000 tourists from UK expected in Belarus in 2017 7,000 guests from the UK visited Belarus in 2017. Until the end of the year, this figure should increase by another 2,000, said October 11 Fiona Gibb, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Belarus. According to the diplomat, the five-day visa-free regime had a positive impact on the tourism industry of Belarus. These days an international team of tourists from Great Britain, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Russia and Ukraine is travelling through the Gomel region's Polesie.

09.10.2017

Tourism industry suggests solving employment issue by attracting volunteers
Tourism industry suggests solving employment issue by attracting volunteers With the help of the program of volunteer movement, the tourism industry is suggesting to solve the employment issues. Belarus is hosting two grand sports events in the upcoming years. The European Games will be held in Minsk in 2019, and in another two years’ time Belarus’ capital will be hosting the Ice Hockey World Championship matches. In order to cope with the expected flow of guests, Belarus’ tourism industry is to solve the shortage of qualified specialists.

05.10.2017

Is 5 visa-free days enough for tourists in Belarus?
Are five visa-free days enough for tourists in Belarus? Belarus is mulling over allowing tourists to stay in the country visa-free for 10 instead of the current 5 days. In the Grodno region, the visa-free regime has been in force for almost a year now. Practice showed that guests not only from neighboring countries want to see Belarus visa-free. This canvas with reviews from foreigners is as an indicator of the effectiveness of the visa-free regime.

02.10.2017

Navigation boards for tourists appear in Grodno
Navigation boards for tourists appear in Grodno The first board was set up in the very center of the city. Places nearby can be seen on the map. It will help the guests of the visa-free regime zone to navigate on the place. All the writing is in the Russian and English languages.

27.09.2017

Minsk more popular among tourists this autumn, ahead of Astana and Baku
Minsk most popular among Russian tourists, ahead of Astana and Baku Minsk is becoming a tourist mecca for Russians, according to the results of a special poll. This fall, the Belarusian capital outscored Astana and Baku. The rating was made by one of the Russian analytical agencies. According to experts, tourists stay in Minsk on average for two and a half days.
Chinese tourists to be allowed 30-day visa-free entry to Belarus
Chinese tourists to be allowed 30-day visa-free entry to Belarus The tourists from China are always welcomed in Belarus. Citizens from China will be allowed a 30-day visa-free entry to the country. This idea is now being worked out by foreign policy departments.

25.09.2017

Foreigners to be allowed to stay in Belarus without registration for 10 days
Foreigners to be allowed to stay in Belarus without registration for 10 days There will be more visa-free territories in Belarus now: the railway station, the airport in Grodno and part of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha will be added to the already visa-free Augustow channel. On September 25, the Ministry of Sport and Tourism of Belarus said foreigners will be able to stay in Belarus without registration for 10 days instead of current five. It is also considering the introduction of a 30-day visa-free regime for guests from China.
Day of Confucius Institutes held in Minsk
Day of Confucius Institutes held in Minsk The culture of China, the country that today implements communist ideas in the best way, was presented on September 24 in Minsk. The Upper City of the Belarusian capital hosted a festival with bright elements of traditional holidays of China. The audience saw a traditional wedding ceremony and the fortune-telling as well as traditional dances of the Dragon and the Lion. In addition, visitors of the holiday could hear the solo of the Chinese violin Erhu and learn the secrets of the tea ceremony and try their hand in writing hieroglyphics.

22.09.2017

Japanese autumn in Minsk: What to see?
Japanese autumn in Minsk: What to see? The Japanese autumn has come to Minsk. This is the traditional festival of culture of the country of the Rising Sun. Master classes on aikido were already held within the festival. Anyone could attend such a training session, with the first visit to the master already giving you some basics of aikido. In addition to receptions, participants were told about the history of this martial art.

21.09.2017

Minsk named the most popular city of CIS among tourists in autumn 2017
Minsk named the most popular city of CIS among tourists in autumn 2017 The Belarusian capital has topped another tourist rating. This time Minsk was named the most popular city of the CIS for tourists this fall. Such data is given by one of the authoritative analytical agencies. In addition to the capital of Belarus, the top ten includes Astana, Baku, and Kiev. The average term of a visit to Minsk in the autumn is 2.5 days, with tourists spending up to $70 per day.

