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01.03.2017

How many English-language tours are on offer in Minsk?
Travel companies in Minsk developing English-language tours for travellers Where can English-speaking tourists go in Belarus? The TV program Big City asked Elena Plis, director of tourist and information center Minsk. Elena Plis, director of tourist and information center Minsk:Agencies in the capital have joined very actively and are now developing new programs of excursions, including in English. There are companies that have developed a schedule of excursions for English-speaking groups until the end of the week.
Germans are most frequent visa-free visitors to Belarus
Germans are the most frequent visa-free visitors to Belarus Germans are the most frequent visitors to Belarus after the introduction of the visa-free regime on February 12, said Elena Plis, director of the information and tourist center "Minsk". Elena Plis, director of information and tourist center "Minsk":During such a short period of time, according to the airport and the state border authorities, over 1,000 foreigners entered Belarus visa-free.

27.02.2017

How bison overcome winter in Belarus' part of Bialowieza Forest
How bison overcome winter in Belarus' part of Bialowieza Forest The largest herd of adult male bison was registered in Bialowieza Forest. In the herd of over 150 head scientists counted 19 wild bulls. Previously, this figure did not exceed 13. It is known that adult males prefer to live separately during the rutting season. Bison experts were surprised to see that the forest giants prefer agribusiness fields to numerous feeders, especially if these fields are sown with winter rapeseed. Unfortunately, it was not without losses this winter: two young bison did not survive the cold season.
Week of Belarusian cuisine kicks off in Minsk February 27
Week of Belarusian cuisine kicks off in Minsk February 27 Seven days with taste! The Belarusian cuisine Week kicks off in Minsk on 27 February. This "gastronomic marathon" will be held for the 13th time.  As always, cafes and restaurants will serve five national dishes, prepared by a single formulation. At this time gourmets are invited to taste vereshchaka with pancakes, jellied carp and potato dumplings, at democratic prices.  More than 100 metropolitan cafes and restaurants have updated their menus. Moreover, national dishes will cost the same regardless of the price category of an eatery.

26.02.2017

Military reconstruction at Stalin Line
Military reconstruction at Stalin Line An extensive reconstruction of the Great Patriotic War event “Battle for Moscow” took place at the Historical and Cultural Complex Stalin Line. It was dedicated to Fatherland Defenders Day, to veterans and military service men, who defended and defend Belarus. Weapons, equipage, munition, explosions and thundering salvos of riffles is an epochal moment in history, which once again reminds visitors of the events of that time.  Organizers also prepared a couple of interactive zones.

23.02.2017

Maslenitsa in Minsk
Maslenitsa in Minsk Maslenitsa is a sensational festival, which is celebrated according to ancient traditions. We have prepared a list of places to visit and taste pancakes. In Minsk “Minsk Maslenitsa!” Photo: vstrevel

21.02.2017

“I’ll be back”: visa-free regime in Belarus and first impressions of tourists
“I’ll be back”: visa-free regime in Belarus and first impressions of tourists While Europe is closing its borders for immigrants, Belarus receives tourists from 80 countries. The visa-free regime was adopted on February 12, 2017. Visitors may make only a 5-day visit to Belarus for now. However, longer term may be introduced soon. Alena Syrova has the story. One of the first to visit Belarus was a Chinese Lee Yen from Abu Dhabi, while the first sportsman to visit the country was an English Liverpool halfback Wade Maxwell.

20.02.2017

Video about Belarus gaining popularity on the Internet
Video about Belarus gaining popularity on the Internet How do foreign guests see Belarus? A new image movie about Belarus is gaining popularity on the Internet. Shrovetide rites, national souvenirs and, of course, pancakes, which flavor and taste is familiar to everyone who has ever been to Belarus. The two-minute video tells the whole story how you can spend time in Belarus - from the era of knights in Mir Castle to outdoor recreation in winter fir forest.
Over 1,000 foreigners visit Belarus visa-free since February 12
Over 1,000 foreigners visit Belarus without visas since February 12 More than a thousand foreigners have visited Belarus visa-free since the abolishment of visas. Citizens of 46 countries have already used this opportunity. Belarus is the most popular among Germans, Poles and Italians. However, there are also visitors from some distant countries such as Malta, Ireland, Bahrain and others. The majority of these are businessmen. The visa-free regime for a period of five days became effective in Belarus on February 12. Visas were abolished for citizens of 80 countries.

18.02.2017

More tourist information spots in Minsk planned
More tourist information spots in Minsk planned Foreigners will be able to learn about Minsk directly from the central railway station Minsk-Passazhirsky. Minsk is going to increase the number of tourist information points. The need is dictated by the increase in the number of visitors after the introduction of the 5-day visa-free regime for foreign citizens. By the way, it has been in force since 12 February.

17.02.2017

New border crossing point opens at Belarusian-Lithuanian border
New border crossing point opens at Belarusian-Lithuanian border Another international crossing point opens on the border with Lithuania on February 17. The border crossing point Losha-Šumskas acquired such a status at 8am today.  Previously, this section of the border had a status of a simplified one and only border inhabitants could cross it.  Now it will be available to everyone, but only when a person is in a car. Trucks and pedestrians will not be let through this checkpoint.  You can carry only goods for personal use through the Losha-Šumskas checkpoint.

16.02.2017

Unique exhibition of irons in Brest
Unique exhibition of irons in Brest A unique collection of irons and old household items such as authentic and scales and samovars has been presented at an exhibition in Brest. Nevertheless, the most impressive is the collection of irons. The exhibition presents heavy 10-kilogram irons, and tiny irons with a weight of just over 300 grams. Moreover, there are coal, alcohol, gas and braziers irons on display! A resident of Brest was gathering these items all over the world during over 10 years.
500 tourists visit Belarus in first four days of visa-free regime
500 tourists visit Belarus in first four days of visa-free regime About 500 foreigners have visited Belarus without obtaining a visa since February 12 when the visa-free entry was introduced. Most guests came from Germany and Poland - about 80 tourists from each country. Almost 50 Italians have also expressed interest in Belarus. Among other nations are Lithuanians, French and English.

