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Visit Belarus

Belarus has one of the largest developed urban areas in all of Europe. Over 70% of the nation’s population lives within the boundaries of a city and 4 out of 5 people you’ll meet in Belarus are native to the area.

Yet despite having an open rural area to explore, this country is ranked second-to-last when it comes to tourism opportunities. Now is the time to change that and here are some of the things that you can expect during your stay.

The Last Soviet Republic?

There is a lot of negative energy that comes up when one begins to discuss a visit to Belarus. Forget everything you may have heard. Museums that feature this nation’s role in the Great Patriotic War, which is World War II, offer visitors a different perspective. For those who love art, there are multiple museums dedicated to the likes of Chagall. Many museums are even open air in nature, allowing you to freely explore on a sunny day.

Unique Castles That You Won’t Want To Miss

Nyasvizh and Mir both offer castles to explore that are each part of a larger complex that will let you get a feeling of what history has taught the people of this beautiful nation. With influences that are very Gothic in some aspects, yet still quite Russian in design and atmosphere, you will find that these heritage centers are more than just landmarks. They are works of art in their own right.

You Will Love the National Parks

One of the oldest wildlife reserves in all of Europe can be found at the Belavezhskaya Pushcha National Park. With 50+ different species of mammals, including European Bison, calling this park their home, you will also find areas that are covered in lakes and rivers. Fishing and other water sports are widely available, as are hiking, biking, or bird-watching.

Travel and vacation in Belarus

Here you can find information about travel and holiday trips to Belarus. You will find travel deals as well as general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts about Belarus. You will also find updated current weather and forecasts.

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City Guides

Brest (BY)

#Brest Visit Brest Brest (also known as Brest-Litovsk) has a population of 310.000 and lies at the border with Poland. Brest is the capital of Brest oblast (region). Travel to...

Gomel

#Gomel Visit Gomel Gomel is situated on the banks of Sozh river, 300 km South-East of Minsk in the southeastern part of Belarus. Gomel covers an area...

Grodno

#Grodno Visit Grodno Grodno (also known as Hrodna) has a population of 365.000 and lies at the Neman river in Western Belarus. Grodno is the capital of...

Minsk, Capital of Belarus

#Minsk Visit Minsk Minsk is the capital city and largest city in Belarus and it is situated on dual rivers that give this city some ambiance....

Mir

#Mir Visit Mir Mir is a small town 120 kilometres west of Minsk. The town is renowned for being location of UNESCO World Heritage site, Mir...

Mogilev

#Mogilev Visit Mogilev Mogilev (also known as Mahilyow) with 360.000 inhabitants is the third largest city in Belarus. Mogilev lies in eastern Belarus close to the border with Russia. Travel to Mogilev,...

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Coronavirus & travel restrictions Belarus

#Coronavirus Belarus Coronavirus status - Belarus How is the coronavirus situation in Belarus ? See the statistics for the country in confirmed and present active Covid-19...

National Tourist Information Belarus

Traveladvisor in Belarus: Are you going on a vacation you can get lots of free and professional help, traveladvice and information from the National...

Weather and forecast

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Largest cities

See the list of the largest and most important cities in the country, and the size of the cities by population.

Important: the informations are from various external sources. If you are using the informations professional please seek official confirmation whether the figures are actual or not. Last update august 2017

RankNamePop.State
1Minsk1,921,807Minsk Voblast
2Homyel526,872Homyel Voblast
3Mahilyow374,644Mahilou Voblast
4Vitsyebsk366,299Vitsebsk Voblast
5Hrodna356,557Hrodna Voblast
6Brest330,934Brest Voblast
7Babruysk218,271Mahilou Voblast
8Baranavichy179,073Brest Voblast
9Barysaw144,945Minsk Voblast
10Pinsk137,493Brest Voblast

Official National Holidays

Below you can see the list with official national holidays in the country.

