My father was born in the village of Gutawa, Belarus in 1912. During the first war with Germany the villagers were moved to Siberia by the Tsarist government. After the war with Poland the villagers were returned to Gutawa in what was then Poland. Are there any books in English detailing what my father would only refer to as the "bad times." If you can refer me to a bookstore I would really appreciate it. Thank you.
Dayton, Ohio USA
I am into local food (e.g., Buckwheat blini, Lazanki, khaladnik, perepecha, zhur, Polivka, Schav, Kvass, to just name a few!), and my questions are as follows;
1. Where is exactly National Foods restaurant? Apparently somewhere in Trinity Suburb, but I cannot nail down its exact location.
2. My research shows apart from National Foods there is another restaurant, Vasil'ki(http://www.vasilki.by/). This franchise looks VERY posh to me, or rather too posh for the local Belorussians to dine! Could someone recommend some other eateries where the locals hang our for Belorussian foods? I do not mind even street food.
3. Where can I find the best bakery in Minsk?
My research shows it is located at Ulitsa Very Horuzhej 8,but I cannot locate it on Google Map.
Could someone tell me exactly where it is and also when it is open (weekend only?)?
I am thrilled to visit Minsk end of December and wonder if money changers are open at weekends in central Minsk as I arrive at weekend from Vilnius.
Banks are NOT open at all at weekends, right?
I hope they charge at a reasonable rate!
Does anyone know a friendly Latino club for dancing and socializing?
My relatives asked me to bring souvenirs, something authentic; not fridge magnets made in China.
I remember seeing very inexpensive liqueur in very impressive flasks in DOR-ORS shop next to hotel Sputnik. (I understand DOR-ORS holding is very popular in the railway station district, they sell everything from socks to cucumbers) They had quite a range, bitter spirits to cherry liqueurs.
The question is, anybody tried and can recommend?
Does airport bus run along Prospekt Nesavisimosti?
I am already thinking of a new trip and looking for a strategically located flat, to skip dragging the suitcase too far!
Can someone tell me of affordable places to tent a bike and go to the gym?
Does anyone knows how the trains to Ukraine work?
Does anyone know where I can find a place to practice piano or rent? Please I need to know!
What to expect – anything shut that is normally open, like food stores? Any demonstrations/festivities in the city with streets closed for transport, or something to catch on the camera?
I understand that May 2nd is not a holiday – or is it? If not, May 1st and May 3rd are days-off anyway; does one expect crowds of people everywhere?
If I try to take refuge in the Botanical Gardens, do I get it right that the main entrance is from Surganova street? There is café Vasil’ki not far, recommended by Russian Internet – can it be more crowded than the café inside the garden? McDonald’s, too, has Surganova street as its address, but it looks farther.
Speaking about meals, any budget place locals would go to when they do not eat at home? I have two Lidos on my list, they appear to be very popular, too. By the way, there is Komarovsky market between these two – is it a ‘farmers’ market’, or a supermarket that pretends it is a farmers’ market?(Tt home most ‘farmers’ sell bananas and avocados)
Please recommend some Hostel(s) cheaper than Eur10 per day and perfer close to the center, like from Yellowpages.by ?
I have finally found a map of Minsk – you won’t believe it, spent over a week trying to find any map or guidebook on Minsk or Belarus at large in Moscow, talk about the union state!
Now with a more or less clear vision of what is where this is what I am planning to do – suggestions welcome:
May 1 Thursday
Arrival, drawing BYR at Sberbank ATM at the railway station (hope it’s in order), catching a ‘marshrutka’ to hotel Sputnik (otherwise walking, hopefully there are no steps). What does one expect on May 1 – anything closed, or the other way round, any special activity?
Going downtown to watch May 1 demonstration – if any.
Checking up food supplies:
- local Vasilki café chain (there is one near railway station) /
- old reliable NcDonald’s with its free WC /
- food stores nearest to the hotel . Found one – Chkalovsky at Voroniansky street 17 – they say they take credit cards, uff, good for them! Maybe I’ll skip taking cash with me altogether?..
May 2 Friday
Bus 100 9sort of do-it-yourself city tour) or metro to Nemiga, strolling around old town (I guess this is where is is)
At night - ‘Romeo & Juliette’ at Minsk Opera; not row 8, but still in the stalls - must bring my Sunday suit, I guess.