15.02.2017

Coins sculpture appears in Minsk
Coins sculpture appears in Minsk Literally big money: you can't put it into your pocket or purse and even pick up from the ground. Belarusian coins have been immortalized in vulica Savieckaja. This is how one of Minsk's restaurants decided to attract visitors. The installation is a close-up of new coins introduced in Belarus in July 2016, for the first time since the Soviet Union era.
'Belarus. Above Expectations' tourism promotional video
'Belarus. Above Expectations' tourism promotional video An image video about the tourism potential of Belarus has been released. A new promotional video about the tourism potential of Belarus has appeared on the Internet. It was created at the order of the National Tourism Agency of Belarus and published on marketing.by's YouTube channel. The video is called "Belarus. Above expectations." Photo: belarus.travel

14.02.2017

Minsk Tractor Works neighborhood: “Town inside city” and threat of demolition Many people visited Tractor Works Town and many of them compared it either with a small Paris or with Monmartre Boulevard but Belarusian poet Piatrus Brouka compared it with a huge hero pulling out pines in the forest with his broad shoulders. Cosy low-rise buildings, steeples, fancy balconies and empire pilasters. The tractor works town is a memorial to the post WWII period. Now it seems to be created for leisurely walks through avenues. And only creative intellectuals are to live there.
Belarus 10th safest country in Numbeo ratings
Belarus 10th safest country in Numbeo ratings Belarus is one of the top 10 countries with the highest level of security. In Numbeo ratings, Belarus has bypassed its neighbors Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia. First place is occupied by Qatar. Other peaceful countries for life are Singapore, Austria, the United Arab Emirates and Georgia. The highest crime rate is registered in Honduras, Papua New Guinea and Venezuela. Numbeo has assessed safety in 125 countries.

13.02.2017

About 100 foreigners visit Belarus on first visa-free day
About 100 foreigners visit Belarus on first visa-free day About 100 foreigners have already taken the opportunity to visit Belarus without a visa. The checkpoint at National Airport Minsk is ready to welcome foreign guests. Citizens of 39 countries of Europe, as well as Brazil, Indonesia, the US, Japan and other countries can come to Belarus without a visa for five days. First of all, these are countries that are favorable in terms of migration, with which Belarus cooperates closely.

11.02.2017

What is the most attractive in Minsk Oceanography Centre?
What is the most attractive in Minsk Oceanography Centre? Are you into fascinating marine flora and fauna? Then you definitely need to see unique exhibits - animals, insects, fishand coral reefs – at the Minsk Oceanography Centre in Minsk. Alexey Azarov, Director of the Oceanography Center:It is not just a museum of the Oceanography Center. This is an area of attraction for those who are interested in sea life, marine romance and sciences. Nevertheless, the mysterious atmosphere of the oceanariumis divided bystrict boundaries. The exhibition includes five zones.
Affordable stay, good service and nice prices to please guests of Minsk
Affordable stay, good service and nice prices to please guests of Minsk Minsk is ready to receive hundreds of tourists from different countries. The visa-free stay in Belarus for up to 5 days for the citizens of 80 states will be opened on the 12th of February. Affordable stay, decent service and nice prices will definitely please guests of the capital! Minsk is increasingly becoming a favorite city among foreign visitors especially during the holidays. Minsk is one of cities which Russians choose for a romantic Valentine's Day trip.

10.02.2017

English announcements launched in Minsk subway
English announcements launched in Minsk subway The English language has returned to Minsk metro. The last time the Minsk subway had announcements in English during the 2014 Ice Hockey World Championship. Back then thousands of foreign fans came to Minsk. In 2015, announcements in English were removed. These days Minsk is again preparing to receive a large number of foreign visitors. Already from 12 February Belarus will introduce visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries, including the entire EU, USA and Japan.

01.02.2017

US Embassy in Minsk announces changes to visa policy
US Embassy in Minsk announces changes to visa policy Changes to US legislation emigration have affected Belarusians too. The US Embassy in Minsk has announced changes in its visa policy. Now the embassy will only consider requests from citizens whose visas expired less than a year ago. All the others, with a few exceptions, depending on the type of visa, must go to US diplomatic offices in neighboring countries. Visa interviews can be completed in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev, Warsaw, Vilnius and Riga. Moreover, Russian language people may face a language barrier in a number of embassies.
Foreigners arriving in Minsk airport visa-free to be checked through Belarus-Russia databases
Foreigners arriving in Minsk airport visa-free to be checked through Belarus-Russia databases Foreigners arriving on visa-free regime at Minsk National Airport will be checked through a special database of Belarus and Russia. National Airport Minsk was chosen as a visa-free gateway to Belarus for a reason. Here border services use a special security system, as well as border and customs control is especially tight.

31.01.2017

13 species of waterfowl live in Minsk
13 species of waterfowl live in Minsk Waterfowl have recently been counted in Minsk and its surroundings. Ornithologists have found 13 species of them, with some listed as endangered. Among the 6,500 the most popular are mallards, in second place gulls and in third mute swans. According to experts, the birds wintering in Belarus feel fine. The temperature generally did not differ from the average rate, strong cold did not hurt the birds.
World Tourism Organization welcomes Belarus' visa-free decision
World Tourism Organization welcomes Belarus' visa-free decision The World Tourism Organization supports the decision of Belarus on visa facilitation.  According to international experts, unimpeded access to the country for people from 80 countries will benefit not only to the development of the tourism industry. The visa-free regime will strengthen the relationship between the business community, benefit business and the development of the economy as a whole.