19.09.2017

First ever gastrofest takes place in Brest
First ever gastrofest takes place in Brest Three weeks, 20 eateries and a hundred dishes for every taste. A gastronomic festival has started in Brest. Every day in the city you can try out any of the offered sets and then vote for the most delicious. The price of competitive dishes is single, so all establishments are on equal terms. Gastronomic discoveries are at every step. Chef Leonid Stepkin came to the festival fully armed - tar-tar from tomatoes and mozzarella, bulgur with porcini mushrooms, and pumpkin cheesecake - a real joy even for gourmets.

18.09.2017

Motorcycle season 2017 closes in Minsk
Motorcycle season 2017 closes in Minsk 7,000 bikers from 15 countries, including Belarus, Russia, the Baltic states, Western Europe and faraway Saudi Arabia, rode through the streets of Minsk. The traditional closing of the season started at the Mound of Glory near Minsk. Closer to noon, the column reached the end point - the Palace of Sports. There, the top bikers showed their driving skills.

14.09.2017

Writers' Park will appear in Minsk
Writers' Park will appear in Minsk The writers' park may appear in Minsk. There are plans to name the nameless green zone near the National Library in honor of famous writers of Belarus. The concept of the park is still being developed. But it is possible that the first trees here will appear in autumn.

13.09.2017

The only black panther in Belarus lives in Grodno Zoo
The only black panther in Belarus lives in Grodno Zoo The big cat has already got used to Grodno's life, eats with appetite and got along with the neighboring predators. However, he still hides from visitors. To catch an animal in an external enclosure is a great success. When the CTV crew approached him, the panther posed for the camera and even meowed. The amazing cat came from Nizhny Novgorod for exchange and it took him long to adapt. Dark color in these animals is a rarity. In the zoo, the graceful animal was given the name of Mr. Black.

12.09.2017

Second information and tourist kiosk opens in Minsk
Second tourist information point opens in Minsk Welcome to Minsk! The second information and tourist kiosk opened on September 6 in the Upper Town. The first such points started working in June at the railway station. Next will be the kiosk at the National Airport Minsk. The infokiosk in the historical part of the capital opened under the sign Kropka (Point). Here you can not only buy gifts and souvenirs, but also get guiding information in Belarusian, Russian and English. Another nice bonus: any help here is given for free.

11.09.2017

Nottingham mayor takes part in Minsk City Day celebrations
Nottingham mayor takes part in Minsk City Day celebrations Thousands of families and guests of Minsk enjoyed the cool day! Official celebrations started on the morning of September 9 at the stela "Minsk - Hero City". Flowers and wreaths to the obelisk came from Minsk city administration and public organizations. Many words of gratitude sounded in remembrance of those who made our life peaceful, and thanks to whom the Belarusian capital became a truly beloved by millions. Representatives of twin towns and partner cities from 12 countries came to Minsk to participate in festive events.
Hot air balloon festival held in Minsk on City Day 2017
Video: Hot air balloon festival held in Minsk on City Day 2017 The best pilots from seven countries came to Minsk to congratulate the Belarusian capital on City Day. Dozens of hot air baloons were soaring over Minsk on September 9.
Minskers celebrate Tankman Day
Belarusians celebrate Tankman Day A large-scale event dedicated to Tankmen Day was held in Minsk on September 10. 200 hectares in the Victory Park in the Belarus capital Minsk were equipped for thematic zones, playgrounds, sports, children's playgrounds. Everyone had an opportunity to become a true gunner or crew commander. Participating in the event was the Minsk mayor. Andrei Shorets arrived on the holiday on an armored vehicle.

08.09.2017

'Ideal skyscraper' built in vulica Kastryčnickaja, Minsk
'Perfect skyscraper' built in vulica Kastryčnickaja, Minsk Walking along vulica Kastryčnickaja (Oktyabrskaya Street) in Minsk, you can notice an unusual construction. It's the perfect skyscraper. Named so by the authors of the project - young architects Ilya and Anastasia - it is meant to diversify the urban space, to bring something new and useful in it.