May 3 Saturday
Botanical gardens (if the weather provides)
Remote attractions like the National library and the observatory (is it an observatory proper, or an observation point)
May 4 Sunday
Going off the beaten path to Vankovich house (part of the art museum – can’t see why no one has written about it) + RSDRP 1st congress hut (I expect I will be the only visitor)
May 5 Monday
The flight is 14.35 – must be at the airport at 13.00, I guess – will book a taxi for 12.00. May try airport express from the central bus terminal. Do I get it right that bus # 100 goes to airport Minsk-1? By the way, Minsk International airport – is it Minsk-1 or Minsk-2, or it doesn’t matter?
I tried to book ‘Krechinsky wedding’ at Gorky drama theatre on May 3, but Kvitki say they have only 4 rows left for sale. They can’t be serious!
Just booked hotel Sputnik on a whim – it is the least expensive option, and they had only two rooms left.
Hope I did not do anything stupid – had to get myself a wind down after all the turmoil lately.
– I haven’t booked hotels for a few years, prefer apartments where you can cook your own breakfast. And I never visited any of our close neighbours, formerly constituent republics, since 1991, feel slightly at a loss…
With just one review about this hotel, anyone knows the best way from the railway station with a wheeled bag and four surgeries in the past year? I guess that will be taxi – or foot, climbing the bus does not seem very encouraging.
Any advice on Internet? Better to bring my laptop – it’s extra 1,5 kg, or rely on a post office / Internet café?
Speaking of the cafés – any around?
Last but least – how does one go currency exchange? I mean, surely I don’t have the same currency as you folks, but still the Russian ruble won’t go for the Byelorussian ruble.
Have not booked any Moscow – Minsk transportation yet, will ask advice specifically!
i want to visit mir and be back in 1 day
Hi I'll be in Minsk for 5 days in late May (with my 9 year old son) and an apartment seems the best option.
Can anyone recommend a reliable agency that could sort me out?
Approximately how much should I expect to pay for a one or two bedroom apartment?
I will also require a visa support letter ( in order to obtain a visa) and will then obviously require registration of this with the relevant authorities(we have Irish passports).
Also - I would be looking at visiting places outside the centre - like Khatyn, Stalin Line, Mount of Glory etc. I'm not sure a tour would be much good as my Russian isnt good - I can download enough from the internet to sort me out in that regard - so really what I'd be looking for would be to get there either by public transport or a driver (or - even hire a car & drive myself though that would probs be more trouble than its worth). And ideas would be welcome.
Finally - is there any public transport to & from the airport?
Thanks for your assistance.
is there any firing ranges where you can fire some guns for fun?
1. Some soviet style (old fashioned) place or activity, like bar, restaurant, shops, theatre, museum, red army related monuments or anything.
2. Any kind of markets, except modern shopping malls, like second hand, street market, food market, etc.-
3. Soviet style shops of clothes, soviet propaganda and red army items
4. Places to see belarus folokloric music and dance
5. Rock, punk or any concerts singed in belarusian or russian language (NOT IN ENGLISH)
6. Any lake with pedal boats and old arcade games
7. Hockey or any place to see other sports apart from soccer (it doesn´t have to be professional)
8. Minority groups neiborhoods, with tipical shops and restaurants from their culture
9. Wich neiborhoods or areas we should avoid by the day or night time?
10. Wich places are forbhiden to take photography, apart from military related?
11. Thank you very much, if you can ask just one or two questions is enough.
I'm willing to visit my fiancé in Belarus, and we're planning to get married there, then we will move back here together, however, the only issue is that there is no Belorussian Embassy in my country, hence I have to submit my papers to the FAD at the airport of Minsk in advance, and it says that the inviting person must submit that in person. Does it mean she has to travel all the way to Minsk and then to the airport and submit them? Or she can just send them through the mail service? Otherwise, can I just submit everything from my country to them via DHL?
Also, I didn't find anywhere whether it's necessary to submit a translated copy of my passport or birth certificate, as my papers are in French (except my passport which is in both French and English), so will that suffice? Or must I send the translation as well?
In case I have to send the translated documents, can my fiancé do the translation there in Belarus and send them? Has she had to legalize the translated papers at the ministry of foreign affairs? (honestly, it's like mission impossible for me to find any interpreter or translator who does Russian here!!!!)