30.01.2017

Eco-trails to appear in every Minsk district
Eco-trails to appear in every Minsk district Minsk authorities are planning to increase planting areas. Every district of Minsk should have its own ecological trails. An eco-trail in the city is a place where you can enjoy a unique landscape, listen to birds' singing, including those that are listed as endangered. In the spring of 2017, the second stages of parks named after Mikhail Pavlov and Hugo Chavez will be commissioned. The Slepyanskaya water system will be restored.
Belarus' Brest can become visa-free for foreign tourists
Belarus' Brest can become visa-free for tourists Brest in the near future may become visa-free for foreign tourists. Convenient border regime has been in force in the Bialowieza Forest for one and a half years already. And, most importantly, it fully justifies itself. During 2016 the picturesque Belarusian reserve was visited by more than seven thousand visa-free visitors.

29.01.2017

Belarus is country of pleasant surprise, deputy sport and tourism minister says
Belarus is country of pleasant surprise, deputy sport and tourism minister says The French want to surprise tourists with croissants and Belarus with pancakes and the national dish called mochanka! What else? This week, the Ministry of Sports and Tourism of Belarus has opened their portal belarus.travel, which is expected to lure curious foreigners. The search for paparats-kvetka, unique forests, the lungs of Europe - swamps, bison and all other things are there, with a touch of conspiracy and slight mystery. "The country of pleasant surprise" - this is how organizers of inbound tourism portray Belarus.

26.01.2017

Visiting Belarus in winter: what to see?
Visiting Belarus in winter: What to see? Look at the snow-covered forests in the solar glare. Winter trip around Belarus may turn into an unforgettable fairy tale. There is no such a flow of tourists like in summer, so you can completely relax. It is better to buy a tourist map of Minsk and explore its attractions in advance. Lovers of history will certainly be delighted by Grodno and its open-air architecture.

21.01.2017

President Lukashenko: the abolition of visas does not mean the abolition of controls
Belarus President: Visa-free regime is not absence of control The visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries doesn’t have any risks for Belarus and neighboring countries. On the 20th of January Alexander Lukashenko approved the decision on the protection of the state borders of the country in 2017. This topic was earlier discussed twice at the highest level. It was affected by some external factors such as difficult international environment, increase in terrorism and illegal migration.

18.01.2017

Belarus And Hong Kong Agree To Abolish Visas
Belarus, Hong Kong plan to abolish visas Belarus and Hong Kong have agreed on the mutual abolition of visas. The agreement was reached during the official visit of the Belarusian delegation to the special administrative region of China. This official visit has significantly intensified contacts at the business level. The sides have also signed an agreement on avoidance of double taxation. This document provides for measures to help prevent tax evasion on income and property between Belarus and Hong Kong.
Interactive information center in Brest Fortress
Tourist information center opens in Brest Fortress An interactive information center has opened in Brest Fortress. Tourists can now better orient themselves here. Moreover, you can book a tour, buy souvenirs and take a brochure. Previously, information about the defenders of the Citadel could be obtained only in the Brest Fortress Defense Museum. 

11.01.2017

Belarusian candies and chocolates
Belarus' Foreign Ministry holds visa consultations in social networks The news about the possibility of visa-free travel to Belarus was well received by people from the different parts of the world. The Foreign Ministry of Belarus held the first consultation in social networks. About a million people took this opportunity. In Grodno, the visa-free regime for foreigners was introduced in late 2016. The average amount a foreign tourist spends on gifts is about 70 euros. Tourists usually buy craft products as souvenirs. Products made of vine and flax are the main subjects of shopping in Belarus.
Five-day visa-free entry to Belarus comes into force on February 12, 2017
Visa-free entry to Belarus comes into force February 12, 2017 Visa-free regime of entry to Belarus comes into force on February 12, according to the Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  The innovation, first of all, will be convenient for independent travelers, including those arriving in the country without support of travel agencies.

10.01.2017

Belarus visa-free entry requirements
Welcome to Belarus: visa-free entry requirements Belarus is introducing a visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries. These are all EU countries, Brazil, Indonesia, the USA, Japan and others. Foreigners will be able to visit Belarus without a visa through National Airport Minsk and stay here up to 5 days. The new regime of entry is provided by the decree signed by the head of the state. This document is developed for short trips for tourists or businessmen.

09.01.2017

National Airport ‘Minsk’
EU, US citizens can enter Belarus visa-free via National Airport Minsk Visa-free regime for foreign citizens was introduced in Belarus under Presidential Decree. The rule applies to those arriving in our country for a period up to five days. Moreover, they must enter Belarus through the National Airport Minsk. The decree applies to citizens of 80 countries, including the entire European Union, as well as Brazil, Indonesia, the USA, Japan and etc. The document is aimed at attracting businessmen, tourists and individuals. However, it doesn’t apply to foreigners on official visits.

08.01.2017

Winter fun in visa-free Grodno
Winter fun in visa-free Grodno, Belarus The traditional holiday "Spiritual family is well-being" was cancelled because due frosts in Minsk on January 8. The organizers postponed the meeting near the House of Mercy until the following weekend. But Grodno did not refuse from traditional Christmas fun. The ruler of cold, Zuzya, welcomes guests with the faithful dog Blizzard. You literally forget about cold once you get into the frosty kingdom: people can ride in gutters, pull the rope and take part in other various fun competitions.
Video: Bison attacked by wolves in Bialowieza Forest Giants of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha forest have successfully repelled an attack by a pack of wolves.  The predators attacked the herd suddenly. Bison first fled but then gathered courage and strength and completely expelled the intruders from their place.  This video was filmed by surveillance cameras in the Polish part of the Bialowieza Forest. SEE: Belarus' part of Bialowieza Forest now visa-free
More meat for animals in Minsk Zoo
More meat for animals in Minsk Zoo Animals in the Minsk zoo are now getting increased amounts of meat because of the frosty weather. Improved nutrition helps maintain the required body fat to safely ride out the colds. In addition, all pets can hide in their own insulated houses. Some of them were moved to winter pavilions. The Minsk zoo called on Minsk residents who have natural New Year trees to bring them to the zoo. Here these trees will be processed and used as food or toys for some animals.