DateEnglishRemarks
1 JanuaryNew YearFixed
7 JanuaryOrthodox ChristmasFixed
8 MarchWomen’s DayFixed
9th day after Orthodox EasterRadonitsaVariable
1 MayLabour DayFixed
9 MayVictory DayFixed
3 JulyIndependence DayFixed
.7 NovemberOctober Revolution DayFixed
.25 DecemberCatholic ChristmasFixed

Best of Belarus

The climate of Belarus is moderate continental, and so summers are warm, with temperatures near 20C, and winters are cold and often below freezing. Most rain tends to fall from around April to October.

Belarus is in Eastern Europe and is surrounded by countries, with the largest, Russia, to its northeast. The main international airport is Minsk National, 42km outside the capital, Minsk, and the currency is the Belarusian Ruble. Belarus holidays are known for their cultural and historical attractions, including many striking castles. Wintertime sports such as alpine skiing and snowboarding have become popular in Belarus in recent times, even though the country doesn’t have any mountains. It does have lots of hills with inclines suitable for such activities. In the summertime, visitors can relax on some great lakeside beaches.

If you’re visiting Belarus for the first time, the capital, Minsk, is a good place to stay. Explore the city’s sights at your leisure and then head out into the country for a greater experience. Other places to stay on your Belarus holidays include the charming city of Brest in the far southwest and on the border with Poland; and Gomel in the southeast, Belarus’ second-largest city. If you’re going skiing or snowboarding while in Belarus, Silichy and Logoisk are where the main slopes are located. Both are near to Minsk, and there are other ski resorts around the country.

With their individual styles and culture, the cities of Belarus are fascinating to explore, and out in the countryside the wonderfully unspoiled nature is the perfect setting for hiking adventures. In winter, many parts of the country transform into snow-covered wonderlands. It’s a land for all seasons, and an ideal getaway destination.

Belarus holidays can be spent doing a wide range of activities and visiting attractions. Start with the Belarusian National History and Culture Museum in Minsk. There, you’ll get a sense of the country from way back in its ancient past right up to today. Move on to the Belarusian National Arts Museum and view some of the many thousands of works of art on display, both from around the country and the world.

Visit Minsk Zoo, a relatively new attraction that was only established in 1984. It’s in the southeast of the capital and places an emphasis on breeding. It’s home to more than 1,300 animals of 64 species, including the largest mammal in Europe, the wisent, or European bison. To see the wisent in the wild, head to Belavezhskaya Pushcha National Park in the southwest of the country.

Just outside the capital is Minsk Sea, an artificial reservoir that’s a popular recreation area. Relax on the public beach or rent a boat and sail around this picturesque body of water.

Go for a stroll in lovely Gorky Park in Minsk. There are many parks of this name – celebrating the Russian writer Maksim Gorky – around Russia, the most famous in Moscow. Minsk’s Gorky Park has an amusement park, an observatory and planetarium and an indoor skating rink.

There are four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Belarus – try and see them all. They are the Mir Castle Complex in the south-westerly town of Mir; Nesvizh Castle in Nesvizh, also in the southwest; Bialowieza Forest on and over the border with Poland and shared by the two countries; and the Struve Geodetic Arc triangulation points that run through nine other countries in the region, five of which are located in Belarus.

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Belarus Covid-19 / Coronavirus