07.09.2017

Minsk Arena: Promo video for Minsk's 950th anniversary
Minsk Arena: Promo video for Minsk's 950th anniversary Alexander Bogdanovich, Olympic champion, deputy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus:For me as an athlete Minsk Arena is one of the most significant places in Minsk. When we talk about this complex, I immediately recall the 2014 IIHF WM. I remember the stands supporting team Belarus. There were so many emotions and the spirit of sport and friendship filled this area. Ice hockey players and fans from all over the world appreciated Belarus' hospitality and managerial skills.
Lošycki Park: Promo video for Minsk's 950th anniversary
Lošycki Park: Promo video for Minsk's 950th anniversary Inna Afanasyeva, Honored Artist of Belarus:We, Minsk residents, are lucky to have so many parks and garden squares. One of my favorites is Lošycki Park.
Trajeckaje Pradmiescie (Trinity Hill): Promo video for Minsk's 950th anniversary
Trajeckaje Pradmiescie (Trinity Hill): Promo video for Minsk's 950th anniversary Nikolai Kirichenko, People's Artist of Belarus:I do take pride in our city, I am proud of its purity, its wide streets, parks and people! I remember coming here in the 1950s as a child. There were excavation works here on the site of the "zamchishche" [in English: remains of an ancient castle]. I thought: "How wonderful it is! People were born here, died here, prayed in that church... They bequeathed something..." You know... We do have to remember our history. Always.
National Library of Belarus: Promo video for Minsk's 950th anniversary
National Library of Belarus: Promo video for Minsk's 950th anniversary Anatol Yarmolenka, People's Artist of Belarus:There is a place in Minsk where I want to come after long tours, where my soul can rest, to use our famous poet's words. I think the National Library of Belarus is a symbol of Minsk, like the Eiffel Tower in Paris. I'm sure we'll always love our symbols and cherish our capital! MORE: National Library of Belarus - curious facts
Vulica Kastryčnickaja: Promo video for Minsk's 950th anniversary
Vulica Kastryčnickaja: Promo video for Minsk's 950th anniversary Elizaveta Khilkevich, author of the guide "My First Book About Minsk":Take-away coffee, yeast smell and streetcars that no longer ply this route. In the 20th century the street was a typical industrial corner of Minsk and no one could think that in the 21st century it will become one of the most favourite places for Minsk party-goers!
Victory Square: Promo video for Minsk's 950th anniversary
Victory Square: Promo video for Minsk's 950th anniversary Evgeny Svib, senior lieutenant:Victory Square in Minsk is the symbol of heroism, the symbol of victory of good over evil. Every one of us must carry this memory in their heart. When I first took part in the flower laying ceremony at one of state events... I still remember that feeling: compassion, sorrow... And at the same time pride for our people. I wish the hero city Minsk and all Minsk residents health, well-being and peaceful sky over our strong and independent Belarus!
Upper Town: Promo video for Minsk's 950th anniversary
Upper Town: Promo video for Minsk's 950th anniversary Oksana Volkova, Honored Artist of the Republic of Belarus:Upper Town is a place that has recently become a center of cultural life of Minsk. Open-air concerts, including those in which I take part, attract more and more viewers. This year I was lucky to perform several songs at such a concert and I got so many emotions! Here nearby stands the Music Academy where I met my love, my man, with whom I've lived 19 years already! I wish Minsk residents more music, inspiration and love!
Minsk City Day fireworks due at 11pm on September 9
Minsk City Day fireworks due at 11pm on September 9 Minsk turns 950 years in 2017. The city will celebrate the anniversary from 7 to 10 September. Minsk residents and guests will be offered an entertaining program, including fairs, historical re-enactments and sports competitions. The main day of celebration will be Saturday - September 9. Festivities will take place in Minsk center from morning till evening. The holiday will finish with a fireworks display accompanied by music.
National Art Museum: Promo video for Minsk's 950th anniversary
National Art Museum: Promo video for Minsk's 950th anniversary Alexei Dudarev, dramatist:Minsk is the city in which you are always at home, wherever you are. We are now in the National Art Museum. This is a place where you feel you are connected with the world. And this world brings us closer to harmony, closer to truth. I wish all Minskers and all people of the world: let this light of harmony never leave you!
Red Church: Promo video for Minsk's 950th anniversary
Red Church: Promo video for Minsk's 950th anniversary Alexander Yefremov: theater and film director, People's Artist of Belarus:
Minsk Railway Station: Promo video for Minsk's 950th anniversary
Minsk Railway Station: Promo video for Minsk's 950th anniversary Viktor Babarikin, conductor of the Presidential Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus, about the Minsk Railway Station:I've always associated the railway station with my childhood: my mom and dad, younger brother, our bags... We go to have a rest together... Now that I have become a musician. And now for me this is a place where I feel at home. I wish everyone to have such a place where they love to return.
National Airport Minsk introduces parking limits near airport building
National Airport Minsk limits parking near airport building It could be economic news, but the National Airport Minsk says the changes are explained by security requirements. We are talking about the new rules of ground movement near at the main airport of Belarus. They caused a wide resonance among passengers. Changes concern incoming passengers. From now on, those who are meet passengers after landing on a private car will have to get to their car on foot, unless it's the transfer of the airport itself. This is quite a long distance considering that most of passengers also have luggage.
Minsk City Day celebrations to start on September 7
Minsk City Day celebrations to start on September 7 From scientific meetings to spectacular shows: the main festive events dedicated to the 950th anniversary of the Belarusian capital are about to begin in Minsk. On September 7, the forum "Minsk and Minsk citizens. 10 centuries of history" will take place in the City Hall. It will bring together more than a hundred researchers, including from Russia, Ukraine and Poland. Experts will discuss different time periods of the city, as well as its tourist potential.