06.01.2017

Minsk struggling with record cold days ahead of Orthodox Christmas
Minsk struggling with record cold days ahead of Orthodox Christmas Belarusians have felt the breath of the Arctic. January frosts have come to the country. In Minsk, the thermometer dropped to minus 17 but forecasters say this is not the bottom. The situation on the roads is complicated. All road and utility services are working in emergency mode. Only a couple of days ago there was zero degrees Celsius in the street. But look what is happening now. Piercing wind, snow drifts and icy roads.

05.01.2017

Snowstorms and -27°C expected in Belarus by Christmas
Snowstorms and -27°C expected in Belarus by Christmas Everyone who loves ice hockey can themselves grab skates these days and get out on the open ice. January frosts are gaining momentum. By evening January 5, the thermometer will show around -16°C. Belarus was covered with a veil of snow the night before. The cyclone has brought snow to the country. Utilities services continue to clear roads and courtyards. Transport is coming on schedule but there might be minor delays. Belarusians are preparing for a cold snap. 
Complicated history of Kollektornaya Street
Complicated history of Kollektornaya Street Kollektornaya Street, in spite of such an industrial name, is actually one of the oldest streets in Minsk. It was founded in the late 60s of the XIX century. In 1868, the old Jewish graves were moved to this area. At that time, the Jewish cemetery was located on the territory of modern stadium Dinamo. Sergei Kharevsky, art critic, historian of architecture:Many older tombstones were moved here. And this street, which arose along this cemetery, originally and until 1919 was called Moiseyevskaya. It was in honor of the prophet Moses.
Pobeda cinema
Pobeda cinema in Minsk closes for renovation. What will new building be like? The legendary building of the cinema Pobeda has closed for renovation. This cinema was built in the middle of the 20th century. In addition, because the building is an architectural monument, the style will be preserved. Nevertheless, a technical part will match  the requirements of the XXI century. The cinema Pobeda is the oldest in Minsk. From 1 January 2017, renovations began here.

01.01.2017

More and more foreigners meet New Year in Minsk
More and more foreigners meet New Year in Minsk Minsk is becoming an increasingly popular place among foreigners wishing to celebrate New Year. Dozens of tourists from Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, England and many other countries choose the capital of Belarus as a place to celebrate the New Year. Sayyid is from Turkmenistan. He came to Minsk to celebrate the New Year. This will be his eighth birthday in the Belarus capital. However, he still does not forget traditions of his native country.

30.12.2016

New Year streets of Brest, Belarus (video)
New Year streets of Brest, Belarus (video) One of the oldest cities in Belarus, Brest, was clad in festive illumination back in the middle of December 2016. The city in southwest Belarus has turned into a magical realm. A ‘missile tree' has 'landed' on Boulevard of Cosmonauts. Not far from it are snowmen-aliens on a Christmas flying saucer. A huge designer tree near one of the city's department stores is worth seeing too. It sparkles like a real New Year's beauty, but none of the inhabitants of coniferous forests has been damaged. Near the Christmas tree fly colorful butterflies.
Smoking to be banned in Belarusian eateries in 2017
Smoking to be banned in Belarusian eateries in 2017 It will be banned to smoke in Belarusian eateries in 2017. This will not affect only designated areas. Thus there will be no more rooms for smokers and non-smokers in Belarusian eateries as it was before. Owners of public catering establishments will be required to equip areas for tobacco lovers. In addition, restaurateurs will be offered to determine the dress code for their clients. It is expected that this measure will also be introduced in 2017.

29.12.2016

Belavia to start flights to Brussels
Belavia to start flights to Brussels Belarusian air carrier Belavia will open flights to Brussels from April 27 2017. Flights to the capital of Belgium will be made three times a week: on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The flight time will be 2 hours 45 minutes. According to Belavia, the price of tickets to one end will start at 89 euros and 175 euros with the return flight. The plane will depart from Minsk at 9:40 and from Brussels at 12:00.

28.12.2016

Minsk planetarium starts showing spherical movies
Minsk planetarium starts showing spherical movies Alexander Mikulich, head of the laboratory "Minsk planetarium" has explained why the planetarium appreciates new and old projection equipment. Alexander Mikulich, head of the laboratory "Minsk planetarium": Modern planetariums switch to digital technologies. Computers have appeared and we can use digital projectors. We've recently purchased such projection technology: we now have a new service - full-dome projection, we demonstrate full-dome spherical movies. It is very colorful: immersive and all in 3D.
Where to celebrate New Year 2017 in Minsk?
Where to celebrate New Year 2017 in Minsk? 30 open areas will be working on New Year's Eve in each district of Minsk. The hub of all celebrations will be the area near the Sports Palace, where a New Year concert is expected. Oleg Stepaniuk, CTV: What bands will we see?

26.12.2016

Minsk's first electric bus tested in city December 26
Minsk's first electric bus tested in city December 26 The first electric bus took to Minsk streets on December 26. Residents of the south-eastern part of Minsk at Partyzanski praspiekt were the first to see the new vehicle. The new kind of urban public transport is better than buses, trolleybuses and trams in all characteristics. Soon 20 such vehicles will be added to the fleet of Minsk public transport. Their charge will be made at the last stops during five-seven minutes. The capacity of electric buses is more than 150 people.
Tourists about visa-free areas in Belarus
Tourists about visa-free areas in Belarus Nearly 6,000 foreigners have visited Belarus without visas. We are talking about cross-border tourism, especially in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha and Augustow Canal. Guests visit Belarus mainly from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, the UK, Spain and the United States. Ekaterina Romantsevich, tourist from Latvia:We will surely come back. We have promised our daughter and we will invite some friends. In terms of logistics, you still have some work to do.

