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Belarus Travel Notes -- Minsk is the capital of the Republic of Belarus, founded in 1067 as Menesk. Find out more about Belarus @ Travel Notes.

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Belarus is also known as Byelorussia, or White Russia.

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Countries neighbouring Belarus are: Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia and Ukraine.

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About Belarus

Belarus was a convenient battleground for Polish and Russian armies between the 16th and 18th centuries.

The Russians retreated in 1812 when Napoleon's armies invaded, and the area never had a real chance to develop.

A Belarusian democratic republic was proclaimed after the collapse of the Russian Empire, but the Bolsheviks soon put a stop to that idea.

The country was again almost devastated during World War II, when the Germans were expelled.

Belarus also received the highest amount of nuclear fallout, of all the Soviet republics, from the Chernobyl disaster; across the border, in Ukraine.


The capital of the Republic of Belarus was founded in 1067, as Mensk, and has been under Lithuanian, Polish and Russian control during its history; and was even occupied by the Germans.

Minsk in Your Pocket:
Travel information for visitors to Belarus, from the esteemed In Your Pocket guide series.

Minsk Weather Outlook:
Six-day weather outlook for the capital of Belarus. Check out the conditions for major cities in neighbouring countries too.

Private Tour Guide in Minsk:
Andrei Burdenkov, a certified private tour guide registered in Minsk, offers Belarus guided tours to English-speaking visitors. His website also has Belarus travel tips and other useful information about Belarus.

Belarus Visas

Belarus Visa Application:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.

Belarus Visas:
Visa requirements for visitors to Belarus.

Around Belarus


Once a part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Brest is situated in the western Belorussian Polessye.


The Gomel region is in south-eastern Belarus; bordering Ukraine and Russia


Founded in the 11th century, Grodno overlooks the Neman River and is one of the oldest cities in Belarus.


The Mogilev region is in eastern Belarus; bordering Russia.


Centred around Vrtebsk, the Vitebsk region is situated in north-eastern Belarus; bordering with Lithuania, Latvia and Russia.

Where to Stay in Belarus

Accommodation in Minsk

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Hotel Minsk: Minsk.
Nezavisimosti Avenue 11.

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After its opening in December, 2002 Hotel Minsk became the first four-star hotel in the capital and in Republic of Belarus.

Located on the central Nezavisimosti Avenue, Hotel Minsk offers a picturesque view of the city, Independence Square and the Red Church.

Only a few minutes walk from the railway and bus stations, Hotel Minsk is also close to all the main cultural and historical attractions.

In 2005, the Minsk Hotel was awarded a Golden Crown for its quality of service.

Guests staying in one of the 252 rooms have a choice of three restaurants. There's also a Lobby Bar and Night Club as well as a Fitness Club and Beauty Salon.

Hotel Yubileiny: Minsk.
19 Masherova Prospect. The Yubileiny is one of the busiest hotels in downtown Minsk.

The cheaper rooms are of the Soviet variety while the more expensive 'business class' rooms actually have renovated bathrooms and are much brighter.

The restaurant, designed by an Italian architect, has two halls and seats up to 500 people. It serves traditional Belorussian and international cuisine.

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