04.09.2017

Belarusian hotels now submit registration info on tourists to police via electronic system
Belarusian hotels now submit registration info on tourists via electronic system From September 1, Belarusian hotels submit information on incoming tourists to the Ministry of Internal Affairs through an electronic system. This is a practice accepted worldwide. It operates in the Czech Republic, Montenegro, Kazakhstan, Malaysia and other countries. This was made possible thanks to the Unified Services Portal. The resource will make the procedure more convenient. At the same time, hotels, hostels and other similar services still have the right to submit this information in other ways.
Brest: Where Motherland Begins. Promotional video
Brest: Where Motherland Begins. Promotional video The 1,000th anniversary of the Belarusian city of Brest is still two years away, but CTV Channel has already shot five promo videos showing the western gate of Belarus through different people's eyes.  Brest is where history and modernity are intertwined. The movie Where Motherland Begins will show you the Brest you did not see. MORE: Directors and actors of the Brest promo videos about work behind the scenes
Italy culture festival held in Minsk: National cuisine, music and traditions presented
Italy culture festival held in Minsk: National cuisine, music and traditions presented A festival of friendship between Italy and Belarus was held in Minsk on September 3 with theater performances, fashion shows and magic music. The festival in Upper Town featured bands that presented the traditions of both countries, pointing to the close historical connection between the cultures of Belarus and Italy. Participants of Belarusian Fashion Week demonstrated new collections of designer clothes, while Italian songs emphasized the special atmosphere of the festival.
Written Language Day celebrated in Polotsk: Gutenberg's press on display
Written Language Day celebrated in Polotsk with Gutenberg's press on display The day of written language is an attribute of the Independence of Belarus. The national holiday was celebrated in one of the oldest towns of Belarus - Polotsk. It was dedicated to the glorious son of this ancient town - Francysk Skaryna. Participant of the festival:We print on the machine, which is a prototype of the Gutenberg press. We print engravings with children, which they then cut out.

01.09.2017

30,000 expected to partake in Minsk half marathon September 10
30,000 expected to partake in Minsk half marathon September 10 The prize fund will be $27,000. The distances are unchanged: 5, 10 and 21 kilometers. In 2017, the organizers made adjustments to the route of the shortest race - now it is a circular track. In addition, the distance starts are divided. The winners will receive 6,000 Belarusian rubles each, and each finisher will receive a commemorative medal. As a result of the two previous similar events, the Belarusian side was awarded the so-called "bronze label" from the International Athletics Federation. Now the task is to raise it to silver status.

30.08.2017

Interesting facts about Minsk: Pobeditelei Avenue
Interesting facts about Minsk: Pobeditelei Avenue By the 950th anniversary of Minsk, the TV program Minsk In Detail continues the series of stories about the landmark places of the Belarusian capital. Today we will be talking about praspiekt Pieramožcaŭ. The 9-kilometer highway leads to the very heart of the city. Belarusian Tatars and Bulgarian revolutionary Dimitrov. The very first students of the Belarusian State University and Piotr Masherov. Names and people are woven into one 9-kilometer highway, which leads to the very center of Minsk.

28.08.2017

Indian Culture Day takes place in Minsk on August 27
Indian Culture Day takes place in Minsk on August 27 Fragrances of Indian spices were felt in the air and national music sounded in the center of Minsk on August 27. The Upper Town hosted a holiday dedicated to the culture of India. On this occasion, the famous Indian dance band arrived in the Belarusian capital. The audience heard the original performance of Indian music on traditional Indian instruments. The familiar melodies did not leave anyone indifferent.