23.12.2016

Architectural miniatures museum opens in Minsk
Architectural miniatures museum opens in Minsk All Belarus is now available inside one building. The Palace of Trade Unions in Minsk has opened a museum of architectural miniatures. The Lida and Kossovo castles, Kalozha church and Brest Fortress - all in all, the exhibition includes 17 replicas of Belarusian sites. There are many more to come.
Minsk's second ring road opens
Minsk's second ring road opens The second Minsk ring has been opened to traffic. The solemn ceremony was attended by the Belarus head of state, Alexander Lukashenko. The length of the second ring road is about 160 kilometers. This comfortable four-lane road meets all modern requirements. It is equipped with bridges and overpasses, barrier fences to avoid head-on collisions, the barriers against animals and noise screens near residential areas.

22.12.2016

Minsk's second ring road to open December 22
Minsk's second ring road to open December 22 The second ring around Minsk will fully open to traffic on December 22. The opening ceremony will be attended by the President of Belarus. The second phase of construction connected the Grodno and Moscow routes. Concrete at this section was laid back in autumn and now it has acquired the necessary strength. Curbs, junctions and barrier fences are already in place. Among other features are noise screens, nets for animals and information signs for drivers.

19.12.2016

Peru: economy, politics and culture of mysterious land of Incas
Peru: economy, politics and culture of mysterious land of Incas Peru may well be another country where an embassy of Belarus may open. This is only my guess, but I think Peru is one of the most important countries in Latin America and the former Spanish colony, by the way. Many Peruvians associate achievements with the introduction of European culture and European technologies. But let's not forget that Indians had achieved fantastic successes before that - thousands of years ago, they already knew how to make cranial trepanation. Europeans did not even wash at those times.

15.12.2016

Belarus may drop visas for foreigners by end of 2016
Belarus may drop visas for foreigners by end of 2016 Belarus may introduce visa-free regime for foreigners by the end of 2016.  The only condition is that you need to arrive in Belarus through the main air harbor - National Airport Minsk (also known as Minsk-2). This issue is now at the stage of approval in the Ministry of Sports and Tourism. The agency has cited positive experience of the introduction of such a regime with certain countries. 

14.12.2016

Belarus' Radon health resort known worldwide for radon waters
Belarus' Radon health resort known worldwide for radon waters The health resort Radon has won the prestigious international award "Choice of the Year". This sanatorium is one of the best health resorts of Belarus, which is famous for radon waters. Their curative properties are not inferior to the well-known sources of Georgian resorts. This award is won by the Belarusian health resort for the second year in a row.
5G development in Belarus due in 2017
5G development in Belarus due in 2017 4G standard will appear in all regional cities of Belarus as early as in December 2016. 5G technology will be developed in Belarus beginning with 2017. The first wave of information innovations is expected on 23 December. On this day, 4G will be launched in Gomel, Brest, Vitebsk, Mogilev and Grodno. The next step will be more than 30 regional centers to which 4G will come in January. Therefore, advanced technologies will be available to more than 5.5 million Belarusians.

13.12.2016

Movie "Belarus. Country for life" wins at Eurasian International Festival in Kazakhstan
Movie "Belarus. Country for life" wins at Eurasian International Festival in Kazakhstan The promo video "Belarus. Country for life" has received worldwide recognition. The mini movie that boasts soulful story and colorful characters and emphasizes the achievements of Belarusians became the winner of the Eurasian International Festival in Kazakhstan. The movie praises the beauty and greatness of Belarusian nature, splendor of architecture and the country's achievements in various fields. The movie took six weeks to make. The same time was spent to select the actors.

09.12.2016

Vitebsk, Grodno regions leading in growth of tourism services
Vitebsk, Grodno regions leading in growth of tourism services The Vitebsk and Grodno regions are in the lead in terms of the growth of tourism services, according to Belarus' Ministry of Sport and Tourism. Guests from China, Turkey, Israel and India have started to come to Belarus more often. During the first 9 months of 2016, the growth rate of exports of travel services to Ukraine and Russia exceeded the 2015 figures. There are more foreign tourists who exercise their right to visa-free travel in the Bialowieza Forest and the Augustow Canal.

08.12.2016

Belarus still on track to simplified visa regime with EU
Belarus still on track to simplified visa regime with EU Belarus will continue to work for the early signing of the agreement on simplification of visa regime with the EU, said December 8 spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dmitry Mironchik. The Lithuanian side is interested in these negotiations to be accelerated, said Lithuanian ambassador to Belarus yesterday. The sides will sign the agreement after technical issues are harmonized.
Colobus monkey settles in Grodno zoo, Belarus
Colobus monkey settles in Grodno zoo, Belarus The only Belarusian colobus monkeys can be seen in Grodno Zoo. The Oriental animals come from Russia's Kaliningrad. Playful and active, they cause enthusiasm not only in children but also in adults. The animals are now getting accustomed to the new place, next to a young alpaca and two baby tigers. They are not hiding from people, unlike barn owls, who arrived in Grodno from Russia.

07.12.2016

Who decides on hotel star rating in Belarus?
Who decides on hotel star rating in Belarus? 30% of rooms in Minsk are in three-star hotels. There are four five-star hotels, approximately 6.5% of the number of rooms in Minsk. The share of four-star hotel rooms is 16%. The number of premium hotels does not exceed the number of hotels of the budget segment. Minsk is ready to provide accommodation for any tourist - depending on the wishes of the level of service and payment options.