I appreciate any sort of help for any full or partial answer, because I'm lost, and we've planned to have a wedding over here, so the deadline is pretty tight.
Thanks everybody, I wish somebody can help.
My son is going to travel from Switzerland to Moscow. He has already bought the tickets for the entire trip but reservations only to Brest because it was not possible to make reservation on Belarus trains. They will spend the day in Minsk before catching a overnight train to Moscow. Is it possible/easy to make a reservation for the same day? Will there be anyone speaking english? Is there a special desk? Do they accept credit cards?
We searched for and back seat61 but didn't find an answer.
Thank you for your help.
I've read a little about the above museum which is located about 30km from Minsk. Does anyone know of a bus that runs close by the museums location? I've been told that having a car or taking a taxi are the only options available and if thats true then I may be in some bother! :) I'm really very keen to see this place. I'd be prepared to pay for a taxi if i could get one a bit closer then 30km away!
Maybe some of you guys have been there and can give some good tips
My idea is to visit Minsk during a couple of days (29-30 april). But the problem are the papers... they seem unscalable! (letters, visa, money...). We have spanish passport, and no embassy between Spain-Belarus.
Roma Massot. Tarragona. Catalonia
Hello, can anyone provide details on how feasible it is to get from Minsk to Masty by public transport on 01 August 2013. A train would be preferable. Thanks.
whould you please guide me, where is safe and public place for nightlife in minsk?
Where can I change my Euros to Blr rubl in Minsk railway station?
Is there any exchange office?
I am going to Minsk on 4th November for a long weekend, four nights, five days in total. I was wondering how much money I would need. Also, should I bring cash (ie Euros) or just a credit card and a cash card? I don't want to get stuck with a wad or Belarusian Roubles that I can't change back to Euros.
How easy is it to get back and forth between Minsk and Vilnius. Are there frequent rail or bus links? Do they run at regular intervals? I'm not sure why, but this information seems hard to come by.
HI, I am travelling to Minsk on august 22, 2011 for two days to visit
a population called Stara Wola by car with my husband. I need a spanish
translator to help us. Also, I would like to know if it is safe to ride
a car in your country, & if the routes are good from MInsk to Stara Wola
& Wielkie Sielo ( populations near Pruzhany) and how far they are, please.
Thank you for your collaboration & replies.
Mirta from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Is there a passport control when flying from moscow to minsk?
same question for the railway from moscow to minsk?
Hi everyone. I wonder if you can help me at all.
I want to come to the Minsk State Linguistic University for 5 months from January - June.
The university needs various documents from me before it can send me the letter of invitation (passport, health certificate etc. all translated into Russian - should not be too much of a problem).
But the main problem is that before they can send me the letter of invitation, I need to tell them where I will be living, and they need the contact details of the owner so that they can confirm it.
Does anyone have any suggestions of how I should go about finding an apartment/a room in an apartment in Minsk, while I am still here in London? And also, what the prices should be?
It seems to me that what I really need is a friend/relative in Minsk who's contact details I can give to the university and who will confirm to the university that I am staying at their place...?
Any help greatly appreciated.
Hello everybody ! how are you doing ?
I am Lebanese and I really want to visit Minsk for
two weeks Sep2-16 but I need this invitation/voucher
letter in order to get a touristic visa from the
consulate of Belarus in lebanon.
They tried to rip me off here in lebanon by asking
me a lot ( 100 USD for an invitation paper +
120 USD hotel per 1 night +
in addition to 60 EURO for the visa )!
Can you help me get a better deal ?
I am a backpacker and I prefer to stay in a dormitory
or cheap hostel ( 15 per day )and I need them to issue
me the invitation/voucher as soon as possible because
I am running out of time and I will be forced to cancel
my trip if I couldnt find a cheap offer since my budget
- how much does the invitation/voucher cost officially ?
I dont use credit cards ! can I pay them cash there on arrival
at the airport of Minsk for the dormitory and the invitation paper ?
if the above options are difficult, do you know any local person who
can help me with the invitation paper and host me in his place :)
In case you use instant messanger and you can help me , please add me
my ms adress: email@example.com / yahoo : firstname.lastname@example.org
I am looking forward to reading your reply as soon as possible
because I am running out of time and my vacation is getting shorter..