25.08.2017

Week of Georgian cuisine to be held in Belarus
Week of Georgian cuisine to be held in Belarus Dozens of Minsk cafes and restaurants will join the culinary festival with Georgian color, which will be held from August 28 to September 2.   The menu will include a wide variety of eastern dishes, even dessert kebab. The cooks will conduct master classes. Everyone will be able to learn how to cook khachapuri and churchkhela.
Vulica Brasil festival gives Minsk another stunning graffiti
Vulica Brasil festival gives Minsk another stunning graffiti The Belarusian capital with Latin American flavor. The festival VULICA BRASIL is underway in the Belarus capital. Minsk residents can already enjoy these works. Eight best street artists from Brazil arrived in Minsk. During two weeks they will decorate the capital with author's drawings. The plot is chosen by street artists themselves. This is already the 4th such festival. You can take a picture with the artists and see how they work at Oktyabrskaya Street, Romanovskaya Sloboda Street, Kalvariyskaya Street and Masherova Avenue.
Delegations from nine countries to attend 950th anniversary celebrations in Minsk
Delegations from nine countries to attend 950th anniversary celebrations in Minsk Guests from Russia, France, China, Poland, Moldova, Great Britain, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia and Austria are invited for the festivities timed to the 950th anniversary of Minsk. Representatives of 11 sister cities and four partner cities are expected to arrive in the Belarusian capital.

23.08.2017

Belarus' Salihorsk to turn 60 in 2018
Belarus' Salihorsk to turn 60 in 2018 The Soligorsk district central library has been recognized as the best in Belarus. In the contest, it outpaced fifty competitors and won the jury's hearts in a variety of projects. One of the most famous is The Cultural Code of Soligorsk. Thanks to it you can now walk along unique routes with the help of your smartphone and learn the most interesting facts from the history of the young town.

21.08.2017

Interesting facts about Minsk: Train station
Interesting facts about Minsk: Train station Minsk railway station and bus station Centralny open the doors for guests every day. This is the face of the city. Renovated, equipped with the latest technology and are always welcome. The railway station and the bus station Centralny are located about 100 meters apart. They appeared in different times, however, traditional architecture is combined with the most daring engineering solutions.

18.08.2017

BelAZ to allow tourists to drive giant truck
BelAZ to allow tourists to drive giant truck Would you like to seat behind the wheel of a mining dump truck? You can now do that in Belarus! Tourists can ride on the giant Belarusian dump truck BelAZ with a payload capacity of 220 tons. The vehicle has the height of a three-story building.

15.08.2017

How climate in Belarus has changed
How climate in Belarus has changed over past 20 years Alexander Begansky, head of the department of short-term weather forecasts, unfavorable and dangerous phenomena of Belgidromet service, has given an interview to the TV program Big City. He told us how the climate has recently changed in Belarus. Oleg Stepaniuk, CTV:Is there a notorious climate change now? Do you observe it or is it only idle speculation?

14.08.2017

Motalskija Prysmaki: delicious report from the most famous gastronomic festival of Polesie
Motalskija Prysmaki: delicious report from the most famous gastronomic festival of Polesie This week, passers-by were treated to potato pancakes near Minsk's Sports Palace. Meanwhile, in the agro-town of Motol, the scent of fresh dishes invited tourists to the 8th International Festival Motalskija prysmaki. The festival involved cooks from Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania, Poland and China.
Minsk Pancake Fair held near Sports Palace
Minsk Pancake Fair held near Sports Palace On August 12, the Minsk Pancake Fair was held at the Palace of Sports. The main Belarusian dish - potato pancake - was cooked in various forms and with different ingredients like cottage cheese. The opinions of the jury and visitors were divided, although everyone did get the gastronomic shock (in a pleasant way)! People who showed the best knowledge of the history of origin of Belarusian potato pancakes could taste some dishes for free!
National Park Narochansky develops virtual maps for tourists
National Park Narochansky develops virtual maps for tourists National Park Narochansky made it easier for tourists to get acquainted with the main Belarusian resort. Special virtual maps have been developed that will help the guests of the region not to get lost. The maximum of information is the motto of the project. The implementation of the idea began two years ago. There was a single map for all tourists, which contained a full list of useful and interesting objects. In 2017, the resort presented thematic maps - for fishermen, motorists, and cyclists.