06.12.2016

The biggest thermometer in Belarus is 40m high
The biggest thermometer in Belarus is 40m high Can you imagine a multi-story thermometer? Well, the residence of this house can. They follow the swings of winter temperatures by simply passing by the thermometer on their house. The street gadget of the impressive size is installed on an ordinary house in the neighborhood Novaya Borovaya, and this has become a real local attraction! The thermometer is the highest in Belarus. The 40-meter giant can be seen from the neighborhood Uruchcha, Minsk ring road and even Independence Avenue.

05.12.2016

Newspaper stalls in Belarus to become mini-shops with Wi-Fi and coffee
Newspaper stalls in Belarus to become mini-shops with Wi-Fi and coffee BelSoyuzPechat newspaper stalls in Belarus will radically change their appearance in the coming years. Small stalls will be replaced by large shopping pavilions. Such transformation has been already carried out in Minsk and now this will be done across the country. New shopping pavilions are warm and convenient: you can not only buy a periodical or a book but also have a cup of coffee and access the Internet via wi-fi. A special electronic system will help you track the sale of newspapers, journals and related products.

02.12.2016

2016-2017 winter temperature in Belarus to average -5,5°C
2016-2017 winter temperature in Belarus to average -5,5°C The winter in Belarus will be colder than in 2015-2016, said Belarusian forecasters.  The average temperature is expected to be near the climate norm: 5.5°C below zero. There is expected more precipitation than normal. You may face adverse weather events, such as snowfall, which has already caused congestion and drifts on the roads of Belarus.
Major European hotel operators to be present in Minsk by 2020
Major European hotel operators to be present in Minsk by 2020 10 hotels will be built in Minsk by 2020. Thus, the hotel network of the capital of Belarus will reach 58 complexes. That would be about 13,000 beds and 7,000 rooms. Yuri Natychko, head of household and hotel service of the Minsk City Executive Committee: All hotels that are being built at the moment are expected to be completed by 2020. These are hotels built without the involvement of public funds.

01.12.2016

White lions from Armenia appear at Minsk Zoo in Belarus
White lions from Armenia appear at Minsk Zoo in Belarus White lions have appeared in Minsk Zoo right at the beginning of winter. The lion and lioness came from Armenia. The noble animals will live separately from their relatives, which are already considered old-timers. The predatory blondes are still teenagers in human terms. It is a male and female. The new residents of the zoo are not afraid of winter conditions. The exotic beasts spend almost all the time outside and have fun posing for visitors.

30.11.2016

English-language description of sights now available in Minsk center
English-language description of sights now available in Minsk center There will be more English-language tourist information in Minsk. The facades of architectural monuments in Upper Town in the center of Minsk now have glass plates with a picture and description of the history of each of the main buildings. Sights are in Belarusian and English languages: tourists can now explore the historical center even without a guide.

29.11.2016

Brazil waits for Belarusian travelers
Brazil joins the club: all about visa-free travel for Belarusians From November 25, there is one more country Belarusians can travel visa-free: Brazil has joined the club of 40 countries keeping their doors open to the citizens of Belarus. There is some more good news for avid travellers. Belarusian passport climbs slow and sure up the “travel freedom” list. All in all Belarusians can visit 41 countries without red tape constraints. The list of them is really astonishing. Not to mention the neighbouring Russia and Ukraine, there are, for instance, such exotic spots as Peru, Ecuador and Cuba.
Over 100 eateries join Belarusian cuisine week in Minsk
Over 100 eateries join Belarusian cuisine week in Minsk Seven days with taste! The week of Belarusian cuisine has kicked off in Minsk. On the eve of New Year, Minsk cafes and restaurants have updated the menu adding traditional and age-old dishes from Belarusian cuisine. The event is held in Minsk for the 12th time. As practice shows, the smell of potato pancakes in Minsk cafes attracts gourmets from all over the world. This time, lovers of tasty meals have a wide choice, with lots of gastronomic delicacies on offer. Organizers promise not only a wide range of dishes, but also reasonable prices.

22.11.2016

Friday is free day in four Minsk museums until end of 2016
Friday is free day in 4 Minsk museums until end of 2016 Free contemplation of priceless works. Want that while in Minsk? From November 18, 2016, four museums of Minsk have started a campaign of unprecedented generosity. Every Friday until the end of 2016, visitors can come free to the National History Museum, National Art Museum, the Museum of the History of Theatrical and Musical Culture and the Gallery of Modern Art. Enjoy Minsk's cultural life for free!

17.11.2016

The new Cathedral mosque in Minsk
Short history of Muslims and mosques of Minsk The history of Minsk Muslims through the centuries and a short tour of the incredible brand new Cathedral mosque in Minsk all in the following report. Minsk has always been a multinational city. Tatars started to settle on its outskirts at the beginning of the 16th century. Since then the North-West of Minsk had been called Tatarskaya slabada or Tatarskaye pradmescie, which means Tatars' Suburb.

16.11.2016

Minsk subway gets digital information screens
Minsk subway gets digital information screens Minsk subway carriages now have new digital information screens! You can watch safety videos as well as social and commercial advertising on these displays. Moreover, now there are special stickers in the subway to remind passengers about basic safety rules. Andrey Kuzmin, Minsk Metro spokesperson: We think this information is important. Visual information is always easier to percept. We are planning to show some animated demonstrations, too.
First electric buses to appear in Minsk in December 2016
First electric buses to appear in Minsk in December 2016 Sunny color for winter streets of Minsk: residents of the Belarus capital have decided on the future color of a new kind of metropolitan transport - electric buses. These electric buses will appear in Minsk already in December 2016. The electric buses will be like electric vehicles. They are powered by clean energy sources: a battery or a supercapacitor. The energy will be enough to cover about 12 kilometers. Then they need to be recharged at special stations, which are equipped at the last stops.

