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Brest (Belarus)

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Brest is a border town in the south-west corner of Belarus, near Terespol in Poland.

Understand

Get in

Train, car, bus connections are with the local town on the Polish side, Terespol.

By plane

Atlant Soyuz (Russian Airline) recently started direct service from Moscow. Tickets are ~$175 round-trip. It is 2hr40min flight. Here is the website of the airline: http://www.atlant-soyuz.ru/en/?switch_site=1

You can also fly to Minsk and take the train to Brest ($10-30) that runs every 2-3 hours and lasts about 4-5 hours. One can also fly to Warsaw and take the train (5-6 hours) that runs 3 times a day ($40-60).

By train

See Belarus. Get out: the customs control in the Brest train station is not very obvious. About an hour or so before the train leaves, you'll see people waiting at a railing next to some glass walls which look they open up to some rather bland and unused empty room. They look a bit like people waiting for arrivals at an airport, except that it's not obvious who they are waiting for. In fact, they are waiting for the customs office to open. If you're trying to leave Belarus, then join the queue a good deal of time before your train leaves. If you arrive only ten minutes before the train leaves, chances are good that the train will leave without you, not because the queue is too long, but just because the rules are strict.

By car

See Belarus. There are six control lines of various sorts at the crossing. Allow something like 2 hours to get through them all.

Confusing transport system. Even locals can have trouble getting around on a bus.

By boat

Get around

Transport within Brest city is very regular, with many different bus route through the city, and also regular trolley-buses through the city. Taxis are also easy to order and "mashrutkas" (Private minivan taxis that follow bus routes) also operate throughout the city. The main attractions are all within walking distance.

See

  • Naberezhnaya (Riverfront), naberezhnaya st (riverfront between TSUM and pr Shevchenko). If you just happen to wander around the city this is my best place, especially late summer - fall. The riverfront has a lot of willow trees and there are a lot of ducks swimming in the river. There are some chairs under the willow trees sitting on which is very relaxing.


Do

  • The Fortress of Brest (PL: Brześć Litewski) preserves the ruins of a massive fortification built in XIX century by Russian Empire, that achieved "Hero Fortress" status during World War II. Admission fee. Walking the grounds of this great fortification is a moving experience that gives a good sense of the privations faced by the forces that were besieged there.

There is a museum, where you can learn about fight between attacking Germans and defending Soviets. There is also small part about Polish defenders of this place, who were attacked earlier by Germans and Soviets. The history of Brest Fortress is complicated, as you can see, and worth learning.

  • Gogolya st, ulica Gogolya (between Cosmonavtov blvd and Naganova st). This is nice alley with two lines of old chestnut trees on both sides. Gives you nice quiet walk in summer and fall.

Learn

Work

Buy

There are many shops and boutiques on Sovetskaya street, which sell all kinds of products from fishing gear to real designer wear. Smaller shops are dotted around the town centre and there is a big "TSUM"- Central Department Store on Moskovskaya street.

Eat

  • Restaurant Vesta.
  • Venezia Restaurant.
  • Restaurant Y ozera. In a town park , good meat and starters. Good for business lunches.
  • Retro Pizza (Half way down Sovetskaya street, near the cinema "Belarus"

Drink

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

Hotel Belarus 6, Shevchenko blvd. Central location, several blocks away from river Muhovetz. Rooms can run anywhere between $30-70/night for foreign citizens. Belorussian citizens still enjoy lower rates.

Contact

Stay safe

Belarus has a low rate of crime, and mostly the atmosphere is very friendly even on big celebrations (when everyone is drunk) :)

Try not to wander off too far at night.

Cope

Never use taxi travel at night time. Busses will not run after 11.30 so you would need a taxi.


Get out


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