Belarus
288,267
Total confirmed cases
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Belarus
7,621
Total active cases
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Country/Region
Confirmed cases
Deaths
Active cases
Afghanistan
55,759
2,446
3,969
Albania
107,931
1,816
35,702
Algeria
113,255
2,987
32,034
Andorra
10,889
110
304
Angola
20,854
508
946
Anguilla
18
0
0
Antigua and Barbuda
769
14
448
Argentina
2,112,023
52,077
148,608
Armenia
172,456
3,200
5,518
Aruba
7,908
74
179
Australia
28,985
909
1,900
Austria
460,849
8,574
20,259
Azerbaijan
234,662
3,223
2,600
Bahamas
8,519
179
1,031
Bahrain
123,039
452
6,692
Bangladesh
546,801
8,416
40,588
Barbados
3,115
36
636
Belarus
288,267
1,985
7,621
Belgium
772,294
22,106
697,603
Belize
12,313
315
138
Benin
5,434
70
1,116
Bermuda
707
12
13
Bhutan
867
1
1
Bolivia
249,767
11,666
44,449
Bosnia
130,979
5,071
10,061
Botswana
30,727
332
5,511
Brazil
10,589,608
255,836
876,672
British Virgin Islands
153
1
21
Brunei
186
3
2
Bulgaria
249,626
10,308
32,688
Burkina Faso
12,030
143
299
Burundi
2,217
3
1,441
Cabo Verde
15,432
147
410
Cambodia
844
0
366
Cameroon
35,714
551
2,569
Canada
870,033
22,017
30,430
Caribbean Netherlands
429
4
23
Cayman Islands
447
2
30
Central African Republic
5,004
63
21
Chad
3,986
140
366
Channel Islands
4,038
86
24
Chile
829,770
20,660
24,897
China
89,923
4,636
200
Colombia
2,255,260
59,866
43,761
Comoros
3,578
144
103
Congo
8,820
128
1,673
Costa Rica
205,086
2,812
20,423
Croatia
243,064
5,537
2,892
Cuba
50,590
324
4,160
Curaçao
4,731
22
64
Cyprus
35,009
231
32,721
Czechia
1,252,242
20,701
148,924
Côte d'Ivoire
32,791
193
886
DRC
25,962
707
6,304
Denmark
211,692
2,365
6,810
Diamond Princess
712
13
0
Djibouti
6,087
63
126
Dominica
144
0
14
Dominican Republic
239,998
3,106
44,814
Ecuador
286,367
15,832
22,637
Egypt
183,010
10,736
30,927
El Salvador
59,866
1,869
2,685
Equatorial Guinea
6,095
92
371
Eritrea
2,866
7
598
Estonia
66,628
598
15,927
Ethiopia
159,972
2,373
22,422
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
54
0
8
Faroe Islands
658
1
0
Fiji
59
2
3
Finland
58,064
750
11,314
France
3,760,671
86,803
3,415,484
French Guiana
16,627
85
6,547
French Polynesia
18,414
139
13,433
Gabon
14,849
87
1,474
Gambia
4,712
150
473
Georgia
271,379
3,532
2,161
Germany
2,455,569
70,924
120,045
Ghana
84,023
607
5,444
Gibraltar
4,239
93
21
Greece
192,270
6,534
20,018
Greenland
30
0
0
Grenada
148
1
0
Guadeloupe
9,746
159
7,345
Guatemala
174,653
6,402
6,435
Guinea
16,005
89
999
Guinea-Bissau
3,262
48
601
Guyana
8,595
197
405
Haiti
12,493
250
2,480
Holy See (Vatican City State)
27
0
12
Honduras
170,985
4,174
100,102
Hong Kong
11,020
200
273
Hungary
432,925
15,058
94,911
Iceland
6,054
29
13
India
11,124,527
157,275
168,331
Indonesia
1,341,314
36,325
153,074
Iran
1,639,679
60,181
179,564
Iraq
699,088
13,428
46,021
Ireland
220,273
4,319
192,590
Isle of Man
486
25
50
Israel
779,958
5,760
38,348
Italy
2,938,371
97,945
424,333
Jamaica
23,599
425
9,672
Japan
432,773
7,887
14,282
Jordan
397,158
4,727
41,175
Kazakhstan
214,089
2,540
13,767
Kenya
106,125
1,859
17,549
Kuwait
192,031
1,085
10,791
Kyrgyzstan
86,308
1,467
1,572