11.08.2017

Potato pancake festival to be held in Minsk August 12-13
Potato pancake festival to be held in Minsk August 12-13 70 recipes of Belarusians' favorite dish - potato pancakes (Russian: draniki) - will be offered to tourists in Minsk this weekend. You can taste potato masterpieces from the chefs of cafes and restaurants at the Palace of Sports in the city center.  In addition to tasting, cooks will arrange master classes, while a professional jury will choose the most delicious pancake at the fair.  The Belarusian national dish will be cooked with sour cream, cream, mushroom sauce, kebab and home-made sausages. 

10.08.2017

Qatar simplifies visa regime for Belarusians
Qatar simplifies visa regime for Belarusians Qatar has simplified the visa regime for Belarusians. Our citizens will be able to obtain a tourist visa for up to 30 days immediately upon arrival in Qatar. Qatar has established the same rules four about 40 states. That country is considered a real pearl of the Persian Gulf. Despite the fact that Minsk and Doha are almost four thousand kilometers apart, the countries is linked by long-standing friendship and significant joint projects. MORE: Belarus-Qatar relations

09.08.2017

Interesting facts about Minsk: Independence Square
Interesting facts about Minsk: Independence Square On the eve of the 950th anniversary of Minsk, correspondents of "Minsk in Detail" will tell you about the most iconic objects that have changed the face of the Belarus capital. The first big report is about Independence Square. This footage is famous all over the world: 1944, July 3... The Nazi swastika falls from the House of the Government of Belarus. This is Lenina Square, now Independence Square. From this moment the place became a true symbol of freedom.

07.08.2017

Birdwatching tours in Minsk's Lošyсki Park every Thursday
Birdwatching tours in Minsk's Lošyсki Park every Thursday Every Thursday you are welcome to take free tours - the so-called Bird's evenings - in Minsk's Loshitsky Park (Lošyсki Park). Participants get acquainted with birds and also learn to distinguish them by voice. Each visitor is given special binoculars to better see larks, finches and titmouses.

04.08.2017

Korean Culture Festival due on August 5 in Minsk's Upper Town
Korean Culture Festival due on August 5 in Minsk's Vierchni Horad On August 5 the Upper Town of Minsk will host Korean Culture Day. Near the Town Hall you will be able to taste dishes of Korean national cuisine, try on traditional outfits and enjoy ritual dances with fans and knives. In addition, Korean musicians will perform not only traditional music, but keypop, which is popular not only in Korea.

31.07.2017

Belarus may extend visa-free travel period for tourists
Belarus may extend visa-free travel period for tourists Expansion of the visa-free zone and liberalization of tourist business were among the topics discussed by Belarusian parliamentarians during a visit to the Grodno region. In addition to official meetings the guests had a tour to places popular with foreign guests.
Brest celebrates 998th birthday with carnival
Brest celebrates 998th birthday with carnival One of the oldest cities in Belarus - Brest - celebrated its 998th Birthday this weekend. The scope of the holiday impressed many.

28.07.2017

Industrial tourism in Belarus gaining momentum Watch how products from crystal are made, sit in the cab of the world's largest pit truck, and join the team of factory workers to assemble the legendary Belarusian tractor with the same name - Belarus. Industrial tourism in Belarus is truly gaining momentum. Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ) began to develop this new direction of tourism at the beginning of 2017. Since then the company has received more than 1,500 tourists. Since recently, the guests have also got an opportunity to take part in assembling of the legendary Belarusian tractor.
Helicopter sport world championship underway near Minsk
19th Belarusian Open Helicopter Championships underway near Minsk 19th Belarusian Open Helicopter Championships (WHC 2018 Test Event) continues near Belarus' capital Minsk. Almost 30 crews from Russia, Germany, Poland, Ukraine and Belarus are fighting for medals in seven disciplines at the Borovaya airfield these days. On July 28 the pilots will demonstrate, perhaps, one of the most spectacular exercises - slalom. The main task for the crew is to carry a bucket of water over obstacles, dropping as little water as possible. By July 30, the festival guests will get many more surprises.

