Belarus is a comfortable country to visit, where we would like to go back.

Review: Rest in Belarus – A country where we felt comfortable to stay and where we would like to go back!

There are many stories on Otzovik about Belarus, more than 40, but I would like to make a contribution and share my impressions of a short stay in this country.

1. PART 1: THE ROAD MOSCOW – MINSK.

We went from Moscow to Minsk by car, so the first thing we paid attention to was the road (the highway M1 “Moscow-Minsk”) and the border. The roadway itself is good, almost everywhere on Minsk there are two lanes. In Russia only strained the presence of cameras (official and hidden in the bushes) at almost every step. Driving in this regard is very difficult: just speeding up to 90 miles, as the radar immediately starts beeping and informs you that the road speed limit to 60 km / h. then, after passing the camera, but again only beginning to gain speed and again the radar beeps

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The border was crossed without noticing, no one even stopped us to check the documents. We just drove through such block-posts, saw the inscription “Republic of Belarus” and went on.

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For some reason it was written “Toll Road”, but not once during the whole trip from the border to Minsk were we stopped to take tolls.

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I was very pleased that after crossing the border with Belarus there were signs for gas stations and toilets everywhere on the route

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And we were also very pleased with the well-equipped parking lots for motorists, mini-hotels and toilets. Showing pictures of similar places in Russia is even embarrassing. On the way back, after the Belarus-Russia border, we stopped to have a snack at a table under a tent, and it was not even unpleasant to put food on the napkin, I even sat on the bench, I confess, I was squeamish. And it was quite another matter – on the Moscow-Minsk highway after crossing the border with the Republic of Belarus. Everything is just polished. So clean, so nice, so pretty!

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And I really liked the hay figures standing along the road, so nice, so positive! And the ride is not so boring at once ))))

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And the fields just look neat.

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2. MINSK We stayed in Minsk and lived in very nice spacious apartments in the center of the city. Minsk was very nice for all of us and you can read more about it in my review: Sightseeing in Minsk (Belarus) – Back to the Past or Forward to the Future? Minsk fascinates and stays in your heart

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Minsk is not a very big city, at least by the standards of the Muscovites, so three or four days will be enough to walk around it. The city is very nice and what is especially appealing is its cleanliness. I can’t find people from all the former Soviet republics here as in Moscow and we liked it very much too.

All of the buildings in the old part of the city, both on the main broad avenues and in the modern part of Minsk, have been restored. Not once did we see houses and streets in disrepair, not once did we see homeless people and people collecting alms on the streets, in the passages or in the subway. And that’s great, too!

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3. TRIPS FROM MINSK.

We made several “trips” from Minsk. First of all, we wanted to see the Brest Fortress (where, to our shame, we have never been).

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Needless to say, under what strong impression we left this historic place? I’m really very, very happy that our family had the opportunity to visit the Brest Fortress – the place of valor and glory of our soldiers! And again, if anyone would be interested to read the full report, where a lot of photos are collected, welcome to the review page: Memorial Complex “Brest Fortress – Hero” (Belarus, Brest) – Majestic. Sad. Unforgettable. Brest Fortress photo review

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Another interesting place, where we were able to go during our, albeit short, but intense and memorable, trip to the Republic of Belarus, was the city of Brest. I must admit that I was very surprised that it is such a beautiful and modern city. We walked around the city, saw the alley of wrought iron lanterns

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What a wonderful city Brest!

And we also went to Nesvizh and Mir, where we saw beautiful castles (we especially liked Mir castle!)

The first two photos are of the Mir castle, the third photo – Nesvizh.

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We really liked Belarus for its cleanliness, order, and comfort. I liked the people – so open and friendly. We liked to feel always and everywhere like at home. It was comfortable for us to stay there, so I think that we will come back to Belarus, and to Minsk in particular.

Pros and cons of vacationing in Belarus

Belarus is one of the few countries that always keeps the border open to Russians. Here they speak our language, treat tourists well and cook fantastically delicious food. However, Russians often call the brotherly country “sovk” and complain about the poor service. Let’s tell you why a vacation in Belarus in 2021 is a good idea. And let’s list the main disadvantages of this destination. We have lived in this country for six months and can objectively assess the pros and cons that await travelers.

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10 reasons to go to Belarus in 2021

It’s somehow home-like, cozy, peaceful. Belarus is safe, there is always something to do, and the food is surprising in a good way. We can talk endlessly about why Belarus is good. We have at least 10 reasons to go to Minsk and other cities.