Lao People's Democratic Republic
45
0
3
Latvia
86,458
1,621
9,582
Lebanon
376,938
4,743
77,925
Lesotho
10,495
295
6,432
Liberia
2,014
85
45
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
134,127
2,210
10,801
Liechtenstein
2,575
54
37
Lithuania
199,398
3,253
11,297
Luxembourg
55,480
639
2,822
MS Zaandam
9
2
0
Macao
48
0
1
Macedonia
103,020
3,144
8,369
Madagascar
19,831
297
238
Malawi
32,008
1,048
11,447
Malaysia
302,580
1,135
25,542
Maldives
19,979
62
2,574
Mali
8,390
355
1,627
Malta
22,657
316
2,678
Marshall Islands
4
0
0
Martinique
6,687
45
6,544
Mauritania
17,217
441
193
Mauritius
619
10
21
Mayotte
17,600
110
14,526
Mexico
2,089,281
186,152
263,186
Micronesia
1
0
0
Moldova
186,447
3,975
15,639
Monaco
1,965
24
221
Mongolia
3,000
2
668
Montenegro
76,283
1,015
8,558
Montserrat
20
1
6
Morocco
483,766
8,637
5,784
Mozambique
59,607
653
17,541
Myanmar
141,916
3,199
7,230
Namibia
39,033
428
2,270
Nepal
274,216
2,777
968
Netherlands
1,092,452
15,584
1,076,868
New Caledonia
58
0
3
New Zealand
2,382
26
69
Nicaragua
6,445
173
2,047
Niger
4,740
172
318
Nigeria
156,017
1,915
20,198
Norway
71,735
623
5,098
Oman
141,808
1,577
7,546
Pakistan
582,528
12,938
22,184
Palestine
185,336
2,058
15,534
Panama
341,420
5,858
8,245
Papua New Guinea
1,365
14
505
Paraguay
160,448
3,198
22,858
Peru
1,332,939
46,685
49,586
Philippines
578,381
12,322
31,708
Poland
1,711,772
43,793
237,118
Portugal
804,956
16,351
68,370
Qatar
164,137
259
9,817
Romania
804,090
20,403
42,216
Russia
4,257,650
86,455
348,121
Rwanda
18,986
264
1,400
Réunion
12,416
52
1,094
S. Korea
90,372
1,606
7,428
Saint Kitts and Nevis
41
0
1
Saint Lucia
3,390
36
341
Saint Martin
1,544
12
133
Saint Pierre Miquelon
24
0
8
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
1,628
8
682
Samoa
3
0
1
San Marino
3,746
74
396
Sao Tome and Principe
1,828
30
385
Saudi Arabia
377,700
6,500
2,560
Senegal
34,732
880
4,691
Serbia
462,728
4,459
57,922
Seychelles
2,688
11
312
Sierra Leone
3,887
79
1,187
Singapore
59,956
29
97
Sint Maarten
2,060
27
29
Slovakia
308,925
7,270
46,355
Slovenia
190,324
3,854
11,260
Solomon Islands
18
0
4
Somalia
7,392
243
3,335
South Africa
1,513,959
50,077
32,546
South Sudan
8,010
94
3,699
Spain
3,204,531
69,609
412,618
Sri Lanka
83,552
476
3,654
St. Barth
573
1
110
Sudan
28,406
1,890
3,541
Suriname
8,933
173
347
Swaziland
17,025
652
1,573
Sweden
657,309
12,826
644,483
Switzerland
557,492
9,988
36,067
Syrian Arab Republic
15,642
1,032
4,730
Taiwan
955
9
27
Tajikistan
13,308
90
0
Tanzania
509
21
305
Thailand
26,073
84
569
Timor-Leste
113
0
23
Togo
6,933
85
1,185
Trinidad and Tobago
7,716
139
103
Tunisia
233,669
8,022
26,869
Turkey
2,711,479
28,638
104,660
Turks and Caicos Islands
2,114
14
227
UAE
394,050
1,238
10,480
UK
4,182,009
122,953
1,099,172
USA
29,314,254
527,226
8,969,496
Uganda
40,367
334
25,044
Ukraine
1,357,470
26,212
154,340
Uruguay
58,589
611
7,354
Uzbekistan
79,961
622
826
Vanuatu
1
0
0
Venezuela
139,545
1,348
6,550
Vietnam
2,448
35
537
Wallis and Futuna
9
0
2
Western Sahara
10
1
1
Yemen
2,310
634
241
Zambia
79,002
1,098
2,817
Zimbabwe
36,115
1,468
1,742
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