25.07.2017

Berglind Asgeirsdottir on Iceland's tourist attractiveness
Berglind Asgeirsdottir on Iceland's tourist attractiveness Berglind Asgeirsdottir, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Iceland to the Republic of Belarus, has given an interview to the TV program Simple Questions with Yegor Khrustalev. Belarusians consider Iceland to be a mystical country. There are many mysteries about it. What, in your opinion, will surprise Belarusians in Iceland? What will be amazing and, at the same time, stunning?
Tourists at MTZ can now ride the latest model of tractor
Tourists at MTZ can now ride the latest model of tractor Now you can ride a real tractor on an excursion to Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ). Anyone can test the latest and most powerful model - BELARUS-3522. However, you are not allowed to really drive the vehicle. Such a service costs BYN 35 for Belarusian residents and BYN 40 for tourist. Children can get the service at a cheaper rate. Besides industrial tourists can visit the workshop and assemble a tractor themselves.

24.07.2017

Who and why revives monuments of history and architecture in Belarus?
Who and why revives monuments of history and architecture in Belarus? When coming to Belarus foreigners are interested not only in food, not only in cleanliness and order, but also in monuments of history and architecture. Thank God sometimes people revive from the ashes famous palaces and castles, estates of great ancestors. The revival of history is the work not only of the state, but also businessmen and private enthusiasts. Our correspondent Alena Syrova has the report. For its century-long history, Soveiki repeatedly changed owners. Among them were Count Czapski, Rybaltovsky and Teofil Novitsky.

21.07.2017

The true history of Belarusian folk costumes
The true history of Belarusian folk costumes Maria Vinnikova, Senior Researcher, Center for Studies of Belarusian Culture, Language and Literature, NAS of Belarus:

19.07.2017

Tourists from Australia, USA, Finland among visitors of Belarusian sanatoriums
Tourists from Australia, USA, Finland among visitors of Belarusian sanatoriums Belarusian sanatoriums have increased export of services by more than 9% in H1 2017. Experts also note that the scope of vacationers is expanding geographically. The lion's bulk of the guests - about 90% - are of course Russians. Meanwhile, people from the Baltic countries and Poland more and more often come to Belarus for health improvement.

18.07.2017

Open-air Norwegian cinema screening in Minsk on July 21
Open-air Norwegian cinema screening in Minsk on July 21 Film lovers are invited to Upper Town in Minsk. Free movie screenings will be held at the Town Hall on Fridays and Saturdays. The premiere night gathered about 200 spectators. The opening film of the season was an Italian comedy. Seven short films, which were awarded at prestigious European festivals, were screened in the evening of July 15.

14.07.2017

National identity features in summer Minsk 2017
National identity features in summer Minsk 2017 Minsk blossomed with the onset of the summer. The biggest flower compositions of the city are located near ​​Lenin Street, Yakub Kolos Square, Masherov Avenue, Uruchye Park and Victory Square. Each district has developed two special flower beds. Particular attention in designing flower beds was paid to national motives. The flower arrangement on Victory Square is made of elements of the Belarusian ornament depicted on the flag.

13.07.2017

Everything you need to know about flight attendants in Belarus
Everything you need to know about flight attendants in Belarus Our correspondent Yana Shipko has asked Belavia flight attendants about their work. Here are a few interesting facts about this occupation, which is one of the most attractive for girls. Many dream to try on the uniform of the stewardess. Let's talk about this occupation with one of the most experienced flight attendants. Natalia, hello! Natalia Nesterenko, deputy chief of the flight attendants service, Belavia: Hello!

10.07.2017

UNWTO Secretary-General about Belarus’ tourist potential
UNWTO Secretary-General about Belarus’ tourist potential Hundreds of thousands of tourists will visit Belarus during the European Games. However, what else should be done to confirm the image of hospitality? Taleb Rifai, UN World Tourism Organization Secreatry-General:The image of Belarus has really changed. The world sees that in the last two-three years Belarus opens up a lot, and people look at it completely differently. If to compare it with 10-15 years ago, people began to feel, that they want to visit Belarus and now they can do it.

07.07.2017

Visa-free stay in Belarus may be increased up to 10 days
Belarus may extend visa-free stay up to 10 days The visa-free stay of foreign citizens in Belarus can be extended up to 10 days. This is the proposal of the Ministry of Sport and Tourism of Belarus. The change will help attract tourists, and first of all those who are interested in sports and recreation. Five days, which travelers have now, may not be enough for a full course of treatment or, say, sports tournaments. Also, Belarus is considering a 30-day visa-free regime for tourists from China.

