Looking forward to visiting Europe’s largest and oldest forest? Or perhaps you’re drawn to the majestic capital city of Minsk, with its fascinating history, stunning architecture and quirky hipster hangouts. Belarus offers a variety of unique destinations off the beaten path. Here are some quick facts about the country:
- Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. Its neighbours are Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia.
- The official languages here are Belarussian and Russian. Russian is more widely spoken. It is also common for people to speak Trasianka, which is a mix of the 2 languages. Younger people and urban populations are most likely to speak English. Tourist sites, hotels and restaurants are usually able to accommodate English speakers.
- The local currency is the Belarusian ruble. 1 US dollar is roughly equivalent to 2.50 rubles.
- Most people prefer to travel to Belarus during the summer months of June, July and August. It’s warm from mid-May to mid-September, so you can also take advantage of these short shoulder seasons.
- Top spots to visit include the cities Minsk and Brest, the castles in the towns of Nyasvizh and Mir, and Bialowieza Forest National Park.
Browse through the articles below for additional information on visiting this country.