  1. You don’t need the foreign passport. No visas, insurance, hotel confirmations and other paperwork. At the border they ask for your passport and check your suitcase. In 2021 you won’t have to pass the COVID-19 test for a vacation in Belarus. It’s a good saving of budget and nerves.
  2. Easy to get to . Before the pandemic, we used to travel to Belarus by bus from Poland. By the way, if you have a “Schengen”, it makes sense to combine vacation and visit the neighboring country (when the border is open, of course). Our parents get to Belarus from St. Petersburg by plane. Inside the country it’s convenient to travel by bus. We advise to go from Minsk to Brest.
  3. Good choice of lodging . Minsk has an excellent choice of hotels, while the apartments can be rented through AirBnb (if you haven’t used this service before, catch a discount of 2,000 rubles). In Brest, we rented an apartment for 18 thousand rubles per month. You can find accommodation in Minsk cheaper, because there is more choice.
  4. Everything is cheap. Groceries, food in restaurants, things, cosmetics – after the Russian prices everything seems very cheap. We paid less than 1000 rubles for dinner for two: meat, huge portions of potato pancakes, 2 desserts, a carafe of morses. And this at a decent restaurant in a busy tourist area.
  5. Very tasty! Belarus is not just potatoes. Although the pancakes here are just as delicious as your grandmother’s. Try Belarusian sweets, amazing chicken roll in the butcher shop, buy homemade tomatoes at the market, go to the supermarket for natural dairy products. The list is endless… And the prices for many products are almost twice lower than in Russia.
  6. There are a lot of entertainments. Those who like casinos like to go to Minsk. For a cultural rest – theaters, exhibitions, informative excursions, museums. Do you like nature? Take a trip to Belovezhskaya Pushcha (read our review of the best nature reserve in Belarus).
  7. Minsk is stunning. There are no words to describe how beautiful this city is. Red Church, the Upper Town, Town Hall, the Presidential Residence, the Cathedral, the National Library – you can walk here endlessly. It is advisable to take a walking tour and walk around the main attractions with a knowledgeable guide. Then you will fall in love with Minsk even more. We were on this one (the page has reviews of tourists, check it out).
  8. Kind people. They smile, joke, no questions, help you if you need. We know that life in Belarus is not sugar-coated. But this does not make people unfriendly and evil. Everything here is somehow very kind and sincere.
  9. A lot of beautiful places. Rest in Belarus is not only Minsk. There’s Grodno, Vitebsk, Gomel and other beautiful cities, which are worth visiting. We fell in love with Brest: we came for a tour and stayed for the whole summer.
  10. It was clean and safe. In Belarus, it is not scary to walk in the evenings, even in unfamiliar remote areas. Special thanks for the cleanliness. No paper, bottles and other filth. Here even the urns in the morning with the foam wash (seen for themselves).
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Minuses of rest in Belarus.

Belarus is interesting, tasty and cheap. Here they speak a familiar language and they like tourists. And the Russians are always welcome here. But the rest in Belarus has flaws. We found at least five.

  1. Back to the USSR. Here without a piece of paper you are a bug. If you rent an apartment directly, not through AirBnb, you have to fill out and certify a bunch of documents. And you have to stand in lines. It’s not easy to be a blogger in Belarus: you’re not even allowed to take photos in stores, and the cameras look at as if you’ve pulled out a gun. They seem to be headed for Europe, but the spirit of the USSR is still there.
  2. Another currency. You have to be careful. In Minsk, we withdrew money from the card of “Alfa Bank” in the native ATM and paid a monstrous commission. Later, by trial and error we found an adequate option. But in general, it’s better to just change Russian rubles or pay by card.
  3. There is no sea. If you go on vacation, it would be nice to bathe. In summer it can be very hot in Belarus, and reservoirs are not particularly attractive.
  4. Service is “three to three”. Administrators in hotels are friendly, but in some places, everything is somehow Soviet-style. In Belovezhskaya Pushcha, for example, we asked for a hair dryer at the reception. Waiters in restaurants do not always know what’s on the menu. And salespeople in stores often like to talk to each other more than to work.
  5. You will want to move. We know many people who have been to Belarus and decided they didn’t want to live in Russia any more. Not everybody managed to do it, they got upset. And some moved and realized that it’s difficult to find a job in Belarus. However, the desire to move is not exactly a disadvantage. But we warned you.

As you can see, the pluses of rest in Belarus are much more than the minuses. We advise you to visit this country at least once in your life. It’s easy to do. And in 2021, when you have nowhere else to go on vacation, a trip to Belarus makes even more sense.

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