14.11.2016

New Year tree in Belarus to be adorned with national ornament in 2016
New Year tree 2016 in Belarus to be adorned with national ornament Minsk is immersing in the New Year atmosphere with coming snow and holiday preparations in the city. On November 9, works began on Lenina Street to decorate it with festive illumination. These are white 'light rains' that will frame the 16 lamps along the boulevard. Also, bright garlands will appear on trees and office buildings. First decorated New Year trees have appeared in Minsk stores, while some shopping centers already have artificial New Year trees on sale.

11.11.2016

Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends opening of first mosque in Minsk
Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends opening of first mosque in Minsk Belarus is famous for its tradition of religious tolerance and mutual respect between people of different nationalities, said President of Belarus during the opening of the first mosque in Minsk November 11. The ceremony was also attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who arrived in the Belarusian capital on an official visit November 11. The opening of the mosque was a welcome event for religious associations and communities. After all, about 20,000 Muslims live in Belarus alone. 
First Mosque to open in Minsk November 11
First mosque to open in Minsk November 11 The history of the Minsk mosque began in the distant 16th century. Then it was located in present-day Dmitrova Street, near modern hotel Yubileiny. At the initiative of the head of the Tatar elder statesman, a small wooden building was constructed with a modest interior decoration and two halls for men and women. Only at the beginning of the 20th century, a stone mosque appeared on this place. Unfortunately, after 30 years of the Soviet regime, it was decided to reconstruct the building, and in 1961, it was completely destroyed.

10.11.2016

No plans for new hotels in Minsk in coming years
No plans for new hotels in Minsk in coming years Minsk hotels are reducing prices for services. Over the past year, they have cut 20% off the prices on average. This is achieved through a system of bonuses. The number of hotel visitors has increased.  Minsk now has 48 hotels and 5 official hostels. By the way, there are no plans to build new hotels. This despite the fact that Minsk is preparing to host the 2019 European Olympic Games.
First Belarusian-Latvian tourism business forum due in Minsk November 10
First Belarusian-Latvian tourism business forum due in Minsk November 10 On November 10, Minsk will host the first Belarusian-Latvian tourist business forum. It is organized during the Days of the Baltic countries in Minsk. The meeting of business circles will also be attended by the Minister of Economy of Latvia, who is currently on a visit to Belarus.

08.11.2016

National Geographic Traveler: Belarus is the best country for agro-tourism
National Geographic Traveler: Belarus is the best country for agro-tourism Belarus has won in the nomination Agrotourism in a ranking of the National Geographic Traveler Awards 2016. Belarus got 24% of votes. In second place is Italy (22%), while France was third (20%). Russia won 18% in this category and Georgia 9%. Belarus has also entered the top 5 countries for health improvement. Israel topped the ranking, followed by the Czech Republic, Hungary and Russia.

01.11.2016

China abolishes transit visas for Belarusians
China abolishes transit visas for Belarusians Transit through China without visas. Belarus has been included in the list of countries whose citizens have the right to stay in the country without special permission in case of arriving on international flights landing in China. A 72-hour visa-free regime is in force at 15 checkpoints, while at three others, this regime lasts six days. A similar practice today also applies to Chinese citizens who travel via Minsk.

27.10.2016

Electric buses to appear in Minsk in December 2016
Electric buses to appear in Minsk in December 2016 Electric buses will appear on the roads of Minsk as early as in December 2016.  The name of the new mode of transport is self-explanatory. Electric buses do not require connection to a power line. The vehicle receives sufficient amount of electricity from a special charging post at an end of the route.  The electric bus is called the green vehicle of the 21st century. They have no harmful emissions boasting low noise levels and using clean energy sources. 

26.10.2016

Tourists can now visit Belarus' part of Augustow Canal without visas
Tourists can now visit Belarus' part of Augustow Canal without visas From 26 October, foreign tourists will be able to come to the Augustow Canal without visas. To visit the tourist-recreational park foreign guests must have only a passport and a document confirming the right to visit this recreational area. Visitors crossing the border from Poland can enter Belarus without a visa through the checkpoints Lesnoi and Bruzgi. If you travel from Lithuania through both checkpoints Privalka.

21.10.2016

What do people search about Belarus in Google?
What do people search about Belarus in Google? It turns out that searching information about Belarus English-speaking users most often ask Google about Belarusian names. Czech philologist and mathematician Jakub Marian has made a map of search queries on all European countries. It is based on the first tip in Google search related to the question: "Why?" "When you start typing a search query into Google, it gives you suggestions based on what other people are looking for. This map shows the first sentence beginning with "Why...?" explains Jakub Marian.
Minsk Sea repopulated with tons of pike and carp
Minsk Sea repopulated with tons of pike and carp Lovers of relaxation with a fishing rod now have more chances to catch fish and even improve your health. On October 20 city services have made the last re-stocking of Minskoye More Lake (Minsk Sea) in 2016. Tons of fish of different sizes have been released into the waters of Minsk Sea. Autumn is the most favorable time for such work. During this period fish survives transportation and colonization better.

20.10.2016

They are 120,000 years old: Australian scientists about bison's origin
They are 120,000 years old: Australian scientists about bison's origin Scientists have uncovered the mystery of the origin of bison, which is one of the national symbols of Belarus. With the help of DNA analysis of the ancient remains they revealed that these animals have existed for around 120,000 years. Such conclusions were voiced by Australian researchers. They studied the genome of 64 bison. They found that these mammals appeared by crossing between the already extinct steppe bison and the ancestors of modern cattle. Previously, it was believed that the bison appeard about 12,000 years ago.

17.10.2016

Minsk rides complete 2016 warm season
Minsk rides complete 2016 warm season Amusement parks in Minsk are preparing for "hibernation". Experts are dismantling equipment and cover seats. The rides "danced their last waltz" last week. Every year, a decision to close the season is taken due to weather conditions. It is simply dangerous to use carousels during low temperatures. The largest Ferris wheel in Belarus - 56 meters in height - will also be stopped on October 17 until the next season. The conservation will complete on October 28.