05.07.2017

Tourists to help assemble MTZ tractors. Tours available starting July 5
Tourists to help assemble MTZ tractors. Tours available starting July 5 Foreign tourists can spend one day at a factory in Belarus. In order to study in detail the work of the Belarusian industrial giant, Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ), the guests will try their hand in tractor assembly at shops and conveyors. They will perform five operations, including the installation of steering rod components. The tourist will receive branded MTZ clothes. The very first team to assemble tractors includes five people, among them are travelers from the US and Switzerland.
English-speaking volunteers to be available during OSCE PA session in Minsk
English-speaking volunteers to be available during OSCE PA session in Minsk English-speaking volunteers will work in the Belarus capital Minsk during the session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. They will advise in English in public places, for example, in pharmacies. Pharmacies without a language barrier will be available both near the venues of OSCE meetings and near the hotels in which the participants live. Medical support of high guests will also be provided by specialists who know foreign language.

04.07.2017

Foreigners about 2017 Independence Day in Belarus
Foreigners about 2017 Independence Day in Belarus Traditionally Independence Day is celebrated not only by citizens of Belarus, but also by foreigners who live with us. For some, the third of July is the opportunity to feel the rhythm of Belarusian life to the fullest while for others this is the occasion to be imbued with our culture. Some even call Belarus their second home after such days.
Independence Day 2017 in Belarus: How it happened
Independence Day 2017 in Belarus: How it happened Belarus celebrated the main holiday of the Belarusian statehood - Independence Day - on July 3. This day is a symbol of national pride, a tribute to heroism and the staunchness of the defenders of the Fatherland. INDEPENDENCE DAY 2017 PARADE: FULL VIDEO
Independence Day 2017: Fireworks in Minsk (video)
Independence Day 2017: Fireworks in Minsk (video) A big gala concert in honor of Belarus' Independence Day took place at the stela "Minsk - Hero City" in the evening. At 11pm, the sky over the Belarusian capital was lit by bright and colorful fireworks. The correspondent of the CTV channel visited the festivities. Here, in the center of Minsk, thousands of people gathered to see the grand show and together with the whole country sing the national anthem.

03.07.2017

Independence Day event program in Minsk
Independence Day 2017 event program in Minsk On July 3, festive events will be held throughout Belarus. Traditionally the main celebrations will take place in the Belarusian capital. The military parade took place at 10.00 at the stela "Minsk - Hero City". Right after that the mass campaign "Be Beautiful, Belarus!" was held, with more than 2,000 people taking part. Festivities will unfold in front of the Sports Palace, in the main parks of Minsk, and of course in the main tourist spot - Upper Town.
Belarusians on Independence Day 2017 parade
Belarusians on Independence Day 2017 parade A large military parade and a festive procession traditionally gather tens of thousands of spectators. Many come long before the start, with whole families. This is also another good tradition that has appeared in Belarus during the years of independence. Today, on July 3, Belarusians began to gather in the Palace of Sports very early, to observe everything from the best spot.

02.07.2017

What will we see during Independence Day parade in Minsk July 3?
What will we see during Independence Day parade in Minsk July 3? The military parade will be the culmination of Independence Day in Belarus, which is celebrated on July 3. The procession of troops and military equipment always causes tremulous feelings. The Belarusian word "parada", similar to "parade", means "advice" or "instruction".

29.06.2017

Over 40 festive events expected in Minsk on July 3 Independence Day
Over 40 festive events expected in Minsk on July 3 Independence Day More than 40 festive events will be held in Minsk on Independence Day. Mass celebrations are planned in all districts of the Belarus capital and will be held in the places set by the city authorities. The central event will be of course the military parade which will start at the stela at 10am. In the evening, don't miss the gala concert "My Young Belarus" and the patriotic campaign "Sing the Anthem Together". The main folk festivities will be unfolding near the Sports Palace and in the Upper Town.

28.06.2017

Belarusian, European designers develop tourist area brands
Belarusian, European designers develop tourist area brands Brands for five tourist areas have been developed by Belarusian and European designers together. Polotsk and Mstislavl have an admirable style, picturesque lake Naroch, Belovezhskaya Pushcha and the Augustów Canal.

27.06.2017

Minsk recreates first festive parade of WWII
Minsk recreates first festive parade of WWII The first post-war procession on the liberated Minsk in July 1944 was recreated in the center of the Belarusian capital 73 years later, on June 24 in 2017. Please watch the video to feel the atmosphere of that time. Like 73 years ago, young people marched down the street.

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