14.10.2016

Minsk authorities decide to recover tributaries of Svisloch River
Minsk authorities decide to recover tributaries of Svisloch River The Svisloch River and its beaches will become the pearl of the Belarusian capital Minsk. The development of a unique historical territory was a subject of debates for years more but finally the best option was found. The Minsk City Executive Committee took a decision today to rehabilitate the tributaries of the Svisloch and improve the adjacent territories. A specific approach will be taken when cleaning the riverbed. The shoreline will be strengthened, bike paths equip, and toilets installed. In the coming years, some city reservoirs will be stocked with fish.

11.10.2016

Giant ice hockey sticks near Minsk Arena
Giant ice hockey sticks near Minsk Arena New design objects now adorn the image of Minsk. A LED installation - the puck and hockey sticks has been installed near Minsk Arena. Nearby is exercise equipment. You can join in for free and without wasting time on a change of clothes. Minsk is now hosting matches of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). The installation and exercise equipment are timed to this very event. The new items seem to have a positive feedback. Not only passers-by, but also young people in social networks hail the initiative.

10.10.2016

Guide monitors to be installed in all Minsk buses No. 1 and 100
Tourist monitors to be installed in all Minsk buses No. 1 and 100 Minsk transportation system has become more mobile. An electronic guide will now become passengers' companion. The smart thing acts as a good assistant that lays routes, displays currency rates, weather and suggests places where you can eat and relax. Until the end of 2016, these monitors will be installed in all Minsk buses. In the future, the innovation will be implemented on other routes.

06.10.2016

700 residential buildings in Minsk equipped with video surveillance
700 residential buildings in Minsk equipped with video surveillance Let's imagine: you go to work and your purse is suddenly snatched. A suspicious man comes into your house and takes something valuable. Or you suddenly notice scratches on your car door in the courtyard. These situations are not pleasant at all, especially if the suspect is never found. Luckily, today, fewer and fewer such situations happen in Minsk, thanks to the fact that almost 700 residential buildings are equipped with video surveillance.

05.10.2016

The best museums of Belarus named
The best museums of Belarus named The best museums of Belarus were announced in Mogilev on October 2. The National Forum "Museums of Belarus" summed up the work of museums over the last two years. The winners were determined in five nominations. The Mogilev and Minsk regional museums of local lore had the best exhibition booths. They attracted the most attention at the forum. The National Art Museum won in two categories at once. 

29.09.2016

Belarusian health resorts' export of services up by 30% in H1 2016
Belarusian health resorts' export of services up by 30% in H1 2016 Belarusian health resorts have increased export of services from the beginning of 2016 by 30%, having gained a total of more than 102 million rubles. The highest demand for spa treatment is among Russians. This is due to affordable costs. Prices are the same for all people of the Eurasian Economic Union. On average, one day in a Belarusian sanatorium costs 42 rubles (about $20).
Chinese tourists can come to Belarus in group tours without visas
Chinese tourists can come to Belarus in group tours without visas Chinese tourists will be able to come to Belarus without a visa as part of travel groups. The corresponding agreement was signed between the two countries on 28 September. Also Belarus is working on granting tourists from 'safe countries' a five-day visa-free entry to Belarus. Over the past two years, Belarus has greatly simplified entry procedures for citizens of Turkey, Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar who visit our country for tourism purposes.

28.09.2016

English-language street name plates appear in Minsk
English-language street name plates appear in Minsk There are now more signposts for Minsk citizens and foreigners in the city center. Inscriptions in English now duplicate street names in Russian or Belarusian. This is necessary due to the increasing flow of tourists in the Belarusian capital and the desire of city authorities to make guests' stay as comfortable as possible.

27.09.2016

National Airport Minsk now allows two free entries by car per day
National Airport Minsk now allows two free entries by car per day From September 26, the third entry into the territory of National Airport Minsk per day becomes chargeable. This change is due to an increase in passenger traffic as well as security issues. The first two visits with a limit of no more than 20 minutes will become free. The main objective of this measure is to streamline the movement of transport, first of all taxi drivers who use the free limit of 20 minutes numerous times a day seeking for clients.

26.09.2016

Minsk closes motorcycle season with big motorbike parade
Minsk closes motorcycle season with big motorbike parade The main characters in the streets of Minsk today are motorcyclists. Thousands of motorcycle fans on choppers and other fashionable bikes came to Belarus. These motorcycles are not, unfortunately, produced in Belarus. But who knows, because the first idea of Mr. Harley (Harley-Davidson's creator) was not a powerful motorcycle but a bicycle with a motor. So maybe the Minsk motorbike will somewhere in the future overtake Honda or Kawasaki... But back to the Minsk motorbike parade, with lots of surprises. Ilona Volynets has more on the topic.

23.09.2016

4,000 bikers from 15 countries to close out summer season in Minsk
4,000 bikers from 15 countries to close out summer season in Minsk Bikers from across the globe are starting to arrive in Belarus for festivities connected with the closing of the summer season. On September 23, they were shown the sights of Belarus. Foreign tourists can visit numerous castles and historical sites. Special routes are designed for them. The most popular places for travelling bikers is Mir Castle, Nesvizh Castle, the Bialowieza Forest and Grodno. The official closing of season will take place on 24 September.

03.09.2016

Minsk celebrating 949th birthday with concerts, fairs, fireworks, new monument and extreme park
Minsk celebrating 949th birthday with concerts, fairs, fireworks, new monument and extreme park And now let's proceed to today's Minsk festivities in honor of the City Day. Belarusian and Russian people to celebrate anything. But don't forget that we can work too. And the festive day was filled not only with entertainment, but also with creation: there has opened an extreme sports park and the great monument reflecting the rich past of Belarusians. Our correspondent Alyona Syrova has the story.

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